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Darius Vassell - Hero or Villain!?

Darius Vassell - Hero or Villain!?

Villa captain Gareth Barry has stuck up for former Villa striker Darius Vassell saying the player didn't want to leave.

Vassell was a Brummie born Villa fan who left during David O'Leary's reign. Even after he left he has shown where his heart is by signing a petition against Racism at Villa. In the occupation column he just wrote 'Villa fan'.

Hopefully he'll get a decent reception tonight, although with the Villa fans history of poor receptions to former Villa players, I doubt it.

Barry told the official site: 'Darius will enjoy coming back, because he's a big Villa fan, his family are and probably a lot of his friends. He haunted us a few times last season, so we've got to be on our guard for him this time. His season has been a bit indifferent because of injuries, but he's slowly got himself involved and he'll be looking to play at Villa Park.'

'I think moving away was probably a big decision for him and Darius was probably a little upset when he was eventually told he'd be moving on. I'm not sure of the details, but I'd be surprised if he asked to leave the club. It was a bit of a shock for Darius and it probably took him a while to get used to things. So yes Darius was upset, but he's at a big club in Manchester City and he's enjoying his football, so he's moved on.'

So will Vassell get a good reception from you tonight?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday November 29 2006
Time: 10:57AM


Have to agree with Barry, thought Darius was treated dreadfully by the club. He did not engineer a move away and should be treated with respect when he comes back. Bar the colours he is playing in he is effectively one of us. Thought at the 2m was a joke, would have been interesting to see what MON would have got out of him on the pitch, having said all that I hope he plays cackadoo tonight.
29/11/2006 11:05:00
Can't understand why he gets a bad reception. He's never been anything other than complimentary about the club and he said before the games last season that if he scored, he wouldn't know which fans to celebrate in front of. Giving ex-players a load of grief is something which ought to stop at Villa Park. Especially ones who never expressed any desire to leave the club and gave the club good service. I like Vassell and I was sad to see him leave VP so I for one won't be booing him
29/11/2006 11:07:00
This is something that I posted a couple of days ago. Most of it is a general thought on how we react to returning players, but it does go on ot highlight the issue regarding Darius. In short you must be braindead if you think he is the sort of player we should be giving stick to. Applauding ex players is not soft. Quite the opposite in fact. It shows a level of intelligence and decency that inbreds will not understand. Southgate did not say he wanted to leave for a big club. He did say he wanted to leave for a club that was showing ambition because he had realised, as all the fans had years ago, that Villa were going nowhere apart from backwards under Ellis. He came for £2.5 million and left for £6.5. He did nothing apart from critisise Ellis and make Villa £4 million. Since leaving he has never once critisised the club or the fans. He has only questiones the abilities of the former Chairman. In my eyes that makes him a pretty decent bloke. You will also find that Villa players who were here with Southgate have nothing but praise for him, along with nearly everybody else in the game. It is only the small minded who think otherwise. Some players do deserve a bit of stick for the way they go about orchestrating their transfers. Solano spings to mind. But the likes of Southgate, David James, Crouchy, ULDC amongst others do not. It would be great if we became known as fair, sporting , knowledgeable fans. Unfortunately that will not happen whilst we have children at the back of the Holte shouting abuse at former players and brain dead sheep joining in. No doubt on Wednesday the brain dead will start abusing Vassell. Not only a local lad but a Villa fan. He never asked for a transfer, and was sold for a pittance by the former manager (can't remember his name). Vassell was misquoted as saying he was glad of a transfer to a big club, but that is all it was, a press lie! Lets grow up. Unless you are a teenager or a moron, surely people must realise that by shouting filth at former players makes you look stupid.
29/11/2006 11:25:00
Seems to be the same with most players that return, just look at the w@nker jibes to Southgate on Saturday. Shame, some players deserve a bad reception but most don't, at the end of the day they go where the money is or where the ambition is. Southgate tried his best at Villa, left saying no ambition (which is what we were all saying) and although he didn't go to the best club, he doubled his wages. Jeez, I'd move jobs to double my wages, wouldn't you?
The Fear
29/11/2006 11:26:00
Bit worried about the picture of Vassell though, are his eyes about to pop out?
The Fear
29/11/2006 11:26:00
The picture was taken just as Darius copped a glimpse of Dion 'popping' out of his shorts!!! Allegedely!
29/11/2006 11:34:00
He deserves a very warm, courteous welcome from all at VP, including us the supporters. He is after all one of us, no doubt still holds the club very dear to his heart, and we should all wish him well for the remainder of his career. Of course once the action starts he immediately becomes 'one of them', and consequently cannot expect, nor will get any favours.
29/11/2006 13:17:00
Totally agree on voiceoftheholte's first comment - or should I say article/story/narrative!! Its hard to truly knock even Southgate for leaving under those circumstances, he was ambitious, and ended up winning a league cup if I remember rightly, some silverwear that he wouldn't have if he'd stayed. To be honest, I've felt sorry for Mellberg the last few years, he has the talent to be winning the trophies, hopefully he will, I'm just grateful he stayed. As for Vass, he has to be applauded, he gave 100% and is a true fan, otherwise where draw the line, why not boo Ian Taylor when he returned!
29/11/2006 13:35:00
Vassell left for his own reasons. He wasn't encouraged to stay but Ellis especially, did much to help him out
29/11/2006 17:57:00
Agree full on with mackaavfc. The guy was another strikign mistake in selling. The guy was Villa through and through, we got a bad price for hima nd he would be doing wonders with MO'N now I believe.
29/11/2006 19:54:00
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