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Villa To Have Acorns On Shirts?

According to the News of the World Aston Villa are set to forgo up to 2million and instead put Acorns children's charity on their shirts next season.

This follows a report in the Birmingham Mail by Bill Howell - who for some reason which is beyond me seems to be fed inside information way before other press, obviously the old boys network still operates at Villa, hopefully that will end soon - who hinted this might be the case.

Great gesture if it is true, would also be lovely to be able to buy the replica shirts without any sponsorships on as well, watching the Villa Youth in the FA Youth Cup earlier this month just illustrated how fantastic the tops look without the writing across them!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 30 2008

Time: 4:46PM

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That would be a fantastic gesture from Villa. In effect providing 1-2million in advertising for Acorns. Kinda puts paid to the conspiracy theorists reckoning we are short of cash. Unless...... it's a 'cheap' marketing ploy to try to give the impression that we have money. Like Ellis but more sneaky and cynical. IT's easy to twist stuff init and its why I don't believe the conspiracy theorists
Jongekki
totally agree jongekki, very easy to twist good intentions into bad. Would be a great gesture as far as I'm concerned!
The Fear
Can't see how anyone can twist this one, Childrens hospice on shirt, rather than a multinational intent on profit, absolutely fantastic decision, shows the rest of the clubs in the EPL up, a moral victory for the worlds finest!
Waldorf
Fantastic idea and very refreshing.
Nigel-not-Reo
Brilliant in this world of football millions and millions to see the club doing this gesture.
col8
Fantastic idea. At last football is putting something back! And Villa are the first to make this bold and wonderful gesture... WELL DONE RANDY AND THE VILLA.
gappy65
Although it is clearly a fantastic gesture, do we really have the financials to be doing this......There will be a motive for this and i think it is that we cant get a good enough sponsership deal yet so we are having Acorns for a couple of seasons untill we get into Europe and our profile has increased worldwide and then we will have a massive ten year type sponsership deal worth millions......just my opinion, but I just cant believe that a club of our standing (as in mid Table) would be able to just give up on getting money from their major partner without there being some sort of end to the means............................................................and FEAR as for Bill Howell getting the stories first, my girlfriend works in the press office for a championship club and it is common practice that the local journalists get stories before anyone else to keep them sweet, there wont be a club in the country that doesnt do this, you have to keep the media on side and info is the best way to do that
Bearvill
2 mill is a drop in the ocean seeing they get 60 for just being in the prem. Barca did Unicef for free, not sure Acorns is so well known but superb gesture and better than having some crappy mobile phone company or gambling syndicate all over our lovely shirts. CONGRATS TO THE BOARD
Villan444
If 2m is a drop in the Ocean - yet we couldn't afford diarra's wages - wrong priorities I think.
qKing
qKing; who siad we was in for Diara????
gappy65
Gappy our manager did, and he said we couldnt pay his wages. As for it being a cynical attempt of pr, every club has the chance to do it, nobody does because they know that having a sponsor is far far more beneficial to the club (and their pockets) than a pr stunt like that could every hope to be, great idea and I think we will see record shirt sales if it goes through (but not 2 million quids worth- for the cynics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
MACCA UTV
Maybe we WOULDN'T pay his wages not COULDN'T. Remember if you start paying one more money then it upsets the other players. It's not just about signing a player and paying whatever they want. Dressing room unrest has to be taken into consideration. Good gesture I think esp as it's Acorns. Well done Villa.
Adam Deuce
Great gesture by the club. A feel-good piece of news to lift the spirits after recent reversals.
glensider
What is the saying? From little acorns mighty oaks grow, or something like that. A hint for our future maybe? Dont worry about me, its what I've been drinking.
glensider
 

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