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10 Reasons Why NOT To Boo Gareth Barry Tonight

10 reasons why Villa fans should not boo Gareth Barry this afternoon IF he plays v Odense BK in the Intertwobob cup.

1) We are Villa fans! At all costs we need to win today, anything other than vocal support from our side is not helping the cause.

2) 10 years good service, although his interview was wrong it doesn't negate the contribution the player has made to the club NOR the fact if not for him in the last year under David O'Leary, I am convinced we'd have been relegated.

3) Any player in the mighty claret and blue shirt, on the pitch deserves nothing more than 100% support from the fantastic C&B army.

4) The club are still trying to convince him to say, us booing him will do nothing but make him feel his decision to go is right. IF not bids match the valuation the player stays and as a professional I would expect him to give nothing less than the 100% he always does, surely you won't boo him all season, so why start now?!

5) If you back the manager, surely you back the managers decisions?

6) If he does go he'll have earnt the club a fantastic profit on the few hundred grand he cost all those years back from Brighton & Hove Albion (after the tribunal had their way!)

7) Other players are friends with him and respect him, if they see us turn on him it will surely have a negative impact on their opinion of us as fans?

8) There are two sides to every story, he is getting on as a player and reaching his peak, therefore he wants Champions League football, last summer he was quoted as being excited at the prospect of the world class signings promised. They didn't materialise and this summer again we aren't exactly seeing a rush of incoming players. We are the fans, the players are the staff, if he feels he has given all he can and his ambitions aren't being reciprocated as club captain, then.........? I got slated for saying this before but I think we lost him last summer with the quality of signings and January with just one arrival who hasn't been played will have re-enforced the fear.

9) What will prospective transfer targets think if they hear us booing one of our best players?

10) There is no ten but the article title would have been pants if it said nine good reasons!

Flame away, booing a Villa player on the pitch, for me is just wrong.

(Article done at the request of johnmurphy3112 who wrote in: Don't boo tonight - Is there any chance you could do a well worded article about the negative effect that booing barry (if he plays) could have on the rest of the team. It is our most important game for a while and we need to be positive, we all have frustrations with barry but the rest of the team and the result are more important.)

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 26 2008

Time: 1:25PM

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26/07/2008 13:37:00

I'd never boo gareth, I love the guy and still would even if he moved to liverpool, hopefully he'll stay ;)
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26/07/2008 13:38:00

Number 10 = Europe
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26/07/2008 13:40:00

spot on
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26/07/2008 13:45:00

A well put argument and our best player is needed to perform in our most important game for years BUT there will always be boo boys and the things that have happened and been said will not be forgotten over night. Time is a good healer but not enough has passed yet.
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26/07/2008 13:56:00

no need to boo him.
but no need to cheer for him.
cheering him will make his ego rise into thinking he is too big for our club which is nonsense
end of day we want him to stay but he doesnt need his ar5e licked.
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26/07/2008 14:06:00

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26/07/2008 14:09:00

holte_ender3112 would you cheer if he hits the winner to put us into UEFA cup????.Damn sure I would.
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26/07/2008 14:39:00

I never boo a villa player its simply wrong. This saga has dragged on for so long i've now switched back to wanting him to stay! Good logic throughout Mr Fear!
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26/07/2008 14:43:00

Anyone who boos him may be a fan of Villa, but they will NOT be supporting Villa.
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26/07/2008 14:57:00

well said stenny. I'd rather cheer him to make him see what hehas at villa, then just maybe (fingers crossed) he'll still be our player come september.
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26/07/2008 15:37:00

Even though I don't agree with the way he's gone about things (no doubt encouraged by an appalling agent and a certain Mr Orange) he is still a Villa player and deserves to be treated respectfully. I for one hopes he stays.
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26/07/2008 16:55:00

He should of been booed. He doesnt want to be here and he has disrespected the club. To all the sad****s who applauded him you should be ashamed of yourself. Hope thats the last time he pulls a Villa shirt on over his bustagut.
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26/07/2008 19:48:00

Boo if you want to you pay his wages.
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26/07/2008 20:08:00

99% of the Villa fans today showed true class, that must be a reminder to Gareth what he has here, maybe he'll start to reconsider his options. Wislor, no shame for anyone apart from the people who think to boo a player in claret and blue is the right way to go.
The Fear
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26/07/2008 20:41:00

I agree with you Fear. I was proud of the reception he was given today, and his performance deserved credit. He has given our club ten years service, and if today is the last time he plays in a Villa shirt then its been a dignified send off.
The Usual Suspect
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26/07/2008 20:59:00

Wislor im not sad and im not ashamed either. Live and let live we all make mistakes.Barry is a class act lets do our upmost to keep him. Up the Villa
50 years a villan
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26/07/2008 22:14:00

There were (at least) two moments in tonight's match that had me leaping from my seat and punching the air: Ashley's goal (obviously - what a cracker!), and Gareth Barry reciprocating the crowd's applause as he went over for a corner kick. That's the kind of thing that might just keep him at Villa Park. The Villa faithful who were there tonight did us and the team proud with their response to GB. Credit to MON for his reconciliatory remarks as well.
Athens Villa
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27/07/2008 01:22:00

Gareth made an error of judgement, who hasn't? Claret and blue heroes have been thin on the ground in recent years, but Gareth has been up there with the best. I for one hope that he remains a Villan, if not for the remainder of his footballing carier, then certainly for at least the upcoming season.
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27/07/2008 12:14:00

Not everyone will forgive and forget, but it was great to see the reaction of the very vast majority inside of Villa Park yesterday evening towards GB. If that didn't let the guy know that he's loved and wanted, then I guess nothing will.
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27/07/2008 12:16:00


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