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Villa A 'No Boo Zone'

There have been a few threads on the subject of the Villa fan, and most understand the need to be a supporter.

There are no if's or buts about it, a scientific FACT, proven time and time again, in numerous studies* fans influence players, if you boo them, even if you are silent, it WILL effect their performance.

Oh boo hoo I hear from those who just wish that some idiot had offered them 30.000 a week to kick a ball around. Think about it, really, have a go, 30.000 a week, now you have to step on that pitch and prove to thousands that you are worth that wage, but more importantly that you are worthy of wearing their sacred team colours, imagine running out on that pitch 40.000 Villa fans screaming your name, can you imagine that lift, the adrenaline rush, now stop and imagine the silence or worse still, the booing, have a nice day Petrov, Harewood, (insert list here) we are standing by and watching the people around us sabotage a player, who plays for us, wears our colours, whoever he is, I don't care, he is representing the team I support and I will be damned if I will stand idly by and watch it happen.

It's time to stand Villa, stand up and be counted, if boo boys are around you and you don't feel confident enough to tell them to shut it, fine, stand up and cheer, clap, drown them out, if everyone around them did, they would soon get the message, and we just might get the kind of performances from the players and the team as a whole that we who support, so richly deserve. We pay good money and spend a great deal of time supporting our team, a lot of us can afford neither.

Stand up and cheer, It's infectious, people will join in, raise the roof for the players, it not only gives the players a lift, it gives the fans a lift and puts pressure on the opposition, certainly useful for the next home match.

This is my team, this is your team, we can have winners or we can have losers, and we most certainly will have a few players with no excuse for a poor performance, but lets let them know about it after they have played.

What do you want? It's up to you. UTV

*If anyone would like any links to a few of the relevant studies I am sure I can dig some out but if you just google it, I am sure you will find more than enough valid research.




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The Journalist

Writer: steff_the_villan Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2007

Time: 11:15AM

Your Comments

A huge majority of fans DID clap and cheer on Saturday when the boo's started. Unfortunately the sound of a "boo" travels and you don't need many for it to be audible. I'll happily tell somenone what I think of them if I identify one of the booing morons. Unless of course they look really hard!!!!
Adam Deuce
I hate people booing their own players......but O'Niell should never have bought him or Harewood....the plain and simple fact is that they are very poor players who are not up to playing in the premiership, FULL STOP. They will never find form, and the Villa faithfull have given up on Petrov now, he's had a season and a quarter to produce, he isn't a kid learning his trade, he's 28yrs old with 40+ caps for his country......and Harewood......well, he's out of his depth in the prem. But after all is said and done, fans shouldn't boo them when they wear the shirt and come onto the field of play, its just totally detrimentle to the team and its mentality on the field.
astonmilan
The ultimate insult to any footballer, being jeered and held to ridicule by his own 'supposed' supporters. 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.
glensider
no more booing please lets support the famous claret and blues
claretandblue
supported aston villa fc snce i was knee high to a grass hopper way back in the early 60s ,and i cannt ever remember supporters booing there own players the board yes but never ever the players is this the sign of things to come or is it a follow on to the ellis regime the way things are going we will lose the best manager we have had for many moons, come on you villa fans support the team on the pitch and do your moaning in the pub after
claretandblue
Lets start talking about and applauding the vast majority who get behind the claret and blue no matter how well or poor we are playing - Stop this silly concentration on the minority morons that choose to boo.
myleftfoot
The vast majority are fantastic fans, I agree, but "this silly concentration on the minority morons that choose to boo" is far from silly, they are affecting our players, the players we pay to watch, they are also giving us, the decent supporters, a bad name and reputation, Hearing our own fans treat one of our players like that was disgusting and the highlights on MOTD and Football first are seen by millions, including players who may have been considering joining us, this is not how I want our club to be seen. So no, I don't think it's silly, I think it's very serious and it needs to be stamped out, right now.
steff_the_villan
Agree with steff. This isn't something to sweep under the carpet. It will have a negative effect on the club if its allowed to continue. Its far from a 'silly concentration'.
glensider
Boo! to the idiots who boo!
morky13villa
I didn't boo, and it *****ed me off the peolpe that did boo...... pointless, what does it achieve?? BUT we arent the only club that does this so it *****es me off when i read peolpe on this site saying how ***** we are as supporters..... i mean i heard on talk sport the other day that certain Liverpool fans were booing Gerard!!! short memories some people have.
*Holte*End*Star*
I agree thats it's disturbing and disappointing to hear the boo boys, however if individuals choose to concentrate their energy and time on a vast minority then they have lost the plot. Petrov was playing poorly b4 he was booed. I would suggest that booing doesn't help his confidence. That said he must learn to cope with the abuse because football is no more a game that the common man can relate to. Its like any other form of entertainment and it's subject to the peanut gallery's opinions and perceptions. I'm afraid that peoples perception of Petrov is one of disinterest. I could be wrong but comments on this forum about this player has probably caused a lot of booing. Whats the difference between coming on line and slagging a player off constantly to a bigger audience and potentially the player himself or booing in public. It amounts to the same thing and I believe those that cry shame on you for booing and then slag the player of in this forum or some other are hypercritical. Thats why I believe this is a silly topic for at least half of the people that have read your piece.
myleftfoot
Fair comment, I don't believe for a moment that the boo boys took their inspiration from the members of Vital, from what information I have managed to get, most of it is of the "chavy" variety followed by their sheeplike gangs. players are used to seeing negative feedback from the media, forums etc, but it is a different matter when its shoved down their necks just as they are about to perform for the fans, there is a time and place for voicing opinions, pitch side, during play is not one of them, so I would have to disagree with the hypocrite comment regarding some members, these pages are the place to voice opinions, and VP is for supporters, speaking as a common man I have no problem relating to the game or players, I have played, coached and managed, not to any significant level (sat/sun league, youth) but it is still our game, and the majority who make it are still the lads who kick a ball about in the streets with their arses hanging out their trousers (sorry, I meant Addidas/Nike bottoms) I admit players should be able to cope with the abuse thrown at them, and some seem to thrive on it, but Petrov is not one of them and neither is Harewood IMPO
steff_the_villan
myleftfoot, I don't think players are above fans giving their opinions on, just that when they are on the pitch in the claret and blue, you do NOTHING but support them, if you turn on your own players you may as well cheer the opponents on surely? I do get your point but don't agree!
The Fear
Players from opposing teams are always fair game for abuse on this and other forums but how can you say it's low to boo at the ground and ok to throw what sometimes can only be described as abusive vitriol aimed at our own players on forums? When I started going down to Villa Park (1969) people could relate to the player on the pitch because they weren't driving Ferrari's and earning 50 thousand a week. They were like us - the common man. The bantor was more often than not jovial. You have to drop down a few divisions to approach anything like this relationship nowadays. This fact, in its self, generates a certain amount of envy/frustration for the few who have a tendancy to whinge about this discrepency. Couple this with a supposed view of a players lack of a ability and sometimes effort and then you have emotions spilling over in abuse. I for one would never abuse a player on a forum or at the ground. I will however contructively criticise what I perceive as inadequate as I like you pay to view. Appologies for the silly comment tho.
myleftfoot
 

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