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Chelsea Fan - Chill Out Villa!

Chill Out Villa!

It's nice to be so popular amongst you all. Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for visiting Vital Chelsea, if half as many come down for the Carling Cup tie we'll have a cracking atmosphere, secondly, nice to see so many of you took the bait. Come on Villa it's only 20!

However, that's not the purpose of this brief sojourn into enemy territory, it's not even the slanderous comments posted about me, my team or own owner, instead, I'd like to put the record straight about something in my article yesterday that was misunderstood - the ONE gold star comment.

Now, let's get this straight, I fully support your campaign to get the gold star on your shirts for the next campaign. The fact that you are struggling is indicative of the old gits that run our most treasured game. In fact, as a youngster, I was somewhat transfixed by your European Cup success.

I don't fall into the category whereby you're supposed to support an English team in Europe, too many nights up in Merseyside and Manchester in the dark late seventies and early eighties when you risked being carved up for speaking the wrong dialect. But you were different. You bucked the trend, a new kid on the block challenging the finest in Europe.

I can recall Jimmy Rimmer being taken off early on and a young Nigel Spink coming on. I can recall Peter Withe just about managing to hit the winner and then the glorious celebrations. However, it wasn't the triumph that mesmerised me about your unlikely bunch of heroes.

Supporting Chelsea, we've had a few great wingers, Charlie Cooke and Pat Nevin to name but two from an era gone by, you were similar. I can still see Tony Morley racing down the flanks for Villa, I can recall him cutting inside and scoring that wonder goal at Everton that helped launch you towards a League title. You were different to the t*ss*rs from further up north! You played football that had some gumption about it.

The fact that your fall from grace only served to mirror the troubles my own beloved side experienced could be described as living in a parallel world. Take the chairmen, see what I mean. Now, I'm sampling the sweet smell of success, sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if it's true. We've yet to win the Holy Grail of European competition; hopefully this will be our year.

Living with the downside of things - high ticket prices, a plastic fan invasion et al, is just a small price I'm prepared to pay, however, I have to admit a wry smile spread across my face when Randy Lerner took over the helm, could the Villa I had a grudging admiration for as they bucked the trend all those years ago, be the next football power to emerge?

In all honesty nothing would give me greater pleasure apart from, of course, the success I hope for my own team. Enjoy it whilst it last chaps as you too could soon be the target for every bitter supporter up and down the country who secretly envies the cash injection they would give their right arm for.

See you all in SW6!

Article submitted by Merlin

Can I just ask for the article comments to be left decent please, I don't want any personal abuse thanks very much ! JF




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 28 2006

Time: 11:24AM

Your Comments

So you agree then Merlin Chelsea aren't a big club just a rich one?
still skeggy
guess we all need to define what a big club is and I bet we've all got different definitions!?
The Fear
Big club = Success past & present, big fan base & global recognition. Chelsea have just one of those, paid for with money that wasn't earned by the club.
Rocky7
Right, thanks for that Rocky7! lol. They have the chance of becoming big, fair enough it is because of money, but if they keep winning, they will no doubt get a global brand, although I still think there is a limit as to how big they can be. Wonder who readers think are the genuine big clubs? Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal (on wins and now large stadium). Big but not recently successful Villa, Spurs big cup tradition but....? Newcastle potentially big due to fanatical fan base, money spent etc, but not there at the moment.
The Fear
Humble pie.. eating.. put it together... This writer is is a prize pillock, and does nothing but add to the general consensus that Chelsea fans have no class whatsoever... being a bad loser is one thing, and Villa cant claim to that we arent... but Chelsea fans have a clear inability to be good winners.
Talbear
and please Jon.. like the article highlighted above, please dont turn this into an Editors love in
Talbear
I don't take to personal comments about anyone on this site talbear and that isn't because I like love ins, if you've met me you'll know I don't!!! Just because he loves his team and likes to wind up opponents fans doesn't make him a prize anything. J or Jonathan by the way.
The Fear
Give the guy credit. He comes on to outline the reasons behind his words and his thinking. Hopefully it wont be too long before we are back taking on and beating Chelsea and the other current leading clubs, but as of right now though we're not quite there. Our time will come, and as our Chelsea friend suggests, having been through the mean, lean times, will make the return of the heady days so much sweeter.
glensider
chelsea are big, and if Roman does the right thing and banks for the future in terms of him ever leaving then they will stay big. I understand that there are people reticent to accept the 'bigness' if Chelsea but globally they are recognised and if they sitain this winning oe being thereabouts for 10 years then they will have their own history. I'd rather have their success and have people shoot me down for not being 'big' than not eh? You can only live so long on history....Up the Villa
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