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Proud history, bright thingy

I was wondering what would provoke me to actually sign up to Vital Villa - but I have to get this off my chest. I first had a season ticket back in 1978, as a juvenile for the princely sum of £10 and was privileged enough to see the building of not only a Championship winning team, but a European Cup winning team (when it was a proper cup).

As I grew up, I relinquished my season ticket due to work and family commitments, as I am sure many others have too, but still managed to get down to the ground and travel away to curse, cheer and do whatever else came naturally, whenever I could.

In the euphoria of a 'new' regime I was swept along with everyone else. A new owner with money he was prepared to splash, and a top manager - the glory days are about to return (I thought). Last season, I kept my feet firmly on the ground. MON came in a little too late for the transfer window, but I saw no reason why the team DOL nurtured to near extinction shouldn't have finished mid table in the previous season, so that is what I wanted as a minimum - and that is what I got.

This season couldn't come around fast enough. For the first time in years I thought we are now on the move, onward and upward - memories in the making. Despite the work commitments I decided now was the time for a return to the ranks of that exclusive club 'The Season Ticket Holder'. Having been one of the many in years gone by, cheering the Villa on whether they be Euro Champs, Prem League runners up, Pop Cup winners or worst of all relegated etc etc, I had suffered the indignity of being ridiculed for many seasons, as an arm chair supporter. No more. I was going to do what I had been asking HDE to do for years, I was going to stump up the money in advance, and then hopefully reap the rewards afterwards.

'Sod the missus' I thought in a Homer kind of way, 'Its my lads fault! He made me do it!' Off I went to the ticket office, 'One adult and one child' I said and promptly handed over alot of hard earned money - and I mean hard earned not money just given to me for standing on a bit of turf for an hour and a half Stiliyan. It didn't matter that due to commitments my son and I would miss matches - Saturday evening matches are inconvenient, Sunday matches are awkward, matches on week days are a definite no go - we were season ticket holders. I could hear my lad bragging in the playground already. A few signings to add to the squad we had, and we should be at least challenging for a UEFA cup place.

Meanwhile in the real world, the transfer window has now closed and we have a smaller squad (albeit better, I think) than DOL had. I admit I am not and never will be, a Premier League manager, but surely you build a team. You may let a few players leave but you add to a squad and then release the surplus. While the players that have left (with the exception of Davis) may not have been of the right calibre, were they all not competent squad players? Imagine you are the Villa manager, how does this sound, a swap deal involving Harewood for Angel or Petrov for Davis or even Hughes for erm, well no-one actually.

Having put my money where my mouth is, I already feel somewhat disappointed. Is MON out of his depth? He was a 'success' at Leicester, where they didn't really expect to win anything, and then a success at Celtic, where lets face it they only have one real team to finish above. I'm trying hard not to be negative, but I still have the feeling I have been cheated out of another season.

Date:Saturday September 1 2007
Time: 6:18PM


For goodness sake, let MON have his Celtic flare - I mean "Celtic" as in culture, not the previous club he was in charge of! People do things in different ways, but in the case of Samuel, Davis and Ridgewell, they seem to have wanted out anyway. Better to be rid, I say, if they're in that frame of mind. Let's see what the season brings... I reckon it looks interesting.
01/09/2007 18:47:00
McGrathisgod good post sums up how I feel , I paid for my season ticket before last season even ended I was so convinced we were on the up big time. Now I see another wasted season , I should be really excited about a game against Chelsea tomorrow but I'm not and as it is not a sell out yet neither are the "part time" fans
01/09/2007 19:02:00
Has it occurred tou all that you might be expecting too much all at once? Enjoy the ride, for goodness sake! Just to go down to VP and see footballers play a good game was once upon a time the thing to do, not expect the championship as though you've earned the right without playing for it!
01/09/2007 19:34:00
Like you said we have a better squad, I can't say I'm heart broken about any players that MON has let go. What do you want him to do if we are not in a possition to attract the best players, buy some more average ones to make the numbers up?
01/09/2007 19:34:00
What a great post - I had one of those tickets in 1978 - then when I started work in 1980 - I had a season ticket every year until 1993. I got my hopes up when lerner took over - but this window has a been a bit of a let down. I think MON will make this team top 6 - but only by making average players into a good team - like graham taylor and to a lesser extent Ron Saunders. I was hoping for players to come in - who wouldn't have been able to buy in previous years - that hasn't happened, and I point the finger at RL rather than MON - If MON could have I am sure he would have tried for Defoe, Yakubu ect - Does a manager with "significant funds" really buy Harewood - and sign 2 players on loan. My hope flickers, in that if we qualify for the UEFA cup - the manager will receive the backing to bring in the quality that we need to compete with the best. Don't get me wrong, I back MON to build a top team on a relative shoestring (in comparsion to some)- I just hope he doesn't have to
01/09/2007 20:11:00
Definately surprised you have not spent more in the transfer market. Looking forward to a good game tomorrow best of luck.
01/09/2007 20:17:00
We've played 4 games. We've won 2 (one a 5-0 banana skin brusher-asider), drawn 1 (in which we played brilliantly) and narrowly lost 1 (to the league's form team). 4 GAMES! Tomorrow we play a Chelsea team who haven't won at our place for 9 seasons and who are missing their talisman. I'm excited.
01/09/2007 20:28:00
What's the point in this? Far too early to be submitting negative posts like this. THREE games into the season!
01/09/2007 20:38:00
What is with people? I dont care when you first went to the Villa. I dont care about your life story. Why do people think that they can question O'Neill, the board et cetera when they have zero experience and zero management ability? Do you really think that we should take what you say with any credibility? Grow up and get another hobby.
01/09/2007 20:40:00
Maybe we should change our motto to "Proud history, bright future with a smattering of fans that will never be happy"
01/09/2007 20:47:00
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