Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
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?
Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
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