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The Strange Tale of Aston Villa FC and the Private Detective – Season 1899/1900

The football season in England kicks off this weekend and the BNA Team already has the fresh smell of pitch-marking paint (and the smell of hope, too!) in our footie-daft minds. Kjell Hanssen, one of the many football researchers who regularly visits the BNA Kop, kindly shared this terrific story about how the directors of Aston Villa hired a private detective back in season 1899-1900, in order to find out how the players spent their leisure time. Oh, but it

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