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One Testimonial Worth Attending

Yet another sign that Gareth Barry won't be going to Chelsea hopefully as the official site have announced that the Villa skipper will be handed a testimonial as he nears 10 years at Villa.

Barry is only 26 and yet has reached the milestone of 300 Premier League games for Villa making him the youngest player to manage that. He moved from Brighton whilst John Gregory was manager and has since seen three other managers Graham Taylor and David O'Leary along with the current boss Martin O'Neill obviously.

The Villa boss told avfc.co.uk: 'I think the testimonial is there in principle for him. At the end of the season he will be in his tenth year and I think that's something that his committee are looking at sorting out. It's amazing when you think he's still only 26.' Adding the best is yet to come and 'It's rare that you see players at one club for so long in this day and age.'

Must admit I'm not a great one for testimonials as the players get very well paid these days but this is one testimonial game I would happily attend, assuming some of it goes to charity obviously, as he really has put in the service and at times carried the team. I've said it a 1000 times but I am sure if not for him in David O'Leary's last season we'd have been relegated because when other players went missing Barry got stuck in.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 30 2007

Time: 12:32PM

Your Comments

Off topic - new poll about Mon - no option to say 'not well given available resources'. I think any views should be set against the changed circumstances.
Gordonsleftboot
Has any player in history played for a single club for 20 years? If Gareth stayed with us till the age of 36 he would not only become a Villa Legend but a legend in the game! Come on Gareth you know it makes sense!
DeanoVilla
Fair play, not many players stay at a club for ten years.
*Holte*End*Star*
Lee Hendrie did
Gordonsleftboot
Ian Taylor should have got a testimonial, as a true Villa fan and great player he was only a year or so off.
The Fear
Legend already, it's mad to think he could play for another 10!
weller77
Well deseved.
Tierney
the great thing is there could still be better years to come for barry and if he keeps up his consistency levels he cold smash the all time appearance record
villabikes29
one testamonial i would have no problem parting with 35 for. he is a villa legend already and only 26 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stig
I'm against testimonials as such, but the club should certainly reward Gareth for his loyalty over the years. Hope something is worked out. I want to see him remain at Villa Park, but if we cant soon offer him european football, Gaz Baz will almost certainly be off. Who could blame him?
glensider
A loyal servan we nearly lost when DOL was manager, Imagine watching him running out for Harry Rednapp at Pompy ... makes me shudder...
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