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Over the last few years it has regularly been a difficult time for us Villa fans. Going to an away fixture was often a daunting experience and followed by a dull performance. Forgivably is the Liverpool game and maybe Chelsea in the cup, although 4th we cannot class ourselves in their bracket of class as yet…. However what we can be proud of is the allegiance of fans this season on the road and the commitment O’Neill has found within his current squad.

We have made other fans respect us with our turn out in numbers and vocal support this season. We get behind our team from start to finish. O’Neill recognises the importance that the fans have in a game to spur on their players, this is noticeable when he runs across the pitch after every game win lose or draw to token his appreciation of the travelling fans.

It is important this support continues and hopefully our form also. We picked up our 1st 3 points away from home this season against Everton which was well deserved with the attempts on goal we had. Everton had their chances; we just took them on the day. Credit has to go out to Ridgewell and Cahill taking a stance in the centre of defence standing in for the injured Hughes and Laursen. We were evidently unfortunate against Chelsea. The decisions they had back in September made comical viewing when Mourinho openly complained about referee decisions last week. Does he only watch one half of the game? Makalele should have been sent off for them in the league game and Drogba’s foul on Hughes which lead to Lampard’s goal on Wednesday should not of stood. O’Neill set that story straight on Sky Sports last week! Hughes not falling to the floor and collapsing like a lame pony with 3 legs on Wednesday showed what a respectable footballer he is….Unlike the frequent pansies/cheats we see week in and week out – not mentioning any names… Zakora, Savage, Terry, AJ, etc who dive to the floor like as soon as an opposing player comes within close proximity.

As for the West Ham game, I doubt we will go a match the rest of the season where we shouldn’t of secured 3 points. Our next run of games should help us maintain our current position before the challenging and hectic Christmas fixtures. Keep up the good work Villains!!

Credit has to go out to the efforts Sutton and Petrov have added this season. Petrov has been unfortunate not to find the net so far, but deserves a goal or two to merit his efforts. When Sutton arrived at Villa Park he was mocked by Villa fans for playing for Birmingham City last season. Although I can relate to their views, the player never signed for them, he was only on loan, and if anything played some football he might not have played for Celtic, giving him some beneficial match experience which would have played a role in him obtaining us the winning goal at the weekend. So thanks Birmingham for another 3 points Saturday!

The real gratitude needs to be shown to Randy Lerner our new Chairman and Owner and Martin O’Neill who have come in and rescued the club from the deep hole Ellis, his Cronies and David O’Nearly dug us into.

Up The Villa!

Article by Lee Lindsay

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 14 2006

Time: 9:00AM

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The only thing Villa have to do now is maintain the high standards they have set so far tis season, If Injuries allow MON to play a settled team I cant think why this should not happen. MON what a start.
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13/11/2006 22:34:00

Good article but please note we are Villans not Villains!!!!!
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13/11/2006 23:15:00

Woops Bassett! That's a typo!
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14/11/2006 10:05:00

Good article. The regulars have found their voice and had their faith restored in all things claret and blue. Now the next thing is to get the stayaways and the occasionals to become regulars. We can do our bit by getting more friends and family to come to games. First the Midlands. Then the world. Villa are on the way back. Join the revolution. UTV
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14/11/2006 10:06:00

Why bother with the stay aways any more?? Villa need to attract people who are positive towards the Club and want to turn up and invest some of their money into the team. The new owners are actively seeking to promote the Club in the Midlands and worldwide. These are the people we should be welcoming and showing how great the Club is... we shouldn't now waste any more time trying to convince these so called Villa fans who still stay away to now support the Club.
Hoss The Villain
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14/11/2006 10:15:00

I think that sentiment is right Hoss, but we must accept that some fans are not as partisan as others. Some of us will continue to support the club no matter what. A lot just can not be arsed after the Ellis years. He killed the spirit and created such apathy that it going to be harder than anticipated to get some fans back in to the fold. It does not mean that they are a lost cause. More than likely it is these lapsed fans that will make the difference in the long run. So if you know any of them, do your bit to get them back to VP. If all regulars could just bring one extra person along then it would be a case of job done. UTV
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14/11/2006 17:49:00

Guys I have family that don't make every game but still buy the merchandise like shirts for themselves and their kids. They're still putting money into the club and are walking advertisements. Whilst utopia would be 43 000 season ticket holders I would prefer my family to buy Villa rather than any other club. My 3 girls don't like footy or go the matches but they've all got Villa shirts! What I'm trying to say is even if a 'fan' don't make all the games they can still contribute financially or vocally.
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14/11/2006 18:02:00

There's a tremendous atmosphere again at away games. The whole experience, the drive there, the pre-match drink/eats, the game, the atmosphere, the drive home, are an experience again. We were admittedly going on away-days merely out of habit, but all that has thankfully changed. While we never stopped going throughout the recent bad times, I often wonder whether our four person car load would have remained loyal this time out. Maybe not.
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14/11/2006 18:26:00

Good point well made gazvilla. But there are many thousands who can come to games but who are choosing not to. If we get these fans back and they start buying merchandise for their family the whole snowball will start rolling.
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14/11/2006 20:36:00

I understand your sentiments Gazvilla and all fans are important, however it annoys me when we can sell out against Spurs and then the crowds dip 10 to 15 thousand against other Clubs. This is more disappointing when you consider tickets for the Spurs game were priced at 15% higher than other games! So even though I understand fans, especially those with families, struggle to make every game there are still a vast number of fans who pick and chose games more on kudos than for support of this club. I have always campaigned that the best way to secure the support of fans and to increase the attendances is to attract families to games and more importantly children. The best way of doing this is to have a price structure which allows this to easily happen. Once the kids are hooked you’ll have no problem attracting big crowds week in week out and more importantly year in year out. The result of this will be more beneficial to the club than any other initiative the new owners can conjure up.
Hoss The Villain
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15/11/2006 08:58:00

I think the club already do this Hoss. Season tickets for under 12's are only £125 and only £150 for under 16's. There is then an interim period after this, so that 17 year olds are not suddenly landed with the adult cost. For the Blackburn game it was only £20 for an adult and child in the North stand and we only half filled the stand. How far do you think the measures should go? If the club goes much further then it will upset those fans who invest in the club, by buying season tickets at the start of the season. I think the uptake of half season tickets will be interesting. We are challenging for Europe. The new owners are doing their best to encourage supporters. By purchasing a half season ticket you get the Bolton game thrown in and we have all the supposed 'big' names to come to VP. This includes Redscouse, Chelski, Manure and the Arse. Considering the feel good factor surrounding the club I would not understand fans still holding back from making the commitment. However I wonder if fans will? UTV
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15/11/2006 09:31:00

No doubt about it, got to get the missing thousands back into VP.
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