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Why Don't We Fill Villa Park Every Week?

Why Don't We Fill Villa Park Every Week?

avfc48 asks: Why don't we fill the ground every week?

Even historically Villa have never consistently filled Villa Park, even when winning the European Cup. Now its been a pet thing we me, I even had two face to face talks with the excellent Doug Ellis who completely missed my point both times, that Villa have a bigger potential for crowds than any other club including those in London.

Why?

Villa are and have always been the top club in the Midlands. Yes Nottingham Forest and Derby under Clough did ok, but have small grounds, and a small mentality within their fan base, Wolves did well in days gone bye but have consistently failed of late and now sport a small ground they can't fill, but there's no one else from Brum to Watford, Brum to Sheffield, Brum to Mid Wales and all point South worthy of support to 'floating fans' than Villa.

Now I've been around Europe, and travelled the UK at length in my guise as a pretend businessman and fully appreciate to get from Welshpool to Villa, from Leicester to Villa from Watford Gap to Villa is no great shakes, although I will admit trying to get to Villa as I did in January from my part of North Wales was just too much to do too often, I'm sure Villa have an area of potential fans well beyond most other clubs.

So why don't they come regularly, why are Villa not attractive enough?

Spurs get 36 every week and have a waiting list of around 25 k more. Arsenal fill their 60k stadium, Man Utd have a potential of 80 to 100k every game, even Liverpool reckon they can fill 60 k, so why can't Villa?

I was amazed how many relatives and fans I know asked me to get them tickets for Wembley, and all, every single one, can get a bus to VP and back yet don't go every or even any week. I know one bloke older than me who flew in from Canada. Ok he's got more money than sense but if he can do it, I can do it, for one off's and the odd game, why can't those who live a simple train ride away, a bus ride away do it, week in week out?

I did when I could, my dad did when he could, my granddad did when he could, so why does my sister and her 2 daughters not. How many Villa fans do you know who don't who live within easy reach? Ask your self why don't they, better still ask them. Try not to make it a better supporter than you question, try hard now, but ask anyway.

Its a question I've pondered for years, when I never missed a game home or away travelling from Northants, then Liverpool, then Anglesey and mates I knew living in Great Barr never went down but for the odd game. Villa must be doing something wrong, or is it they have never done enough.

Is it the arguments presented, the marketing is never good enough, or is it something else.

Quite honestly it could be considered a disgrace we don't fill the ground, the team as it stands deserves to play to packed crowds.

Think on it, especially if you live a bus ride away can afford it and don't.

avfc48



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Writer:avfc48
Date:Saturday March 13 2010
Time: 2:05PM

Comments

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as avfc48 says, lets not make this 'I'm a bigger fan than you' thing, we all know there are some who simply cannot get there due to finances, shift work, health or family commitments.

We are however I believe 7th in the attendance table at the moment, could be better but could be worse.
The Fear
13/03/2010 14:07:00
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I live abroad now, and haven't had chance to attend a game since we beat Bolton 4-2 before Christmas 2008. But it does sadden me that Villa Park is not full more often. Maybe the 2 (hopefully 3) appearances we make at Wembley this season will make people realise the personal benefits of attending as much as possible.
Francobaresi13
13/03/2010 14:14:00
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I live abroad now, and haven't had chance to attend a game since we beat Bolton 4-2 before Christmas 2008. But it does sadden me that Villa Park is not full more often. Maybe the 2 (hopefully 3) appearances we make at Wembley this season will make people realise the personal benefits of attending as much as possible.
Francobaresi13
13/03/2010 14:14:00
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Easy answer....cause you are really boring to watch!!! Even when playing at home you try to win with counterattack....boooo!!!
NorwaySpurs
13/03/2010 14:16:00
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Who cares about crowds? (Yes i support Wigan)
centrelink1
13/03/2010 14:25:00
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Who cares about crowds? (Yes i support Wigan)
centrelink1
13/03/2010 14:25:00
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Interesting article 48, ignore the pathetic Spud. I too travel the UK extensively, and I do believe that the West Midlands area has been hit by the recession harder than most. London clubs benifit from the percieved "glamour" of the capital, with both crowds and players from abroad wanting to go there.
Trekker
13/03/2010 14:42:00
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I think if you guys broke the champions league that would go a long way to attracting the "corperate crowd" Its the reason The Emirates and Old Trafford are always full. Sure theyre massive clubs but they also have the "prawn sandwich" brigade. Theres no doubting you have massive potential as a club.
HuddersfieldYiddo
13/03/2010 14:46:00
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If i went to every, Then im sure it would be a sellout :) The amount of autographs iv had to sign is unreal
Blitz
13/03/2010 14:49:00
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If i went to every, Then im sure it would be a sellout :) The amount of autographs iv had to sign is unreal
Blitz
13/03/2010 14:49:00
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