What was your first Villa game?
It was against Bristol Rovers in the Second Division just before Villa went down to the Third Division. I think I was about nine and Brian Godfrey was the captain at the time. I used to come down with my dad. We lived in Witton Lane, so more or less opposite the ground. I was born and bred in Witton and went to Yew Tree School just down the road. We eventually moved up to Great Barr. The game that stands out for me the most was in 1970-71 against Manchester United in the semi-final of the League Cup and we beat them 2-1. We went to Old Trafford and drew 1-1 each in the first leg. There were 64,000 there that day for the return leg. I stood on the Holte End and you just moved wherever the Holte End went. They were fantastic memories.
What was your first Villa kit?
I remember Villa wearing a yellow and blue kit with a lion on it. I remember them coming out at Crystal Palace when they first wore it. I don’t think the Villa fans knew who was coming out of the tunnel because they got a little bit of stick until they realised who was wearing it. You had the likes of Chico Hamilton and Geoff Vowden playing at that time. I remember it not so long ago been on sale in the club shop as a retro shirt.
Where do you sit at Villa Park?
Smack bang on the half-way line in the upper tier of the Doug Ellis. It is a great view. Standing where I used to in the Holte End you just had tunnel vision looking down the pitch following the ball. Where I am sitting now, you see the full pitch so you can see what people who aren’t on the ball are doing all the time.
Who is your all-time Villa hero?
I loved John Gidman. He was a fantastic full-back. I know he moved to Manchester United but I really rated him at the time as one of the best defenders. He was a good attacking full-back. From years gone, there was Charlie Aiktine and Mickey Wright and the ball used to be thrown out to them and worked down the wings rather than the big boot up front. I found that much better to watch and that was Villa’s game at the time. There’s Brian Little as well and another guy who stands out for me is Paul McGrath. In fact I bumped in to him at few weeks ago in Sutton. I asked: “Paul can I have a photo with you.” No problem at all.
What trophy would you most like to see Villa win?
To be perfectly honest I’d like to see us win the FA Cup as it is the only trophy I’ve not seen us win. My mother and father actually got married that year in 1957 and they tell me the queues went right round Villa Park for tickets. I think people were making fires outside with cones to keep warm. That is a trophy I’d like to see them win in my lifetime. Obviously I was around when they won the European Cup and to win that again would be phenomenal.
What is your favourite away ground?
There are quite a few – I do like the new Emirates, I’ve been there a few times. I like Old Trafford too because I used to follow England as well with their supporters group, so quite a few games were there while Wembley was being rebuilt. So for away games I’d probably say Arsenal and Manchester United. Old Trafford brings back a lot of memories from when I was a youngster, especially going there for that semi-final. I think we took about 10,000 there. Back then it wasn’t about tickets so much, it was how many got there at that particular time and got in.
What is your favourite shirt number?
What was your proudest Villa day?
Definitely when they won the European Cup. It was fantastic. I had a week over in Holland prior to the final. We were based in Rotterdam but spent most of the time in Amsterdam and the gatherings got bigger day by day as the trip progressed, with Villa fans were coming in left, right and centre. It was a fantastic atmosphere. We made our own way over there, took a car down to Dover, from there to Ostend, to Antwerp then on to Rotterdam and found a hotel, before finding out where most of the lads were drinking.
What would your ideal away kit colour combination be?
White, claret and blue.
If you won the Euro lottery........?
With the club I run at the moment, Pheasey Lions, we had a bit of a mess about on the web with the travel we do. We actually got a coach and put the Pheasey Lions writing and the badge on it using Adobe. It actually looked realistic. I think it was put on Facebook and people were asking: “You’ve got your own coach now Kev? How much did you pay for that?!” I’d love a box for the lads down at Villa Park, definitely. It would be nice to get Messi there as well, wouldn’t it?! I think I’d do quite a lot within the club as I love it and I don’t know what I’d do without Villa. It has been a big chunk of my life – I eat, sleep and drink football, as you know. I’d do a lot for the guys in the Lions club – we’ve got a massive club now. We started two years ago and within that time we’ve picked up the main trophies of UK Club of The Year and last year I won Clubman of the Year, so we are going in the right direction. We do a hell of a lot for Acorns too. So I’d like to give something back to the lads within the club. Our membership started at 30 and we are over 500 now.