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What A Difference A Year Makes

What A Difference A Year Makes

What a difference a year makes

Warning: This article contains NO transfer speculation.

This time last year, I, and I suspect many of you reading this, were in the depths of depression. The new season was just around the corner and the Doug Ellis / David O'Leary reign was still in full flow. I could see nothing but a relegation battle ahead for us, more, I was convinced that we were going to go down probably never to rise again.

Ellis had said it himself many times that they would have to carry him out of Villa Park in a box and, at that time, I genuinely believed that, that was going to be the only way we would see the back of him. Then, in the space of a relatively short period of time last summer all that changed.

So much has happened in that year. Our performances on the pitch haven't always been scintillating, but we all knew that MON and the team had a mountain to climb to put 20 years of neglect right and that it wasn't going to happen overnight. Last season on the pitch was always going to be about consolidation, it was what was happening off the pitch that was going to make all the difference.

I genuinely believe that we have the best board and CEO (Richard Fitzgerald) in the country, not the richest but the best. I think I can safely say that we have all been impressed with the way that Randy, the General et al have taken our club to their hearts, I particularly like the way they respect our past and the heritage of our great club, as shown in their renovation of the Holte hotel amongst other things.

Many on here have had dealings with the General to a greater or lesser degree and I am sure that they, like me have been impressed by his responses to ideas and suggestions put to him.

As the years passed under Ellis I became more and more disillusioned with what was happening at the club, my visits to Villa Park becoming fewer and fewer each season. Randy and Martin O'Neill have rekindled all my passion and enthusiasm for the club. Last season I bought a half-season ticket, this year I have bought my first ever season ticket.

I don't know where the next few seasons will take us, I do know that if the club doesn't succeed it won't be for the lack of trying. Under MON, our board and CEO I think we villa fans are in for exciting and successful times ahead and I hope I will be there to see it all happen.

Date:Friday July 13 2007
Time: 4:28PM


I wrote this article (while we are all sitting here arguing and bickering amongst opurselves about the lack of transfer activity) as a reminder of how things were and how far we have come in such a short time.
13/07/2007 16:37:00
good work.
13/07/2007 16:41:00
Lets hope that more people think like you Jonah, be nice to get 26000+ season ticket holders, generate some noise at home, like we do away. Good article. UTV
13/07/2007 16:51:00
What happens when your passion and enthusiasm for this regime dies down? Do you resort to type and start missing " more and more " games,you sound like a stereotypical "fickle"fan to me but if you`ve bought into the new vision then great,personally over the last 20 years of neglect as you put it,i`ve had some fab times.UTV
13/07/2007 17:50:00
Aspinall I have been a villa fan for nearly 50 years and don't need to explain myself to you or anybody else. I was there all through the dark days of div 2 and 3, never missing a game, so don't you ever dare to try and call me fickle.
13/07/2007 18:48:00
Fickle =marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness
13/07/2007 19:04:00
I don't think that there is anything fickle about what Jonah has to say Aspinall. I used to have a season ticket a few years ago but became disillusioned with the years of mediocrity and lack of vision/ambition that Ellis and co was showing. After a while i lapsed from renewing my season ticket and decided to start picking and choosing my games. I felt that if the current owner of club wasn't going to show ambition and commitment to me then i wasn't going to commit to a season ticket. (I also started a family around the time and money was at a premium.) Surely the club has a duty to show its supporters that it is at least trying to improve just as much as a supporter has their duty of getting down the match every week don't they? I've got my season ticket back this year. I'm not fickle, and i'm not daft either. I would not have spent my hard earned cash on a season ticket if the old regime was still in place. My money and time are too tight for me to just simply commit "because that's what i always do." I've never stopped going, but did pick and choose my games for a number of years when time and money allowed. But I need to feel that the club holds the same ambition and drive as i do. We've got that now, and as long as the current board continue to show an honest level of commitment i'll keep me season ticket come rain or shine.
13/07/2007 19:12:00
it seems to me Apinall you have elected to miss the whole point of my post in order to insult me personally. That, of course is your perogative, but I findit quite sad that you knowing nothing about me, my circumstances or whereabouts over those years choose to do so. What a sad little man you are.
13/07/2007 19:15:00
It could be argued that anyone buying a season ticket during the last years of Ellis was, in fact, tacitly supporting Ellis and all he stood for. You may recall that if the Randylution had not taken place then many would have boycotted Villa Park last year. How else could we show our displeasure with the old regime?
13/07/2007 19:39:00
It's seem's that some of us are letting our frustration boil over a little. There's strength in unity, so lets stick together. Having said that, I do appreciate we are not all cloned, and we will inevitably have a differance of opinion from time to time, but lets remember... we all want the same thing, which is success for our club!
13/07/2007 20:15:00
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