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Match Day Rituals - We Have Some Strange Members

With the transfer window officially opening, seems as good a time as any to investigate the strange match day rituals of Vital Villans.

And some of them - if genuine - are very strange indeed.

Match Day Rituals Forum Thread.

Villa_Grizzly kicked the thread off by offering:

'I cannot wear anything Royal Blue or Red before, during or after the game. Neither will I sit on, eat or use anything of such colouring believing that this will 'affect' my Villa air.'

Surely, before, during and after means Griz NEVER wears, utilises or eats the aforementinoed colours?

Seems more of a fashion colourista statement to me.

Draig Cymraeg followed up with:

'I rub Fear's head for luck while he sleeps the night before...he changed the locks last year which explains the bad form.'

I really don't think I should comment on that one.

BBJ gives us an insight into his match day life with:

'I double up on my blood pressure medication.'

A far more sensible option than doubling up on the alcohol intake at halftime!

neilh111 reminds us that match day rituals can evolve:

'I used to always park in the same place and then walk the long way around the ground to the Holte End. I thought of it as bringing us luck - don't know why.

'I don't do that now though.'

neil doesn't offer when he stopped said ritual, nor does he give us a reason why - so we can all draw our own conclusions :-)

holtelower shows us that some fans can take rituals a bit far:

'I leave nothing to chance. Don't wear boxers on match day - I wear an old pair of Villa shorts that I have had since about 1996. Always wear two pairs of socks, thermal underneath, then a black sock with a claret and blue trim on them (although these got ruined the day McLeish came, which proves how much we need them, it was my lucky socks being ruined that brought on last year). Always two scalves - claret and blue stripes, and the Bright future one. Always my beanie hat - lion NEVER centred up until we need it. If we are under the cosh/need a goal etc then I kiss the lion and put it to the centre. Then we have the tops - an old Villa training top, under my Euro Cup top, under a home shirt. Then it is through the same turnstile - one near the wall next to L5 (adjoining the Holte suite). I think thats about it.

'If I miss any of them, we NEVER win. But I wouldn't call myself superstitious.'

Superstitious maybe not, but in denial most definitely! I do however think we can take it for granted that said shorts from 1996 are regularly washed and not too tight as holte has advanced in years.

upthevilla seemed to miss the idea of the thread if I can phrase it that way:

'Myself and a group of friends dress in black hooded cassocks chanting medievel spells. After slaughtering a goat and smearing a pentagram in blood on each others foreheads, we then take it in turn to deflower...'

Actually that's probably not suitable for the frontpage of the site and I'll let you continue to read it on the thread itself.

He does add that it:

'Doesn't seem to positively affect the result, but nice to make a day of it.'

Hence missing the point of the thread although I will admit the idea is quite enticing.

jasevilla proves what we all suspected, he's a muppet:

'Cuppa tea, sit down at the computer and hit the on button. Tell everyone in the house there is a fire to get some peace and so they can't hear me swearing. It worked the first 5 yr old says stop being a muppet dad. She has some pink ear muffs now.'

buggyvillan doesn't have a ritual and isn't superstitious but he doesn't stand and applaud the team as they run onto the pitch at home games. He was in good company last season as people didn't stand and applaud them off the pitch very often either.

starchild65 is on the lookout for a new ritual after last season:

'Well last season it was: take a deep breath, promise God I'll start going to Church if we win, and then sit infront of the PC rocking backwards and forwards muttering to myself, clutching my scarf so tight my knuckles go white, occassionally screaming words like 'PASS THE BLOODY THING!!!', 'TACKLE!!!', 'CLEAR IT!!!', 'SHOOOOOOT FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!' all accompanied with what can only be described as resembling having some kind of fit as I kick and head an imaginery ball whilst making grunting noises.'

The Fear revealed he either has small OCD issues and is anti chicken or he's not telling the whole truth here:

I shave upward not downward.
I walk on my knees for the whole of the day before.
I go Church the day before.
I go to a Mosque the day before.
I go to KFC never...which is part of the ritual.
I only eat my steak claret (bloody).
I go back to Church.
I use my prayer mat.
I wave to my neighbours with my left, not right hand.
I drive backwards to Villa Park.
I say the Lords Prayer (Paul McGrath that is) on approach.
I buy and stamp on the hotdog outside of Villa.
I buy a badge and throw it as hard as I can towards a kid, that isn't for luck, I'm just a nasty *******.
I look left and right before crossing and only cross when a women driver is approaching.
I used to kiss any good looking lady on the Villa property but got rather confused one day with a lad with long hair so court orders put an end to that.
I only wash in lavender the week before a game.
I sprinkle holy water on the pitch, I say holy water, it is actually Evian.
Apart from that, nothing really.'

I'll let others work out where the truth might lie?

kefkat has a rather expensive ritual:

'If I had a new shirt and the first time I wore it we lost, I wouldn't wear it again that season.'

So after all that I'm sure everybody has a good idea of what we mean by rituals...the question is, do any members have even stranger ones that you'd like to share with us.

We won't judge (too harshly) I promise.

Bannan hand up/Zoggy mouth open

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 1 2012

Time: 5:14PM

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I'm the sensible one compared to you lot. Admire the ground on approach, buy a burger or chips outside, along with match day badges for the kiddies even though it's really my collection. Programme. Wonder if I'm going to be felt up by a steward, offer if it looks unlikely which never works. Make optimal approach to lager stand. Job done.
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01/07/2012 17:25:00

Pride of Lions
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01/07/2012 17:33:00

Always have a steak pie. Another ritual - check that the season ticket is in my pocket!
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01/07/2012 18:37:00

Oh and check my wife is in the car - if not I'll be out of luck when I get home.
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01/07/2012 18:39:00

LOL Yuuuuup my rituals are expensive. It comes with being a woman. Everything about me is expensive Mr Kefkat says ;o p
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01/07/2012 18:43:00

Ah, now I understand, that spaghetti junction place isn't designed to make it hard for us to find our way around but to keep you strange lot in!
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01/07/2012 19:02:00

As Goethe noted: 'Superstition is the poetry of life'.
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01/07/2012 20:27:00

Haha I'm with Kefkat! I buy the home kit nearly every year but if I wear it and we lose I won't wear it again until we win a match! Last years kit hardly got worn!!!!!!!!
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02/07/2012 01:24:00

I never wear royal blue, ever. At any time of day or night. Park in the same place, but as the flats next to where I park are about to be demolished and are now blocked off, it looks like a change this season. When we win at home I wear the same footwear at the next home game. Other than that it is all fairly traditional, brekky, papers, drive to the game (sometimes taxi if I feel a few beers are in order). My daughter has been doing this with me since she was 4 and has grown up in a pre match footy atmosphere (I even have to pay for her boyfriend to come along now!!!). Pre match pint, usually buy a badge, occasionally a burger. Never, ever buy a programme. Never ever buy anything in the ground except a coke at half time and beers for pals (or they do for me dependent on whose round it is). Other than that all fairly standard. Never, ever leave before the end of the game. Never boo during a game. However last season I happily aimed the venom at the previous manager, before, during and after games, whilst always supporting the team.
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02/07/2012 08:59:00

Love it! Absolutely brilliant stuff! I put a bet on Villa to win every week regardless of who we are playing or where, can't wait to do that again this season. Plus I always bet my dad and bro (Spuds fans) that we will beat them over the two legs, so we have our own mini cup inside the prem!! UTV!!
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02/07/2012 09:34:00

Anyone who has read Tony Cascariono's autubiography will probably remember the part about the superstitious French manager. Absolutely hilarious stuff. Cascarino could predict which parking bay he would leave his car in purely by the previous result.
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02/07/2012 13:00:00

I used to have a lucky apple in 1989, worked for quite a few weeks, and got very shiny, all the kids at school thought I was very odd. When we lost I chucked it. I also remember I saw a guy with a whole stork of sprouts on the Holte. Not sure if it was lucky but very wierd!!! Maybe we should do strangest things seen on the Holte... I'm sure many can beat the sprouts.
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02/07/2012 13:17:00

Last season before every game I prayed it would be McLeishes last, my prayers were answered. (eventually)
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02/07/2012 14:37:00

lol, good fun this!
The Fear
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02/07/2012 15:42:00

every saturday jorney to gods little acre starts with fresh brewed coffee, don the hallowed claret and blue, pick my mate up, drive to mollys cafe (kings norton green) work out bets over a fry up, leave car, get train to city centre, put bets on, get train to aston make the walk full of optimism and discuss what the gameplan might be. (last season) trudge back feeling disappointed, check full times on train, rip up betting slip, stop off at a mates bar in town (last year sunflower, this year temple street social) give match report get train back to car, drive home cook dinner. end of football day.
deaf dean
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