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Villa Fans Wanted - MAKE SOME NOISE

Villa Fans Wanted - MAKE SOME NOISE

Come on Villa fans, lets be aving ya!

Another stupid kick off time thanks to Sky (why oh why, for a company that has put so much into football, can't these people provide decent kick off times for their televised games? Do they seriously not understand these pathetic times are killing the traditions in the game?)

Sorry, I'm going off on one, the point is Martin O'Neill has told fans that they can play a massive part in the important Premiership clash this weekend in the battle against Bolton Wanderers.

Last season we played Bolton in the first game at home and saw four goals in nine minutes in front of a crowd of 33 363. That was under the ever dull David O'Leary. Surely, in spite of the kick off time and the fact it is on tv, we can beat that attendance?

O'Neill said: 'If we can get a bit of confidence about ourselves now at home and get the crowd stirred up, that would be great. We need to get the players lifted. They have seen us at Sheffield United, they know we're battling like men and they know we're trying to play - we're getting it down and playing some exciting stuff.'

'Now for the first time, it's up to the crowd to help lift us. The supporters can play a huge part, and it's the first time I've asked of them.'

Right, watch out stewards, we'll be having it large (and no, I don't have any idea what that means, I'm getting old and want to show I'm still 'down with the kids!) with the advertising board in front of me on Saturday!!!!!!!

The Villa boss (love saying that about O'Neill) added: 'Before now it's been up to us, and I suppose it still is, but really now we could get an enormous lift from getting the crowd coming in and supporting us. They know now the players want to go and play. We're playing some lovely stuff going forward, and it would be a great lift if we could get it.'

Official site info:

Bolton Wanderers Saturday 16 December kick off 5.15pm
Category B game
Tickets on Sale from Monday 30 October.
Call Consumer Sales on 0871 423 8101

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 14 2006
Time: 12:08PM

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they need to put a new, wooden, floor in the trinity road stand (too late for the consultation JF?), so we can stamp our feet like in the 'good old days'. We will probably be stamping our feet anyway come to think of it, have you seen the weather forecast for tomorrow? gonna be a cold one!!
14/12/2006 12:22:00
Attendances do give players a boost especially if the croud is vocal. An attendance of 30 000 doesn't sound to bad to me though!
14/12/2006 12:29:00
If we get 30,000 it will be a disgrace. The game is free to non season ticket holders buying tickets for the Manure and Chelski games. However M'ON is right about the noise. Apart form the back half of the top of the Holte, which is nearly always noisy, the ground is like a morgue. So to those who sit in any other part of the ground, get those vocal cords warmed up and join in.
14/12/2006 12:40:00
I'll tell you something about sitting in the other stands, as when you take the kids the Holte can sometimes be a bit rude, I sat in the North Stand for the Fulham game, with the kids, and whenever I stood up singing, I got some very funny looks, and kinda felt self-consious, so if you are sitting there, get your ass of the seat and sing!
14/12/2006 13:36:00
Theres nothing better than a buzzing Villa Park, and it really does transfer to the players too! Remember the semi-final fight back vs Tranmere? No doubt the fans played their part that night!
14/12/2006 14:18:00
Strange that the manager has to ask for support!!!
14/12/2006 15:25:00
I have just come back from VP. I have done my crimbo shopping and decided to treat the missus. She doesn't know it yet but all the new clothes she wanted are claret and blue. However I did ask the ticket office what sort of crowd is expected on Saturday. As of 2.45 today there were still 15,000 (you did read that correct ...... 15,000) tickets available. Considering the Manure game is sold out that would indicate that the ticket package for Manure, Chelski and Bolton was complete wash out. So to those fans who are saying we should buy this player, that player, but who are not coming on Saturday (out of choice, because there are fans who can't come) it is that attitude which will mean the best players will not want to come to VP. Would you want to play to a half empty ground? I have said it before and I will say it again. The apathy of supposed Villa fans is what is going to prevent this club from moving forward. The absent fans are the clubs biggest problem. So if the cap fits???? Thank you for possibly ruining our best opportunity for 38 years.
14/12/2006 15:35:00
I'd love to see villa park packed to the rafters but the only time i remember villa park full every game is when we are in say the top three and i think we will still get top players because we have the financial clout now and a excellent manger. unfortunately i can't make Bolton game because of a ******* wedding and i like attending games like Bolton because of the smaller crowds we get.
chris the villan
14/12/2006 19:03:00
'The absent fans are the clubs biggest problem'. voiceof theholte, you've summed things up admirably. Excuses, excuses, excuses! Weather, cost, night game, difficult k.o. time, Sunday fixture, its all a load of absolute crock. If you claim to be a supporter, then you should be down there Saturday evening, not sat in front of Sky t.v. watching the game in your role as couch potato follower. It will hold the club back, of that there's no doubt.
14/12/2006 19:03:00
And i think football first on sky does not help attendances either.
chris the villan
14/12/2006 19:07:00
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