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Real Villa Fans DON'T Boo OUR Boys

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?

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


I agree completley there is a tendencey amongst some of us to go over the top with negativity.Look at the way everyone went on about Harewood before he even kicked a ball,how did that help him?I think any Villa fans who thought the treatment of Petrov was wrong at the weekend should try send messages of support to him,even if that is a bit gay.
09/10/2007 11:42:00
I sometimes wonder whether they are actually booing the player coming on or the actual decision to take off one of our better players...... or i maybe i'm just being naive!
09/10/2007 11:56:00
thank you, thank you, thank. Its often said how negative this site is or many of the fans that visit this site are by villa fans I go with are. So i hope the boo boys take notice, the fact that an ex professional was on Football Focas saying Barry does well as villa park is very unforgiving and if your not playing well its difficult to get going again filled me with distain. Could you do your job if someone was sitting behind you saying "you don't know what your doing or rubbish" or would it be better for a big bit of encouragement so he thinks yeah I can get my form back, I mean go and criticise your wife’s cooking and see what she dishes up next time.
09/10/2007 12:12:00
It's poor form, end of.
09/10/2007 12:16:00
On Saturday the majority sat around me in the holte wer audibly showing their anger at the boo's. I shouted fairly loudly "Morons!". It's an utter disgrace. The same happened when Marewood came on against Leicester. F'kin Morons. No other word for them.
Adam Deuce
09/10/2007 12:18:00
Why do it? Absolutely no point! Not one person will admit it so why would they do it? Lets get the word out to ensure that Petrov and Harewood both have songs sung about them against Man U.
09/10/2007 12:23:00
Positive Songs.
09/10/2007 12:24:00
Any suggestions?
09/10/2007 12:25:00
deano_t, who was the ex-pro on Football Focus? I used to rip what small amount of hair had left out when people were shouting Useless to De-La-Cruz all the time. They guy wasn't bad at all and always gave 100%, how calling him Useless DLC was meant to help I have no idea?!
The Fear
09/10/2007 12:25:00
I think its avfc48 with a loud hailer !!!!.... :-)
09/10/2007 12:34:00
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