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A Villaholic!

Hi, I'm Steff, I'm 49 and I'm a Villaholic

For the last couple of seasons I've travelled down to Villa Park from N Wales with my son (to my shame I introduced him to the demon Villa and he was soon as addicted as his father) and It's been rough, no matter how much Villa I had, it just wasn't enough, it just wasn't having the same effect, I wasn't getting the same rush I had become accustomed to over my many many years of use, something was missing.

It was around this time that (barring clashes with my Villa addiction) I started attending games to watch my other son who plays for Llanberis FC. I must admit, I had found myself a new mistress, I had found what was missing, I had found something to fill the emptiness I was experiencing at my usual venue.

Now the goods on offer may not be of the same quality as my usual poison, but Damn it had a kick! There was energy, desire, pride, workrate, they got stuck in, they kicked lumps out of each other to win the ball back after losing it, were these local lads playing for their local teams going to ease up, allow the neighbours to bully them? Were they eck (Aaaaaahhhhhhhhgggggg! Sorry, flashback) as like.

And now? Well it's the start of a new season, and not a moment too soon, the shakes were getting unbearable : ( There was no decision to make, the lure of Villa Park is just too much for me to bear, I feel intoxicated just thinking about the place, and as I drive up and see it, a stupid grin creeps across my face and I just feel I'm home, I truly believe that those who have never had Villa just can't understand the level of addiction it causes, it has a profound effect on your life.

This season my hopes have been raised, my desire renewed, a fire re kindled, I just feel that the shadow of the last couple of seasons has lifted, the dullness removed, the rusty topped mechanism of tediousness has been shown the door and a sharp, attack minded, European trained, kick arse Scot has been installed as a replacement.

A new broom as swept through the team, the writing is on the wall for many, it is a season of put up or shut up and bugger off, these lazy lions are too used to just ambling around for their easy pickings, asleep half of the time (or appearing to be) eating, drinking and having sex the rest of it, they now have to look over their shoulders, there are new members of the pride, young, talented, fit, strong and hungry, they're looking to depose the older lions, that is natures way, and that is why my hopes are raised, what was missing before, what I found watching my lads team, these young and new lions will have the energy, the desire, the pride and the fire in their bellies, they will be fighting for superiority, they will be fighting to be at the banquet, the easy pickings of the guaranteed meal are gone, there is competition at the table.

This I find intoxicating, I want to see fight and desire, I want to see players who are genuinely proud to play for us, I want the players to share in our passion, I want them to ignite the fans and get the old girl rocking again, I want it to mean as much to them as it does to us (or somewhere near it) and now I feel it will.

So for me, there is no hope, I will keep turning up for my fix, I'm no quitter.

To finish I must say a very big thank you and Bravo Mr Lambert! Some think you a foolish man, many think you a brave man, I just see a man with a vision and the confidence to pull it off.

As always, time will tell.

Writer:Steff The Villan
Date:Saturday September 1 2012
Time: 10:31AM


Great piece Steff & I share your renewed optimism, even though I know it is going to be a difficult season. But I think PL is gonna be great for this club and I cant wait to see the players who are honoured and priviliged to be wearing our shirt doing battle and giving everything they have for a victory.....Some think your a foolish man, many think your a brave man, I just see a man with a vision and the confidence to pull it off....My thoughts exactly Steff, 'Paul Lamberts Claret Blue Army, AVFC'!!!
01/09/2012 11:35:00
A real piece that Steff, this is why ''Villa are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen'' and always will be cos the passion for the old gal never dies even in dark times UTV!
01/09/2012 11:59:00
I'd love to find a more rewarding addiction if I'm honest. But I can't kick the Villa habit, I've thought a few times, for at least 5 seconds each time, if I'd not be happier spending my money elsewhere. Decision is, sadly for my sanity, no.
The Fear
01/09/2012 13:33:00
Great article. Know where you're coming from Steff, the purity of youth football is also intoxicating, but when your lad moves teams your loyalty will move with him, whereas that love for villa will hopefully never leave
01/09/2012 16:17:00
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