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Villa Fans 'Wary' Of Revolution

Martin O'Neill has admitted that despite his arrival and the arrival of a new owner in Randy Lerner, some fans are still 'reserving judgement' on the 'revolution' at Villa Park.

'The fans are wary. I think they are folding their arms and saying 'Let's wait and see'. They've seen these false dawns before and to get to that next stage, we have to go through this current one. It's the old adage of two steps back to go one forward.'

'We have still to really win the people over. For instance, we had taken four points from two away games with Everton and Wigan and the crowd on Saturday was 33,000. It would be great to see a day when people are desperate to get into Villa Park and see us playing. I don't mean for the Manchester United and the Liverpool games, which are normally guaranteed sell-outs, but fixtures like the one with Middlesbrough so we still have got plenty of work to do.'

Amen to that. I thought we were assured crowds of 36 000 and over this season, evidently not with only the Spurs game selling out. Have to say Manchester City have had similar ups and downs to us but their fans still turn up in good numbers, maybe with a purchase or two the Villans will return in numbers?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 28 2006

Time: 2:30PM

Your Comments

Generally it is a sign of the game anyway, I know plenty of people that would rather go Rococco in Town or the Royal in Sutton to watch the game, where they have a big screen, are in the warm and can have a few drinks with their mates. Me personally I would rather be at the game, but then I am addicted to the Villa!
Sheriff Kimbo
This has been done to death, and I am more guilty than most. There are reasons, excuses, explanations, call them what you want for why we are not selling out our games. There are thousands of fans who can not come to every game for a whole host of reasons. That is the same for every club. But as a club we are obviously not as big as we thought. Either that or we replace the word 'wary' in the headline with any one of these - fickle, tight, passionless, apathetic, wingeing, spoilt. West Ham got more against Sheffield United on Saturday than we did against 'Boro. So we must accept that we will be inundated with gloryhunters when/if the team eventually start competing for trophies on a regular basis. Redscouse, Newcrapstle, Manure, the Arse are significantly better supported than us. We are in the lower end of clubs such as Man City, Spuds, West Ham, Everton, Chelski. I suppose the next group would include Boro, Sheff Utd, Charlton and Reading, followed finally by Bolton, Blackburn, Fulham, Pompey, Watford and Wigan (in no particular order). So that is the challenge the club must face. Win back the old fans, encourage the new ones and do it by competing on the pitch.
voiceoftheholte
looks like O'dreary was right, what a fickle bunch we are, It'll soon fill up when SWP signs for us. UTV
steff_the_villan
we werent fickle - we just didn't like him - LOL
mackaavfc
The fans certainly aren't returning in their numbers to the extent that I thought they would once the old man became history. Be very interesting to see the sort of attendance we attract this evening. 26,000 for this fixture last April. Surely we'll beat that, but will we top 30,000? I wouldn't be at all surprised if we struggle to do so.
glensider
I purchased a couple of tickets for some pals yesterday. The guy in the ticket office said we were expecting somewhere in the low 30's. Away fans are behind the goal in the North Stand which means that they have sold more than 1567 (which is the allocation if they are only taking seats in the Witton Lane). Personally I am expecting about 33,000. However I think we should now start doing attendances in empty seats rather than sold ones. So for tonight I am expecting 9551 empty seats.
voiceoftheholte
or to put it another way thats 9551 so called Villa fans who do not deserve to call themselves that, and no I am not having a pop at those with real reasons for non attendance and that does include me. but if I could make it to every game I would, which is why I just cannot understand you stay aways, and never will. I suppose the Mighty Villa just don't mean that much to you. UTV
steff_the_villan
Can't see it being much above 30,000. MON must wonder what he has to do to get a decent crowd in. 5th in the league, only beaten once and unbeaten at home. Who would have predicted that at the end of last season?! And with the coffin dodger gone, I thought we would be pushing 40,000 for games like this
Geordie_Villa
January will be a key time, as supporters will look to see just how far we are prepared to dabble in the market. New quality signings will obviously improve VP attendances.
glensider
 

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