Speaking during a visit to Birmingham this week, the Prime Minister recalled one his favourite Villa games of the Premier League season so far.
While Tony Blair declared himself a Newcastle United fan and Gordon Brown was known for his love of Raith Rovers, when it comes to David Cameron, there’s only one team in the current Prime Minister’s heart: Aston Villa.
And in a show of public support for the beleaguered Villans, Cameron took time out of a recent trip to Birmingham to talk about what has been a difficult season for Paul Lambert and co.
Speaking in an interview with the Birmingham Mail, the Conservative Party leader called for the club to look towards long-term investment, though he steered clear of offering any outright advice to Lambert and current owner Randy Lerner.
But while the PM admitted things had been tough for the Midlands giants this term, he still had one treasured memory to take from the current campaign: their well-earned 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Highlighting Villa’s frustrating knack of winning games against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and the Londoners, Cameron had some regrets at failing to attend what was a memorable 5:30pm kick-off for the Clarets.
"The thing I’m kicking myself about this year is having taken my son to the 8-0 spanking we got from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, not going the game where we won 1-0," he said.
"I watched it on the telly with my son and my brother-in-law who are both Chelsea fans and that was a happy day."
The Prime Minister nevertheless impressed with his assessment of the team, and may have won over a few fans with his knowledge of recent results.
Blair famously came unstuck during anappearance on the BBC’s flagship football show Match of the Day with a series of inaccurate observations about the Premier League, while rumours suggest that the programme also turned down the opportunity to have Brown on as a pundit.
But with this kind of show, it may not be long before Cameron swaps a place in parliament for a seat next to Alan Shearer - it could even be an upgrade!