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Bye Bye Doug, Bye Bye VFC

Aston Villa Shareholders Association and Villa Fans Combined welcome and back the bid from Randy Lerner for Aston Villa plc.

Jonathan Fear said: 'It has been our stance for many years that Mr Ellis should step aside and gladly that is now happening.

It is obvious that the club has gone stale and needs fresh ideas and a dynamic board, we feel that is exactly what Randy Lerner and his team can provide.

We will certainly be recommending to the members of AVSA to sell the Association's shareholding and I'd implore all shareholders, once they have read all the details and come to a decision, to act quickly in order to facilitate a speedy takeover.

Myself and Navid Nazir have been lucky enough to have spoken on numerous occasions with the advisors to RAL and have been impressed with the fact they have gone about things the right and professional way. They have done their talking to the board and to Rothschild's as opposed to other groups who have done their negotiations via the press.

It is positive news that they have sought the opinions of the fans and small shareholders and we have been given the opportunity to stress that we are the lifeblood of the club and need to be brought back into the fold and involved.

Now that the bid is in, I'm sure RAL will make their plans public and explain exactly what their arrival will mean to Aston Villa. Personally I'm excited at the prospects of not only having the best manager for the job in Martin O'Neill but also a new and dynamic board with plans to put Aston Villa back to where they rightfully belong both domestically and in Europe.

Villa Fans Combined will now disband with immediate effect and would like to thank the many thousands of fans who have helped over the years, lets hope the days of protests are well and truly behind us and the club and everyone involved with it can unite and move Aston Villa forward.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 14 2006

Time: 8:43AM

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Well done guys, it's been a long, tough battle but finally we have hope.
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14/08/2006 09:04:00

What the hell are we gonna do now we have nothing to moan about? How boring... ;)
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14/08/2006 09:07:00

Christmas come early.......Can't wait to see if Randy will give us the 50 million transfer kitty as rumoured. What a fews weeks of spending upon us.....!! Still can't believe it. :)
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14/08/2006 09:09:00

Great news all - and thanks J Fear, for all the hard work you and your associates have done over the past few years, long may it continue, but without the bad news !
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14/08/2006 09:09:00

Congratulations.. very good news for all concerned I'm sure. Top manager, new management, a few quid to spend.. we've got the manager but can we have the other two please? :)
Auckland Owl
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14/08/2006 09:22:00

calling all villa fans that have stayed away for good reason..! once it is officially complete (the takeover) lets pack villa park out every other week and announce that the villa are back to the rest of the prem and europe. Villa park will become a place teams fear once more....!
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14/08/2006 09:34:00

Absolutely fantastic news, will be good to be able to compete again and have that bit of belief which has been lacking over the past few seasons. Thanks DD for finally seeing the light and having sense in stepping a side so that the club can move forward again......COME ON THE VILLA!!!
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14/08/2006 09:49:00

And they say there is no God! Now for a new Chairman, Graham Taylor anybody? Keira Knightley? Life doesn't get much better than this.
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14/08/2006 09:53:00

The official offer makes it clear that Lerner will be chairman; and that a retired US Marine commander will also be on the board!! A bit sad in one way in that I have owned shares in the Villa since the 60s. Still, I suppose it's a small price to get rid of Herbert. This has really brightened up my Monday morning
chocolate teapot
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14/08/2006 10:06:00

The VFC have gone?!? Bring back Doug! Well lets hope that this is the start of Season Ticket Pricewatch Combined, as I would like to hope the main problem is now are going to be getting in to VP. Here's to a bright future, and a big thanks to Jon and all the VFC lads for telling it like it is (was/whatever!)
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14/08/2006 10:13:00

Merry Xmas everyone - at last it's gone through now let's look forward to a long awaited spending spree - Hargreaves, Petrov, Sorin, Distin & Gravesen would do 4 starters - What are your ideas!!?
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14/08/2006 10:16:00

i have wood
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14/08/2006 10:17:00

Good statement there JF. Says it all really.
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14/08/2006 10:20:00

AVFC will go next now Randy's moving in... it'll be AVSC soon.. (Aston Villa Soccer Club)..
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14/08/2006 10:23:00

Just wanna echo the sentiments of all above and thank JF and the lads for all of their efforts. So is that the last we'll see of yer man with the baldy head on SSN, Jon ? :P
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14/08/2006 10:24:00

Give Mr.Fear a seat on the board!
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14/08/2006 11:12:00

Would be great for Randy to parade the European cup winning team before the first home game. Give them the credit they never got under Deadly. Anyone know how long the takeover may take? In other words until we have some spending money. Mr Fear, your comments please.
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14/08/2006 11:21:00

lilbluesfan, always there with your penny's worth aren't you, you spend more time on this site than you do on the blues one, i'm starting to think your a closet villain.........
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14/08/2006 11:31:00

I like the 3% of blue noses who have voted on the suggested poll, who don't like the idea of the mighty villa once again being the force it was, I say to you, Karen Brady, David Sullivan, Steve Bruce, Jasper Carrot, Roy Wood, Jack Osbourne, The Bull ring, All porn magazines, your boys are going to take one hell of a beating.
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14/08/2006 11:42:00

Hope you enjoyed the bloodsuck JP :) I guess this ends your life !!!! But seriously,it's a decade late but better than never. A new era dawns and perhaps glory (or at least respectability) will ensue.
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14/08/2006 11:46:00

This needs to happen. Doug Ellis is a waste of space. If he stayed he would drag you down to his level
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14/08/2006 12:02:00

bobbyfett.... I'm getting worried myself!!!! Then again, its just boring over at ours, at least yours is interesting!!!
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14/08/2006 12:02:00

Worth coming back from Australia for ! ;o) UTV !
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14/08/2006 12:13:00

Man this is astounding news. I'd come to the end of my teather with the bull***** about the take-over but man i am on cloud 9 now, just wish there were some more Villa fans down here to talk to about this, really need to get drunk and celebrate!!!! VFC, thank you so so so much for all of the hard work and dedication through all the hard times for the best of our wonderful club, i hope the new board will make us fans the centre of it's world and not some distant star like the last lot, HErbert Chariman, No more!!!!!! Love the Villa!
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14/08/2006 12:26:00

This day, August 14th 2006 is the day that will forever be remembered in the history of Aston Villa. The day we were liberated from dictator Doug by the Americans. USA USA USA ! Finally, the shackles are broken and the rebuilding can begin. First off, get rid of all pictures of Doug and re-name the DE stand
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14/08/2006 12:42:00

Dunno if anyone's posted this already but it made I laugh it did
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14/08/2006 15:32:00

To all you blue noses out there - Read it and weep - Come on you LIONS!!!!!
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14/08/2006 22:06:00

im going to miss those banners last game of the season!
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15/08/2006 10:09:00


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