Aston Villa - Happy 20th Anniversary To Our SA Lions
UK time is: 22:48:18
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Happy 20th Anniversary To Our SA Lions

I noticed this facebook post earlier from a good mate of mine Reza:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOUTH AFRICAN VILLA SUPPORTERS CLUB. Today marks 20 years when we kicked it off.

We've had some great years together and will continue into the future...all for the love of our football team.

Too many people to thank, you know who you are, you made it happen for us but I have to give a shout out to Jules M Turner who started the club with me and who put in so much to make it succesful. David Leslie Kinman also a founder member and who is largely responsible for the conitinuation of the club through his overseeing of our sunday league side. Richard Dobson, also a founding member and past chairman, who helped steer our club into a new direction during his time in charge.

Its been magical - we've had some great Villa times and whilst the current plight of our team is worrying, Villa supporters remain hardcore...and personal.

UP THE VILLA! ...heres to the next 20 years.

So I got in touch with Reza and asked for a bit more. He explained:

'Villa supporters club started in November 1992 after I returned form one of my trips to Villa Park. I put an ad in the paper and received an overwhelming response from Villa fans.

One of the fans was a guy called Julian Turner who I ahd heard about at Villa Park. He was the 7th caller. We arranged to meet and quickly set about arranging our inaugural meeting, which took place on Monday 19 Nov 1992.

The meeting was a massive success with about 100 fans turning up.The rest as they say is history.

In 1994, Aston Villa toured SA and we were fortunate to host the entire team at our club headquarters. Villa played Liverpool and a couple of local teams in a typical end of season tour.

Throughout the years, Villa fans from SA have been travelling back and forth. Up to five years ago we`d have at least one member of our club attend games every other week. Over the last five years, the global recession made travelling more difficult and more expensive yet we still have members travel but not as regularly.

Today marks 20 years……amazing achievement so far away from B6. Villa were top of the pile when we started and unfortunately we`ve dwindled to the bottom three at the time of writing.

Still, our love for our club is un-wavering and we will continue to support the mighty Villa back to our glory days
'

Cheers to Reza Bodiat, top achievement and a top mate. He flew over from SA earlier in the year when I was at my height of illness (as did another friend, Villabrownie from the US of A)...

Some very special people in this Villa family of ours...!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 19 2012

Time: 5:21PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Cheers Fear! you're a mate....thanks to the Villa i've made a gem of a friend
reza
Report Abuse
19/11/2012 17:26:00

:o)
The Fear
Report Abuse
19/11/2012 18:02:00

Happy birthday from another supporters club, France, fledgling in comparison to you. Here's to the next 20 years. UTV
Villaininthemerde
Report Abuse
20/11/2012 12:07:00

Congrat's fellow Villans, long may you keep going.
Green Villan
Report Abuse
20/11/2012 15:58:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Ilori Makes Move On Loan (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Bennett Gets Cherries Loan (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Lescott On Joining Boyhood Club (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Lescott, Bennett & Ilori (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Lescott Seals Villa Move (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Lescott Shortly? (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Anderlecht Keeper Joins On (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ClivetheVillan 122
2. Pride of Lions 115
3. Bonker 47
4. kefkat 44
5. The Fear 42
6. 1958Villan 37
7. BarosBarryBouma 22
8. goode9 21
9. littleburtonvilla 21
10. hanboroughvilla 19

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Everton 4 1 2 1 1 5
10. Southampton 4 1 2 1 0 5
11. AFC Bournemouth 4 1 1 2 -1 4
12. Aston Villa 4 1 1 2 -1 4
13. Chelsea 4 1 1 2 -3 4
14. Norwich 4 1 1 2 -3 4
15. WBA 4 1 1 2 -3 4

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Match Analysis - Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United
» Swansea : 02/09/2015 21:14:00
Afellay suspension shortened to two games
» Stoke : 02/09/2015 20:25:01
The Yellow Bird Podcast
» Norwich : 02/09/2015 20:04:01
Jarvis Joins Norwich
» West Ham : 02/09/2015 17:50:00
Adebayor Didn`t Come
» West Ham : 02/09/2015 17:35:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa Player Of August?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Guzan 2%
Clark 0%
Richards 1%
Amavi 16%
Westwood 2%
Gueye 27%
Sinclair 39%
Gabby 1%
Sanchez 12%
Other 0%