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Villa - It Is Up To Us

It is up to us

The season is over. If at the start it had been suggested that only Manure and Chelski would lose less away games and that only four clubs overall would lose less games than us, we would have gladly excepted it.

Having Villa supporting local lads score the last two goals of the season was the icing on the cake. Both on and off the pitch the club has made enormous strides in the right direction. There have been may forums and discussions about everything that is going on at our club but maybe now is the time to put a plan into action of what WE can do.

First and foremost we have pride, hope and ambition back. I personally believe this means that every body who has the means and the flexibility to get to most (even if not all) games should be buying season tickets for themselves, family and friends.

Secondly we must ensure that merchandise sales go through the roof. It is vital that we prove that Nike have made a sound business investment and that they want to be associated with our club on a
long term basis. Thirdly, the Sheffield Utd game proved how good the matchday experience can be when fans in all stands give their vocal support and show their colours. Lets not have the 'scarf' experience as a one off. A campaign should now be started to encourage every supporter to come to VP with a flag, scarf, banner etc every game. It happens abroad and Celtic and Liverpool are examples of how effective it can be here.

This campaign should also include encouraging the Trinity and Witton Lane stands to actively improve the match day experience instead of doing their normal silent vigil. It makes a difference when VP is rocking so lets ensure that the Holte gets a supporting cast. I am sure their are other things that we can do as supporters (any ideas anyone??) but in simple terms filling Villa Park, making it the most intimidating arena for the opposition and making it the most attractive proposition for world class performers to want to come is the bare minimum.

By the voiceoftheholte




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 15 2007

Time: 9:33AM

Your Comments

Great article as ever VOTH. I hope that many 'casual' fans that went to the Sheff Utd game will want to come back after that experience. As a season ticket holder I took advantage of the 2 tickets for 10 offer to take my Sister and brother-in-law along, both life long villa fans, both 'lapsed'. It was great to hear my bro-in-law say "I really must start getting down here again more often" after the game, and I will be encouraging them both to go with me and my missus (season tickets already renewed) next season.
jonah
I also took advantage of the season ticket offer and bought 2 tickets for "lapsed" supporters. They had a great day out, so much so that they were considering buying ST's for next year, however they won't be. The reason being is that they/AV cannot guarantee kick-off times! I wonder how many more potential ST's holders we are losing because of that?
bh83
Good point bh83. The constant Sky-induced chopping and changing of kick off times is a problem for quite a few people I know.
pongogidman
The constantly changing kick off times is not unique to Villa, it is the same for all clubs. This problem gets worse if you play in Europe. Are you all saying if we get to the Champions League then we will sell less Season Tickets? Understandably some people can not make all the kick off times but this should not prevent buying a season ticket, just sell the ticket to a friend for any game you can not make. The excuses used to be, the chairman, the manager, the lack of ambition, the blah blah blah. It seems that some fans (they are not supporters) will make any excuse. This is not a forum for excuses. There are supporters who genuinely can not get to games. But it is ******y that although we haven't played Manure or Redscouse or the dildo salesmen at 3pm on a Saturday the ground is still full. If every game was on a Saturday we would have fans saying 'I can't make Saturday, I wish there were more midweek games and Sunday games'. Our average attendance is higher now than when football was a Saturday sport, so lets not create excuses not to go.
voiceoftheholte
I dont see what KO times have got to do with it. As VOTH said, its the same for every club. I dont particularly enjoy travelling up from Luton for Monday night/Sunday afternoon games, but it doesn't stop me going. Varied KO times are a fact of life these days, you just have to live with it.
jonah
Echo your sentiments voth. Jonah also makes a very valid point, in that varied kick off days/times are a simple fact of life nowadays, and we have to live with it. We musn't allow it to deter us from attending games. We have to start playing our part in the resurection of the club by filling Villa Park and creating the vibrant, noisy atmosphere, that is currently experienced all too infrequently. We have it in us, we now need to come through.
glensider
I bought a final 5 season ticket. I'm currently running my own business (very early days) and therefore have zero money (Just got back from a days temping at minimum wage just to help make ends meet). I will however be doing everything in my power to purchase my first full season ticket since the one I had back in the days of Gregory. I have every confidence that The Mighty Villa will be pushing for glory next year and I for one want to be a part of that. I also plan to buy my first Villa shirt since I was a nipper (I don't like football shirts as a rule). One aside with regards to the new shirt/Nike. I know many Villa fans believe that having Nike as kit manufacturer shows we are a top club because "Nike only make shirts for the top clubs.." erm, did anyone watch Kidderminster Harriers vs Stevenage @ Wembley on Saturday? KH kit is made by Nike!
Adam Deuce
Good news that season ticket sales are looking promising. Gives us all confidence that maybe 40,000 gates at Villa Park will be the norm next season.
glensider
 

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