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Villa Fans - Where Were You?

Villa Fans - Where Were You?

Our latest poll asks why weren't you as fans of Aston Villa at the Carling Cup game v QPR on Wednesday night?

The options:

I knew what was coming and couldn't face it
Work/family commitments
Credit crunch, just can't afford it
Don't rate the Carling Cup
Just didn't fancy it
Live too far away for midweek games

This isn't a witch hunt, we all make our choices in life and some of us don't have a choice - ie plenty of people too ill, too far away or plain simply not having the funding. However I am genuinely interested why the attendance was so poor. I can't think of anything better than a night cup game - well, I can't think of anything better football related, I'm sure if Danni Minogue walked into my apartment one fine day.... ooooh what a fine day that would be... I'd think of some things to at least equal the thrill of the Cup...!

The atmosphere certainly didn't help the team and reflected the muted display. Fair enough, I've argued before that the players also have a duty to get the fans going - it is a two way street - however for a reduced rate of £15 (it would have been reduced to a tenner if the Villa had their way, or so I believe, but the owners of QPR wanted it set at £15).

21 541 at the match, which includes around 4000 QPR fans. Not good enough, not when you consider the backing the club now has. So has the credit crunch hit home - as I say this isn't a witch hunt, people are free to do whatever the heck they choose in life as far as I am concerned, it was just a bit of a shock last night or do people no longer rate the Carling Cup? I can't believe that most fans of Villa think we are now too big for the cup... or do they?

Ok, we have a couple of polls centered around the Carling Cup to round up.

Mystic mug asked 'How Far Will Villa Go In The Carling Cup?' I've now bludgeoned him to death!

Only 15% were right, as they predicted a loss to QPR.

That left, for what it is worth: Final Win (29%) Semi's (25%) Quarters (22%) 4th round (7%) Final (2%)

Vital Villan, under the alias 'Pathetic' asked for the man of the match vote. He should have put the QPR fans in there to be honest and I've not left this poll up long for obvious reasons:

Petrov (47%) Guzan (34%) Routledge (9%) Shorey (3%) Young (3%) Osbourne (1%) Gardner (1%) Knight (1%) Carew (1%) Agbonlahor (0%) Cuellar (0%) Harewood (0%) Barry (0%)

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday September 25 2008
Time: 4:48PM


As posted in the bitterly disappointed head liner. Ok Mr G I feel guilty enough for missing a match, I don't miss many, I have done many midweek matches to end up getting home to N Wales at stupid o'clock in the morning, but this time it was purely finance, just couldn't scrape that extra £100 together, so it was last night or Saturday, taking everything else into account I went for Saturday, but saying that I suppose all the no shows believe they have a valid excuse. My apologies to my fellow faithful and to the mighty Aston Villa for my lack of support in their time of need. So in summary, I should be at work (but I do normally get cover which costs me) I do live a reasonable distance away (never normally stops me) So mainly down to the cash this time I'm afraid : (
25/09/2008 17:16:00
Shorey was man of the match.
25/09/2008 17:16:00
as a Villan fan for over 40 years , I have a sixth sense when it comes to Villa and when to miss a match! Last night was one of those occasions , it was on the cards , 3away wins all the hype . Just knew what would happen because it's Villa . 20,000 missing fan's will understand me even if I don't!!!
25/09/2008 18:04:00
Having to leave work at 3pm to guarantee getting there in time for an evening kick-off. Getting home at 1am. You wouldn't believe how many times I've got home even later because there's a traffic jam caused by overnight roadworks. The cost of travel these days is an additional £30 per/match after the cost of a ticket, parking, beer and a pie. Plus the fact that I always end up knackered at work the day after a mid-week match because I still have to get up at 6am regardless of when I get home. Now, if it was Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich etc we were hosting for a mid-week game I would be prepared to put up with all the things I've listed above and attend regardless.
25/09/2008 18:09:00
We only have one car, and my wife had a parents' evening at school. I could have caught the train from Warwick, but I went to the Leicester game last year, and just knew that the players would not be up for it, whoever played. So sorry, I will be there on Saturday, but these days, I will give 100% commitmant when I know thw Villa will do the same. Let down by MoN, I' afraid. Steve J, Warwick
25/09/2008 19:10:00
It was a very poor excuse for an attendance, and while many will have their reasons/excuses/explanations for not attending, a mere 17,000 Villans getting off their big fat rears to make the effort, was an extremely *****-poor effort indeed.
25/09/2008 22:25:00
Many fans will have been unable to make it for a variety of reasons. Finance, work, holiday, health etc. There is no reason why any fan has to justify why they didn't attend. At the end of the day it is all about individual circumstance. There were probably many people who are huge Villa fans who would love to have been there, but who just couldn't make it. It is also true that fans provide different levels of support. But never liking to sit on the fence I feel the following comments are perfectly valid. Those people who made the effort last night can be classed as bigger supporters of the club than those who couldn't be bothered. Before I get slated, let me just reitterate, I do not include those supporters who couldn't make the game because of illness, work, holiday or other committments. Some of the biggest and most passionate supporters could not make it. But if you were sat at home watching the tv, were out with your pals, and generally couldn't be bothered to invest in the club that is your choice, but you are less of a supporter than those who did. The barcodes are getting pelters because they only got 20,000 against Spuds. They are getting accused of being part time supporters, not being a big club, being an embarrassment to the club. But they are in turmoil, have a crap team, have an owner that the fans do not want, have no manager and the game was live on the tv. Once the away fans were taken off the attendance, more Barcodes fans attended than Villa fans. So what exactly does that say about us? Some people have said they didn't go because they had a feeling we would lose. Well when it gets to the UEFA Cup semi final against the likes of AC Milan will those same fans be saying 'not going to bother going to that because I have a feeling we will lose?' The owners have bent over backwards to put this club in the position it is today. We are all looking at the opportunity of breaking into the top 4, but just 2 years ago we wondering if we could even remain in the top flight. That has taken time, effort and money from people who had no history with the club. I thank you and salute you Mr Lerner for what you have done. For fans to treat him with such disrespect I believe is a disgrace. The same fans who could not be bothered to invest in the club on Wednesday, will be demanding in January for him to dig deep in order for us to make the push in the final half of the season. I think it is pathetic, hypocritical and should actually mean that your opinion is about as valid as our claim to be a big, well supported club. No doubt some of these part itme fans will be back on Saturday singing 'your support is f*****g s**t, to the Sunderland fans'. Could we ever blame the board for not supporting the club, when as fans we can't even support it ourselves?
26/09/2008 02:00:00
I was not at the game as I'm currently working in Sydney - I did however get up in the middle of the night, don my villa shirt and sit on the sofa and watch the match live on the tv. I will do that for every match whilst I'm here regardless of who we're playing (provided someone televises it!) It's not the same as being there but it's better than missing it or just catching the highlights. It's as involved as I can get. I'm relying on you lot to go to all the games and create an awesome atmosphere!!!
26/09/2008 02:15:00
One final point of interest from yours truly, the attendance was even less than the turnout against this lot a couple of seasons back, when we beat them 3-1. The scenario looks much brighter now, so why we can attract fewer punters through the gates is beyond me.
26/09/2008 02:50:00
I was out dogging.
26/09/2008 08:36:00
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