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A Little Recent Villa History Lesson!

A Little Recent Villa History Lesson!

A Little recent history lesson

I know its nice to think times at Villa have never been so good, especially when we MAY reach our highest finish position since the 96/97 season when we finished 5th, but consider this little fact:

In Deadly's last reign in the PL from the 1988/99 season when we finished 17th of 20 teams, Villa have only finished out of the top 10 on 5 occasions.

90/91 we were 17th
94/95 we were 18th
02/03 we were 16th
05/06 we were 16th
06/07 we were 11th

Not bad really for the man we were all so happy to leave when Randy bought the club.

In fact during Doug's reign of penny pinching economics, regular changes of management, etcetera we actually finished 2nd twice, yes 2nd and 4th in 95/96.

Yes football has changed tremendously since, of course, costs are higher, but so is revenue, with attendances up across the board, not just at Villa Park and media money is beyond what could have been dreamed of in his first season back in 88/89,

The present Boards stated aim is to put out a side able to compete week in week out with the aim to gain regular European qualification and return those heady days of the early 80's pre Ellis, when we won the League and subsequently the European Cup.

I know it suits the everything is marvelous in the garden argument, but when fans argue that achieving the EC is nothing special, Notts Forest did it twice after all, I wonder just how low some fans will go to prove the present manager is supreme above all his predecessors. When you consider few British clubs have ever won that accolade its demeaning to suggest its no mean achievement. Its a disgrace especially to hear a Villa fan suggest it, especially when today's outfit, despite a tremendous effort have yet to achieve more than 6th a target Ellis met or beat 7 times in his second term in the PL.

The signs are good, with 3 games to go 5th and a real European qualification is a great achievement in only 3 seasons even considering the money spent, but there is some way to go yet, to achieve the 4th and
two 2nds achieved under Ellis to say nothing of the wondrous 80/81 season and of course that pinnacle in Rotterdam

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Writer:avfc48
Date:Tuesday May 5 2009
Time: 5:06PM

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trouble is the champions league has now put the 'big four' at such a great advantage and the field is no longer really level, especially when you consider the debt Liverpool and Man Utd are in. That debt should not be allowed and much like the clubs who go into admin, there should be points docked for every £10m of debt at a club.
The Fear
05/05/2009 17:09:00
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trouble is the champions league has now put the 'big four' at such a great advantage and the field is no longer really level, especially when you consider the debt Liverpool and Man Utd are in. That debt should not be allowed and much like the clubs who go into admin, there should be points docked for every £10m of debt at a club.
The Fear
05/05/2009 17:09:00
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Does debt owed to a family trust count as debt under your proposals? :o)
The Real Neil
05/05/2009 17:32:00
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Does debt owed to a family trust count as debt under your proposals? :o)
The Real Neil
05/05/2009 17:32:00
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Can see why you love Ellis, he did sign our saviour MO'N and know what a big fan you are of his!!
Villan444
05/05/2009 17:54:00
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Can see why you love Ellis, he did sign our saviour MO'N and know what a big fan you are of his!!
Villan444
05/05/2009 17:54:00
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Oh Jesus - should we even bother, I wonder ... And you point is what, avfc -- that we should have been really grateful for Doug's barren years, and that we would be better off with him back? As for your "everything is marvelous in the garden argument" and your wondering "just how low some fans will go to prove the present manager is supreme above all his predecessors", you really don't get the point, do you? If you and your bedmate would leave off whinging and carping about MON at every opportunity, deserved or not, there would not be such a reaction and there would be a more balanced debate. Capiche?
BobTheBuilder
05/05/2009 17:58:00
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Oh Jesus - should we even bother, I wonder ... And you point is what, avfc -- that we should have been really grateful for Doug's barren years, and that we would be better off with him back? As for your "everything is marvelous in the garden argument" and your wondering "just how low some fans will go to prove the present manager is supreme above all his predecessors", you really don't get the point, do you? If you and your bedmate would leave off whinging and carping about MON at every opportunity, deserved or not, there would not be such a reaction and there would be a more balanced debate. Capiche?
BobTheBuilder
05/05/2009 17:58:00
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As for you giving anyone a history lesson, I really do prefer my history to be more fact-based and balanced, thanks anyway.
BobTheBuilder
05/05/2009 17:59:00
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As for you giving anyone a history lesson, I really do prefer my history to be more fact-based and balanced, thanks anyway.
BobTheBuilder
05/05/2009 17:59:00
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