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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 3 2009

Time: 10:01PM

Your Comments

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
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
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
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
Don't think Adebayor played 441 games for wenger. Maybe Arsene and Arsenal's fans should thank Ade for his 50 goals
thecamelsfoot
Don't think Adebayor played 441 games for wenger. Maybe Arsene and Arsenal's fans should thank Ade for his 50 goals
thecamelsfoot
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
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
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
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
bring it on. Yatesy typical jealous response
humpty
bring it on. Yatesy typical jealous response
humpty
thanks Aston Blogger, very enjoyable and totally agree.
The Fear
thanks Aston Blogger, very enjoyable and totally agree.
The Fear
IF England lift the world cup in sa next summer we can feel proud that one of the major players was sporned at villa park
Villaininthemerde
IF England lift the world cup in sa next summer we can feel proud that one of the major players was sporned at villa park
Villaininthemerde
He didn't reject Liverpool they didn't think he was worth 18 Million He's been trying to leave for 3 years ,We should have got more cash for him last year . I will be booing him from my armchair 16,500 kms away but i dont think he'll notice.
Doug4ever
He didn't reject Liverpool they didn't think he was worth 18 Million He's been trying to leave for 3 years ,We should have got more cash for him last year . I will be booing him from my armchair 16,500 kms away but i dont think he'll notice.
Doug4ever
humpty, get a clue mate. since when have villa been inferior to $ity!? your lot have proved NOTHING yet so don't be getting too vocal. and you love that he left for the money instead of leaving to play for your club? wow. says something for your boys. i, for one, think this game is bigger than barry, and i think villa are just as in it as $ity. i'll end how i began - humpty, get a clue mate.
benji_starsky_avfc
humpty, get a clue mate. since when have villa been inferior to $ity!? your lot have proved NOTHING yet so don't be getting too vocal. and you love that he left for the money instead of leaving to play for your club? wow. says something for your boys. i, for one, think this game is bigger than barry, and i think villa are just as in it as $ity. i'll end how i began - humpty, get a clue mate.
benji_starsky_avfc
benji whats up?give us a clue
humpty
benji whats up?give us a clue
humpty
score draw.
benji_starsky_avfc
score draw.
benji_starsky_avfc
I for one will clap Barry, gutted when he left, deserves a good reaction from the villa supporters.
astonsteve
I for one will clap Barry, gutted when he left, deserves a good reaction from the villa supporters.
astonsteve
Man Citeh fans posting on here is all part of the banter. Right now then are very happy with themselves because they have a bottomless pit of money and are starting to attract big name signings. If I were a Citeh fan I would feel happy too as the future looks very bright indeed. After spending so many decades as a nothing team, such a poor side that Man Utd fans considered them so inferior that Liverpool was accepted as a Derby match, Man City was just considered a three point stroll...perhaps in another 2-3 seasons Man City can break into the Premiership elite? I'm looking forward to the game tonight and I couldn't give a toss about Gareth Barry, he served us well, but now he's moved on....so have Villa.
juddy
Man Citeh fans posting on here is all part of the banter. Right now then are very happy with themselves because they have a bottomless pit of money and are starting to attract big name signings. If I were a Citeh fan I would feel happy too as the future looks very bright indeed. After spending so many decades as a nothing team, such a poor side that Man Utd fans considered them so inferior that Liverpool was accepted as a Derby match, Man City was just considered a three point stroll...perhaps in another 2-3 seasons Man City can break into the Premiership elite? I'm looking forward to the game tonight and I couldn't give a toss about Gareth Barry, he served us well, but now he's moved on....so have Villa.
juddy
 

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