Contributors

We’re an ever-growing team. Keep up to date with who we are below.
The Claret and View
Regan Foy The Claret and View

Founder & Managing Editor

Regan Foy

Regan, 22, founded The Claret and View in July 2017. Regan has acted as managing editor for The Claret and View since it’s inception.  He graduated from Staffordshire University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Journalism and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing Management, and works full time for a Web Design and Digital Marketing agency.
Favourite Villa Player: Olof Mellberg 
Favourite Villa Kit: 97/98 Away

 

Mark Jirobe The Claret and View

Senior Contributor

Mark Jirobe

Mark, 29, has been writing about different sports since 2006, but fell in love with Aston Villa and their supporters over a decade ago in 2008. Currently working as a chef in Pittsburgh, USA, Mark still finds time to selflessly and passionately follow everything claret and blue.
Favourite Villa Player: John Carew
Favourite Villa Kit: 2006 Away
Harry Trend The Claret and Vew

Senior Contributor

Harry Trend

Harry, 20, studies Journalism at the University of Brighton. For him, Aston Villa is the hub of football – being one of England’s most historic and recognised clubs and the founder of the football league. Although born and bred in Cardiff, Aston Villa runs in Harry’s family – with his dad’s family all from Birmingham.
Favourite Villa Player: James Chester
Favourite Villa Kit: 2011/12 Home
Matt Blogg The Claret and View

Senior Contributor

Matt Blogg

Matt, 19, has been following Aston Villa since he was six. He studied English Literature at the University of Huddersfield and holds a passion for writing about sport. An avid reader of sports journalism, Matt loves nothing more than getting his own views and opinions across, particularly in regards to the famous Villa.
Favourite Villa Player: Gareth Barry
Favourite Villa Kit: 2010/11 Away
Sam Al-Ani The Claret and View

Contributor

Sam Al-Ani

Sam, 27, has a Law degree from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Law from the University of Law. Born and raised in Birmingham, Sam now lives in London but still goes to Villa Park as often as he can. The stadium is his favourite thing about Aston Villa, as one of the most beautiful and historic stadiums in the country.
Favourite Villa Player: Martin Laursen
Favourite Villa Kit: 2006 Home
Shakeel Gillespie The Claret and View

Contributor

Shakeel Gillespie

Shakeel, 21, has followed Aston Villa since the age of eight, and was a mascot in the 1-0 win against Hull in the 08/09 season. He studied Performing arts, Creative Media and English Literature at a small town college in Northern Ireland, and uses The Claret and View as an outlet for his creativity.
Favourite Villa Player: Stilyan Petrov
Favourite Villa Kit: 06/07 Home Shirt
Adam Reapa The Claret and View

Villa Ladies Contributor

Adam Nunn

Adam, 32, was ‘placed into a crib with a claret and blue ball inside’ and was born to be an Aston Villa fan. He works for Ladbrokes and is part of a band of fans at the Villa Ladies called the ‘Villanettes’. He attends as many games Aston Villa Ladies games as possible.
Favourite Villa Player: Amy West
Favourite Villa Kit: 1994 Away
Ben Loughnane The Claret and View

Social Infographic Designer

Ben Loughnane

Ben, 18, studies Graphic Design at the Federation University in Ballarat. The first Premier League game he watched was a replay in Australia, where Aston Villa’s Carlos Sanchez scored against Manchester City. The crowd erupted and Ben immediately fell in love with the club.
Favourite Villa Player: Christian Benteke
Favourite Villa Kit: 2010/11 home
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