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Villa Fan - From Positive To Despair?

Villa Fan - From Positive To Despair?

JCVilla says

The most positive person I know.... me, trust me I`m a glass half full guy and always have been, even after a heavy defeat (like Newcastle). Sure I might sulk for the rest of the day but the following morning brings a new dawn and I`m no longer thinking about yesterdays defeat but instead I`m thinking who's next on the fixture list cos their gonna get the backlash from the mighty Villa or at the end of a season where we have gone without a trophy again...well that`s alright cos the fixture list will be out soon and we can have another crack at next season

So there you have a tiny insight into my mentality.

BUT...why then do I have a horrible feeling inside my stomach that the game I love has gone forever. This feeling is NOT caused by all the things that have transpired at Villa park this summer such as Milner, MON, Kit delays etc, None of that bothers me at all, these things are, in my opinion tiny blots on a history book dated 1874 to infinity.

As wiser and more articulate people than me have already said 'players, managers and owners come and go, the club and the fans will always remain'.

So why am I feeling like this?

A few months ago I watched Damned United on DVD and say what you want about weather the film was any good or not but it left me with a real sense of nostalgia for a game that has changed beyond recognition. Don`t get me wrong, I was born in 1974 and started going to Villa Park properly in 1988 so I`m not old enough to remember Brian Clough at Derby or Don Revie at Leeds but I am old enough to remember a relatively even playing field every season. Yes there is always a club bigger than you, there will always be a Man U or a Liverpool that will be a bit more successful but I remember a time when a chairman could put a realistic bit of funds into the manager`s hands and have a real good push at winning the league.
A time when finishing second, third or fourth was considered failure.
A time when teams like Norwich could find a couple of gems and still be in with a shout at the title with 10 games to go.
A time when a good manager could take an average club to the European cup final
A time when Wimbledon could go through all four divisions.
A time when a newly promoted team didn`t have to spend 100 million to say in the premier league for more than one season
A time when some players stayed at less fashionable clubs for their entire career even when the Liverpool`s and Man United`s wanted to sign them (Steve Bull amongst others spring to mind).
A time when there was still some romance and unpredictability in the game.

What do we have now?

well we have dull predictability for a start, we could all sit down and produce a final league table for the 2010/2011 season now and with the exception of one or two positions here or there we could more or less get the league table spot on.

We see 4 teams crowned champions every season and those 4 teams are given so much money for being 'champions' that no one else can compete with them.

The rest of the teams in the country will never be champions again unless an oil billionaire is willing to spend hundreds upon hundreds of millions to dislodge one of the four 'champions' and the fact that some oil billionaires ARE actually willing to spend hundreds upon hundreds of millions is even worse.

Players now know that they only need to have one exceptional season in their career and they will be signed up by a top 4 club on 150k per week to sit on their bench for 3 out of 5 games for the next 4 years and their current club can do virtually nothing to stop them

my bond with Aston Villa Football Club will never die but someone please help me, for the first time in my life I am beginning to worry about the future of our beautiful game, if it carries on down this track then I fear football will eat itself and a part of me actually wants to see that happen just so we can all start again.

I don`t want Villa to be a plaything to the owner, I don`t want us to spend 800 million over the next 4 years, my point is that NO CLUB should have to spend that sort of money to finish fourth because eventually the fans will be the ones to pick up that bill one way or the other! I just want MY football back not Mr Blatters or the other suits or Sky TV or whoever else was involved in allowing football to become what I see it as today. I have really high hopes that the new 25 man squad rule and the proposed financial rules are a step in the right direction but I won`t hold my breath

I wonder if there are people out there who have watched football since the 60's and 70's who felt she same way about football in the 80's and 90's and came out the other side smiling and just maybe put my mind at ease and tell me everything will be alright but I just cant imagine that there was a greater change through all those decades than the one we have seen over the last ten years.

Really sorry for what is essentially a very negative post but I have wanted to get that off my chest for some months now and I wholeheartedly invite positive replies so that my opinion on the beautiful game may be restored

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Writer:JC Villa
Date:Tuesday September 21 2010
Time: 8:00AM


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The Fear
21/09/2010 08:58:00
I'm afraid I have to agree with you, sadly. I was also born in the 70's and began going to Villa in the early 80's, enjoying our resurgence in the 90's when it was still possible to put together a team from skill and talent rather than money. Football has become detached from the average fan unfortunately and again sadly I also can't see anyone outside of the Champions League 4 winning the title, unless of course someone throws stupid money at it (i.e. Man City). Whilst this all saddens me, I still turn up every Saturday through blind hope and unwavering belief that it'll get better, that somehow we'll 'compete', I guess maybe I'm hanging on to the memories of the time when this was a reality rather than a hope. Still you've got to believe haven't you and when you weigh it all up I'd rather be at VP than being dragged round MerryHill!!!! Excellent article, keep the faith JC Villa, good times are just around the corner ;-)
21/09/2010 08:59:00
I have signed up to the site just to comment on this. I have been feeling the same recently and saying to a friend how money is ruining football. The amount of money needed to stay competetive is silly. Newly promoted teams having to spend rediculous amounts just to try and stay in the league. Teams like us and tottenham spending huge amounts of money just to finish 4th..... its depressing. I think this is the real reason fans are staying away.....they feel as though they have become disconnected by the game. It used to be a working class game now the working class can't afford to go and like myself can only go to the games on offer ie. early european games and cup games. i was also saying id rather put money into a local smaller team and feel good value for money. The footballers today are making a mockery of the fans and they still feel hard done by when we question their motives. I'm just worried that it will end up like American sports where fans don't turn up,its not very competetive and teams moving from city to city. Nowadays if you are relegated you are more likely to kill the club completely for example Portsmouth, Boro and charlton. Its depressing i never thought i would say that
21/09/2010 09:26:00
Good post. I hope the seniors at the FA and PL read it - but I doubt they would understand. Much of what you say is true, though there was an interesting article in the D Mail, I think, saying how Abramovitch has invested £425m or so and only adde about 1,500 fans to the average gate. The main point being made is that clubs and fan bases change very little overtime. The strong historic clubs remain the same - Arsenal and Man U - and it takes many years to change the fan bases and therefore sustainable wealth. I've watched fotball for over 45 years and agree with the feeling of despair for the reasons you say. But I also think we will soon see some of these big investments go bust - Liverpool anyone? - and then some reality may return. yes the game at the highest levels has been hijacked but you know what? If supporters agreed to stay away for just a couple of games we would be listened too overnight. You may think that is negative, but in the greater scheme of things it isn't. Just two fanless saturday afternoons (or Sunday afternoons, monday evenings et al) dedicated to a 'we want our game back campaign' would make all the difference. The fans do have power to change this - but no collective will.
21/09/2010 09:28:00
I have been watching the Villa since 1962, and sadly this excellent post is 100% correct. It easy for us old guys to say 'it was better in my day', but sadly it was. Players are fitter now and much better drilled tactically, but the game is not as competetive and certainly nowhere near as exciting and unpredictable. Unless there are RADICAL changes (which won't happen because Sky doesnt want it to) then matters will only get worse. I still have a season ticket, but I strongly believe the game is slowly dying and has been since the advent of the Premier League. Sorry to disagree with Gordon but i don't think the fans have any say in football anymore, and that is the problem. Good idea of his though. I can see the popularity of non league football rising though.
21/09/2010 10:15:00
I renewed my Sky subscription late this footy season and I think I'll cancel it, never mind not going to matches. Football is fast becoming pointless. As you say, we can predict the top four thanks to the financial rewards they get mainly from the CL, NOT the Prem League - are you listening Platini you *****? More and more people I speak to are watching local lesser teams, even school teams because it more fun. I'll never change my alliegence but I'm sooooooooo bored and not daft enough to follow blindly when the entire modern game has shot itself in the foot...
21/09/2010 12:09:00
Good post this and i agree with everything that's been said. Can i also add the blatant referee bias towards the Big boys year after year, it just stinks, and Blatters stubborn refusal to introduce video technology when every other sport is now in the 21st century.
21/09/2010 19:30:00
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