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Also from abz publishing, Seventh Heaven:
Aston Villa’s victorious '57 Cup campaign


Website by: Jay Abbott

In Safe Hands is a book by Colin & Debra Abbott recalling Nigel Sims' vivid football memories. From his start at Coton Swifts as a youngster, then at Stapenhill Football Club before signing professional terms with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1948.  Nigel stayed at the Wolves for eight years making 39 appearances as understudy to Bert Williams. However his next move was the one that defined his career. In March 1956 Eric Houghton - himself an ex-Villa legend - signed Nigel for Aston  Villa Football Club. He was an immediate success being part of the 1957 F. A. Cup winning team. Nigel stayed at Aston Villa until the end of 1963/64 season making 310 appearances, picking up a Second Division Championship Medal as well as a '61 League Cup winners' tankard and League representative honours. In the summer of 1964 he played for Toronto City in the Eastern Canadian Professional Soccer League under manager Malcolm Allison, before returning to Peterborough United for a short spell between September and December 1964.  Nigel then emigrated to Canada a few years later playing for Toronto Falcons and then Toronto Italia.

Colin Abbott watched his first Aston Villa game in 1972.  He is a fourth-generation Villa fan who could recite the Villa '57 Cup Final team at four years of age.  He named his son, Graydon Daley Abbott after his hero Ray Graydon, adding Daley after another Villa winger, Tony Daley. Colin's wife Debra has the writing skills and know-how after being an active member of the Shropshire-based Wrekin Writers and her ability helped to put all of the facts, figures and interesting tales Colin had stored away since his childhood into an enjoyable read. This is their first book and is a fitting tribute to the great Nigel Sims.

The book by ABZ Publications is now available to order. Limited* edition deluxe packages of the book and signed replica 1957 Aston Villa Cup Final shirt are still available.
One pound from the sale of each book will go to Aston Villa's chosen
charity, Acorns Children's Hospice, with remaining profits going to help Nigel with medical expenses.