Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday May 24 2006
A report by Tim Nash today reveals another damning incitement of the current set up at Aston Villa with a reported 40% drop in season ticket sales compared with this time last year.
Before I go on, I'll happily hold my hand up and admit I've renewed. Fair enough, I feel like a mug doing so, but Villa is what I do, that includes going to the games, meeting up with mates (numbers of which have dropped from over ten at Villa to what looks like being three next season) etc. I am fully aware that the best form of attack on Ellis is to not go; but I won't let my seat go, I've had a front row seat by the dug-out for over 10 years and it took me many seasons to get it in the first place! I said a few years ago that we should all boycott one half of a game, the images on camera would have said it all and put immense pressure on Doug; I remember getting slated by many for the suggestion! It now seems to be happening without any organisation AND that should REALLY worry Doug.
Villa only had 18,000 season ticket holders last season, this season looks like being decidedly lower. Doug could have helped matters by removing David O'Leary who a football fans census revealed to be the most unpopular manager in the Midlands BUT would do just as well to remove himself, attract the right investors by not out-pricing the club and finally leaving the Villa to a board with not only ambition but also the ability to follow through on that ambition.
Results of the survey for Villa: O'LEARY: Very Good 0 per cent, Good 3 per cent, OK 11 per cent, Bad 45 per cent, Very Bad 41 per cent
There was a 7% drop in the average crowds last season, down from 37 000 to 34 000. O'Leary happily told us that the fans were flocking back to see his attacking football the season before, last season he was a little less vocal.
Doug meanwhile tells us Villa is his baby and strangely enough has hinted at some transfer action. As I mentioned the other day in an article, he has obviously done a u-turn due to the fall in sales.
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Date:Wednesday May 24 2006
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