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Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs v Villa.

Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have always been of a similar size. Throughout the Premiership years Villa have usually ended up above Spurs in the league and have certainly had more forays into Europe.

Both clubs are considered 'large' but both clubs have, apart from decades back, failed to live up to their billing. Spurs, like Villa, have been seen, even by their own fans, as perennial underachievers, the 'almost there but not quite' types.

BUT.

Spurs now have a settled and capable board.

Villa still have Doug Ellis and a few other left powerless by Doug.

Spurs have announced a shirt sponsorship today worth 34million with online betting firm Mansion. That deal ranks in the top ten deals across the globe.

Villa have a deal worth in the region of 2million + add ons that amount to little more than a glorified affiliate deal. Our deal is with Red Box, no Red Bus Route 42, no, that's not right either. Errm, oh somebody red anyway.

Villa have a kit made by a 10th rate manufacturer called Hummel.

Spurs have moved from Kappa to Puma.

Spurs have a policy of buying the best young talent.

Villa have a policy of sell before you buy.

Spurs bought Paul Robinson, now England Number 1.

Villa rejected him as too expensive and bought a keeper from a relegated side.

Spurs have five players in or around the England squad.

Villa have none.

THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE A DYNAMIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAN MAKE.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 15 2006

Time: 4:48PM

Your Comments

J P Fear says it all....
spursfan_Bulgaria
J P Fear says it all....
spursfan_Bulgaria
it's actually 6 in and around the England squad mate. Robbo, Lennon, Carrick, Defoe, King, Jenas...then there's Dawson - sorry.
MattyD
it's actually 6 in and around the England squad mate. Robbo, Lennon, Carrick, Defoe, King, Jenas...then there's Dawson - sorry.
MattyD
We used to be where Spurs are now with some of the best youngsters breaking into the England Squad but failed to match Spurs continual Investment even after they had bought poor players for big money. I couldn't believe how they got such a big sponsorship deal but then Thats what happens when you think big.
Still-Ian
We used to be where Spurs are now with some of the best youngsters breaking into the England Squad but failed to match Spurs continual Investment even after they had bought poor players for big money. I couldn't believe how they got such a big sponsorship deal but then Thats what happens when you think big.
Still-Ian
When did u use to have the best youngsters breaking into the England squad??? Don't say Barry or Hendrie please!! It bothers me ur comparing our clubs - u are a notoriously boring side and have never been glorified like we have - and ur past is small compared to ours (thats not to say uv never done anything coz ur European Cup win is something we havent done...yet) and we are heading back where we belong. The sponsorship deal we got is the result of one of the most astute chairman in Europe buisness-wise, and becuase of our name which still is big in Europe. Plus the number of Internationals we have...i could go on.
MattyD
When did u use to have the best youngsters breaking into the England squad??? Don't say Barry or Hendrie please!! It bothers me ur comparing our clubs - u are a notoriously boring side and have never been glorified like we have - and ur past is small compared to ours (thats not to say uv never done anything coz ur European Cup win is something we havent done...yet) and we are heading back where we belong. The sponsorship deal we got is the result of one of the most astute chairman in Europe buisness-wise, and becuase of our name which still is big in Europe. Plus the number of Internationals we have...i could go on.
MattyD
Aston Villa are a great club with a proud history, but Villa were never one of the BIG 5 as Spurs always were for decades, Spurs are in a different world to Villa as far as money is concerned Aston Villa charge about 400 per season ticket Spurs charge 1500 per season ticket despite these prices Spurs sold EVERY SINGLE home ticket last season, Spurs also have waiting lists for every part of the ground Spurs have 120 executive boxes at 100,000 a time, Spurs have much bigger sponsorship deals than Villa, Spurs are also backed by the SECOND richest owners in football, so you really need to compare your fortunes with another team as Spurs are not similar to Aston Villa in financial terms, Aston Villa do have a great footballing history though with 20 trophies including the European Cup, I am not having a dig at Aston Villa but just explaining a few facts.
sumpo
Aston Villa are a great club with a proud history, but Villa were never one of the BIG 5 as Spurs always were for decades, Spurs are in a different world to Villa as far as money is concerned Aston Villa charge about 400 per season ticket Spurs charge 1500 per season ticket despite these prices Spurs sold EVERY SINGLE home ticket last season, Spurs also have waiting lists for every part of the ground Spurs have 120 executive boxes at 100,000 a time, Spurs have much bigger sponsorship deals than Villa, Spurs are also backed by the SECOND richest owners in football, so you really need to compare your fortunes with another team as Spurs are not similar to Aston Villa in financial terms, Aston Villa do have a great footballing history though with 20 trophies including the European Cup, I am not having a dig at Aston Villa but just explaining a few facts.
sumpo
MattyD: If you've got nothing good to say then be quiet! This entire article comparing the two clubs is a compliment to Spurs. If you remember the early eighties Villa and Tottenham were the only challengers to Liverpool. Spurs had the flair and cup runs and Villa were the models of consistency. As for the youngsters breaking into the England squad comment, of course Barry, Hendrie and Vassell should be mentioned. Before years of mis-management at our club these three boys had tremendous potential... And as far as the "notoriously boring" comment you made, you do realize that you support the club that needed to splash out millions on foreign superstars to sell any tickets..... Our past is small is it, compared to yours? Check the statistics and history books you clown.
gmvillan
MattyD: If you've got nothing good to say then be quiet! This entire article comparing the two clubs is a compliment to Spurs. If you remember the early eighties Villa and Tottenham were the only challengers to Liverpool. Spurs had the flair and cup runs and Villa were the models of consistency. As for the youngsters breaking into the England squad comment, of course Barry, Hendrie and Vassell should be mentioned. Before years of mis-management at our club these three boys had tremendous potential... And as far as the "notoriously boring" comment you made, you do realize that you support the club that needed to splash out millions on foreign superstars to sell any tickets..... Our past is small is it, compared to yours? Check the statistics and history books you clown.
gmvillan
aston villa have had alot of investment just havnt spent wisely, both teams are guilty of this but where we have got in levy 4 years or so back and had a plan to improve villa have stagnated, if i was a villa fan i would be very narked of and would certainly be looking at our promising situation and think "that could of been us" get ellis out
buckers_07
aston villa have had alot of investment just havnt spent wisely, both teams are guilty of this but where we have got in levy 4 years or so back and had a plan to improve villa have stagnated, if i was a villa fan i would be very narked of and would certainly be looking at our promising situation and think "that could of been us" get ellis out
buckers_07
Turning it into a slanging match isn't gonna make ur team anymore intersting to watch mate. U are boring, but then O'Dreary is ur manager. C'mon mate iv got nothing whatsoever against Villa, ur harmless!! What millions on what superstars to sell what tickets? One thing spurs fans cant be blamed for is not showing up, i believe we havent had an attendance under 30,000 for the last 5 years - and thats including cups - 36000 for a friendly against Porto. I ALWAYS SEE EMPTY GAPS IN YOUR STADIUM. We've won more FA Cups and more UEFA cups than you, and we've won a double. Vassel Hendrie Barry - mate... they wouldnt even be fringe players in our squad.
MattyD
Turning it into a slanging match isn't gonna make ur team anymore intersting to watch mate. U are boring, but then O'Dreary is ur manager. C'mon mate iv got nothing whatsoever against Villa, ur harmless!! What millions on what superstars to sell what tickets? One thing spurs fans cant be blamed for is not showing up, i believe we havent had an attendance under 30,000 for the last 5 years - and thats including cups - 36000 for a friendly against Porto. I ALWAYS SEE EMPTY GAPS IN YOUR STADIUM. We've won more FA Cups and more UEFA cups than you, and we've won a double. Vassel Hendrie Barry - mate... they wouldnt even be fringe players in our squad.
MattyD
Sumpo: Spurs are in LONDON with a population that is seven times higher than Birmingham. You SHOULD have waiting lists, and can afford to charge ludicrous sums for tickets. The fact that your club rips supporters off with ticket prices and have only won one major trophy in twenty-five years (despite the significantly higher income than our club) is not our problem. Again, check the history books pal. If you also check the historical head-to-head results you will see that we are very even.
gmvillan
Sumpo: Spurs are in LONDON with a population that is seven times higher than Birmingham. You SHOULD have waiting lists, and can afford to charge ludicrous sums for tickets. The fact that your club rips supporters off with ticket prices and have only won one major trophy in twenty-five years (despite the significantly higher income than our club) is not our problem. Again, check the history books pal. If you also check the historical head-to-head results you will see that we are very even.
gmvillan
Like ur football club, u are very boring mate. U couldn't attract flies let alone Robbo...Berbatov's on his way!!!
MattyD
Like ur football club, u are very boring mate. U couldn't attract flies let alone Robbo...Berbatov's on his way!!!
MattyD
Of my God, don't call us harmless, that is terrible!!! Sumpo, you are wrong, you are NOW well backed, you weren't for years. The sizes are similar. The comparison was BECAUSE of where you are now going, you've missed the point completely. It was a compliment to Spurs, a ****** slap to Ellis!
The Fear
Of my God, don't call us harmless, that is terrible!!! Sumpo, you are wrong, you are NOW well backed, you weren't for years. The sizes are similar. The comparison was BECAUSE of where you are now going, you've missed the point completely. It was a compliment to Spurs, a ****** slap to Ellis!
The Fear
gmvillan please try getting your facts right before making a complete fool of your self, you clearly state "Spurs have won only 1 (ONE) major trophy in the last 25 years", well in fact Spurs have WON 5 (FIVE) major trophies over the last 25 years 3 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, and 1 League Cup, so as you also clearly stated please check the HISTORY books.
sumpo
gmvillan please try getting your facts right before making a complete fool of your self, you clearly state "Spurs have won only 1 (ONE) major trophy in the last 25 years", well in fact Spurs have WON 5 (FIVE) major trophies over the last 25 years 3 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, and 1 League Cup, so as you also clearly stated please check the HISTORY books.
sumpo
That's the problem of employing boring, whingeing, old Gooners. Unless you get rid of O'Leary you can look forward to lots of local derbies - Brum, WBA and Wolves - in League One the season after next.
Chirpy
That's the problem of employing boring, whingeing, old Gooners. Unless you get rid of O'Leary you can look forward to lots of local derbies - Brum, WBA and Wolves - in League One the season after next.
Chirpy
The Fear you are WRONG only in 1991 were Spurs not involved heavily in the transfer market, if you can please explain your statement and i will kindly put you right before Alan Sugar Spurs were always one of the very highest spenders often breaking the transfer record for transfers, Greaves, Chivers, Peters, Gascoine, etc, since then Alan Sugar spent a fortune in fact he spent far more than Arsenal did on players, and ENIC and Daniel Levy have continued to back Spurs heavily Spurs have spent OVER 70 million pounds in the last Two and a half years alone yet Spurs still make a profit, these are facts.
sumpo
The Fear you are WRONG only in 1991 were Spurs not involved heavily in the transfer market, if you can please explain your statement and i will kindly put you right before Alan Sugar Spurs were always one of the very highest spenders often breaking the transfer record for transfers, Greaves, Chivers, Peters, Gascoine, etc, since then Alan Sugar spent a fortune in fact he spent far more than Arsenal did on players, and ENIC and Daniel Levy have continued to back Spurs heavily Spurs have spent OVER 70 million pounds in the last Two and a half years alone yet Spurs still make a profit, these are facts.
sumpo
Now now, calm down children. The point of the article is not to create infighting amongst supporters but to highlight what a good chairman and board can do compaired to what we have to put up with at VP, with the two clubs coming form a similar situation about 10 years ago. I for one applaud Spurs for their ambition and the direction they are going but remember, they still haven't sactually achieved anything yet (except more interesting football than O'Leary is capable of)
Villain Of The North
Now now, calm down children. The point of the article is not to create infighting amongst supporters but to highlight what a good chairman and board can do compaired to what we have to put up with at VP, with the two clubs coming form a similar situation about 10 years ago. I for one applaud Spurs for their ambition and the direction they are going but remember, they still haven't sactually achieved anything yet (except more interesting football than O'Leary is capable of)
Villain Of The North
Least we are better than our closest rivals - always have been and always will be, Spurs just live in the shadows of Arsenal.
Still-Ian
Least we are better than our closest rivals - always have been and always will be, Spurs just live in the shadows of Arsenal.
Still-Ian
I think you will find spurs have never won the european cup and were knocked out of this years cups by grimsby and leicester. And have a stadium with the atmosphere of a funeral.
Bobbymsb
I think you will find spurs have never won the european cup and were knocked out of this years cups by grimsby and leicester. And have a stadium with the atmosphere of a funeral.
Bobbymsb
Over 70million spent and your still crap and unable to win the league!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobbymsb
Over 70million spent and your still crap and unable to win the league!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobbymsb
And did i mention that villa are the 4th greatest english team ever, which is alot higher than tottenham.
Bobbymsb
And did i mention that villa are the 4th greatest english team ever, which is alot higher than tottenham.
Bobbymsb
Spurs-fan here. Just like to say nice article. MattyD, I don't know what you're on about, you've clearly misunderstood the point of the article. Don't mind him gmvillan, he has suffered long and hard like you are suffering now and it has made him into a bad winner. I wish you luck in the future (I always liked Villa) and can only recommend that you make a plan similar to ours. Believe me: it's worth the wait.
jazzo
Spurs-fan here. Just like to say nice article. MattyD, I don't know what you're on about, you've clearly misunderstood the point of the article. Don't mind him gmvillan, he has suffered long and hard like you are suffering now and it has made him into a bad winner. I wish you luck in the future (I always liked Villa) and can only recommend that you make a plan similar to ours. Believe me: it's worth the wait.
jazzo
gmvillain - "The fact that your club rips supporters off with ticket prices and have only won one major trophy in twenty-five years (despite the significantly higher income than our club) is not our problem" - Maybe not. But I wouldn't swop our problems for yours matey! COYS!!!
Mr.Ix
gmvillain - "The fact that your club rips supporters off with ticket prices and have only won one major trophy in twenty-five years (despite the significantly higher income than our club) is not our problem" - Maybe not. But I wouldn't swop our problems for yours matey! COYS!!!
Mr.Ix
Our Board plans never go right - See the Bodymoor Shambles.
Still-Ian
Our Board plans never go right - See the Bodymoor Shambles.
Still-Ian
I'm a spurs fan and can honestly say that MattyD is an embarrassment to other spurs fans. If you haven't got anything constructive to say then shut up as you're boring us all.
Munnsy
I'm a spurs fan and can honestly say that MattyD is an embarrassment to other spurs fans. If you haven't got anything constructive to say then shut up as you're boring us all.
Munnsy
1 More season and our team will be even greater and challeging for the premiership title, but poor old villa slowly slipping backwards, and once you start going backwards there is only one place left to go and that is down.
Englands no1
1 More season and our team will be even greater and challeging for the premiership title, but poor old villa slowly slipping backwards, and once you start going backwards there is only one place left to go and that is down.
Englands no1
bobbymsb.....ur stadium support is possibly the worst in existance along with ur crappy away support as well...white hart lane can boast one of the best and loudest support and our away support is immense
buckers_07
bobbymsb.....ur stadium support is possibly the worst in existance along with ur crappy away support as well...white hart lane can boast one of the best and loudest support and our away support is immense
buckers_07
I guess VP being so bad explains why so many FA cup semi-finals have been played there (sic)
Villain Of The North
I guess VP being so bad explains why so many FA cup semi-finals have been played there (sic)
Villain Of The North
I'm going to stop looking at this "opinions" page as I'm getting pretty wound up by the crap being spouted by so called spurs fans. I am a spurs fan and I get the distinct impression that "fans" such as 'MattyD' and 'buckers_07' haven't even been to WHL or any other premiership ground. Good luck for next season Villa.
Munnsy
I'm going to stop looking at this "opinions" page as I'm getting pretty wound up by the crap being spouted by so called spurs fans. I am a spurs fan and I get the distinct impression that "fans" such as 'MattyD' and 'buckers_07' haven't even been to WHL or any other premiership ground. Good luck for next season Villa.
Munnsy
oh dear 'mummsy', i had a home and away season ticket for the last 3 seasons - u look stupid now dont u.
MattyD
oh dear 'mummsy', i had a home and away season ticket for the last 3 seasons - u look stupid now dont u.
MattyD
 

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