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Aston Villa AGM Negativity!

AGM negativity.

Blimey, even when the Aston Villa AGM is postponed it still causes rucks and negativity!

The Annual General Meeting was due to be today but an announcement was made some weeks back that it had been postponed until November 30th due to the takeover. The message was put out several times on the official site, I know I put it on this site three times and I'm sure the other Villa sites covered it. Villa also had articles about it in several of the local papers so, short of writing to all the shareholders (possibly the right thing to do but at what expense?), there weren't that many more ways to get the message out. Sky Sports might have mentioned it in brief but it isn't exactly the earth shatteringly interesting type of football news they would be that keen on spreading!

Anyway, Steve Stride, Marion Stringer and Phil Mepham were in attendance today to call the meeting and to immediately adjourn it. I didn't think anyone would turn up, but apparently about 40 did, most of whom hadn't got the message.

I got a call this afternoon from an Aston Villa Shareholders Association member, Roy Froggatt. He was distraught and livid at the negativity from the people there and couldn't believe the attitude of some. Roy is a lifelong fan, he first attended when he was five and has been going 59 years. He's like many of us, who haven't exactly been happy with Doug Ellis (!) and is delighted that at last we have change so was furious at the negative and whinging attitude of the few.

You can understand the anger of a few who drove long distances or took a day off work to attend today, fair enough if you drive from Kent for a 'non event' you aren't going to be delighted and maybe as there were so few there they could have been offered a nice cup of coffee at the corner flag or a gift from the shop. BUT when you get people angry because as one said 'our beloved' leader wasn't there, referring to Randy Lerner, then you really have to take issue. This Ellis 'ite' obviously didn't see the irony in the fact he was annoyed that Randy wasn't at an agm that referred to a period where he wasn't involved at the club AND NOT at the fact that Doug and none of the other now ex-non execs weren't there (and don't get me wrong, they shouldn't have been either).

Another doom sayer told Roy that he'll see what happens now Ellis has gone predicting we'll get relegated. Right, ok, so we have Martin O'Neill in charge - the best manager in the league in my (and many others opinions) - we have a new and capable board of directors with a proven track record and we have an enthusiastic new owner who as O'Neill said, will put his 'heart and soul' into the club. From my discussions with his advisors and him, I can only concur, the excitement from them coupled with the wish to make Villa mighty again is tangible. There are no false promises, no spin and no bull, a far cry from the previous era, oh and the fact there is a little bit of money to spend won't go amiss either.

Roy asked me to pass on to Steve Stride, Marion Stringer and Phil Mepham just how sorry he was to see the rudeness aimed at them, which I've done with pleasure. I think the doom sayers are 1 in a 1000, that has been born out by the speed in which RAL gained over 90% of the shares and that was virtually without a whimper of opposition. So although I've passed on the message to Steve, I think they'll know already, Villa is about to enter a new era, we have no guarantees, but if we aren't all looking back in 5 or 10 years times with even wider smiles, I'll be amazed (I'll also no doubt be lambasted - but the negative people who spend more time moaning about chaps like me that anything else don't count anyway, so I'll leave the bedwetters to carry on with the attacks!)

On a more positive he also told me that his wife once told someone at Villa that she was second in the list of priorities for Roy, the first being Villa. Roy corrected her and said she was third as she'd not taken into account the reserves!! Classic.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday September 29 2006
Time: 2:13PM


Unbelievable, really, some of the comments made by those whinging. Are these people blind to how good we have it right now? As for the relegation comment - it would be laughable if it wasn't so very sadly misguided. We were tipped by all the bookies as favourites for relgation THIS season before the takeover and MON's arrival. What planet have these people been living on? I say again, thank god Ellis is gone. Long live Mr Lerner.
The Usual Suspect
29/09/2006 14:45:00
I think these people would moan if they won the lottery... "It'll probably mean changing my bank account". It really doesn't take much to realise what great times these are for Villa.
29/09/2006 14:46:00
Whinging gits, they need to get out more. Do they really have the good of the club at heart with this sort of attitude. I can see it now, blimy we've only won the league, we lost the Champions league in the final. I aint coming down next season.
29/09/2006 14:58:00
I honestly believe that a few people are upset with the take over just because they have nothing to moan about. Hopefully we can get a few back on track and the rest will fall by the wayside. PS: If you do enjoy moaning I suggest you visit a few like minded people on
29/09/2006 15:18:00
The only reason that people to the Villa agm is to moan. It's been like that since the first one. Now those 40 people turned up for a moan and there was no agm. what are they going to do?
29/09/2006 15:55:00
There's plenty who can't wait to say it was better under Ellis. Some use this site!
Steve W
29/09/2006 17:26:00
oohaah. you are quite right. We only went to the AGM to moan. And with Ellis in charge we had lots to moan about. You should be grateful that people did moan, the alternative was that we suffered Ellis in silence. Is that what you would have preferred? As for the next AGM it will not be a moan that we have, but we will be interested to see what the plans are for our club. In the future if everything has gone Pete Tong then I would expect the fans to 'moan' again. UTV.
29/09/2006 17:27:00
Jon, your last comment remeinded me of one of "Shank's" stories. He said there are two great clubs on Merseyside - "Liverpool FC and Liverpool Resrves". MON, like "Shanks" and "Cloughie" will be a legend one day and I just hope we are the Club for him to realise his greatest achievements. He's now 55 so another 10 years of his influence at VP will do me.
29/09/2006 19:40:00
How anybody can whinge, the way things are going is beyond me.
01/10/2006 10:30:00
To be honest, I have had loads of info on shares and EGM`s AGM`s, all in writing. (stock market requirement.) So why not a letter to cancel the AGM on the 29th? This is the sort of thing a legal challenge to the takeover of shares could be stated on ? I hope not.
02/10/2006 00:25:00
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