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Sweden Villan On Gareth Barry Boo Boys

C&B all the way from Sweden on the Gareth Barry situation ... which gladly is now almost all but done and dusted!

Don’t take it personal.... personal

To make a few points clear, I wasn’t at the game yesterday simply because I live in Sweden, and as a student I’m pretty much limited to one trip to Villa Park a year.

However, after supporting Villa for most of my life in an extremely top four dominated area, I think I’m just as passionate about my club as most local Villa fans.

Now this article won’t be about me, but my view on the Gareth Barry boo boys in yesterdays encounter. Now generally I’m a non booer, I haven’t and will never boo my team or any players currently playing in it. Now obviously old players are a very different thing, but my pre-match view were that had I been there I would have cheered the lad considering all great things he have done for the club over the years.

But when the game kicked off, I somehow got a very different feeling. Seeing him, on Villa Park, on the wrong side not wearing or lovely claret and blue shirt blew all those memories out the window. The fact that he lost the duel against Dunne made the goal even better, seeing people waiving money at him made me feel good, hearing the booing when he controlled the ball, and cheering when he missed or got tackled gave me a funny grin on my face. Now Barry has been one of my biggest idols for many years, one the most important players for our club and a player that really made me proud. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “Well, at least we“ve got Gareth Barry!”

So what created the disgust yesterday, this joy of seeing him getting booed and feeling good over his misfortune? Now many of you probably won’t share my view, maybe you just never liked the lad or simply hate him for what he did this summer. That’s not the case for me.

Now imagine yourself and the love of your life, or at least a person whom you’ve had a long and serious relationship with. As time goes on you rely more and more on this person, and often you imagine that this person will never leave you. But then you discover that she“s been flirting with someone else, and things change. You go through a rough couple of months but eventually things go back to normal. But the signs are there that she has second thoughts, and eventually she leaves you for something “better”.

This rich cheesy foreigner driving a brand new Mercedes, with greasy hair and a disgusting tan, has just ripped your world apart. It’s a tough couple of weeks but you convince yourself your better off without her and eventually things go back to normal. Now maybe you are better off without her, or maybe you’ve found someone better, but until you do, it’s impossible to forget her.

So when you happen to bump into her and her new lover in the supermarket you once again feel the sting, you realizes that you do miss her, and you try to melt that she actually chose this greasy dude over you. But instead of showing that, you try to ignore her, or give her a hard time over some meaningless thing she still owns you for.

Now this story might not fit perfectly with the Villa-Barry-Me situation, but it is a good metaphor for the feeling I felt last night. And I don’t think I’m alone.

I didn’t booed Gareth Barry last night, but I probably would have if I were there. But not because I hate him for leaving and have forgot all the things he have done for our might club, but because seeing him in that ugly City shirt against our men was too hard to melt, it really upset me.




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Writer: C&B Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 6 2009

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

must admit, when I saw him in the Man City kit, I didn't like it one bit but I couldn't and wouldn't boo him. Not many did round by me in truth. All done and dusted now, no doubt each time he comes he'll get the same but he'll be more used to it. In reality, with him being 30 and being able to leave on a free next summer, we got a good deal at £12m.
The Fear
must admit, when I saw him in the Man City kit, I didn't like it one bit but I couldn't and wouldn't boo him. Not many did round by me in truth. All done and dusted now, no doubt each time he comes he'll get the same but he'll be more used to it. In reality, with him being 30 and being able to leave on a free next summer, we got a good deal at £12m.
The Fear
He just became a liar in my eyes, he is not the same passionate footballer he used to be, wearing the badge with pride, but a player who is just in for the money, if he went to a top 4 club i could accept and would be happy for him to leave if he really didnt believe he could win things at Villa, But moving to Man City just annoyed me so much, and i agree with this article too, we miss him in the middle of the park.
Villa 4 Ever
He just became a liar in my eyes, he is not the same passionate footballer he used to be, wearing the badge with pride, but a player who is just in for the money, if he went to a top 4 club i could accept and would be happy for him to leave if he really didnt believe he could win things at Villa, But moving to Man City just annoyed me so much, and i agree with this article too, we miss him in the middle of the park.
Villa 4 Ever
I applauded him. Too many happy memories of him not to and the guy has always shown class, that one summer aside. Also, I've worked for the same company for nearly 10 years now and I'm ready for a change so I know how he must have felt when he decided to change employers. On one side you have the security and stability of what you are used to; day in, day out. On the other, the fatigue of working within the same system, same people, same place. And I thought clapping the whole ground was a magnanimous gesture on his part, which showed great class. Let's hope this booing nonsense is behind us now.
Rawlie
I applauded him. Too many happy memories of him not to and the guy has always shown class, that one summer aside. Also, I've worked for the same company for nearly 10 years now and I'm ready for a change so I know how he must have felt when he decided to change employers. On one side you have the security and stability of what you are used to; day in, day out. On the other, the fatigue of working within the same system, same people, same place. And I thought clapping the whole ground was a magnanimous gesture on his part, which showed great class. Let's hope this booing nonsense is behind us now.
Rawlie
Barry, barry boooooooooo. Barry, barry boooooooooo.
Fletch
Barry, barry boooooooooo. Barry, barry boooooooooo.
Fletch
Great article! I completely agree, seeing him yesterday was like catching your ex with her new fella. It felt weird seeing him at Villa and personally im glad he got booed and cheered by some at the end. I think people talk too much about how he was loyal to villa but if u really look back, every few years he was nearly off to a new club and needed persuading/ bribing to stay. Yeah he played 400 games for us, yeah he was one of the best players we have ever had, but he only really developed into this player under MON. I don't think he showed any respect to Villa or MON when he left. The letter in the paper was a nice touch and showed that he cared and i respect him for putting his heart on his sleeve but he could have managed the situation differently. By this, i refer to Olof Mellberg, he was at Villa for years, knew he wanted a new challenge and got a heroes applause when he left. Barry knew he wasn't going to stay, there was obviously going to be a bid for him , so why didn't he just say so the fans could give him the applause he may deserve. Admittedly, the last game was overshadowed by Laursen, but still...
arc1988
Great article! I completely agree, seeing him yesterday was like catching your ex with her new fella. It felt weird seeing him at Villa and personally im glad he got booed and cheered by some at the end. I think people talk too much about how he was loyal to villa but if u really look back, every few years he was nearly off to a new club and needed persuading/ bribing to stay. Yeah he played 400 games for us, yeah he was one of the best players we have ever had, but he only really developed into this player under MON. I don't think he showed any respect to Villa or MON when he left. The letter in the paper was a nice touch and showed that he cared and i respect him for putting his heart on his sleeve but he could have managed the situation differently. By this, i refer to Olof Mellberg, he was at Villa for years, knew he wanted a new challenge and got a heroes applause when he left. Barry knew he wasn't going to stay, there was obviously going to be a bid for him , so why didn't he just say so the fans could give him the applause he may deserve. Admittedly, the last game was overshadowed by Laursen, but still...
arc1988
Sorry Fear but Barry was born feb 1981. He is only 28 (Not 30 now OR next summer) and coming in to his peak. The reception would have been different had he not lied, and lied so blatantly about his reasons for leaving. Honesty is the best policy, but I suppose the wheel barrow full of cash he takes home every month beats the adulation and respect of 42,000 Villa Fans on a saturday, doesn't it Gareth???????
heavy d
Sorry Fear but Barry was born feb 1981. He is only 28 (Not 30 now OR next summer) and coming in to his peak. The reception would have been different had he not lied, and lied so blatantly about his reasons for leaving. Honesty is the best policy, but I suppose the wheel barrow full of cash he takes home every month beats the adulation and respect of 42,000 Villa Fans on a saturday, doesn't it Gareth???????
heavy d
I would love to see King Mellberg return one day for the opposition, he would get the kind of reaction Barry could only dream of.
Stig
I would love to see King Mellberg return one day for the opposition, he would get the kind of reaction Barry could only dream of.
Stig
that'll teach me to be lazy then Heavy d as I took that off a radio comment last night on Five Live...! Totally right though sir, just looked it up, 23 Feb 1981. More reason to hate him, I was 17 Feb, all very close... 1969... not so close! :o(
The Fear
that'll teach me to be lazy then Heavy d as I took that off a radio comment last night on Five Live...! Totally right though sir, just looked it up, 23 Feb 1981. More reason to hate him, I was 17 Feb, all very close... 1969... not so close! :o(
The Fear
Not sure we have missed him. He played in every one of the 18 games at the end of last season that resulted in just 3 victories. Football is about teams not individuals. As for moving for the money . . . . . . to bloody right. If I was offered £20 million more over 5 years than my current boss would give me then I would be off. No s**t Sherlock. Infact I would be happy to to be stoned, whipped and put in the stocks for a couple of mill, let alone £20million.
voiceoftheholte
Nice words C&B, a very good metephor that certainly matched my feelings. It seems that the Citeh fans and press are slamming us Villains today because of GB's treatment compared their clapping of Dunne. It's lazy slander on their part as they don't seem to have considered the different circumstanses behind both departures. I was impressed with GB's gesture of applause at the end of the game which almost turned me into a blubbering wreck (I pulled myself together). He definetly went up in my estimation after the game and I couldn't help feeling a sense of closure about the whole ugly GB vs Villa park faithful affair. If many other Villa fans felt the same way then I expect the booing to stop next time round.
astonguerrilla
Not sure we have missed him. He played in every one of the 18 games at the end of last season that resulted in just 3 victories. Football is about teams not individuals. As for moving for the money . . . . . . to bloody right. If I was offered £20 million more over 5 years than my current boss would give me then I would be off. No s**t Sherlock. Infact I would be happy to to be stoned, whipped and put in the stocks for a couple of mill, let alone £20million.
voiceoftheholte
Nice words C&B, a very good metephor that certainly matched my feelings. It seems that the Citeh fans and press are slamming us Villains today because of GB's treatment compared their clapping of Dunne. It's lazy slander on their part as they don't seem to have considered the different circumstanses behind both departures. I was impressed with GB's gesture of applause at the end of the game which almost turned me into a blubbering wreck (I pulled myself together). He definetly went up in my estimation after the game and I couldn't help feeling a sense of closure about the whole ugly GB vs Villa park faithful affair. If many other Villa fans felt the same way then I expect the booing to stop next time round.
astonguerrilla
Just what I was ging to say Fear, he could have done a walk for free, but your club got £12m and MON has spent that wisely. Dunney will always give you 100% and thats all you can ask of a player when he puts on your clubs shirt, but people and players move on and don't tell me any of you, if you were offered twice your wages for doing the same job you would not take it.GB has given the majority of his playing career in the service of Aston Villa and is probably the first result he looks for and always will be and his reward from his former fans, he deserved better respect than that.
Buzz Lightyear
Just what I was ging to say Fear, he could have done a walk for free, but your club got £12m and MON has spent that wisely. Dunney will always give you 100% and thats all you can ask of a player when he puts on your clubs shirt, but people and players move on and don't tell me any of you, if you were offered twice your wages for doing the same job you would not take it.GB has given the majority of his playing career in the service of Aston Villa and is probably the first result he looks for and always will be and his reward from his former fans, he deserved better respect than that.
Buzz Lightyear
can't remember which user said he didn't need to move for the money, must admit on that voice, I'm with you, I'd take it, we offered a good package, they offered more, he wanted a change, don't blame him, don't blame us, and given the same £opportunity, I'd jump at it!
The Fear
can't remember which user said he didn't need to move for the money, must admit on that voice, I'm with you, I'd take it, we offered a good package, they offered more, he wanted a change, don't blame him, don't blame us, and given the same £opportunity, I'd jump at it!
The Fear
It's ok Fear. I only know because his birthday is quite close and I had a few bevvies with him in Solihull on occasion. In addition, I too would change jobs to double my salary. The only difference is I would not be ashamed that this was the reason and try and concoct a cover story to alleviate myself of any responsiblity or blame for lying to the people who DID support me for 11 years. It should be over now though, and the applause to the crowd at the end of the game was a measure of the man! Hope City finish 5th this year - just behind us and ahead of Liverpool ;-)
heavy d
It's ok Fear. I only know because his birthday is quite close and I had a few bevvies with him in Solihull on occasion. In addition, I too would change jobs to double my salary. The only difference is I would not be ashamed that this was the reason and try and concoct a cover story to alleviate myself of any responsiblity or blame for lying to the people who DID support me for 11 years. It should be over now though, and the applause to the crowd at the end of the game was a measure of the man! Hope City finish 5th this year - just behind us and ahead of Liverpool ;-)
heavy d
I hope Villa finish 4th just one place behind City .lol.
Buzz Lightyear
I hope Villa finish 4th just one place behind City .lol.
Buzz Lightyear
man city are the ruination of football clubified
ric112
man city are the ruination of football clubified
ric112
Simply put, had Barry joined Liverpool, nobody would have booed as it was expected and people were resigned to losing him to a club in the champions league. Joining City no matter which way you look at it was money motivated, thats what instills the feeling of betrayal.
BeardMasterFlex
Simply put, had Barry joined Liverpool, nobody would have booed as it was expected and people were resigned to losing him to a club in the champions league. Joining City no matter which way you look at it was money motivated, thats what instills the feeling of betrayal.
BeardMasterFlex
I feel guilty to see how much it got to Barry,he doesnt owe us anything.I also feel there is a bit of a which hunt against Villa fans in the media.
Pking
I feel guilty to see how much it got to Barry,he doesnt owe us anything.I also feel there is a bit of a which hunt against Villa fans in the media.
Pking
As long as we finish above Man City this season i will class it as a success even if its 8th place, just to show Barry we are still a better club than Man City and he was wrong to move.
Villa 4 Ever
As long as we finish above Man City this season i will class it as a success even if its 8th place, just to show Barry we are still a better club than Man City and he was wrong to move.
Villa 4 Ever
I miss him,fabulous player and he`ll be very tough to replace just like Yorkey and Platty
ASPINALL
I miss him,fabulous player and he`ll be very tough to replace just like Yorkey and Platty
ASPINALL
If GB had stuck to his guns and signed for Liverpool or Arsenal for CL football, nobody would have batted an eyelid. The horrible truth is that he may still achieve that ambition with Citeh albeit 12 months later, but it would be sweet if they were only in the Europa with us. Credit the Citeh fans for their treatment of Dunne, but as was said earlier, though, a very different situation arose with GB, who should have kept his mouth shut and not gone crying to the papers about his ambitions and maybe we would all have had more respect for him.
Madirish
If GB had stuck to his guns and signed for Liverpool or Arsenal for CL football, nobody would have batted an eyelid. The horrible truth is that he may still achieve that ambition with Citeh albeit 12 months later, but it would be sweet if they were only in the Europa with us. Credit the Citeh fans for their treatment of Dunne, but as was said earlier, though, a very different situation arose with GB, who should have kept his mouth shut and not gone crying to the papers about his ambitions and maybe we would all have had more respect for him.
Madirish
If you really think GB wouldn't have been booed if he'd have gone to the scousers or the Arse then you are living on a different planet. The guy had already blotted his copy book with the Liverpool fiasco the year before and us Villa fans don't forget. Well, we do forget the 12 years of stella service, but not one indiscretion. Personally, I admit seeing him in the City shirt hurts, but I would be livid seeing him in a shirt from a fading club who are still living off their history and the memories of pundits on the BBC and Sky.
Rawlie
If you really think GB wouldn't have been booed if he'd have gone to the scousers or the Arse then you are living on a different planet. The guy had already blotted his copy book with the Liverpool fiasco the year before and us Villa fans don't forget. Well, we do forget the 12 years of stella service, but not one indiscretion. Personally, I admit seeing him in the City shirt hurts, but I would be livid seeing him in a shirt from a fading club who are still living off their history and the memories of pundits on the BBC and Sky.
Rawlie
I agree Barry is a very good player and i would have been gutted when he left if it wasn't for the fact that it wasn't a surprise because he's been trying to leave Villa for such a long time now . Personally i was glad he got the welcome he did but i agree with most people and think we made our point and it should be over now .. nice article
Doug4ever
I agree Barry is a very good player and i would have been gutted when he left if it wasn't for the fact that it wasn't a surprise because he's been trying to leave Villa for such a long time now . Personally i was glad he got the welcome he did but i agree with most people and think we made our point and it should be over now .. nice article
Doug4ever
Barry is at times a GREAT player. Fact. He dumped us. Fact. I thought the crowd were stunning last night booing Barry EVERY touch from start to finish. Watching on TV it COMPLETLEY threw him off his stride and I've never seen Gareth shout at his team mates in frustration and anger like he did monday night. 42,000+ reduced Man Citeh by one man, and a central figure at that. I now HATE Citeh, not through jealousy, but for the vile way clubs with money like this WILL ruin the game. And as for Hughes...don't get me started...THUG!
ljkal
Barry is at times a GREAT player. Fact. He dumped us. Fact. I thought the crowd were stunning last night booing Barry EVERY touch from start to finish. Watching on TV it COMPLETLEY threw him off his stride and I've never seen Gareth shout at his team mates in frustration and anger like he did monday night. 42,000+ reduced Man Citeh by one man, and a central figure at that. I now HATE Citeh, not through jealousy, but for the vile way clubs with money like this WILL ruin the game. And as for Hughes...don't get me started...THUG!
ljkal
I agree with you ljkal, I can't stand Man City. But with the new UEFA financial guidlines coming in, if Citeh want to be in the Champions League (or even Europa League) in the future, they will have to make as much money as the spend. With the amount they spend on player fees, wages etc I can't see them making a profit anytime soon.
StuLinney
I agree with you ljkal, I can't stand Man City. But with the new UEFA financial guidlines coming in, if Citeh want to be in the Champions League (or even Europa League) in the future, they will have to make as much money as the spend. With the amount they spend on player fees, wages etc I can't see them making a profit anytime soon.
StuLinney
very eloquent article. Any girl in particular in mind? If you listen to the noise generated by the crowd when they had a common focal point its a real shame we can't repeat the emotion and focus every week. Why does it have to take Barry returning and a sense of betrayl?
AVbornandbred
very eloquent article. Any girl in particular in mind? If you listen to the noise generated by the crowd when they had a common focal point its a real shame we can't repeat the emotion and focus every week. Why does it have to take Barry returning and a sense of betrayl?
AVbornandbred
i neither applauded or booed him, just wondered who the familiar looking guy was who the new guy outjumped and scored with a bullet header!?
leftfoot
i neither applauded or booed him, just wondered who the familiar looking guy was who the new guy outjumped and scored with a bullet header!?
leftfoot
Would that be the new guy who wasn't good enough to play for his team anymore, because they now have so many better players? was that the guy you meant? They call that poetic justice leftfoot
steff_the_villan
Would that be the new guy who wasn't good enough to play for his team anymore, because they now have so many better players? was that the guy you meant? They call that poetic justice leftfoot
steff_the_villan
You know, if GB would have just come out and siad "Guys, I just need a ****in' change, a change of scenery, change of routine", I'd be happy for him. But he turned down the thieving scousers for cash, not CL football.
ljkal
You know, if GB would have just come out and siad "Guys, I just need a ****in' change, a change of scenery, change of routine", I'd be happy for him. But he turned down the thieving scousers for cash, not CL football.
ljkal
I dunno. The thing last season with Liverpool unsettled him, he wasn't the player last season that he was the season before. I don't think he handled wanting to move on very well, unlike Olly Mellberg who went with the blessing of every Villan even if it was with a weary sigh afterwards. I'm not surprised he joined City for a huge pay rise, who wouldn't ? And who wouldn't admit that City are in with a real chance of breaking into the CL this season with that squad and the backing they've got ? Who'd complain if a Saudi squillionaire bought Villa off of Randy, and invested half a billion in bringing Messi, Kaka and Ronaldo to Villa Park ? Not me..
ExpatVillaShirt
I dunno. The thing last season with Liverpool unsettled him, he wasn't the player last season that he was the season before. I don't think he handled wanting to move on very well, unlike Olly Mellberg who went with the blessing of every Villan even if it was with a weary sigh afterwards. I'm not surprised he joined City for a huge pay rise, who wouldn't ? And who wouldn't admit that City are in with a real chance of breaking into the CL this season with that squad and the backing they've got ? Who'd complain if a Saudi squillionaire bought Villa off of Randy, and invested half a billion in bringing Messi, Kaka and Ronaldo to Villa Park ? Not me..
ExpatVillaShirt
I would. Having worked in the Gulf, I would be appalled and DEEPLY concerned if an Arab sheikh bought our beloved football team. Please don't misconstrue this as racist ranting. I've been there, worked for them and vowed never to return over the way business is done over there. City are a plaything and, if I was a fan of them...well, in the Gulf you learn pretty quickly that every silver lining has a cloud.
Rawlie
I would. Having worked in the Gulf, I would be appalled and DEEPLY concerned if an Arab sheikh bought our beloved football team. Please don't misconstrue this as racist ranting. I've been there, worked for them and vowed never to return over the way business is done over there. City are a plaything and, if I was a fan of them...well, in the Gulf you learn pretty quickly that every silver lining has a cloud.
Rawlie
 

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