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Where Was Everbody

Where was everybody?

Sunday was a great start to the season. We looked a little fragile at times and Man Citeh did manage to test Friedel on 3 or 4 occasions. Each time he showed why he could well be our most important signing of the summer. But overall we would have all took the scoreline before a ball was kicked. But was everything as it should be?

Why were there 3000 empty seats, mainly in the upper tier of the Trinity Road? I can think of many reasons why I think it is disgraceful that this happened. As fans we make many demands, most unreasonable but we can ask can’t we? We demand we spend on players. Well this close season Villa are one of the biggest, if not the biggest spenders in the league. We demand we hold on to our best players. I think the Barry saga has answered that particular issue. The game was not on TV and there was a full allocation of away fans. It was a 3pm kick off on a Sunday when most people are not working and the weather was tremendous. Transport to and from VP is amongst the best in the country and the club even lays on transport if things are a little difficult. Our ticket prices stand up to the closest scrutiny amongst any other Premier League Club (some Championship clubs would like our pricing policy). We have a team full of exciting internationals and last season only the Arse and Manure scored more than us.

We have a great new kit. We carry the name of a local charity. The ground and whole set up of Aston Villa is significantly better than at any time in our history. We have a manager that is the envy of most clubs in the league and we have superb, local, Villa supporting talent playing for the club and complimenting the rest of our international stars.

I understand some people are away. Finances are hard for some but it didn’t stop that hotbed of prosperity, Sunderland, from getting a 43,000 crowd at the weekend. Despite the fact they are not as good as us and the City has a population of one quarter that of Birmingham.

There can be no excuses and it makes the clubs attempt to restrict season tickets to a maximum of 26,000 more ridiculous than it already was. Even last season, 3 days before Xmas we had 2000 more against the same opponents, Despite this being a time when fans traditionally are short of money.

I can only see two reasons why the ‘sold out’ signs were not up weeks ago, not just for this game but for every game this season. David O’Deary was correct in saying we are fickle. Or we are simply not as big as we like to think we are. I actually think that Sunday was a smack in the face to Randy Lerner, the board, M’ON and the players. Why there were not thousands of disappointed fans unable to get in I will never know. The club have gone the extra mile and as is the way with Villa fans we have let them down. Sometimes we get great crowds when least expected and then at other times we do not turn up when we should.

Those that moan the most are probably those that do not even go to games. Again I understand that if you live in another country you are as entitled to your view as somebody who goes every game. But I am fairly certain there are many local fans who use this site that failed in their duty as a supporter on Sunday, but who will be quick to criticise if things start going wrong (as they will at times).


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Date:Tuesday August 19 2008
Time: 10:38PM


What a bleedin suprise. VOTH moaning about the fans as usual. Yawn.....
19/08/2008 22:40:00
I think it had something to do with the fact that except for Friedel and a couple of full backs it was the same old team as last season . The Floaters want to see new exciting players and we haven't signed anyone you'd cross the road to watch have we really? You have to face the fact that not all Villa fans are rain and shine buggers like me and thee ? I was shocked we didn't sell out but thats Villa fans I guess !
19/08/2008 22:50:00
Not being able to afford it because times are hard and because I work the weekend. The money I earn goes straight back out before I get a chance to think about situations such as seeing Villa thrash some awful team. I think its not always viable for people to afford to see the villa no matter how cheap the tickets maybe in comparison to other clubs. Some people are having to do a lot of cut backs at this current time as well. If I had the money and the time then I would be at the villa shouting my lungs out in support, times are hard and things don't always work out the way we want them.
19/08/2008 22:53:00
msin holiday season and not everyone has the money basically.
The Fear
19/08/2008 22:55:00
A smack in the mouth to Lerner? Dude it was ONE game! This article is way premature and as bad as those that criticize the club for lack of signings. You sir are the fickle one.
19/08/2008 23:12:00
40,000 of us made it, as stated above with the financial problems some are going through, I guess that makes us the lucky ones!
19/08/2008 23:34:00
If the team performs well again VP will sell out. Unfortunately not all fans are in it just for the love of the club. I'm unable to afford football at the moment unfortunately, and I'm sure that doesn't help either.
19/08/2008 23:36:00
Fickle - inconstant in affections, loyalties or intentions; Changeable. johnny maybe you should understand what the word fickle means? I have not critisised fans who went to the game. I have not critisised those who live away or who are on holiday or at work. I even stated that despite our good pricing policy, many games can not be afforded by fans. I simply have asked why despite all the efforts of everybody at the club, there were still 3000 empty seats. Deano, Where have I moaned about the fans? I have questioned the non fans, that is all. Villan57, you say it is because we haven't signed any exciting players. On that basis the Arse, Manure, Bluescouse, Newcastle and Sunderland can all expect lower crowds this season. Uh I forgot, Sunderland got 4000 more than us this weekend despite having a population a quarter of Birminghams and signing half of Spuds reserves. Maybe peolple in Sunderland have all got good jobs but decide not to go on holiday?? And I presume the likes of Gabi, Carew and Young are not exciting. It seems that as no real explanations are being offered that do not apply to every other club in the league, we simply do not have a big enough fan base. Either that or we are fickle as suggested by Villan 57 who says that Villa fans would have turned up if we had purchased more exciting players. Re read the dictionary definition of fickle, I would suggest that term could be applied to any supposed Villa fan who could have afforded to go on Sunday, but didn't because the signngs were not 'exciting'!! Or maybe I am the only one that is concerned that we couldn't fill our own ground on the opening game of the season??
19/08/2008 23:45:00
You're making a mountain out of a mole hill, mostly because you do not know why there wasn't a full house. You can speculate and point the finger (extremely prematurely if you ask me) but that still wont support your claims. Are you that bored already that you had to resort to this? The credit crunch has hit a lot of people hard and i can only imagine that football will be one of those first luxuries to go for the many households who do spend money on tickets. Again, this article is very prematurely negative.
20/08/2008 00:37:00
Be realistic, this is the worst financial period for many years and some people need to cut down on spending they don't need to make. Even though I spend most of the year away from the UK I still went to 5 or 6 games last season...I'd be surprised if I made as many this season on a similar schedule as much as I wish that wasn't the case, because when I am back I don't have a lot of cash! When I was at school back in brum I had a season ticket for 5 years during the Gregory-O'Dreary days (I like to think I suffered for AVFC! haha) day I'll be back!
20/08/2008 00:38:00
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