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I'm Boycotting Aston Villa

I can't believe the last few days, from excitement at bids coming in, to the fact that a fabulous option (and I repeat, we don't have the details of any of them, so can't fully back any of them ) being driven away.

Doug Ellis is Chairman of Aston Villa plc. That means he has a duty to all shareholders. He is trying to sell the club and will make a personal fortune BUT STILL he wants to stay in power and expects a billionaire to report to him.


Anyway, I came to the conclusion last night that I could no longer go to Villa Park whilst Ellis remains in power.

I hope that a deal goes through quickly and this becomes the worlds shortest boycott, but I'm joining the disenfranchised until Doug Ellis is no longer in power at Aston Villa.

I am still hopeful that something will happen, a full bid will come in and be accepted if not I'm not sure if Mr Ellis realises the backlash that might come his way, the little protests will - I would expect - be a thing of the past and mayhem would be the order of the day. Lets hope for the good of all, that doesn't become necessary.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 27 2006

Time: 1:51PM

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Excellent interview on SSN at lunchtime Mr. Fear. Voiced the thoughts of the majority of Villa fans perfectly I thought
I came to the same conclusion about 2 years ago mate. It's killed me not going down every other week, but however small I felt I needed to make my own personal stand against Herbert!!
Nice one JP. We must talk to him through his balance sheet its the only way. If he messes any more of the deals up Im up for whatever action is organised by the fans groups.
I live in Woodford Green in London and have decided to buy a Dagenham and Redbridge season ticket. Serious. FIrst home game is against Oxford on Aug 15th. See you there.
Welcome to the club. I've been boycotting Villa for nearly ten years, if everyone had done the same this cretinous chairman would have been history long ago.
Even though I agree that a boycott is the only option left, I can't help but feel sorry for the players in all of this. How are they going to feel if they run out at the Emirates Stadium with no away fans or at Villa Park against Reading with only about 15k there?
dont feel sorry for them mate, they earn in a week what most of us folk earn in a year, although i dont dislike any villa players, the ones who are being *****ed about are YOU! not the players, they have their nice mansions and ferrari's to go home to...
My dad has boycotted because of the old man for 10+ years now. I and my borthers followed suit this year. If you or your contacts are reading this Mr Learner, there are bucks to be made and smiles to be put on fans faces here. Dont run off because of one lunatic.
I will boycott the home games, but providing there is ticket availability continue to support them on their travels
Willie Willie Anders
Ellis is an idiot, I would certainly boycott the home games but if you really want to show how much support Villa have go the away games. Revenue will not go to Ellis but at least you can still support the team.
NY Villa
The players will be OK no matter what. I'm not saying they don't care, but at the end of the day it's just a job for them. As elmo says they earn more in a week than most of us in a year, and have their luxuries to go home to, so they'll be fine. It is the fans that should be felt for as you are the ones that will suffer the most ultimately...
I'm in the same boat AC. My Dad has been following Villa for 65 years. He stood on the Holte and watched Gerry Hitchens and he hasn't been to Villa Park for 10 years. He's one of 6 brothers, all who have followed Villa all of their lives and they have all said they won't go back until Ellis goes
Probably highly unlikely, and would realistically never happen but if away fans boycotted games also that would hurt deadly even more!!!
JF - I wrote that article in my own words on ICB'ham this morning!! Does Ellis not realise the pressure he will receive? For the good of his own health, liability and welfare he needs to give it up!!
On the upside, once Ellis goes then all these people and more will flock back. Ellis costs the club far more money than he ever 'saves' with his stupid ways. I am with Mr Fear on this one, and will be one of the many partying in the Witton Lane stand once he is removed.
Lee, I really don't think he does realise the pressure he will be under and the backlash he will get from the supporters. The bloke lives in cloud cuckoo land and I think he seriously underestimates the strength of supporter feeling. I reckon he thinks it'll all blow over and I'll bet he hasn't ruled out staying on as chairman. There is nothing to say he has to accept any of the bids
England failed to win the World cup because of Erickson, He would nearly be as bad as O'Dreary. Ellis has lost the respect of most of the fans, he has no choice but to go.
irish villa
I have thought for some time Ellis has no intention of leaving and nothing he's done in the last 2 weeks makes me change my mind
Steve W
I just drove past VP on the way back to the office to see if I could spot any activity...gues what....there was nothing. I did notice there are no ellis out banners. What do you say everyone in the area get down to VP tomorrow and tie an ELLIS OUT banner to the railing. At the moment I think he is laughing at us.
Dont worry about ellis , as soon as somone buys him out he wont have the power anymore thank ****. Although he never got us into debt its time to move villa foward and take chances otherwise we will be down with the blue scum.
Samtozer, Ithink the problem here may be that Ellis may not really want to sell...
Well I havent renewed my season tickets (3), and wont do so until he's gone. Enoughs enough. Of course, once you break the habit and stop going, who knows? Despite your best intentions you might never return.
You have a point but deep down ellis must know the club are going nowhere with him in charge, i predict a riot!!!!!!!
let us know when samtozer, and your prediction will come true, and you shall be known as mystic sam, this is taking up my days,. can't concentrate on work, need to know who will be controlling our beloved team, clocks ticking Doug, time to go.
steff, your not the only one who cant concentrate i have just moved to florida and im more worried about who is taking charge at villa than getting a job myself! We need something to happen fast.
Going on holiday on's going to be a nightmare being totally out of touch for two weeks! I'll be scouring the resort for English newspapers!
I haven't been to Vp for three years now but watch Villa away in London and the South. I am now feeling guilty for buying my away shirt from Villa Village online the other month and feel like sending it (unwashed since 5 aside on Tuesday) to Ellis's office explaining that I cannot bring myself to wear it again whilst he continues to obstruct these viable bids, purely for his own gratification, because lets face it he doesn't really want to go..He is in his own deluded mind "Mr Aston Villa". Mr Lerner I hope you are playing the game because you have surely come up against more difficult (maybe not senile) hurdles in your business, it is not time to give up , because I seriously am concerned about Mr Nevilles financial backing, and I think the Athol Still/Eriksson thing is a smokescreen, it will all settle down and Ellis will remain. We as fans have to make sure that this doesn't happen!
I think the comment about boycotting home ganes but go to as many away games would be one good plan. How about organising something for every one that has bought a season ticket (like silly me) to send them to Jon Fear. He could then have evidence of how many of us are boycotting games, specifically, over what Ellis is doing again. Given sufficient support of a few thousand ticket holders, I'm sure Jon would get maximum publicity from all his contacts.
hope is still out there
I saw that Neville bloke on the telly the other day saying he would allow Doug to stay on at the club in some capacity, I think he may have just won the bidding with that one statement. I think Doug lives in his own little world where he thinks everyone likes him. Sorely misstaken
I see no problem in letting Ellis stay on in a 'figurehead' capacity as, say, president. With no power at all it would serve his ego and any opinion would be undermined at board level, therefore completely marginalising the old get. If he has any integrity, which he is clearly lacking, he would sell up and gift villa 20-40m for players to act as a lasting reminder of his reign. He may then be remembered with some affection. Can't see him doing the decent option though. The Neville bid is interesting as he is a fan. We may end up with a statue of Sir Dennis lifting the Cup outside the Holte, long overdue. But the Lerner bid is what we want really, he may actually have cask to invest. No matter who takes of, in business terms we will improve. At the cost of ticket price increases, but an easy price to pay.....
You know what, my old man decided the day Ellis took control was the last day he would go down to VP. He said then that the only way he would return is when Ellis left. He's on his way back guys.
I have just read the Sunday Times report that Ellis is seeking to persuade Martin O'Niell to become the Villa manager. This news gives me very ambivalent feelings; one the one hand O'Niell is certainly the right choice for the job BUT if he were appointed by Ellis would all the protests and the threatened boycotts cease? Personally I hope they do not. In my view every pressure should be applied to make sure Ellis goes, once and for all. He cannot be allowed to escape the justified wrath of the Villa supporters by offering the sop of O'Niell as the new manager. Everything that has been discussed and agreed in this article should be implemented and pursued with vigour until we are finally rid of this ancient parasite. DoogieTyBrenin
I have just read the Sunday Times article that suggests Ellis is planning to persuade Martin O'Niell to become the next Villa manager. What concerns me about this news is whether, if it happens all the planned protests and demonstrations to get Ellis out will cease. How mant times in recent years have the fans wanted Ellis out and then, when he appoints a new manager, we forget them the protests and wait again for the inevitable failure, due to under investment and interference from a man long into his dotage. I would suggest that even if O'Niell does take the job while Ellis still in charge then all the protests and demonstrations that have been planned should continue until the real objective has been achieved, namely, the removal of Ellis, once and for all, from Villa Park. Please, don't give up the good work that has now been set in motion. Do not be satisfied with a sop offered by that egocentric octogenarian. He MUST be removed for the good of the team and the club. DoogieTyBrenin

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