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Short Term Fixes For Aston Villa


Ok , now that Mr Lerner has been confirmed as being the new man in charge [ed comment: 85.5% return, 90% needed for it to be a done deal] and we will have some new directors with new ideas taking our great club forward how about some realistic suggestions and ideas in the short to medium term for improvements at Villa Park

It has long been touted that Ellis was this great business man, however I think we were ran rather more as corner shop than a large superstore!

Here are my ideas although in preference order:

1.Move the away fans from behind the goal at the north stand and give them the top and bottom tier in the corner of the stand that hopefully will be re-named this would hopefully have the effect of improving the atmosphere and also beneficial to our players knowing our fans where behind the goal at both ends.

2.Improve the organisation of the catering / drinks available prior to a game and half time at the ground the staff at the beer points seem totally clueless and at best serve only 10% of the people wanting food or drinks at halftime therefore = lost revenue for the club

3.Improve the clubs official website and make it far more user friendly and up to date with news of what's happening at our club ( although I have noticed an improvement of late)

4.We are the only premiership club in a massive catchment area lets improve our marketing and for less attractive games let give out free tickets to local schools and clubs they are the fans for the future and a little investment now will pay dividends in the long run

There are of course many bigger things that need to be done at the Villa and after many years of neglect and mismanagement it is not going to be a overnight fix however these are my suggestions for quick short term improvements and hopefully ones that see us one day established back in the elite!!!!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 5 2006
Time: 3:10PM


I have a great idea but if it takes off I want a cut Mr Lerner....basically you have a season ticket discount if you a buy a shirt at the same time. I.e. £50 disount if you buy a shirt as well. This would apply also to match day tickets - get 10% off if your wearing this seasons villa shirt. This would hopefully sell more tickets and we will get the ground more full of villa shirts which would be something to look round and be proud of and raisethe atmosphere. I know its genius isnt it.
05/09/2006 15:20:00
All good ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing what Randy has in plan for the medium/long term. Suddenly being a Villa fan is interesting again.
05/09/2006 15:24:00
I have another one...we need to start a chant of 'get your takeover approval slips back in before lerner changes his mind and Ellis starts filling his pockets back up with the transfer kitty'...not sure how it would sound but its an important message.
05/09/2006 15:28:00
you know i wish i'd bought shares purely so i could send them back again now to help the process go smoothly!
05/09/2006 15:40:00
1. The away end is a great idea. Would be good for the players to celebrate with our fans. 2. Try and do something by putting seats in the corners. 3. Attach the North stand roof to other stands. 4. Get the training ground finished to help attract players. 5. Sort the sound system out, it was appalling in the top of te Holte against reading. 6. Our own Sky TV station - Villa TV.
05/09/2006 16:03:00
A few points. There is already Council permission in place to increase ground capacity to 52000 by redeveloping the North Stand. As soon as we can fill 42500 regularly then this improvement will take place. Buy your season tickets. Why give tickets away for free? This indicates the perceived value as nothing. We should encourage younger supporters but ALL tickets should be paid for. If you come to a game for free and it was poor, what would encourage you to come again in the future?? Plans are in place for the training ground. The sound system is terrible and should be sorted immediately. The match day experience needs to improve, this can be remedied by the fans by singing. An average game seems ten times better when the atmosphere is good. Equally a good game can seem poor when the atmosphere is crap. So sing, not just the Holte End, but Witton Lane, Trinity Road and North Stand. This also encourages the players and should result in more effort and more points. Having a decent club anthem would help. Get every body you know to put the colours in their car (air freshener, car sticker etc), I have had enough of seeing Manure, Redscouse, Olbeyun and the occasional B-lose ones every where. This is our city, we were the first ones here so show your colours with pride. In short, fill Villa Park, sing your hearts out every game, wear your colours as often as possible and for once lets all be positive. We have very little to moan about at the moment so lets make the most of it. UTV
05/09/2006 17:55:00
100% behind the suggestion of moving visiting supporters from behind the goal and relocating them in the corner up/lower tier of The Witton Lane Stand.
05/09/2006 21:15:00
Some interesting ideas there!
05/09/2006 21:42:00
I think I would rather give away fans half of the upper tier of the North stand, so that none of them are anywhere near the pitch at all. When the stand is then developed consideration should be given to incorporating the away section as far from the pitch as possible, similar to Newcrapstle. Also I am not sure if I have mentioned this before ........ but buy your season tickets now.
06/09/2006 09:50:00
My only concern with giving the away fans the upper tier above any of our fans is that you can imagine all sorts of things being flung down onto our fans , with the season tickets idea think its easy to say buy your season tickets but we have to be realistic for whatver reason at present we are not getting enough fans through the gates and that even as one of the cheaper clubs to go and watch, so think with those fixtures which are perceived to be less attractive we need to entice those less regular attendees to get into the habit of coming for more games, so money off for buying 2 or 3 or 4 tickets could be considered and we definitely need to adopt a club athem not only will this help getting the crowd singing but gives us a greater identity
06/09/2006 11:26:00
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