Ally McCoist spoke all things Villa with Prince William after giving up his seat

Ally McCoist once spoke all things Aston Villa with Prince William after giving him his seat on a flight to Scotland.

The pair shared a chance meeting after they were both on the same flight from London to Aberdeen, with their conversation starting after McCoist allowed the Prince of Wales to have his seat. William is known to be a massive Villa fan and has regularly attended matches at Villa Park in the past.

Recalling their meeting, McCoist told talkSPORT: "I was flying up to Aberdeen from London and there was someone sitting in my seat and they asked me to sit behind and I said don’t worry and did.

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"We got to Aberdeen and I was sitting directly behind the guy who got my seat. But in towards the window this head stuck through and a voice said ‘thanks very much for that, how are you?’

"And I looked and it was one of the most surreal things, it was Prince William. Prince William’s head was through the seats in front and thanking me. It must have been a security guard and the first thing I’m thinking is ‘thank god I didn’t cause a fuss’.

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"Then I proceeded to have a brilliant conversation with the Prince regarding John McGinn and going to Aston Villa. He’s a big Villa fan. He went downstairs and got in the car and drove it himself and away he went."

The Prince of Wales is an avid football fan, not least through his support of Villa, and has been the president of the Football Association since 2006.

In preparation for the role, he even trained with the Charlton Athletic first team during a visit to the club's training ground back in 2005.

He will be concerned by Villa's start to the new Premier League season, though, with Steven Gerrard's side only outside the bottom three on goal difference after losing four of their first six matches.


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