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Villa Fans Name Dragged Through Mud AGAIN

Villa Fans Name Dragged Through Mud AGAIN

Ok, now I am fed up.

WILL SOMEBODY WITH A BIT OF SENSE AT ASTON VILLA - and I don't mean the manager who deflected blame for his keystone cops impersonation with our 'defenders' for the game - PLEASE TELL THE PRESS AND GABBY THAT THERE WAS NO ABUSE DIRECTED AT HIM AND NO BOOING EITHER.

I am totally fed up the flack the fans have got this season, Martin O'Neill several times has pointed fingers to us instead of looking at himself, his tactics (ahem), substitutions, throwing a UEFA Cup game etc. So why turn on the paying and passionate fans? Because we are an easy target, the press picked up on his comments and then he wasn't questioned about buying players and sitting them on the bench or loaning them out at a loss.

As I run the entire Vital Network I talk to many fans of different teams regularly and the amount of times I've been asked by other fans why we booed Gabby is just unreal. I did an article recently asking why some fans were booing at the end of games, I don't agree with that BUT I also don't expect lies to be pointed towards fans, especially us lot, especially after the years of winning absolutely nothing and still keeping the faith and the support.

What is the point of this constant moaning at the Villa Park faithful? What the hell do they expect to achieve? We have turned up in great numbers despite some God awful performances and all that happened was when Gabby - who hadn't scored in 12 games - was brought off the crowd cheered/jeered Martin O'Neill's decision. It wasn't aimed at the player, it was aimed at the boss - who it seems thinks he can do no wrong - for finally noticing that Gabby was way way off form and needed a rest.

Gabby is an exciting young talent, some think he'll end up an England regular, others don't. So what? The world is at his feet and it is up to him.

He is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying it was 'a bit upsetting' adding 'You don't expect that from your own fans.' It wasn't more than a week or so ago when he said he didn't care because he didn't listen to the fans anyway. So why the change?

He continued: 'Ever since I started here I've always had the crowd on my side, cheering my name and stuff. So to have that happen didn't feel right. I don't really know why they did it. They were probably upset because they'd been used to seeing us win games and in the top four for a long time. Maybe they wanted to take it out on someone.'

'But that's fans for you. It's not just at Villa, it's the same at most clubs. Eboue got it at Arsenal, didn't he? If they're used to winning games they turn quite quickly and look for people to blame when things go wrong.'

If anyone was booing then they aren't fans anyway BUT THEY WEREN'T. I sit exactly by the bench where MON 'apparently' heard booing. THERE WAS NONE. Most fans I know say exactly the same thing and some at the club know this for a fact as well.

Gabby carries on and I really see no point in this interview, how is this going to help him, the Villa or us?

'I think to myself, if they want to do that then I'll block it out and just play my own game. Pretend I can't hear them, even when I start playing well again.'

As said, will someone with a bit of sense at Villa have a word with Gabby, no one booed him, simple as that. He was way off form, at times he disappears in games and yet the Gabby song is still blasted out by the Holte. Maybe they shouldn't bother if he doesn't listen?!

Modern football is doing my nut in, how dare anyone have a go at a great bunch of fans like the Villa faithful?!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday April 24 2009
Time: 10:04AM

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Yeah thats fans for you gabby,Putting money in your pocket for ***** performances so you can drive a lamborghini,What a bunch of ****s we are,Focus on scoring goals rather than getting chav slags preggers you thick overpaid *****house.
24/04/2009 10:30:00
while i do agree, you can't believe everything you read in the papers surely. For one you don't know he actually said this and it also seems the same story thrown up again from a few weeks ago.
Its All Over FC
24/04/2009 10:34:00
get over yourself fear!!
24/04/2009 10:37:00
i think your anti MON rants are getting a bit rediculous now, if you would like a return to the dark days of DOL and Turnip then you're going the right way about it, MON is the best manager we have had at this club and have made massive strides in the years he has been here.
24/04/2009 10:42:00
Fair play to feel aggrieved, Fear, but just a couple of points. Many people thought there was booing at that game - it wasn't just MON who raised the subject. I saw many fans debating it on the various forums. It may well be that they were booing the referee or the result rather than Gabby, MON or the team, but a boo is like a bomb - it hits everyone indiscriminately. Secondly, as somebody else has pointed out, this really looks like old news dragged up by a rag because they needed to fill column inches. This article just adds petrol to the fire. I really, really doubt that MON or Gabby are 'anti-fan'.
24/04/2009 11:01:00
MON couldn't be more fan friendly in my opinion, he is always the first over to the support at the final whistle no matter what the score. The Martin give us a wave chants are obvious proof that the fans also appreciate it as well.
24/04/2009 11:03:00
P.S. We've also heard booing at (home) games since. It isn't just a figment of MON's imagination. It MAY have been aimed at a completely different target, but who can tell? It sounds like it's aimed at the team/manager, and I for one disagree with it completely. I think you have to accept that (some) fans really are fickle. All hail DOL, God of accurate statements ... :o)
24/04/2009 11:05:00
Disagree fear cos i usually agree with you, i sit in the holte end and the morans who sit behind boo Gabby and on a regular basis. This has to stop or they should do one, Gabby is clearly upset by this, we should now draw a line under it ( Gabby included) and support our team.
24/04/2009 11:40:00
I have often vented my frustration at the way some Villa supporters (I use that term loosely) create a negative atmosphere in the ground. However what is just a frustrating is that those that moan, many in the Trinity, never get behind the team. The only time you hear them is when they moan. The biggest culprits are those just behind the dug outs. It wouldn't be so bad if they gave some vocal support, but it none existent. If I am not in my season ticket seats in the Holte, I am fortunate enough to use the executive seats in the middle of the Trinity, behind the dug out. And it pains me to say but our support in this stand is pathetic. And worse, it is embarrassing and actually works against the team because all you 'hear' is a deathly silence until somebody commits the terrible crime of mis placing a pass. Then they all want to be heard. Muppets. I totally disagree with booing or sarcastic cheering/jeering of your own team, but I could have some understanding if the culprits actually gave some positive support in the first place.
24/04/2009 12:09:00
I am a season ticket holder in trinity road stand, and travel 320 miles every game to cheer Villa on, and I completely agree with Voice of the holte. I think half of our fans only go to have a whinge. It really frustrates me. I was there when Gabby got boo'd, and in my opinion, the fans DID boo him. I was pretty shocked, but the people who whinge behind me were saying he deserves it, it'll buck his ideas up. Rubbish. What a way to knock a young players confidence. It amuses me when Martin O'Neill has done so well to get us in to the position we currently stand, and fans, including Mr Fear, are so quick to berate him. GROW UP. Imagine what will happen WHEN we win a trophy. Bet you will secretly be gutted, or will you find another reason to try and whinge about a player/manager involving the club. Most of our fans are great, however, a lot of our fans who attend the games or not, are very very fickle. This article does nothing to suggest anything to the contrary. Pathetic
Ian Taylor
24/04/2009 12:22:00
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