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Emotional Fallout

It`s been such a shit season, no-one wanted McLeish and many predicted the disaster we`re in happening, although most were willing to give it a go. The thing is, football is an incredibly emotional game and when we are emotional we don`t tend to act or think logically, we get carried away and there is a tendency to go over the top, to say the least. This was first evident with the protests at VP by fans disgruntled over the McLeish appointment. Gradually, over the season it has grown with even the most reasoned of Villa websites, such as Vital Villa, there have been many rather emotional outbursts. This has peaked after the Bolton debacle the other night.

In this article I`m going to ignore completely the detail in the debate of whether you should renew or not and instead consider the emotional fallout of a second consecutive disastrous season, which has in fact been considerably worsened by a poor managerial appointment.

The really sad outcome is the imminent disintegration of the match day Villa family. Similar to not being able to choose your family you cannot choose your extended Villa family; those you sit by at VP. Sometimes you get people coming for a season or two who you may or may not like but the regulars, those that have been going for 10, 20 or even 30 years are always there and you put up with or enjoy their company over the years. It all makes the match day experience.

After this season many, many of those regulars sitting by me are not renewing. One group of about 8 are not returning, 2 of their number having failed to renew for this season with the rest set to follow. Very sad, we`ve had a lot of fun with them over the years and I`ll probably never see them ever again. That`s the reality, it`s such a shame. I do know it has taken them a lot of consideration to leave but leave they will.

Of course, these people are not close Villa family BUT the emotional fallout from this season compounding that of last has meant that my close Villa family will not be complete next season. It nearly happened immediately after McLeish was appointed, one of us announced he wasn`t renewing but we persuaded him to change his mind.

He was not wrong in saying it was to be a bad season but now someone else is leaving my Villa family. Bryan announced he`d prefer to spend the season ticket money on a new bespoke suit, which is a rather telling assessment of McLeish`s Villa. Worse, he said he`d found himself looking at his watch and wanting to get home for X Factor rather than watch the awful football on offer. None of this is relevant to me but I get the sentiment, he`d rather be somewhere else and on occasion this season I found myself thinking along similar lines.

The two of us who first bought season tickets did so off the back of my mate wanting to continue some kind of social life after the birth of his first kid. That was 15 years ago and we have had plenty of killer times at VP, Wembley and away matches. In fact, at 45 almost my entire social life revolves around the Villa in one way or another. Villa is such a huge part of my life I simply can`t or don`t want to imagine myself without it.

Sure, there`s ups and downs but, I love it. I love the Villa family in the Holte, although not all of them. But it`s the car journeys to and from the ground, the Villa discussions in the pub concerning Villa, life and everything. Put simply, ALL THE FUN. Because we do somehow manage to have fun, win or lose. And it`s so sad that we we`ll be one down next season.

The upshot for the Villa board is there will be a lot of similar decisions to be made in clusters of season ticket holders throughout the ground. It`s been a miserable season and RL will have a very difficult time of selling a second season of McLeish equating to a third consecutive miserable season, even to those with a decade or more of season tickets behind them!

Emotional fallout equals less bums on seats Randy!

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Writer: Jon Law Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 28 2012

Time: 10:30AM

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not exacclty to do with this article, but its pretty sad times when fans are question ather to buy ST or not.. and its not just a few!
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28/04/2012 11:25:00

I've witnessed anger but also a lot of apathy amongst the fans, myself included. The football on show has too often failed to engage interest. Eventually that will affect even then fiercest and most passionate supporters with the consequences described above........very sad.
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28/04/2012 11:42:00

Randy must know that ST sales will be less than 10,000 if McLeish is allowed to carry on. Yes, his dismissal will cost us money but not nearly as much as this likely loss of revenue. The Monday after the Norwich game Randy MUST announce McLeish's departure, whether or not we are relegated. That will encourage a lot of fans. Follow that with a new, sensible, appointment before 1 August and we may, just may, recover.
chocolate teapot
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28/04/2012 11:49:00

Good riddance to them I say. A proper fan will stick by there team through thick and thin. My loyalty is to the club not to any manager, player or chairman. I have Aston Villa inside my heart and I will always be there for the club whether we play in the Prem or in the Blue Square. Not renewing a season ticket will hurt the club - players and managers will come and go - but the club will always be there. The club needs us, we will rise again, but not without the once loyal fans. Don't be a sheep. Renew. I have and always will until money or health do not allow.
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28/04/2012 12:08:00

Piper...I'll admit I'm not A ST wife insists that I make time at weekends for our kids (when the youngest reaches 7 or 8 I'm hoping to make VP a family event). However, I normally make 6/7 games a season, which traditionally are days out I really look forward too. This season has been the worst I can remember (worse even than the final year under DOL, when we were unbeaten in the 7 games I went to). Since December I cannot remember 1 occasion where I felt we were the team more likely to score...and we we do score I know we will no longer venture out of our own half at all. As such I have voted with my feet and will not return to Villa PArk until the brand of football improves (note it isn't the results keeping me away). Again, it matters not to me who the manager is...if AM has an epiphany and suddenyl gets us to play actual football I will attend. Until then, I support the club by buying official merchandise, but not by paying out large sums of money to experience football torture.
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28/04/2012 12:21:00

As soon as we are safe, the club will announce McMuppets departure. There is an exit strategy in place as I informed people via this site several weeks ago. The clubs own research has indicated that only 4000 people were likely to be renewing season cards. This was the straw that broke the camels back. Randolph wanted to stay loyal (and sometimes as a leader you have to stay strong in the face of the fiercest critisisms). Too many people that are friends of McLeish have been 'leaning' on Randy and offering him 'advice'. But a football club is all about fans and we have spoken. Randolph has been told in no uncertain terms you either have Mcleish or you have supporters. You simply can not have both. Randolph is a businesman and unerstands a business without customers is no longer a business. It has been a painful journey and we all hope that we survive the season. The best outcome we can wish for is that we are safe at the end of the Spuds game, can 'celebrate' on the day, McLeish resigns on the day and we can then all have a party at Norwich. Sometimes at Villa we can be a little quiet and reserved, but we have refound our voice and if we survive and Randolph corrects his mistake by appointing a manager with potential, then maybe next season will see VP rocking once again.
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28/04/2012 12:24:00

VOTH, Thats what i wanted and needed to hear m8, i just want to see VP rocking again with that electric buzz going round the ground that me and my misses used to love so much and i want my kids to experiance this aswell, not arguing shouting abuse etc Randy has made a mistake but i always said as long as he does not make the same mistake again then fair enough a fool does not learn from there mistakes im sure Randy will appoint Lambert in the summer and we can put all this behind us and move on althogether! UTV!
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28/04/2012 13:05:00

I haven't made my mind up yet. My job means I work weekends which makes it increasingly difficult to attend and also means I get abuse from my girlfriend that I can find time at the weekends for Villa but not for her. I am more likely to renew if we get relegated and get a new manager than if we stay in the PL and keep AM.
Adam Deuce
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28/04/2012 13:08:00

Imagine if Randy made the anouncement that McIdiot was leaving now, even if that was at the end of the season. There would be absolutely not conflict of interest within the fans and there would be an amazing atmosphere at Spudz game, which we would then win. Make the announcement and save us, the current tactics means we must still protest.
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28/04/2012 13:33:00

Speaking with a season ticket holder last week who has 40 years of support under his belt, over the years he has got to know one or two ITK people and they reckon the figure as of last week was 5200 confirmed season ticket sales, bit short of the cap of 26000 that was put on a few years ago eh ?
Stourbridge Villan
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28/04/2012 14:26:00

i'm not an ST holder either, but i used to go to games..... before Mcleish. I decided to wait and see what happened, and flip i've been glad i've saved the cash tbh... he's even worse than i thought he would be - i'll be back when he's packed his bags and never ever returned.
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28/04/2012 16:13:00

A fan who openly states he has made a conscious decision not to go to matches is not a fan. Aston Villa doesn't need people like you.
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28/04/2012 20:10:00

PiperUK. Not everyone can afford 500 a ST then 20ish for travel and food each other week.
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29/04/2012 11:51:00

If I dot attend for the 3 season's does that = I'm not a fan?
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29/04/2012 11:52:00

Aston Villa does need people like me I'm afraid PiperUK. I've had season ticket's on and off since 1978. Sometimes life doesn't allow me to devote as much time as I'd like to the Villa. There are multiple reasons for that and I don't propose to walk through my life to justify myself as a Villa fan. I was one of the "loyal" 15odd thousand that was there during the dark days of the mid eighties. If you only want the loyalists at the ground then welcome to days of 15,000 attendances and crap atmosphere's again.
Matt B
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29/04/2012 13:57:00


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