Competition: Play at Villa Park next week and maybe win next seasons shirt for you and nine mates

Think you could score a goal at the Holte End? Ever dreamt of walking out of the same tunnel as Paul McGrath and Martin Laursen?

To celebrate the end of another great season as Aston Villa Football Club’s Official Travel Partner, Thomas Cook Sport is teaming up with The Villa Blog to offer one AVFC supporter and friends a once in a lifetime, money can’t buy chance to play on the hallowed turf of Villa Park.


Yes, a lot of this is marketing blurb, but you must read it and I must put it on. There is a lot of information to get on one page and while I suspect taglor has already nodded off, because we are on the third paragraph and he hasn't found anything to moan about, we're getting to the good stuff next.

The winner will get to bring a team of 10 to play in a seven a-side tournament at Villa Park on Wednesday 12th May. Winners will also receive hospitality at the ground, and members of the team that goes on to be victorious in the tournament will each receive an official, yet to be unveiled 2010/11 Aston Villa FC home shirt and a medal for taking part.

If you are part of a team or can get nine mates together for next Wednesday and want to play at Villa Park, all you have to do is answer the question below in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business Thursday this week:

Q: Who is the current club captain?

Once you know the answer email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your name will get put into a hat and on Thursday night after we have closed the competition we will draw the winner. You will then need to email me the name of your ten players - they all have to be over 18 - by Friday lunch time and then you will be contacted by the organisers with all the details you will need for the match on Wednesday.

More Marketing Blurb

Thomas Cook Sport is the official travel partner of Aston Villa FC and offers a range of match breaks and packages to the world’s top sporting events. Fans can guarantee their seats to next season’s big games in the coming weeks ahead of the fixture announcements by calling the sales team on 0870 752 0924, or visiting Thomas Cook Sport. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Now for some terms and conditions

The competition is open to male players only aged 18 or over; players must provide their own travel and kit, including boots/trainers; light refreshments will be provided. Prize includes playing on pitch package (as determined by Thomas Cook Sport and AVFC) and does not include travel to or from the ground or clothing and football boots, other than your free Aston Villa FC replica shirt.

The prize offering is a 2010/2011 replica shirt. This will be available when the shirts go on sale before the start of the 2010/2011 season. When available, Thomas Cook Sport will arrange to forward the shirts accordingly to the team captain.

Competition open to all male UK residents aged 18 and over with the exception of employees of Thomas Cook Sport Ltd, Aston Villa FC or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration. No cash alternative will be offered.

The winner will be responsible for bringing a team of 10 people to the tournament and are responsible for ensuring all team members are male and aged 18 and over.

The prize is for Wednesday 12th May 2010 and no alternative date will be offered.

The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.

We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.

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