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12 years 441 games and 52 goals later...

12 years 441 games and 52 goals later...

Whether you boo, cheer or say nothing no one can deny he was a great servant to this mighty football club. He in total played 441 games scoring 52 goals for Villa and that in this day and age is a great achievement. He turned down Portsmouth when O`Neil came, he rejected Liverpool last year but he couldn`t resist the money of Man City, who could?

He offered so much to villa, he was versatile he started off at left back then moved to centre back and finished up as our captain and the drive in midfield. One example of him turning a game around has to be our demolition of Bolton in 2008 when he scored two and got two assists, the game finished 4-0. Surely only one of many games Gareth Barry singly won for us.

His letter reconfirmed to me that he still loves this club and although I still think that he moved for the money, his attitude has to be commended. In the Birmingham Mail he says "I want to thank them for the incredible support I have received over the last 12 years. This football club has been a huge part of my life. I joined a 16-year-old boy and 12 years later I am moving on as a 28-year-old man with a wife and two children." He wouldn`t be the player he was without Villa and O`Neil. Maybe a certain other Man City player should be just as thankful to Arsene Wenger. Interestingly in that letter he still refers to Villa as "we".

After 12 years, 441 games and 52 goals Barry finally left with a love for the club and respect for the fans, not many players in today`s game would react like this. Now let`s show that we as fans can be just as respectful, all I can hope is that we don`t. Silence would be better than ignorance.



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Writer:The Aston Blogger
Date:Saturday October 3 2009
Time: 10:01PM

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love the reason he left for the money,when we beat you monday that will be 6 out of 7 and he will be a key figure in a team much superior to villa and justify his reasons for leaving that you lot have such difficulty accepting,
humpty
04/10/2009 00:03:00
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love the reason he left for the money,when we beat you monday that will be 6 out of 7 and he will be a key figure in a team much superior to villa and justify his reasons for leaving that you lot have such difficulty accepting,
humpty
04/10/2009 00:03:00
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Excellent sentiments, though I would quibble with the suggestion that GB went merely for the money. There's an interesting article in the Mirror today with quotes from Nigel De Jong explaining why he left Hamburg for City. The fact is that Man City really want to be the best team in England, and then Europe, whereas we, it would seem, would quite like to qualify for the Champions League, but are content to settle for European football (though even that is something we may very well fail to achieve this season). Barry is ambitious, and the wage he is earning at Man City is simply the going rate in the marketplace (though obviously the marketplace is obscene).
Albarnista
04/10/2009 00:05:00
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Excellent sentiments, though I would quibble with the suggestion that GB went merely for the money. There's an interesting article in the Mirror today with quotes from Nigel De Jong explaining why he left Hamburg for City. The fact is that Man City really want to be the best team in England, and then Europe, whereas we, it would seem, would quite like to qualify for the Champions League, but are content to settle for European football (though even that is something we may very well fail to achieve this season). Barry is ambitious, and the wage he is earning at Man City is simply the going rate in the marketplace (though obviously the marketplace is obscene).
Albarnista
04/10/2009 00:05:00
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Don't think Adebayor played 441 games for wenger. Maybe Arsene and Arsenal's fans should thank Ade for his 50 goals
thecamelsfoot
04/10/2009 01:45:00
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Don't think Adebayor played 441 games for wenger. Maybe Arsene and Arsenal's fans should thank Ade for his 50 goals
thecamelsfoot
04/10/2009 01:45:00
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Hello Plastic Man City fans. Nice to see you. Never used to hear much from you, but you seem to be everywhere and very vocal thesedays. Chumps.
YatesyVillain
04/10/2009 05:20:00
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Hello Plastic Man City fans. Nice to see you. Never used to hear much from you, but you seem to be everywhere and very vocal thesedays. Chumps.
YatesyVillain
04/10/2009 05:20:00
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Or if we beat you Humpty 'a far less superior team' will be on the same points as you and Gareth's reason wont be justified. Barry goes missing a lot in big games and im sure this will be one of the biggest and most controversial games in his career.
son_of_cher
04/10/2009 09:53:00
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Or if we beat you Humpty 'a far less superior team' will be on the same points as you and Gareth's reason wont be justified. Barry goes missing a lot in big games and im sure this will be one of the biggest and most controversial games in his career.
son_of_cher
04/10/2009 09:53:00
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