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Gareth Simpson

  • joined Jul 05, 2010
  • last login Aug 22, 2014
  • posts 99
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Everything I think about sports is wrong.

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  • NHL Vancouver Canucks
  • NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • EPL Aston Villa
  • MLS Vancouver Whitecaps
User Blog

A Statistical Profile of Karim El Ahmadi

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One of my main frustrations with the online soccer community is the relative dearth of statistical data available freely so people like you and I can wonk out to our heart's content. A man who doesn't have that problem, lifelong Villa fan and WhoScored editor-in-chief Martin Laurence, put together this post on Karim El Ahmadi's stats in the Eredivisie. Of particular interest is the line Laurence draws between El Ahmadi and captain Stiliyan Petrov, and if El Ahmadi can fill those boots and more, we've got a real player on our hands here.

Aston Villa Season in Review: Darren Bent

7500 to Holte's player-by-player review of the 2011-12 season rolls on with Darren Bent. How did Villa's star striker follow up his debut?

Aston Villa sign Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa have made their first signing of the summer. Find out who at 7500 to Holte.

Aston Villa Season in Review: Stephen Ireland

In the coming weeks, Stephen Ireland may leave Aston Villa. 7500 to Holte reviews his highs and lows with the club.

Aston Villa Bids Farewell: Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish's tenure with Aston Villa ranks as one of the worst periods in the history of the club. 7500 to Holte sends him off in a manner befitting that dubious distinction.

Friend of the Blog Dan has put his much-beloved Villa site on ice. As sad as this development is...

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Friend of the Blog Dan has put his much-beloved Villa site on ice. As sad as this development is for all of us, he's moved on to greener pastures, designing football shirts like the beauty you see above. I've already bought one, and you'd be well-advised to do the same.

The Managerial Speculation Megathread

Some front-runners have started to emerge as possible candidates to the Aston Villa manager's job. This post is meant to describe (and in some cases, defame) potential heirs to the throne,...

Alex McLeish Plans Ahead for 2012-13 Relegation Campaign

Aston Villa are being linked to Karl Henry. This is unfortunate, although not surprising.

Setting the Narrative: Kick Them While They're Down

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Setting the Narrative is a weekly look at the coming days in the life of Aston Villa Football Club. Your storylines for this week include reasons to root against clubs below Villa!

Setting the Narrative: Don't Ask Weimann

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Setting the Narrative is a weekly look at the coming days in the life of Aston Villa Football Club. Storylines for this week include a double feature of disappointing draws and a youth movement...

Setting the Narrative: Godspeed You! Bulgarian Emperor

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Setting the Narrative is a weekly look at the coming days in the life of Aston Villa Football Club. These are Villa's storylines for the week of April 2nd.

Setting the Narrative: April in Paris and Dost in Space

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Setting the Narrative for the week of March 25th. A look at Charles N'Zogbia's continued struggles and a new striker for Villa?

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa, Match Preview: Fewer Stakes Than A Convention Of Vampires

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Aston Villa travel to the Emirates for the first time since a humiliating collapse in the FA Cup. Can Villa recover some dignity this weekend?

Alex McLeish Will Not Be Fired

"McLeish Out" has become a popular refrain among Villa fans. Is it a real possibility?

What Could Have Been: Aston Villa and Andy Carroll

It has come out that Aston Villa was considering adding Andy Carroll instead of Darren Bent. Who would you prefer?

Holtecast VII: That's So Heskey

In the latest episode of their podcast, the crew from 7500 to Holte share a laugh at the Manchester clubs' failings in Europe. It's all downhill from there.

'Comical Alex' McLeish Would Like You to Know That None of This is His Fault

Alex McLeish is really starting to grate on Aston Villa supporters. His response: keep digging.

Holtecast VI: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Scotsman Scorned

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7500 to Holte has recorded another podcast! In this episode, we cover last weekend's Swansea match and preview the visit from Manchester United.

Subscribe to the 7500 to Holte podcast!

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From now on, we'll be posting new episodes of the podcast over on Podomatic, so you should be able to subscribe to the podcast there. They even have a feed you can plug into your iTunes box, and it'll hand deliver every new episode right to your computer. I think that's how it works.

Good News Everyone!

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That guy who scored all of Spurs' goals against us last season will be healthy to play tomorrow. That was a close one!

Better Know A Spur: Profiling Aston Villa's Next Opponents

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On Monday, Aston Villa go to London to face Tottenham Hotspur. 7500 to Holte gives the denizens of White Hart Lane the once-over and is decidedly frightened.

Better Know A Canary: Profiling Aston Villa's Next Opponents

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Want to know more about Aston Villa's next opponent? Check out 7500 to Holte's profile of Norwich City F.C., complete with drunk chefs and poached managers!

In honour of this year's Rugby World Cup, here's the BYU football team doing the Haka. (And. out...

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In honour of this year's Rugby World Cup, here's the BYU football team doing the Haka. (And. out of interest, here are the dueling hakas that opened the World Cup's first game last night.)

Legendary Villa defender Paul "God" McGrath burnishes his reputation with one of the most appalling...

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Legendary Villa defender Paul "God" McGrath burnishes his reputation with one of the most appalling music videos I've ever laid eyes on. (via Jim Campbell, of the incomparable Football Ramble podcast.)

Right Now in Non-Shocking Alan Hutton News

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Alan Hutton has left the Scotland camp to discuss terms with Aston Villa. Will he make it before the window shuts?

Aston Villa vs. Blackburn Rovers: A Tortuous History

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Aston Villa have been playing Blackburn Rovers since the 19th century. After diving in the archives, it turns out that it's pretty much always been this boring.

Things I Think I Would Have Thought

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Did you miss last weekend's Premier League action? Don't worry, so did the writer!

Friday Feedback: Your Very Important 7500 to Holte Season Preview

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The 2011/12 Premier League season starts in earnest (well, minus one match) this weekend. Check out what the writers on 7500 to Holte have to say about the upcoming year in football.

Rumour Mill: Robert Green to AVFC?

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According to must-follow AVFC journalist Timothy Abraham, word has it that World Cup hero Rob Green is thinking about coming to Villa if West Ham get relegated. I'm a huge fan of Brad Friedel, and I think he should start for Villa until he retires and/or dies. However, we have no backup keepers, and Robert Green is actually pretty decent. The worrying thing for me is that Green will be a waste of money as a substitute but not as good as our current starter. What do you think?

The Matthew Le Tissier Award

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The PFA seems to think that the best player on a bad team can win Player of the Year. With that in mind, who are the other candidates from the Premier League's batch of bottom-feeders?

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