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Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?

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!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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


He probably deserved to be booed by some fans, but I wouldnt have booed him, he's given too much to Villa for me to turn so totally against him. From all accounts he had a decent game last night and behaved impeccably. I hope to see him in the line-up on Saturday, and for him to show us all that he will continue to give us 100% until such time that he leaves our club.
23/07/2008 10:12:00
People were just venting their anger and frustration at him. I'm sure he went home afterwards, checked his bank balance online and went to bed with a smile on his face.
23/07/2008 10:15:00
its nice to see he clapped at the fans, i wasnt there but whether it was genuine or to wind the boys in the stands up, only he knows.
i still want him to rethink it all and stay
23/07/2008 10:24:00
I like that Jonah, quite funny. I mainly agree with the first part of what you're saying though - the fans were just venting their frustration and, probably to a higher extent, disappointment. I personally wouldn't have booed, I harbour hopes that a move won't go through and he'll still be in Claret and Blue next season. And for those who say he won't play the same for us if he stays, I disagree. I think any player that plays for a side for 10 years is going to have a place in his heart for that club, and I think he'll give us his awesome best until such a time as he leaves. If I'm wrong and he doesn't give a **** about the Villa, worst case scenario is that he'll play awesome for us anyway - qualifiers for the World Cup are on the doorstep as soon as the season starts.
23/07/2008 10:26:00
Its a shame, he's given us alot and much more than most. I think if Gabby was gareths age and he'd been through the same situations he'd have been off a long time ago. Barry does love Villa but he obviously feels its time to go. I think it would have been quite a special moment if all the Villa fans had shown him some respect and let him get on with it. May have even been enough to pull him back over to our side, there is a good chance he's that much of a sorft pussy for that kind of thing to move him. I for one would never boo him, class player, he's just been misled.
23/07/2008 10:30:00
I wouldn`t have booed him had i been there but i don`t blame others for doing it,Its their opinion and they are entiltled to it,right or wrong doesn`t come into it.Barry hasn`t "given" the club 10 years service we have paid for it so i don`t want to hear that crap,I wish him all the best he is a nice guy but he brought it on himself.
23/07/2008 10:37:00
I'd boo him to vent my frustsration, he can say whatever he wants once he has left the club but to start burning bridges while you're still a villa player is very stupid as we all know. Its gonna take a good few months of very high quality performances & a very profressional approach to start winning the fans back if he does stay. The Liverpool game at VP will be very interesting whatever the outcome, will MON play him?
23/07/2008 10:40:00
For what it is worth, my ten cents is this... If Barry really does go to Liverpool then he will be playing in front of what many believe to be "the best fans in the world." Wouldn't it be nice if when Barry retires, his fondest memories are of us Villa fans and he helps re-address the balance on the "best fans" front?
23/07/2008 10:52:00
I would have booed him but since the match I have learned that he did not put in a transfer request as he ether is to cheap to give up his 3mill loyalty payoff or does not really see playing you Villa this season as a bad option.I think it is option 1 but with the chance that it could be option 2 I would not boo just in case. I hope he does stay and is left in the reserve untill he has made it up to MON and then he can play in the first team again and prove make it up to us fans.
Tallaght Villan
23/07/2008 10:59:00
Maybe it will boo some sense into him, turning his back on adoring fans for the sake of moving to a team two places higher in the league? represents everything that is wrong with the modern day player.
23/07/2008 11:05:00
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