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Stick away fans in the Witton upper?

Martin O'Neill has backed the idea of moving away fans from behind the goal in the North Stand and replacing them with the claret and blue faithful.

I believe talks are still ongoing as to where the away fans will eventually be located (upper or lower Witton) but O'Neill is happy to have Villa fans behind both goals, something that should have been done years ago. The away fans should be away from the pitch and out of the way in my ever so humble opinion, the car park would be a good option.

The Villa boss told the official site:

'That is what we are hoping for. My own belief that behind both goals has been historically and traditionally areas where home fans want to be. That is what I want to do. I think it would be good. I just think it would be better. As a home team you should be able to dictate where you want your home fans. I personally would prefer it because I am always surprised when the area behind the goal is given up for away fans.'

Adding, 'I just believe that if I had a choice I would prefer the areas behind both goals to be full of home fans - that would be my view of running the stadium.'

So where would you put the away fans, Witton Upper or Witton Lower?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 11 2007

Time: 11:04AM

Your Comments

I would split them. Half in the upper and half in the lower Witton. The top corner of the Witton is one of the least liked areas of VP and are nearly always the last tickets to sell. If a club brings just a small allocation of fans I would put them in the bottom tier (as with Wigan on Monday). Pretty much the same way that is done at Bluescouse. When/if the North Stand is redeveloped I would make provision for away fans to be allocated the top corner as far away from the pitch as possible.
voiceoftheholte
I agree ... I admit I've never been to Newcastle but isn't that what they do there? The away fans at St James Park always seem to be up in the rafters on the TV. Why shouldn't we do the same?
Silver Fox
This has been done before at VP in recent years at at least one match because I have sat in the lower North Stand. Can't remember who it was against but it defintely happened - Or was it all a dream!?
Adam Deuce
This should have been done years ago but for some reason it wasn't. VP must be one of the few grounds where away supporters get a ringside seat to cheer their side on. Put them all in the top corner of the Witton.
Hoss The Villain
I know that from a policing point of view it has to be near the coach park etc. That's why R block is used. If you put them around R block, which is the corner of the Witton Stand near the North stand I'm sure they would be happy with that. As my learned friend said. Lower Witton for the Wigan's and open the upper tier for the Arsenal's. Players celebrating in front of their own fans. Brilliant!
Gazvilla
Of course it may help the players if we stick our own fans in the bottom of the Witton stand for when we take corners and throw ins. Sticking the away fans in the top stand sounds problematic due to stuff perhaps being thrown but it does work at other grounds.
Gazvilla
No doubt about it,lower Witton ideally because of sell-outs all next season! In my opinion the minimum amount of away fans allowed and in the poorest viewing areas just like we get-anyone remember San Siro?
ASPINALL
put us in the car park! See if we care!
merlin
Out of sight as best as possible. Agree with Hoss The Villan. Prime seating positions shouldn't be given to visiting supporters. We're rarely afforded that courtesy or luxury at away grounds.
glensider
Upper stand at the back, with a few rows of Villa supporters in front of them.....
col8
Jon, we discussed this earlier on in the season! We should do what ever we can to give us that additional "home-advantage". Portsmouth don't even have a roof on their away end, so if its wet away fans get soaked!
leelindsay
Have to agree the witton upper for away fans. it should have been done years ago, home games should have as many advantages as possible so our supporters behind each goal can only be a good thing..!
deemz
 

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