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Boycott the Birmingham Mail

Boycott the Birmingham Mail

Boycott the Birmingham Mail

Over the last few weeks I have kept a close eye on the reporting from the Birmingham Mail. Since August 1st Villa have been the headline story on the back page 21 times. During the same period the dildo salesmen from Small Heath have been headline story on 24 occasions.

So despite the takeover, Martin O'Neill's arrival, buying Petrov for nearly £7 million, remaining unbeaten, being the only Premier League club in the city and having attendances almost twice the size of our neighbours, they are still getting more publicity from the regions newspaper.

The final straw being today (Friday 22nd). Tomorrow we are playing at home in the Premier League, in front of a probable attendance of 35,000 - 40,000. It is officially Randys first game at home as Chairman and it will be Petrovs home debut. In the team/squad there are several young, local lads in Moore, Agbonlahor and Gardner. However the back page of the Mail is about Small Heath.

It is common knowledge that they have the paper in their back pocket (allegedly) and I know there has been an unofficial boycott of the paper by Villa fans. However I think it is now time for an official boycott of the publication unless the news it carries reflects the balance of power in our city.

Article by voiceoftheholte

I don't usually add to articles, but this one I will! The Birmingham Mail (or Evening Mail as it was known) was the only paper that didn't give the fans the voice as all others did. We tried, especially via a great reporter at the Mail, to have a meeting with the sports editor Ken Montgomery and Villa reporter Bill Howell. The requests fell on deaf ears. I wrote to Ken, it was ignored. I emailed, it was ignored. The final straw came for my family and we cancelled our papers that we'd had as a family for 20 years, when they didn't report on the march before the Southampton game. 3000 Villa fans protesting and they didn't see fit to report it? As I tried to explain to them, we didn't expect them to agree with a word we said or a deed we did, but it was still news.

VFC had great coverage nationwide, in nationals and local papers, the Mail lagged very sadly behind that and despite a few signs of rebellion they always retreated to the safe Ellis spin line. What a shame they ever let Leon Hickman leave, now that was a sports editor with guts and bite.

Some of the reporting on Villa in the last few months has been nothing short of a joke, I get the feeling the new guys in at Villa will be very unwilling to allow that to continue.

First step might be to get a reporter like Lisa Smith who understands and supports Villa to report on them, now that would be a step forward. Better than a tame Walsall fan who lapped up Doug's every word and ignored the fans. His interview on Sky by Pete Colley about how great Doug had been to get Martin O'Neill and what a legacy he was leaving not only got loads of Villa fans laughing at him, but also fellow reporters who couldn't believe just how far up the arse of the board he had gone in his praise. Come off it, Martin O'Neill would not have come to Villa if he'd thought Doug was going to be at the helm, surely everyone realises that now?!?

Now for Villa information many have turned to The Birmingham Post and Express & Star, neither are afraid to be free thinking and to report with balance.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday September 23 2006
Time: 9:53AM


First a bit of context. I'm a Blues fan but I haven't lived in Brum for more than 20 years. That said from the Blues message boards I read, Blues fans call the paper the Meaning Evil and consider it to have a rabid Villa bias. The statistic at the top of the story isn't that impressive. If Villa had had one more and Blues one less it would be a 50 - 50 split which is surely what the paper strives for. It's been going down hill since Dennis Shaw left!
23/09/2006 10:22:00
I think they are tame with all teams really but Colin Tattum is better for blues than Bill Howell is for Villa fans. At least Tattum appears interested and passionate about the blues.
The Fear
23/09/2006 10:28:00
I agree totally with the article. The Mail has always written a negative slant on anything about Villa if it has been possible to do so. The recent reporting lvel has been farcical in its bias against Villa. There are enough of us to make a difference to the circulation of the rag if we are consistent in our boycott. Let's do it!.
23/09/2006 11:21:00
Spot on Devonblue, we all dislike the Mail and feel it is biased against our team. No need to feel paranoid Villa fans - it's just a crap paper (don't get me started on the Mercury!)
23/09/2006 11:21:00
I dont have that paper but if I did i'd still have it so my birds, guinea pigs, rabbit and tortoise had something to do there business on
23/09/2006 11:45:00
I stopped buying the Mail years ago, the paper is crap. I have a morning paper to read at work, we all exchange sports stories from different papers. A local evening paper has got to be very good for people to buy it at the end of the day. The Argus, I miss, but not the Mail.
23/09/2006 18:47:00
i live in hants but a couple of bluenoses have it sent down to them i wouldnt even wipe my **** with it UP THE VILLA
hampshire villian
23/09/2006 21:41:00
Good to see that we all agree the The Birmingham Mail is on the slide. However Devonblue you completely miss the point. The paper should not be striving for a 50/50 Villa/dildo salesmen split. It should report the news as it reflects on the audience of its paper. If our position was reversed with the dildo men then I would expect them to get the most coverage. However they are are just a second tier club, whose support is far outweighed by their local, bigger and more successful rivals. The balance of news should reflect this. For those interested in the figures, the current daily sale numbers of the Mail are just over 80,000. In 1996 when Villa last lifted a trophy the figure was 195,000 a day. However the numbers have dipped to the current levels mainly because Villa supporters refusal to buy the rag over the last 5 or 6 years. Unless the paper changes its policy, I urge all Villa supporters still foolishly buying the paper to keep their money in their pocket.
23/09/2006 23:58:00
I dont think that there is anything but an anti-Villa bias at The Birmingham Mail, which is the reason I cancelled delivery of it almost twelve months ago, and have refused to purchase a copy since. Bill Howell is a poor excuse for 'the Mail's man inside Villa Park', his pathetic fued with the previous manager highlighting his pathetic approach to his writings, comments and observations of the goings on at B6.
24/09/2006 04:59:00
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