After the success of “In Safe Hands” - Nigel Sims’ Football Memories and “Seventh Heaven’” - Aston Villa’s Victorious ’57 Cup Campaign, abz publications are pleased to announce that Colin Abbott’s latest book “Encounters of the Third Kind” – Aston Villa’s Division 3 Odyssey is available now. 

Encounters of the Third Kind: Aston Villa's Division 3 Odyssey

Colin, a self confessed Villa nut (who else would christen their son Graydon Daley after two Villa notables?) has recalled a golden period (Wembley final, promotion with record points tally and FA Youth Cup victory) in the club’s history. Along with the help of match reports and interviewing many of the players of the time including Aitken, Anderson, Betts, Brown, Chatterley, Crudgington, Curtis, Leo Crowther, Cumbes, Dunn, Tommy Docherty, Findlay, George, Gibson, Graydon, Hamilton, Hoban, Hughes, Little brothers, Lochhead, McDonald, Nicholl, Rioch brothers, Rudge, Turnbull, Vowden, Wright and Wylie, he has written an accurate account of a time remembered fondly by generations of Aston Villa supporters. Colin as a small child was privileged (in his own words) to see in his first live game Bruce Rioch, Willie Anderson, Pat McMahon and Geoff Vowden.

Many other instantly recognisable names were also contacted in the making of the book, including Big Ron Atkinson, Peter McParland, Gordon Lee and John Deehan, which will become apparent during reading.

The book sells for £16.95, email Colin directly at cjohnabb@hotmail.com to place an order or to obtain additional information.

Also available on Amazon UK, click here to view.


"It was difficult from the point of view that everybody wanted to beat the Villa. That was the problem we had in the Third Division"
– Ron Wylie


"Vic and Ron made some good signings at that level. Ray Graydon, Chris Nicholl and Ian Ross, they built up a very good squad."
– Geoff Vowden


"Historic moments in a football club's history always begin somewhere, and this one began with Vic Crowe and Ron Wylie. It was an upward spiral from there on in that kept going. Alongside the fanbase and the support that we had it was just like a roller coaster going uphill without having to stop"
– Bruce Rioch


"For the winner against Bournemouth I was somewhere near the penalty spot. I took one touch, it went up in the air and I volleyed it into the roof of the net. It was at the Holte End and the noise was terrific. There was a helluva gate that game, even in the Third Division Villa were a big team."
– Andy Lochhead

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