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25th Anniversary Celebration Events

The plans for the celebrations of the 25th anniversary for the team of 82 have now been firmed up.

Chief Executive Richard FitzGerald said: 'We wanted to make this an anniversary to remember and spreading events over a whole weekend will be a fantastic way to celebrate the greatest achievement in the club's history. We know there are players who now live on the other side of the world but we're doing everything we can to help them get here and we're hoping for a strong turnout from the players, coaches and staff who made this famous victory possible.'

The official site has explained the following details:

Friday May 4 - Supporter Night

Members of the '82 squad will be present at a Supporter Night with a question and answer session to be held in the Holte Suite at Villa Park.

Tickets are available to season ticket holders (one per season ticket) at 5 with proceeds going to Acorns Hospice Trust. They go on sale Tuesday April 3 from: Consumer Sales department (0871 423 8101) from Tuesday April 3.

Saturday May 5 - Matchday Parade

A Parade of the squad of 82 will be held at the home fixture with Sheffield United and to pack the place out Villa have offered 5,000 match tickets priced at just 5 to season ticket holders (limited to two per season ticket holder).

Sunday May 6 - New Training Ground Opening

1800 free tickets are available to season ticket holders to have an 'exclusive opportunity to visit our new training facility at Bodymoor Heath.' Again, first come first served and this time tickets go on offer from April 5th from consumer sales.

Members of the team of 82 will officially open Bodymoor Heath before hand.

Finally (and I think my chips are burning in the oven as I type this!)

Monday May 7 - Villa Park Dinner

The weekend of events ends with a celebratory dinner for invited guests at the Holte Suite.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 26 2007

Time: 8:05PM

Your Comments

You lucky ********s having won the big one :-)
merlin
It was not luck, merlin, we had a good team, built by a good manager, Ron Saunders, and a good board. Just watch us, for the first time in 25 years we are getting ready ti do it again. Thank goodness Herbert has gone.
Obediah
yea it all started going downhill for us when he arrived
Christo
It is just amazing what the new board are doing at the Villa. It's at times likes this I wish I was back in England & I haven't felt that way for many a year know Up the Villa
BKKVILLA
Sorry (now)
BKKVILLA
Merlin, it was won with a team built (for relative peanuts) by a managerial genius, although Ron Saunders was not around to see the team lift the ultimate accolade. I am sure there are lessons for Steve McClaren to learn in how to build a team. We had a solid goalkeeper, Two big, strong centre halfs. Both full backs loved to get forward. The three midfielders comprised of a worker, a motivator and a creative playmaker. We had a winger who could get to the by line or cut inside and put one in the top corner. And up top we had two forwards who worked together. You never know, Chelsea may be lucky enough to buy the trophy this season and one day you may even win it in the same way we did. Slightly facetious I know, but that is the perception of most football supporters, including a lot of Chelsea fans.
voiceoftheholte
I don't think Merlin was saying we were 'lucky' in that way, just means well done in a 'you lucky buggers' type of way. Merlin is a friend of Villa!!!!!!!!! Oh, and he has a Villa dvd on the way as he bid in the auction.
The Fear
Brings back loads of memories, but the best of the lot was our train stopping for nearly 15 mins, right outside the Sty at Small Heath. What an end to a fantastic three days.
Stevew
I was only born in 1981! But I remember it like it was yesterday!
leelindsay
The club are making a tremendous effort to ensure that this weekend is the success it deserves to be. A tremendous gesture by Mr Lerner, The General and co.
glensider
Hopefully we get another one in the next 5 years so we can celbrate 30th anniversary and a first for the new breed.
iomvilla
voiceoftheholte- what a brilliant precis of how to mould a perfect squad but Ron S. was the genius, Like all great managers he knew precisely what he wanted but that didn't include having Ellis around.
villacross
Wonder just how much celebrating and partying Ellis will actually be doing over the Anniversary Celebration weekend?
glensider
Love the haircuts and tight shirts! I wonder is Des still has his tache?
tarzan
tarzan I am not sure. Why not try 118 118.
voiceoftheholte
 

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