ON Saturday, February 25, Crediton Youth Football Club made its annual visit to Villa Park to watch an Aston Villa fixture.
The chosen game this year was the game against local rivals Derby County.
In the past the trip had always been to watch a Premier League game. Unfortunately with Villa being relegated at the end of last season, it became a Championship fixture.
The club decided to still keep up its long standing links with Villa, built over a number of years and continue with the ever-popular trip.
It was no problem to fill the coach with 37 youngsters from the under 12’s and 13’s along with some players from the older age girls sides making the 350-mile round trip accompanied by 16 club coaches.
There was a large crowd of more than 30,000 for the game, which was won by Aston Villa by one goal to nil.
Luckily for the group a host of players with Premier league experience were on show, such as Scott Carson, Darren Bent, Alan Hutton and James Chester who scored the winning goal.
The Crediton group had excellent views of the pitch from their seats in the North stand, which for many was their first experience of a large stadium.
Villa park which can seat 42,000 has previously hosted England internationals as well as the last ever UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final and was a regular venue for FA cup semi- finals.
Crediton Youth Football Chairman, Martin Daniel, said: "We are again really pleased as a club to be able to offer our members trips such as this which adds to their total youth football experience whilst at the club."