Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 31 2006
Following the article about Martin O'Neill asking for time from the fans (Villa Boss Looking For Time ) voiceoftheholte wrote this in the article comments which I thought was too good not to put up as an article.
The single biggest factor for the future of our club is .............. us, the fans.
If all things remain equal then M'ON and Randy are here for the long term.
We have the opportunity of building a real football dynasty. It is not going to happen this season (certainly), it may not start to bear fruit next season (probably), and who knows how season three will go. But it is important to remember it took Fergie at Manure 4 years to start delivering the goods.
Because of Ellis we are light years away from challenging for the league, and the Abramovich factor is having a knock on in world football, let alone in this country.
So Martin O'Neill and Randy Lerner need time.
So the simple things we can do are to start filling Villa Park. Stay to the end of games and make the last five minutes (usually the most important) the loudest and most vocal in support of the team. We can ensure that in in a couple of years when we may be only half way up the table, not to infest this site (and others) with bleatings of how the club needs a change.
Lets not boo our players if they happen to be losing a game at half time. Lets not put individual players under pressure if they are struggling, it is then that they need our support the most. We can be confident with M'ON that any player not giving 100% will not get in the team. So if a player is in poor form lets get behind them because even though they may be struggling, almost certainly it will not be because of lack of effort.
Over the last few years there has been an ugly tendency for fans to pick on individuals. Not only does this destroy the player, it affects the whole team and means that other players may think twice before signing for the club. Put a Villa sticker in your car so the colours are on show wherever you go 24/7. Wear your colours as often and as proudly as you can. Bring your friends and family to the games. Those with kids make sure they do not stray to the dark side, bring them up on a diet of Villa. I would even go as far as suggesting that anybody in Brum seen wearing the colours of any club other than a local one should be ridiculed.
Lets support our local team and stuff any body from around here if they want to follow Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea or the Arsenal.
For the first time in 25 years we can have a sense of unity, a feeling of moving forward together. Lets not have people break ranks even if things do not appear to be going as well as expected. Over the last few years this club needed fans to protest. To rebel against the failing regime. What is now needed is to put as much effort in to supporting the current owners and manager as was put in to removing the old ones.
So M'ON, you have time. Take care with our club. If everybody sticks in with it for the long term, does not break ranks, then in 3, 4 or maybe 5 years time a ground holding 60,000 will not be big enough. Happy days. UTV
Date:Tuesday October 31 2006
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