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The New Dawn

Aston Villa CEO Richard FitzGerald has spoken to the official website about his plans to redevelop the club and the Aston Villa brand. At the launch of the new crest (which I'm really starting to like) he touched on a number of subjects; highlighting just how big a club we really are and how big we can become.

'Why do we have a bright future? We're going to invest in the playing team. Martin's going to make sure of that and we're hoping he'll take us forward on the field. We understand it's about winning.

'The investment in the training ground is also a further commitment from the club to help the team go onto win.'

FitzGerald added that the club is the only venue in the Midlands that will be hosting events for the 2012 Olympics, and that any potential World Cup bid would include Villa Park.

Re-development of the North Stand and the 'Villa Village' (note to Randy, change the name!) will also take place, something that could only have been dreamed of under the old regime!

Who would have seen all this 12 months ago?




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Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 2 2007

Time: 10:56AM

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The only way is up!!!
jonah
until we reach the top of the league ;) anyone ever thought about changing the name of the north stand to something different? the Krulak Stand? (in honour of the funniest American I have seen in ages)
industrial_musical
Gazvilla, I know you will comment on this :o) but I am going to get on my soapbox again. On the official statement he mentions the vital importance of filling VP every week. He uses the example that successful clubs have full stadiums (full before they become successful). The new owners have been very innovative in ensuring the fans are made to be part of the 'family'. He alludes to needing to fill the ground to help us be successful and in order for the development of the North Stand to take place. It is simply not good enough for fans to start showing up when we are successful. This summer every Villa supporter (those who support the club by putting their money in) should be encouraging as many fans (those who say they support the club but who actually just pop down occasionally or buy the odd shirt) to invest in the future of Aston Villa. It has been said before but it is worth reitterating. We have the infrastructure, the right manager, a forward thinking and proactive board, supporter representation, a massive fan base, excellent price structure, a nucleus of young players many of whom actually support the club, and a fabulous stadium, that providing we fill will be developed even more. Yes we want the team to develop and improve on this season (the same as every club) but it really is now up to fans (see above for the difference between a fan and a supporter) to become supporters, in order for our club to move to the next stage. The ball is firmly in our court. Can we meet the challenge? If we do not do our bit, will we have the right to demand that money be spent improving the squad. Redscouse, The Arse, Manure all will have stadiums holding 60,000 +, Newcrapstle, Sunderland 50,000+. Chelski are bankrolled. This is what we are competing with and as fans we must do our bit or be prepared to permanently play second fiddle.
voiceoftheholte
I've been attending Villa park sporadically since about 1989-90. Once, when I first started earning a reasonable wage, having a season ticket (John Gregory era). In recent years my attendance has slipped ude to be sick of spending 20-30 just to spend 2 hours swearing and getting frustrated at what I saw. This season I've watched virtually every game either live at VP or on the TV (I was in Spain for early party of season so it's easy to catch nearly all games there). On my return to the UK I've been to nearly every home game and when the club announced the Final 5 season ticket I persuaded my Dad to get one with me (He'd only been to VP once before this season which was the first time I went in 1989). My point is I hope to be able to persuade my Dad to renew next year and I hope many more will follow. I'm doing my bit as I'm sure most people on this site are. Come on Villa fans/supporters - whatever you want to call them. Get involved. Look at Liverpool today. Imagine how it would feel if that was us!? I persoanlly can't wait. UTV
Adam Deuce
well im going to buy my first season ticket this summer if that'll make you happy :)
industrial_musical
gotta say the future definately looks bright for your club !! good luck and try and shake up the prem league a bit eh ?
dazednconfuzed
Welcome aboard Adam (and Dad). The beauty of the game is the ranting and raving at how things could be better. The frustration and the anger. But it is exactly that, that makes good times so damn special. Start making matchday a whole day. A bit of grub, a few beers, a good sing song during the game and a curry ready to watch it all again on Football First. In that way the 90 minutes is part of the day and not the whole focus of it. And industrial how about encouraging a couple of pals to join you? Start making matchday a full day experience if possible.
voiceoftheholte
i would but my friends are either Stoke fans or just don't like football !!! I may start bringing my little brother he's 8 and he's at that stage where the other kids think supporting man utd is cool, he likes villa but i think i need to take him to a game and make him fall in love with this beautiful club.
industrial_musical
While some of voth's opinions are obviously correct to any idiot I couldn't disagree more with the thoughts that its just down to the fans. There are so many examples of small teams being succesful with less support, even blackburn have won the prem and ewood park is never full. BTW with your given examples how much have newcastle and sunderland won? We need more than support and there are other things that need to be improved before we'l fill VP on a regular basis
supermansfoot
I dont think you have anything to worry about voice - people will come back just like me. You have to remember Ellis left a lot of fans disillusioned, depressed, mentally ill and generaly wondering what life was all about, we have now plateaued and when the signings start coming in the place will be full and rocking and onwards and upwards we go. (I know people should come regardless of signings/performances but I think thats a reflection of how much it costs these days - people want something for their money).
tylervilla
Voice - What a load of claptrap!............ Just joking mate, actually agree with you, getting excited about next year already. Methinks the punters will come flooding back:-)
Gazvilla
What else needs to be done supermansfoot? As for using Blackburn as an example, what happened to them once Jack Walker stopped funding them? Big players want to play in big, full, stadiums and fans have a massive bearing on wether or not big players want to come. As for what have Sunderland and Newcastle won, well actually not a lot. Sunderland have won more FA Cups than us in the last 40 years but that is about it. But that is not the point. They had 45,000 on a friday night for a game against Burnley. This is because football is about hope and ambition. We now have it for the first time in years and IMHO it is time for the supporters to play their part.
voiceoftheholte
After the varied collection of clowns that we've had in key executive positions in recent years, this man Richard FitzGerald is like a breath of fresh air. A real professional. You really believe that the club is in good hands with this gent at the helm.
glensider
I am so looking forward to next season! I haven't felt this way about a upcoming season since the days of Big Ron!
DeanoVilla
 

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