So far in 'From the Archive' we have looked back memorable moments (Part 1 George Gordon’s cup semi final hat trick and part 2 Steve causing a game to be abandoned for fighting), this time we are looking back at a player though. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you From the Archive Part 3, entitled 'Ive got one number for you..............128'...............I give you Vishal Varma, otherwise known as Vizzy or Vish.
Vish joined the club back at the beginning of the 2004-05 season through Danny Theobold. That season he represented the 3rd and 4th teams.
'1' Club man is unusual these days, for a player to only represent one club and I'm sure Vish would of had plenty of offers but BAA was the only club for him. He would end up being captain under manager Alan Pollard and helped with team matters. As the seasons went on Vish's reputation grew and so did his goal scoring ability.
One of his standout goals was against Chestnuts FC, he picked the ball up in his own penalty box, went past four players and then rounded the goalkeeper to slot into an empty net. So impressive was the goal that even opposition players were clapping.
In his first season he won the Division 4 cup with the 3rds, however Vish was quite blunt in his recollection of the game as he put his contribution as 'warming the bench'. There was more success to come though, after Alan Pollard stepped down Gary Beckey took over as manager in what would be Vish's last two seasons at the club.
'2' league titles would be won in his final two seasons. First there was the invincible title win, the team won the TVSFL Division 5 title in 2010-11 when they won all eighteen league games with Vish finishing top goal scorer when he scored 42 goals. The following season he helped the team win the TVSFL Division two league title before he called time on his career. There were a couple of semi final cup defeats also in his time at BAA. He was also runner up in the Airports 11 a side competition and played at Upton Park home of West Ham of the premier league at the time and mentioned it an awesome experience. He was also a member of the team that won the pre season tournament 'Atlantic Celtic Cup' in 2011.
'8' seasons in total Vish played for the club, joining in 2004 and leaving in 2012. He represented the Reserves, 3rds and 4th team and played in the Hayes and District Sunday Football League and the Thames Valley Sunday Football League. Despite plenty of trying by one of the current BAA managers Vish has not returned to play for the club after a long term injury appears to have ruled out a return.
An attacking player who could play on the wing or as a striker, also a humble player who was willing to be a squad player and if that meant being a sub then he was more than classy to do that. Sure he’s not perfect, he supports Aston Villa but we still love him.
So what's the number?
1 Club Man
2 League Titles
8 Seasons at the club
Well the number is 128.....................that's right, 128 career goals for BAA.