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Is This Really A Brave New Era For Villa?

Is This Really A Brave New Era For Villa?

Is this really the beginning of Villa's brave new era?

OK, forgive the question, as the title of this article, but I have been around as a Villa supporter since the late nineteen forties.

Sadly, I managed to be in the Far East when we won the Cup, beating Man United in the process and I have never been about when we have achieved anything since. But that is not what this is about.

When we won the European Cup with the team created by Ron Saunders, I felt elated and believed that we were at the beginning of a brave new era for the club. Sadly, spiteful HDE when he regained control, immediately set about dismantling the team that he had no part in putting together and so began another twenty five years of mediocrity. For a few years, at the beginning of each season, there was a little optimism in my aspirations for the team.

But that soon died and, in the place of hope there was despair and misery. With fingers crossed that we would manage to stay in the top league.

Depression became the standard feeling when thinking about the possibilities of Villa winning anything serious and is, I suppose, still my fall-back position when I contemplate the possible result of the next match whoever are the opponents of the day.

It is sad really because since the arrival of MON and Randy things have been so different. We have an owner who really seems to care, not only about the club but also, more importantly in my mind, about the supporters as well. Something that was never evident during the whole of the previous owner's tenure. He always gave me the impression of thinking, 'What's in it for me?' not 'What is best for the club'.

The old depressive me (or is it the realist?) can't help thinking that, if there had been no change, this great club would now be struggling in the Championship; not pushing for a top four place in the Premiership.

It has taken twenty five plus miserable years, but now there really does seem to be a reason for optimism. With the dead hand of HDE removed from the tiller and a great manager being given a free hand to build a new team, we are going forward in leaps and bounds.

The new optimistic me thinks 'Yes, now we really are going places. Yet, old misery still thinks 'We will blow it against Fulham, just like against Middlesbrough, Stoke and Newcastle'.

Old age is not a time for being congenitally miserable, even in this current economic climate, so I am now going to become an optimist where Aston Villa are concerned. So, to answer the question I posed at the top then 'Yes, this is beginning of a great new era for us'.

There is one caveat though 'Providing MON stays around'. See the old misery still has not completely vanished.



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Writer:Obediah
Date:Monday November 24 2008
Time: 8:00AM

Comments

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Great article from someone who has been through all the recent era's of AVFC. Lets hope the misery continues to be replaced with joy!
The Fear
23/11/2008 18:01:00
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When I saw the title, I thought that AVFC48 was back but this is upfront and direct with the views. It seems like Deadly is being remembered like an ex-missus whereas it is going to take some time to get over them for all the negativity that they have caused, but a positive article with hope in the whole. UTV
Villan444
24/11/2008 09:01:00
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haha, me too Villan444... that's exactly what I thought too, expected some doom and gloom. Oh well. I have no doubt obediah if it weren't for our change in ownership that we'd have been relegated that season.
johnnyuk
24/11/2008 14:58:00
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I think this is a great article, coming from a real fan. Speaking of hopes and dreams but never losing touch with reality.
SiggyBrownie
24/11/2008 18:50:00
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Excellent Article & whatever you do Siggy do NOT think you are not a real fan of the might Villa. You have every right to call yourself a REAL FAN!!
TuBBz
26/11/2008 11:58:00
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We've flattered only to deceive all too often over the last twenty five years or so, but there are definite signs now that maybe, just maybe, we are on the right track. Still, we've achieved nothing yet, but signs, as I say, are encouraging.
glensider
01/12/2008 19:47:00
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Good article there Obediah, definitely provides plenty of food for thought. One day I hope to see the club under the control of local business people, but no doubt we'll never forget the huge part RL will have played in picking up the pieces of the Ellis era, and putting the club back on track.
glensider
01/12/2008 19:50:00
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