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Gareth Barry Calls For Vocal Home Support

Gareth Barry Calls For Vocal Home Support

Gareth Barry has told The Birmingham Mail he is glad to see the club taking the right direction now it has new owners and says some of the results this season has reflected what is going on off the pitch.

Adding, 'I’ve been here 12 years and I think we all realise that something can be achieved here. It could be the best since I have been here.'

He also calls for the Villa Park crowd to back the team after recent frustrations at the home form have led to some booing from a section of the crowd.

He is looking to put aside the poor run and get a run of home wins up to the end of the season with Villa still having to face Everton, West Ham, Hull City and Newcastle at Villa Park. (Away we have Manchester United, Bolton, Fulham and Middlesbrough)

Well, he actually says 'four or five home victories' but with just four games to play, I'd say a fifth win might be on the tough side, still it is a funny old game!

Importantly he says the 12th man has a part to play admitting the natives have been restless due to the home form not reflecting the away games this season adding,

'I think that they realise this is the time when it matters and if they are loud and cheering us on that can give us that extra yard and help us push even further. They can be vital for the team.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 1 2009
Time: 1:53PM


I think the fans have been vocal this year, ok the noise of late has had a few boo's as well but sometimes the players have to give in order to get the fans going, just the same as sometimes it takes the fans to lift the players?
The Fear
01/04/2009 13:56:00
Thats rich coming from moaning Barry, someone clearly itching to leave. He'll be like a rat from a sinking ship if we dont finish 4th (not that we're a sinking ship!)
01/04/2009 15:54:00
I have maintained for years that it is the fans who hold the key for this club. All the top clubs in the world have great fan bases. We drop off too quick when results aren't good (other than in the late 60's and early 70's), we invariably only turn up for the big games (although this hasn't been quite so bad over the last couple of years). I actually think a home game against Bolton (7000 empty seats this season) is a big as a game as against Manure. Playing Manure may have a more glamorous appeal but is still worth the same three points. We are fickle. We boo at the first sign of anything being other than perfect. Having travelled around most grounds in the country I can state we are the only fans that sing 'what the f*** is going on' whenever we are losing a home game and a player has the cheek to make a mistake!!! I do not think fans have the intelligence to see the irony of singing 'empty seats my lord' to visiting fans, when there are thousands of empty Villa seats. These same fans then go to away matches and sing 'your ground is too big for you' whenever we play another poorly supported club who, like us can very rarely fill our stadium. No one ever talks about the magnificent Villa Park support in the way they talk about the supposed great support of the Barcodes and Murderpool (even though we know how poor the supporters of these clubs actually are). When M'ON came to the club we would all have been happy to be in the postion we are now. That is, challenging for the Champions League, a local lad being one of the top English scorers in the league, a team packed with young English talent and the owners turning down huge offers for our players. But no, it is not good enough for some. Half a dozen poor results and the fickleness and fan apprehension sweeps down from the terraces. I actually think that some people believe that by creating tension and getting on our own players backs makes them play better. Muppets. There are times when fan protest is right, especially when it is evident over a number of years things are not right. But no, we are challenging for the top 3 (I think 2nd and 1st are out of reach) and we are still having the players asking fans to get behind the team. If you have jeered or booed any player this season then you should be thouroughly ashamed. I sit next to some fans who sit at the top of the Holte, who the only time you hear them is when they are complaining. And on the occasions I have been in the Trinity Road this season, it is a million times worse. You do not hear any vocal support or encouragement for the team even when it is going well. But soon as somebody misplaces a pass they soon pipe up. There are even fans behind the dug outs who never give any vocal support to the team, but who start gobbing off to M'ON when things aren't to their liking. Unbelievable!If you are a fan who never gives vocal support, but is happy to dish out the negative verbals that spreads through the club like a cancer, then you should be ashamed. Dress it up how you like. Make the excuses if you feel the need. Typically people say 'I have paid and I am entitled to boo'. That is correct but it doesn't mean that it is right. There are no excuses. Many Villa supporters (and it is not just a minority) let down our great club. Rant over.
01/04/2009 16:39:00
I fail to see any words of moaning there medzy, only your own desire to see that. The guy clearly wants villa to succeed. Why on earth would he not? It's like being married for 20 years... of course after 20 years the young blonde is an attractive option but if your wife does manage to get that boob job and look fab for it, and then get a job making 100k a year, you'd be happy for her! Come on man.
01/04/2009 16:46:00
murderpool really nice touch that.
01/04/2009 16:47:00
Obviously you see things different to me. I was refering to what i heard Barry saying yesterday about him NEEDING champs league to keep his england place and how england duty gets him away from our 'slump'. I see a player who isnt a patch on the one he was last season, both in ability and desire. Sure i admire his professionalism for getting on with things but it just seems like its a front until he gets his move.
01/04/2009 17:23:00
Cesspool as we prefer to call them over our way!
01/04/2009 19:25:00
Give the supporters something to cheer and they will cheer, perform like over paid bunch of knobs just back from the beach and dont be surprised if the cant be arsed.
01/04/2009 19:36:00
voiceoftheholte - I couldn't agree more! I remember being in the Holte 20 years ago and listening to our fans booing Kevin Gage - a player who had been a major factor in us staying up the previous season... It is STILL happening and it is embarrassing. I wish that our away support was replicated at Villa Park - then we could legitimately claim the best fans in the country. Medzy - stop reading the twisted press reports and realize that they print just the stuff that will stir a response... you're surely more intelligent than that!! David O'Leary was/is arrogant and I'm glad he's gone, but he was right in his description of a portion our fans....
02/04/2009 04:07:00
EZLFC - touch a nerve there did I? If thousands of Murderpool fans hadn't have turned up 5 minutes before kick off, drunk and ticketless before Hillsborough, the disaster wouldn't have happened. Although the Police opening the gates as response to this stupidity was also a terrible mistake. You got English clubs banned from Europe for your murderous ways abroad leading to the deaths of innocent supporters. And then you balmed everybody else for the fiasco that was Athens and resorted to robbing and assaulting your own flesh and blood for a ticket. I think Murderpool is pretty accurate description. Once could be seen as a mistake and twice careless. But three times????? It is obvious that Murderpool supporters are the problem. Get over it.
02/04/2009 09:36:00
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