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Clivethevillan on the maturing of Villa fans...

I have been thinking just lately how lucky we Villans are to have a manager almost every Villa fan wanted to steer the club back in the right direction towards the top half of the league, I am missing watching Villa as ever but I have to admit for the first time ever I realise we all needed a well deserved break to recharge our batteries after such an emotionally draining season which after being a Villa fan for approximately 24 years of my life I had never experienced anything like it nor do I want to again for that matter.

The change in mood surrounding Villa is one of relief and one that rekindles a bit of hope back into us Villa fans, not to expect to suddenly win a Cup or challenge for the league and champs league places but to just see a team wearing the famous claret and blue play with pride and passion once again, not afraid to have a go at whoever comes to Villa Park and try and play the game the right way finally we Villa fans see a manager appointed who believes in the same footballing philosophies as ourselves and that has lifted the grey cloud that was hanging over our club and draining al fans hope and energy.

I had to write this article as its something I am writing from the heart and gut. I never want to see my Club and fans hurting the way we did last season again and the subdued atmosphere we all experienced at Villa Park. Just as it all seemed all doom, out of the darkness came the light, Randy and Paul Faulkner acted and proved to us all they do care about this club and would not just sit back and let the club fizzle out no they listened to us fans this time and did the right thing which has now got me interested excited and Villa park buzzing again.

This is why I had to write this article as I read so many posts from fellow Villans who was just like me a while back demanding Villa buy top players spend money to just keep up with the Jones's as the saying goes but no we as fans especially the ones from my generation abut the start of he 90's and onwards who had only seen our Villa in the top flight who took for granted that Villa will be challenging for Europe a chance of a Cup with the odd few seasons of struggle along the way whilst buying players for a decent amount.

But after the last two seasons you can see the appreciation of seeing Villa in the Premiership and just glad we have a manager who believes in playing the right way entertaining football who demands whoever we play especially at home we take the game to them not sit back and hope for a bit of luck and instead to take the fight to them, speculate to accumulate the points which is what us fans wanted and have been crying out for years!

Now whilst he also does not bow down to players wanting obscene money to play for Villa they have to WANT to play for us. And this is the maturing of Villa fans I have witnessed, including myself! As a fan, with expectations knowing how important it is in my life to see Villa my club in the top league in the country and see them try and play with pride passion then the result comes secondary or a bonus if you like as long as we have a go and try and play the right way.

A Cup run, Europe or top ten are not expected any more BUT they ARE hoped for as we all have learned to appreciate just how money crazy the Premier League has gone and just how important it is for the club's future we do not over spend on wages anymore as the damage this could cause our beloved Villa, my hopes are to see Villa rocking again this season the Holte singing there usual anthems and some noisy fella banging some boarding's!

That's all I wanted to get off my chest UTV!

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Date:Saturday July 14 2012
Time: 10:28AM


Nicely put sir. Some bloke banging the boardings? I'm sure I don't know what you mean (whistles innocently!) Must admit, I do expect top ten, but agree, not expecting Europe etc! LOL
The Fear
14/07/2012 10:34:00
Nice article there Clive, I like it.
Pride of Lions
14/07/2012 11:00:00
Good, well written piece. All most of us seem to want is to have a few more stories to pass on. A lot of us were too young or weren't born during the early 80's or the 50's to really relate to those great Villa teams. It would be nice to see Villa win something. If not then a side that played great football would be nice. Arsenal haven't won anything for seven years but they've, arguably, played some of the best football we've ever seen in this country during that time. When Wenger is gone many Gooners might like to reflect on what they will have lost. As Cruyff noted, 'There is no greater medal than being acclaimed for your style'. Some continental type fan 'Ultra-Culture' at Villa Park could also set Villa apart and win us new supporters.
14/07/2012 12:11:00
I feel the same. Its almost like villa was gone last year and the fans have renewed hunger. To quote Bob Dylan 'the darkest hour is right before the dawn'
14/07/2012 12:13:00
Nice sentiments. We all want to see us having a go and not just trying to nick the odd goal. Me? I long to see the Trinity Road and Witton Lane Stands giving a helping hand to the Holte End and Lower North Stand with some vocal support. Villa Park is an unbelievably amazing arena when everybody gets behind the team. It does make a difference and I just wish the supporters in those stands would contribute. A good sound system and passionate supporters turn a football stadium into entirely different animal. Have a look at this link to see how it should be done.
14/07/2012 12:43:00
More like the dumbing down of the Villa fans. Give them the worst possible manager possible and then even Mick McCarthy would seem good. don't get me wrong. Very happy with PL but you got served Clive along with the rest of us for 12 months. If the faithful weren't singing PL's name at the the Norwich game, would Randy and Co. have worked it out???? Still, VERY happy with PL.
14/07/2012 14:54:00
just because 'Randy 'n Paul' woke up and smelled the coffee, doesn't mean they're drinking the kool aid. The thing about mistakes is that people who make big ones usually make them more than once. And his first mistake at least was to make his money out of predatory lending to people like me 'n you. What they did in May was standard reaction for any board that just effed up big time. We've had great managers leave too soon before.....hope it doesnt happen again.
14/07/2012 15:03:00
Thanks lads, its just a joy to see Villans happy again, we don't support Villa because we in everything do we lol its a good job really isnt it, if teams come to VP thinking we are a has been force and a wounded animal they will have a surprise install from now on! malaaxta i understand what your saying mate Randy and Paul are not suddenly martor's but creditwhere credits due lways say, they made a mistake realised it ad rectified that mistake, we really have got a new lease of life under Lambert and we should not forget we stayed up du to there being poorer teams han us not fighting and staying up th way like kentvillan says we were almost gone last season now we have hope of building towars something and trying to entertain us in the process this is all many of us ever wanted just to have a go and take it to teams at home even under he who shall not be mentioned we (Mr Quiter) we didn't play attacking footie rather counter attacking so at home we were clueless which cost us a top 4 spot, anyway hope this time next year we are talking about a good season which i believe we will be onwards and upwards!!! UTV!
14/07/2012 17:06:00
Sorry about letters missing sometmesi gotta get a new keyboard this ones a Mcleish keyboard make i think ;)
14/07/2012 17:08:00
New keyboard my arse clive. You have been on the sherbert again haven't you lol
14/07/2012 18:43:00
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