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Time For Villa Fans To Start Prioritising?

Class of 82 has started an interesting thread in our forum (warning, adult language) Time for Villa fans to 'prioritise'?

He says:

As I have indicated on a separate post, due to the present economic climate and the financial effects it has had on me personally, I feel I am unable to justify the cost of a new season ticket (and all the other costs that come with it) for the 2009/10 season.

Before I came to this conclusion I had already decided that I would stop attending any cup matches. This was partly for financial reasons, but not solely. I feel that the club has made it easier for me to make this decision, due to its constant negative attitude to anything other than finishing 4th in the PL.

The latest 'squad' of no hopers and reserves, announced for the Uefa Cup, has cemented my attitude towards 'prioritising' my emotional and monetary outlay towards Aston Villa.

Going forward I have decided the following:-

If Villa are chasing a 'Top 4' spot (or, God forbid, facing relegation), then;

No attendance at Uefa Cup (Europa Cup?) matches
No attendance at FA Cup matches
No attendance at League Cup matches

These competitions will not be taken seriously by the club during a 'Top 4' push (or relegation battle), so they will not be taken seriously by me.

If Villa are 'safe' in mid table then;

No attendance at Home league matches (as we are 'safe' we should play kids/stiffs and prioritise the Cups)
No attendance at Away league matches (ditto above)
Full attendance at all Cup matches (which will now be taken seriously by the club)

I have worked out that this prioritising does a couple of things for me;

1. It saves me many hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds.
2. It ensures I see, if not a victorious side, then our best available side that takes the games (and my money) seriously.

Does anyone else think that it is time for fans to 'prioritise', along with MON?

Writer:Class of 82
Date:Tuesday February 24 2009
Time: 11:23AM


harsh, but fair. maybe the club should have prioritised more in the transfer window to avoid this heavy patch of fixtures. they knew it was coming.
24/02/2009 12:56:00
As a "profesional" suporter i shall be resting myself for the Man City and Liverpool games to focus on the home games against Stoke and Spurs. I feel let down about the lack of respect for the UEFA cup. i am glad that work commitments prevented me from booking for Moscow . How do those fans who are going to Moscow feel ? 3rd / 4th spot does NOT guarrantee Champions League football, just a qualification game. What if we lose that ????? No UEFA cup fall out then. Tough bold decisions made by MON & the AVFC board that i hope work out for the good of the club. If we fail to beat Stoke, or miss out on the CL then i feel the heat of the fans wrath will be felt.
24/02/2009 13:09:00
Pathetic. If you want to spend your Saturday afternoons at B & Q you carry on. If you want to be the sort of 'supporter' that ManUre have ('I don't actually go to any matches, I just watch them on the telly') you carry on. If you want to be the sort of 'supporter' who gets his kicks from whingeing, you carry on. For the rest of us we're just going to enjoy MON's roller coaster ride while we can. Maybe we'll come crashing down to earth. So be it. At least we had a go. Remember, opportunity knocks. It doesn't say, 'Give me a ring when you're ready' You just soldier on with your whingeing. Enjoy it. It's all you have.
chocolate teapot
24/02/2009 13:15:00
what a load of tripe
24/02/2009 13:19:00
No chocolate that's the whole point we haven't "had a go" because he's giving up on various competitions.
24/02/2009 13:29:00
I have to agree with the chocolate teapot, were not even out the competition yet and people are already complaining!! Probably the supporters that were absent from the early rounds with the exception of the Ajax game and also booed the team after a performance against Wigan that had we scored a single goal people would be saying how well we played... Perhaps MON has the opinion that the fans aren't that bothered anyway as sub 30k crowds turn up to the Uefa cup games. Just remember where we came from people I for one would not swap the way were going for anything in the world!!!
24/02/2009 13:53:00
I'd rather a CL spot than to finish 6th or 7th from burn out. We need to be in CL to attract the right sort of players. MON's building the foundations for something great, CL would be a big big step in that direction!
24/02/2009 14:16:00
chocolate teapot (aptly named if I might say) nottinghamvillain has hit the nail on the head. If you read my post properly I am complaining because we have not "had a go" at anything apart from the Holy Grail 'top 4' - and even that more by luck than judgement. If we set our standards low we will surely reach them. What is wrong with going all out in every game we play? If we fail, we do so trying our best. What is the consolation if we finish 5th this season? We would have failed in everything, and with a whimper, not the roar of a Lion! If we do finish 5th next season, which some of you fail to see as a major possibility, Randy and co will have a hard time selling tickets for the ‘Europa Cup’, a competition they obviously don’t care about. A free £1.99 flag might get a few through the gate, but surely only complete idiots would be fooled into forking out to watch sub standard players giving sub standard performances? I take it you will be going? Let’s aim high and if we fail, we do so in glory!
Class of 82
24/02/2009 14:32:00
The plan was always to finish 4th to keep Gerrads boyfriend happy
24/02/2009 15:59:00
I agree with medzy, words of wizdem!
24/02/2009 16:21:00
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