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Regular users of Vital Villa will know I am constantly banging the drum on the need for more fans to start re-visiting Villa Park.

However what is as much concern is the 'lost youth' of the Midlands. You know the kids I mean, the ones that wear any other football shirt other than the one of their local team. We all know the reason for this is the Ellis years and his failure to make the club attractive enough. The question is how do we reverse it? On another thread the other day somebody said they worked in central Brum and most of his work colleagues supported Manure, Arse or Chelski.

Other than walking around Brum slapping anybody looking like a Gloryhunter I am not sure the best course of action (I am not saying this should happen by the way). I think a major school initiative is required. By this I do not mean a couple of players visiting a couple of schools. I am unsure of how, but the club should approach the local education authorities and devise an joint AVFC/Education initiative.

Maybe it will involve a deal to supply school teams with mini Villa kits. Maybe everyday a school is given access to VP. As supporters I think it is our duty to ridicule anyone seen in the Midlands in any other kit than of one of the local teams. Pride starts on your own doorstep and now is the time to clean up the Midlands.

If you do not support one of your local teams then you aren't welcome. Manure, Chelski, Arse and Redscouse beware, your kind are not welcome around here anymore.

Support your local team.

UTV

By voiceoftheholte
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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 8 2007

Time: 1:04PM

Your Comments

I agree 100% with VOTH. When we see the success returning to Villa Park and Aston Villa holding silverware aloft, the gloryhunters will come sniffing around and realising its better to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM. (What am I on about I live in Leicestershire, pillock.)
Quania
Completley agree - I am a teacher in a secondary school in Cumbria. The nearest football club is Carlisle United and only some kids support them - most are the glory hunters of the big 4!!! The nearest Premiership team is Blackburn Rovers (more than 50miles away) and we regularly get invites to take kids to a game for 4 a head. Thats what they offer a school 50miles away imagine what they do for schools in Blackburn!!! There is no reason why ANY ground in the Premiership should not be full - any spare tickets should be discoounted or given free to local schools- kids love the chance to go and it works here -- non-uniform days have plenty of kids in Blackburn Rovers shirts. Long-term support and following for a few reduced tickets for kids who otherwise may not go for a variety of reasons not just financial - transport, lack of parental interest in football etc. etc. And by the way I do spend the first 5mins of each lesson trying to convert kids into Villans (borderline child abuse until the the Randy Revolution!!! - now its looking after there future!!!)
deano.avfc
Good shout Deano. Spread the word .......... The old kid on the block is once again the New Kid on the Block. The lion is once more about to roar. I am a poet and I don't know it.
voiceoftheholte
Am i a glory hunter ? My local team is Hastings United ! !
jaspervilla
There is a need to instill a sense of community within the club. It's all very well having success on the field but to truely have loyal support there must be a strong sense of 'belonging to the club'. This is acheived thru simple things like getting players involved in local school and community activities. Being ambassadors for the club. Cracking down hard on players that bring the clubs name into disrepute. On a commercial lvevl the club must be seen supporting local business. I think in the end it's a case of "you support us and we'll support you".
myleftfoot
Very good article VOTH, and very thought provoking. Certainly couldn't agree more with your sentiments. The number of local people who are lost to ourselves, Birmingham, West Brom etc., due to their glory hunting tendencies is very sad indeed. Personally I cant see how you can purport to support a team from another region, but sadly there's plenty of folk out there who dont think or feel how I/we do. 'Catching them young' is the ideal way to resolve the problem from continuing of course, giving them an affinity towards AVFC, and reaching out to schools is of course the perfect way to go about that.
glensider
Well said VOTH. maybe you should propose your club/education authority idea to the General in his forum?
jonah
Thanks for the positive words fellas. I am sure the General will see the comments on here. As for you Jasper, all Villa fans are welcome. It is OK for Villa fans to support us from all over the world. We just do not want this to happen for other clubs. I know this is called 'having your cake and eating it', but in truth that is what we want to happen.
voiceoftheholte
 

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