Football: Sorry Villa lose but relegation delayed

Aston Villa introduced their new club badge last Wednesday, removing the word "Prepared" from the previous design.

On Saturday, the Premier League bottom side seemed to embody the new design of not being ready for relegation, earning a temporary reprieve from what can only be an inevitable drop to the Championship next season.

Such has been the sorry state of their performances this season, Villa's delayed drop did not come from their own efforts as they fell to Bournemouth 2-1.

It took relegation-threatened Norwich City's 0-1 defeat by Crystal Palace to earn the Villans yet another week before it may become mathematically impossible for them to preserve their Premier League status.

The Birmingham club were last relegated from the top flight at the end of the 1986-87 campaign. If they go down next week when they play Manchester United at Old Trafford, Villa will bring to an end 28 straight years in England's top division.

With 21 major honours in their proud history, including 7 first division titles and an European Cup, Aston Villa may also boast another unwanted record of owning the largest trophy cabinet outside of an European top-tier league.