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The 'New' Villa

'Come and see the new Villa' they say. The new Villa is mightily impressive and quite possible the best in the land, which is a bold statement to make but having looked at the make up behind the scenes of other clubs I really do believe that, and over time we have the foundations in place to scale whatever heights we want.

Unfortunately, the new Villa has not yet been extended to the pitch and after all, fans don't go to a match to cheer on a Chairman or a director do they? A good many of us (28,000 per game) will go no matter what, whether we're top or bottom, it's wet or warm, it's Saturday or Sunday - if there's a game on then we are there because we are addicted and we'd be mortified if that one game we did miss turned out to be the 6-0 victory we crave for. (For all the years in the Midlands this was my rule of thumb, now I've moved away it's a dozen or so games per season, but it's not me that should be targeted - there are enough people in the Mids who should fall into my previously religious type way of life of attending each week without fail.) Much has been discussed about how to get the fans back through the turnstyles and I think the price, the kick off times and the local redundancies have all played a major part in the missing thousands, but really none of that matters when your addicted - I just think people aren't enjoying going to the Villa and so not getting 'bitten by the bug'.

People harp on about the Big Ron era more than any other in the past 20+ years yet we weren't particularly successful then but the Sold Out signs went up most weeks. This is because we were entertained, we attacked and we had that bit of gusto and bravado about us that bought the fans to their feet. Since then nothing. Like now, we've had a solid defence but no link between midfield and attack and no one up front to score us the 20 goals needed to haul us up to the dizzy heights. This has now been ingrained into peoples psyche as is further enforced EVERY time we appear on TV and those floating fans witness yet another lacklustre and dull performance.

I'm waffling a bit here, but in short the only way we will get the Sold Out signs back on a regular basis is to change the style of the club and play with a swagger on the pitch, after all that's why we sell out against Man Ure, Chelski, Arse and Liverpooh - because you will get value for money. This isn't a dig at MON because it is totally out of his hands what with the transfer window being in place, but we need to lose 'difficult to beat' tag and sign more attack minded players. Two attack minded full backs, a marauding winger and two new strikers would totally transform the club and as word spread so people would come back to see the real 'new Villa'. We can afford to be alot more gung-ho because the central defence and central midfield is good enough to cope with it. An entire generation has lost interest but the bottom line is they all still cheer on the team via the radio, Tv or teletext and will always be tempted back no matter what if they think their going to be entertained. The more exciting the game, the better the atmosphere in the ground and that is also what gets people making the pilgrimage.

By Beefy

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 27 2006
Time: 7:18PM


I think we will be able to have a peek at the new Villa come Feb 1st. I predict at least 3 signings. I also predict they will be of a higher quality than we have seen for many a year. OK, so those predictions are easy to make of course. What is not so easy to predict is whether we will make a monster of a signing. If we do then we will be getting sold out signs at most matches, irrespective of if we are 4th or 10th. The Villa we see now will not be the Villa we will be seeing in 12 and 24 months down the line. Exactly which kind of bigger, swaggering Villa we will see is an exciting prospect! I can't ******* wait!
27/11/2006 19:36:00
The new Villa will need to win a few games instead of drawing most of them!
27/11/2006 20:00:00
Yes.. but this is the Sow's ear Villa. Silk purse in 12 months.
27/11/2006 20:07:00
great to see that we are at the start of something now though, before it just seemed so stale and stagnant. Long live the revolution!
The Fear
27/11/2006 20:11:00
Bringing the missing supporters back to the club is obviously going to be a bigger undertaking than was initially envisaged. I hear the excuses from the stay-aways, the pick and choosers, the part time brigade, and I'm sorry but none of their feeble excuses wash with me. If you claim to support the club, prove it. Get down to Villa Park and support the lads. This is a momentous time in our illustrious history. The club needs us right now, probably more than ever before. The new owner and his board have exciting plans for the club, but they need our backing. We are on the threshold of a brand new era, if we cant pull the supporters in now, we probably never will.
27/11/2006 20:54:00
Have to massively agree the need for more exciting play starts at the back with godd overlapping defenders who can pass and help us construct from front to back. That will help and take some weight off Luke Moore (who is a key new January or shortly afterwards player for me) and Gabby. JPA may still come to life even more with more momentum and creativity on the pitch behind him. Hopefully Petrov too. Hendrie in the midfield also has more creative football in him than most - and he definitely deserves the chance everyone else has had to impress. Priority signing for January should then only be if they will substantially improve on this - not more of a similar standard. Milner is NOT significantly better than what we have. Nor am I sure about Keane or Defoe. Bellamy is an option but trouble usually in the medium term. Either way a great winger or striker - with Gabby staying put wide or moving in depending on who we can get would be a huge step forward. To close though rampaging full backs of the Gidman, McDonald, Swain, Aitken or a fit Delaney mould would be my starters.
27/11/2006 21:07:00
glensider - i am gettin racked off with all this stay away supporters malarcky, some of us have genuine and i mean genuine reasons why we cant attend every match. Would you call Fulham, Middlesborough, Reading and Spurs a pick and choose supporter? Whether the excuses wash with you or not is no concern of mine, i have been to every game i can over the last 20 years regardless of monumentous times. I am fully supportive of everything that is going on at the club but hate being slated for not being a season ticket holder. Why not chill, enjoy what is goin on, the fans will return sure as day becomes night they will return, do us Villa fans always have to have something to moan about?
27/11/2006 21:23:00
For me to go to a game at Villa Park i pay £30 in petrol, programme, food, a beer plus entrance fee. I'm lucky to spend less than £70. Add to this the away games that i go to which can cost twice as much in petrol and you get a picture of how much it can cost. Add to this that I have a daughter to look after every other weekend, and a mortgage to pay. Glensider you need to either wise up, grow up or try and understand what REAL life is like! I agree that if we were playing bright attacking football this would help ease the pain a little but it wouldn't change the way i watch my football
27/11/2006 22:11:00
There is some merit in this article which won't go down well I'm sure. I took 4 people to the Boro match with me who I managed to convince to come. They came away saying they found the performance frustrating and have no intention of going every week until it improves. Some would say well they're not 'real' fans but they are indicative of the missing thousands who go to selling out the ground every week. I'm sorry but we do not have 43 000 season ticket holders yet and it is obvious the fan base needs rebuilding. No doubt when they do come back when the product is right there will be people on this site complaining they're glory hunters. I agree with Macka I'm tired of the moaning and self righteous attitudes.
27/11/2006 22:21:00
New film, Field of Dreams, filming started at Villa Park at the start of the season, Great film staring Martin O'Niell with supporting roles by new gy Randy Lerner and a chap known as just "The General" The film starts with a struggling team and no support. But through the film things get better, the bottom line is "Build it and they will come" I think the same has to be done at the Villa to bring back the missing thousands.
28/11/2006 01:12:00
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