Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?
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Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?

The Gareth Barry saga continues with the press picking up on the booing of the England international during a pre-season friendly v Walsall. Villa fans who were there however say that there were boos but also fans supporting him and when he came off he did his usual clap to the crowd, some cheered, some clapped and others booed. So it isn't quite as cut and dried as the press are saying.

The Mirror say he was 'booed relentlessly' adding that he 'pulled on their colours for the last time'. Again, why? Has the offer been upped? Have we lowered our price? Not that I can see yet!

BBC Sport reported that 'Aston Villa supporters turned on unsettled Gareth Barry during the friendly victory at Walsall.'

The Birmingham Post: 'Gareth Barry's surprise appearance for Villa hijacked the high-profile friendly with Walsall. Wantaway Barry was subjected to an hour's worth of derision from Villa's travelling army of fans before being put out of his misery. The England midfield man was rounded on every time he touched the ball as derogatory chants chimed out around the Banks' Stadium.' But they also give the other side of the story adding, 'By the time Barry departed the pitch, relationships had improved to the point of mixed applause, while manager Martin O'Neill watched impassively from the stands.'

The Guardian called the boos predictable 'as the hostile chants as Aston Villa fans turned on Gareth Barry for a period last night when the England midfielder was subjected to a chastening run-out in a reserve XI at Walsall.'

Meanwhile the Telegraph quote Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as confirming they need 'one more body' as he looks for a defensive midfielder and the paper say he has refused to rule out Barry.

So, our latest poll asks, were fans right to boo Gareth Barry? For me, I'd not want to boo him, if he goes he has given 10 good years (we've also given him 10 good years) and will make us a packet of money. Not that bad, although it does hurt us that he wants out and especially as he is such a key player, however life will go on as long as we do bring in more quality this summer and sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Still can't stand the thought of seeing him in another teams colours mind you, he has been my favourite player for years!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 23 2008
Time: 10:05AM


Yep absolutely
24/07/2008 16:43:00
I'm split 50-50. Yes he has made his feelings about The club, Randy and MON known in public which was uncalled for, but whether he wants to wear the shirt or not he is wearing it and we should support him whilst he is playing for our club, but then he has bad mouthed our manager and club which is not on and the guys that booed him were protecting our club and they were showing there way of supporting the manager from money grabbing slaves like him. I would like to see an apology from him before he leaves and in 12 months realise the grass is not greener is scouse land, he is better off staring the Green Green grass on BBC 1 he mite get more apperances.
23/07/2008 21:30:00
Must say though that his replacement, young Barry Bannan, certainly took the opportunity to shine. A fine thirty minutes from him.
23/07/2008 18:50:00
You paid your money, you takes your choice. I didn't boo him myself, but I understand fully those that did. They had anger, frustrations, and emotions they needed to get out, and as I say, they'd paid to be there, its not up to me or others to say they were wrong. About 75% of traveling Villans booed and jeered him at the start, but as the first half progressed, their feelings clearly mellowed. By the time he was substituted on the hour mark, only about 25% or so choose to give him more stick. He acted in a professional manner, and if his applause to the crowd upon being taken off truly was his farewell gesture, then so be it.
23/07/2008 18:49:00
Does anybody know what the songs were that the villa fans have sang to Barry at Odense and Walsall? There is meant to be a song about barry gerard and rafa which i've not heard yet:-(
23/07/2008 18:33:00
Yes. To be honest he is not that great anyway, 18Million is a joke price tag. It's amazing how these England internationals get touted for these inflated prices, Bentley another example who is apparently worth 20 odd million. Self-hype, is it any wonder the English national team is in the state it's in. These players actually think they are better than they are. Barry is no more than a good solid midfielder, but nothing sensational.
23/07/2008 18:21:00
If another player or manager from another team had slagged off MON then we would have booed them so Gareth got what he deserved. An excellent move from MON to make him play through it, a sort of public stoning!!
23/07/2008 18:14:00
Barry has quite simply brought this all upon himself.......did he expect Villa fans to sit back quietly while he drags the club through the sh it! If i was there i would have booed him for disrespecting the fans, manager and the club. Thanks for your service Barry but ask for a Transfer request and have done with it.......we can all move on from this. We do not need this preseason bo ll ocks to upset the team spirit etc etc etc.
23/07/2008 16:48:00
I was sure he was one of the ones that would turn it down though, especially after we've shown such potential to break the top 4. Thats where the dissapointment is I suppose, if Barry leaves this season, and Ashley leaves next. We're Fkuc ked basically.
23/07/2008 16:47:00
Quality player proved that again last night, we are all gutted he is leaving cos he is top drawer. We need to ask ourselves this if you are a pro say playing for Everton spurs man city etc and Liverpool came in and offered more money and champs league football what would you do. I bet most would leave not all but most. Still think he has let us down by doing interview in the news of the world.
23/07/2008 16:18:00
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