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Real Villa Fans DON'T Boo OUR Boys

Are you one of the few who boo our players? Come on, I've not met anyone that will actually admit it and yet the noise is audible enough for the players to start commenting. So are you one? I think everyone at Villa deserves an explanation as to why a 'fan' (sic) would boo one of their own whilst in the shirt on the pitch. Please do educate the Villa faithful who would rather jump in front of a bus than do anything other than SUPPORT the team during matches as to what you think you are achieving. Might also be interesting if you could tell us which team you really support because lets face it, this is NOT the way REAL Villa fans behave, never has been and never will be.

What am I on about?

The booing of Stiliyan Petrov when he was brought on for Craig Gardner on Saturday in the match against West Ham. When he was about to be brought on, someone behind me was screaming 'NO MARTIN, DON'T DO IT, HE'S ****' Now if I can hear that, so could the Villa boss and so could the player because I sit right by the bench. Then he comes onto the pitch and is met by booing.

What the hell will booing a player who is already - by the looks of it - devoid of any confidence achieve? I can't think of one positive effect it would have. How would you feel if you were at work and your entrance was met by a chorus of boos and jeers? How would that make you perform through the day, how would it effect your personal life?

Craig Gardner has spoken out against the incident sticking up for his team mate. The young Villa midfielder said he will come good because 'He's a great player.' And on the numpties who booed he added, 'I don't know who or what the fans were booing for. We got the three points, so the substitution was the right decision. If I'd have stayed on, we might have lost 2-1. Stiliyan found it hard last year, but he's a great player and I'm sure he'll prove it this year.' I think the booing, to be fair, was at people not wanting Gardner taken off. No matter though, still wrong.

It is always, always, always wrong to boo a player in claret and blue whilst on the pitch. It is fair enough to say what you think after a game but for 90 minutes a fan sings their heart out in support of the team, surely that is our job?

If you disagree, can you please educate me and the rest of the mystified masses as to what the end game is of booing a player?

We all (or most I think) are disappointed with Stiliyan Petrov, he came with great debut performance and a big reputation, not to mention price tag but has so far failed to live up to his potential. I think we've all seen interviews with the manager and other players saying he is a great player and that he will come good and yet the evidence to date is pretty different. So fair enough, there are issues with the player but you surely HAVE to put that to one side when he is playing in the claret and blue? I must admit the 'collective groan' when he miss plays a pass or loses the ball is something that you probably can't do anything about, it is a natural reaction that is amplified when 20 000 people groan at the same time, but we can do something about the booing of players.

If anyone boos ANY player at Villa Park (because lets face it, there has been similar when Marlon Harewood has been brought on) ask them why they are doing it and politely ask them to stay away next time. Maybe I'm just getting old but the Holte End especially used to be a place of great imagination, loads of songs supporting our players and loads of fun. Now if it isn't a rendition of an anti Blues song (a club who should mean nothing to us unless we are playing them) it is booing our own. What gives?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
Time: 11:12AM


With regards to the "settling in period" that Petrov took at Celtic, is that really required at the Villa? I mean, is Scotland really all that much different to England in terms of quality of life? If Petrov had moved to another European country such as France, Spain or Italy, then I could accept the "settling in period" as an explanation. However, I find it a bit hard to understand how somebody that had settled in to life in Scotland after 18 months would take another 18 months to settle in to life just down the road in England! We've all seen Petrov's debut for us against West Ham so we know that he's a capable player who can produce the goods - it's just a case of the player producing the goods on the pitch (going back to the original point - take note, guilty parties - this is NOT helped by booing him before he's even taken three steps onto the pitch, let alone touched the ball). No doubt MO'N knows him well, but one of my big problems with England managers down the years - yes, that includes the current one....if you can call him a manager! - is that they pick their favourite players rather than the players who are doing well for their clubs. Surely if Osbourne is doing as well as MO'N says he is, he could throw him in the mix for at least 1 in 3 matches?
12/10/2007 13:54:00
steff - hoopymo was quoting me!
The Usual Suspect
12/10/2007 10:47:00
A honest man, excellent! Agree that Petrov is not "doing it" for us at the moment, I think the problem is that MON knows the player very well, and knows for a fact that he is class and will be an asset to the team, thats the only reasoning I can attach to it, As hoopymo stated above it took him a year and a half to settle at Celtic, so by that reckoning our wait is almost over.
11/10/2007 19:57:00
I've been involved in discussions on booing players before now - I'm ashamed to say that I used to be one of those fans. However, a lot of people on here made a lot of good points that have made me see the error of my ways, and I can honestly say that I haven't booed a player since. I'll admit that I wasn't overly thrilled when Gardner was taken off for Petrov, but to boo him as soon as he runs on to the pitch? That's unforgivable. To get on a player's back before he's even touched the ball is mindless, and I now realise that it's not going to do anything positive for the player in question - hell, if someone booed me before I'd touched the ball then I wouldn't care how bad I played! On another matter, O'Neill has spent quite a few interviews bigging up Isiah Osbourne so why not give him a spot on the bench and the opportunity to prove himself? We can all agree that Petrov isn't "doing it" for us at the moment so why not give a young, hungry local lad a chance?
11/10/2007 12:25:00
Ask Celtic fans and they will tell you that Petrov took a year and a half to settle in when he moved to Scotland. Admittedly, back then he had the language barrier on top of moving to a foreign land to contend with, which he no longer has to deal with, but my point is he eventually came good. I honestly believe he'll come good again - the booing is despicable. Everyone, in every walk of life goes through poor times in their professional life. I don't believe in sticking with players regardless of performance, but i do believe in giving players opportunities to turn poor form around. well looks like a celtic fan came to answer true what was said about petrov but you have overlooked the fact that villa have a very english squad(something to be proud of) and that makes it harder
10/10/2007 20:00:00
100% agree with your comments there The Usual Suspect. Very sensible posting.
10/10/2007 16:16:00
Ask Celtic fans and they will tell you that Petrov took a year and a half to settle in when he moved to Scotland. Admittedly, back then he had the language barrier on top of moving to a foreign land to contend with, which he no longer has to deal with, but my point is he eventually came good. I honestly believe he'll come good again - the booing is despicable. Everyone, in every walk of life goes through poor times in their professional life. I don't believe in sticking with players regardless of performance, but i do believe in giving players opportunities to turn poor form around.
The Usual Suspect
10/10/2007 10:33:00
Hey, the negativity stem from the KNOB SQUAD and like minded organisations. I would agree that by and large this is a negative site or should I say negativity does hold sway here. How many time has someone that makes a positive comment been to to wake up and smell the coffee? AVFC48 in particular. Villa have always had player that have failed to live up to expectations. I remember the abuse Villa fans gave Tommy Craig years ago and he never came good. We should get behind players when they are down because thats when we as fans are truly supportive.
10/10/2007 09:39:00
Maybe O'Niell should think more about his value for money strategy and realise that to get into Villa Park and watch the likes of Petrov and Harewood costs an average working person a sixth of their take home pay, and thats without traveling and food etc....players shouldn't be booed, but after 14 months of waiting, Petrov just hasn't delivered, he's not a rookie, he's a 28 yr old pro who has 40+ caps and captains his country....basically he can't hack it in the premiership, he just isn't good enough....and Harewood is just a poor mans Vassell, not up to the standards of this league. BUT UNTIL O'NIELL REALISES THIS, THEY SHOULD BE SUPPORTED WHEN WEARING A VILLA SHIRT, BOOING AFFECTS THE WHOLE TEAM, NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL, DON'T AFFECT THE TEAM, THIS CAN ONLY SET THEM BACK.
09/10/2007 22:33:00
The ultimate insult to any footballer, being jeered and held to ridicule by his own 'supposed' footballers. Admittedly it was only a very small minority in attendance that showed fit to react in this sad way, but even a very small minority is way too many. Most of the jeers came as far as I can tell from the upper Holte, a slap in the face to all those of us who stood on the Holte, supported and cheered during the Holte End's formative early years of the late 60's and early 70's. Back in those days we'd have dealt with the morons amongst ourselves, pin-pointed them, and gave them a 'talking-to' either there and then, or on the next away trip. Where's gator, he'd back me up 100% on that statement? We went through some rough times back then, but we supported the lads in the claret and blue through thick and thin. I'm not for endorsing fisticuffs at football games, but maybe, just maybe, the right approach should this despicable act happen again, is to give the perpetrator(s) sitting by us their own little 'one-on-one' talking to.
09/10/2007 21:12:00
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