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  1. I am currently reading "Leading" by Alex Ferguson. I dont like Manure, but tbh some of AF's thoughts, opinions, general ramblings about how to effectively manage a team (in his opinion ofc), etc are really insightful and interesting. Anyway, to the point, AF mentions that during his time at Manure, there were only two clubs that he was always concerned that the atmosphere was capable of being so noisy/hostile that it had the ability to impact the performance of his players, one was Elland Road (Leeds), and the other Anfield (Liverpool). So my question is, why are we unable to make Villa Park such a hostile/loud/threatening location for opposition teams to come and play? Are we too busy getting on our own players backs at times rather than making life hard for the opposition? (at times), are we just more quiet generally than say Anfield or Elland Road?, something else? I would be interested in your thoughts on this, as tbh, we have a fairly large stadium, at the moment it is regularly full, why arent we creating an atmosphere that makes it consistently difficult/uncomfortable for opposition teams to come and play?
  2. Hey all, Mrs MNVillan and I are considering making our first pilgrimage to VP this autumn. Coming from Minnesota in the US. We are looking at seeing Palace away on Nov 27th and Man City at VP on Nov 30th. I’m a MN Lions Club member, and will try to arrange tickets through them. What I’m looking for from you lot is recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in both London and Birmingham. We’ve never been to the UK, so we’ll be doing all of the touristy things in London, but still need recommendations on things to do off the “tourist” list, as well as any must-do or must-avoid things in both cities. Any and all help appreciated. Mods: I wasn’t really sure where to put this. Apologies in advance if it should be elsewhere, feel free to move it (obviously).
  3. All, There's a meeting between the club and the supporters group on 24th June. There will be an update from Christian Purslow followed by a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that you have concerns about, anything you want to pass on or anything you feel can be improved, please let us know in this thread by the end of Friday 17th June and we'll do our best to get your question asked. Thank you!
  4. All, There's a (virtual) meeting between the club and the supporters group on 8th April, where we'd expect the club to be talking about the return of fans and about next season and potential season tickets. It's also a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that's making you happy, or unhappy or curious or whatever the hell you are - please add a question below and we'll look to get it raised on your behalf. Thank you!
  5. If I were to enjoy a beer during a match, what would I drink if I wanted to have an authentic Birmingham area pub/stadium experience?
  6. All, There's a (virtual) meeting between the club and the supporters group on 24th November, the club would like to talk in particular about bringing fans back into the ground and the new website - your thoughts on those two topics would be appreciated. It's also a chance for us to ask questions on anything that's happening with supporters at the moment that you feel the club can do something about, so if there's anything that's making you happy, or unhappy or curious or whatever the hell you are - please add a question below and we'll look to get it raised on your behalf. Please note, we need to get questions submitted by 17th November. Thank you!
  7. Christian Purslow met (virtually) with representatives of fan groups and websites on Tuesday evening. It was a bit of a departure from the regular meeting structure, which will be back up and running next month - for that one, please add any questions onto this thread and we'll do what we can to make sure they're asked to the right person at the club. The club's notes on the meeting are below:
  8. I've been looking up loads of stuff today on https://what3words.com I reckon my seat is "fleet.cheek.gladiators" https://what3words.com/fleet.cheek.gladiators Where do you sit?
  9. It’s nearly that time again. Next Tuesday night, again with CP. Anyone else going ? What a difference a year makes !
  10. My daughter has just turned 2. She obviously doesnt understand the inner complexities of the beautiful game but loves seeing villa on tv. She recognises grealish (gree-wish), mcginn (ginn) and mings (ming) pointing at them and says villa at the tv. She even claps and cheers when we score. How young is too young to start attending games? What age did you start going or take your own kids, if you have any? Is the north stand still considered the family stand? Interested to hear your views
  11. Thought it would be nice to collect amusing examples of people accusing us of doing a Fulham this season, as I imagine we'll be hearing this for at least the next 6 months (or forever, if we actually do a Fulham). Looking forward to the We're Doing A Fulham chants when we're three goals up against Wolves. Starting with last week's classic from Fat Sam. https://talksport.com/football/577298/aston-villa-fulham-spending-summer/ Keep them coming...
  12. You'll never guess who's back... Arrrrgggghh me mateys! Already banging them out, "Henri hoovers up" for the 2nd goal. What. A. Signing.
  13. Not directly related, but thought I'd ask it here. Usually get down to a few games around Christmas and to a few London away days while we've been in the championship. Imagine this will get tougher now we're in the Prem though. With that in mind, are there any major benefits - booking tickets wise - of being a Claret member. i.e. is it pretty superfluous for London away days etc. as I won't have a decent booking history?
  14. I was surprised to see that we haven't got a thread to discuss our famous fans (that I can find anyway) So here it is, talk away about the celebrity hangers on and obsessives. Hanks seems to be continuing his love in with us continuing social media posts. Probability the second most bizarre one for me behind Prince William. The Prince seems to have upped his fan game at this final, looked guninely emotional and over excited and has a new best friend in John Carew it seems. Anyone know who the kids were in the box with him, love the one at the front shouting "Yes Villa". Hopefully some future captain of industry who can buy us in future when he makes his billions. Not heard much from Nigel Kennedy lately, he was usually the one you saw quoted. Anyone reckon a Prince William posts on here in disguise. Who do you reckon is his alter ego. I am going for @lapal_fan as the most likely Unroyal imposter.
  15. So, another weekend has come and gone. A weekend that most people in the world won't have ny memory of in a few years time or so. But for 69 swedish Villans it will probably stay in their memories forever. Although, some will probably never remember some parts at all. But we've had a great time. For me it started on Wednesday. Flight to Manchester, with what I suspect was a couple of manure-fans going over to watch their game against barcelona. I think I know which one of us who was the happier later that night. Their I met a friend from the really grim north of Sweden, Gällivare which is north of the pole circle, and then a train to Rotherham. A nice little town. There we met two more friends from Stockholm to get to the hotel. A hotel I'd booked and of course I never checked out how close to the arena or train station it was. It was at the other end of Rotherham. We spent some time in taxi's that night. Suffice to say I won't book the next hotel. But in the end, after the game, we didn't think much about it. You saw the game, you know how it was. We were just chuffed. I have to say that I felt a bit robbed by the ref when he gave them a penalty which we thought never was a penalty and upon that sent Mings off. I guess we all did. But in the end it didn't matter much. But I guess this was shortly after that: Oh, and I met Drat in a pub just before the game. Then it's Thursday and time to go to good ol' Brum and meet up with around 20 newly arrived swedish Villans. Two beer on the train, and then we're off. That's pretty much about it. A rather quiet night with a few beer. A few new ones who settled in. No scandals. Then on Friday it all kicked off officially. The rest arrived and by the time they did, around 10, we took a taxi to VP and then Aston Tavern and never looked back. We were all having dinner together at the hotel and were told to expect one or more secret guests. And they came: So we had a few beers with these guys. I bought them all one. I think they got a bit pissed, actually. I know Shaw did. But they were great to hang out with. And after they left we left for Craven arms. I don't know why, but we always go there at least once. For me, I don't think this was the best idea, but it wasn't the worst that night. I came, took a piss, had a beer, and then it wasn't hard for my friend to talk me into going back to the hotel. The thing was that I'd promised another friend that he could stay in my room that night. He was meant to stay at couple of friends place but they weren't at home, or something, and I was alone in a single room. Of course I said yes, but somewhere along the night I forgot about that. Can't understand why. He called me about 5 times, knocked on the door, and in the end he just walked down to the reception and got a new key. When he came into the room I was lying on the bed fully clothed as if I'd just taken two steps in and fallen down on the bed. And was pretty much how I woke up but with a nagging thought in my head: "Where the hell is my jacket?" I had a vague memory of me thinking that I'd left my jacket on the room which I was quite sure that I hadn't. And I hadn't. It was gone. With my match ticket and slightly less important my passport. I felt a little panic for a while, but I was quite sure that if I'd left it anywhere it was at the hotel and then there could be a chance that someone had found it and left it in the reception. Someone had. One of us said that they'd called out in the speakers to ask if someone had forgot his jacket. I never heard that, of course. But Saturday, match day, no problem with the jacket so back to Aston Tavern to knock on the door. They didn't open untill 11, so of course we were a bit too early. But we got in in the end so we could drink our beer. Then up to Holte pub and, well, you know. Then it was time for kickoff. But before that I met the great Blandy, great even though his taste for music is less than great. Always nice to meet you, sir. 2nd time ever, but still. That's when I had my 2nd burger and that plus breakfast was pretty much what I had that day. I think I've taken the phrase "Eating Guiness" a bit too far. Anyway, game on! And again, you were there, you know how it was. We could've won 4-1, and apparently it was because their fans were sat on Witton. As good an excuse can ever get. And McGinn was still runinng. The best thing for me apart from the 3 points was that we showed that we could play quite well without Jack and Mings. And here are the Villa Sweden after the game: And I think you can guess what happened next. Holte Suit, Hyatt's hotel bar, then I went up to my room to change my shirt before I left for some pub or somewhere to eat. My mistake was that I sat down on the bed. And then I lay down just for a few minutes. Sunday, rehab day. Not much to tell. 8 of us left for Leicester as my friends son, the former Villa youth keepr Viktor Johansson, plays for leicester now and they had a game against liverpool that day. Unfortunately the scousers won 6-0. Not that good. Back again, and then I had a bus leaving for Stansted at 1 am and a flight 8:15, which of course was delayed, and now I'm back home. A bit tired. The thing is that this might seem like a lot of grown ups just on the piss, but there are som many funny things happening, and so many injokes that would take too long time to explain and it would still be hard for you to understand the fun in it, but we always have a great time. Always. Most of these people I only meet this one time a year, maybe two, a few more often as we live close, but we spend so much time together when we're over, more or less every awaken second, and we shair so many stories and do so many funny and silly things during these weekends that some of us are more or less like best friends. And when we meet there are always big smiles and I can't remember anyone ever getting angry at another person. We're simply just having a great time. And we'll be back in a year. Just wanted to share this with you all. It got very long, and if you're still reading I'm quite impressed you're still awake, but I thank you! UTV
  16. I thought it was about time we had a discussion on the Villa Park atmosphere. Personally I am pretty dissapointed in the current atmosphere, it seems to be toxic right from kick off every single week. We wonder why our form has dipped at home, and why the team look to be a bag of nerves at times but in my opinion we need to take a look at ourselves and realise that we aren't helping the problem. This isn't a rant at everyone at Villa Park as I know most on this forum have pretty grounded views on where we are now, that being a Championship football club in a transitional period under Dean Smith. I also appreciate that we have had to watch some pretty poor performances this season (and the 10 years prior) and atmosphere in most cases is generated from the performances on the pitch. But so far this season from the Holte End I have witnessed, people booing or taking the piss out of goalkeepers (new goalkeepers who are finding their feet at the club), booing substitions, booing players for passing sideways or back to the defence, abusing players consistently throughout the 90 minutes even if they have had a fairly decent game (see Whelan, Elmo, Hourihane, Kodjia, Adomah, Elphick, Chester, Taylor, Nyland)... and a cabbage thrown at the manager. We seem to be a fan base that love a scapegoat. Currently it seems to be Hourihane who gets the brunt of it, with fans divided in opinion on whether he's just a set piece merchant or a good midfielder. I personally think he's a good player playing in a weak midfield with a weak defence behind him. Again I understand that everyone has different opinions at a football match, but we are supposed to be turning up each week to support and get behind the football team, no matter who is wearing the shirt. I go to a lot of away games, and the difference in atmosphere is like night and day. People turn up week in week out and get behind the team from the first minute until the last. This is what we need at Villa Park, we saw it last season where we sold out and got behind the team for 90 minutes and helped drive the team over the line. See the Wolves and Bristol City games where we were magnificent for the entire game both on the pitch and in the stands. We are lucky enough to have a stadium like Villa Park, with 30-40k people turning up week in week out. Let's start using it to our advantage. It would be interesting to hear other peoples opinions on the current atmosphere and also what it's like around the ground from the other stands.
  17. I was at Edgbaston last night for the England v Australia T20 International and spotted a St Georges cross with a Villa badge on it. This was in a prime spot in the Eric Hollis stand. I was in the opposite side of the ground and thought i'd take a photo of that and went over there to take a pic. It got me thinking of how many Villa flags are out there at either VP or different sporting events. Even seeing someone in a Villa top when the cricket is on in, say Australia or the West Indies makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up as does seeing a flag. So here is the pic i took last night. Are there anymore Villa flags at any sporting venues, VP, etc or any that fellow VTers have or have seen please post for all to see. Mods, i have searched for a thread on this and cant find anything. If this is in the wrong place please remove/swap.
  18. https://rewards.avfc.co.uk/login So, the club has launched the Pride rewards system of points that can be redeemed for a variety of things - it's finally up and running as of yesterday and there's some interesting stuff. The way you earn them seems simple enough, as per the above - to me it seems fair and pretty reasonable. I guess the only thing missing is any sort of link to the money you'd spend in the shop - I'm guessing Under Armour chose not to be involved or that this sort of thing exists outside of their contract, but you ca't earn points by buying kit or training gear or by spending money in the shop which is a little bit of a surprise. However, I like that season ticket holders are rewarded and that those rewards increase the longer you have one. The rewards fall into three categories - those you can straight up buy (Marketplace) - auctions for things and what are basically raffles. The Marketplace has stuff like this: Which again seems a reasonable group of things - I'm not sure what you get for a half time selfie and how it differs from y'know, just taking a selfie - but there you go. I'm sure it'll be made clearer at some point. The Auctions bit has some very lovely stuff - it'll be interesting to see how this works initially - as I'm not sure how anyone would have more than the basic points available first up - so, if you're a season ticket holder of longstanding who also manages to do a couple of the other things that get you points above - you really should consider bidding on one of these early doors I reckon. Finally, the raffle-y bit. Again, some interesting stuff - I'm not sure I'm quite up for waving a flag, but it'd certainly interest some younger fans and I guess that the other stuff either appeals to you or doesn't. What's interesting again is that early on I'm not sure how many people will take part in these raffles - so you might have a reasonable chance of winning if you go all in. I'm not sure how the loading of money onto your card works - or how and where spending on the card will register in terms of points - I'm not sure you can buy your programme on your card, or whether buying a pie and a pint gets you any points, or whether buying an away shirt with your name on the back can be processed on the card or earn you any reward - that bit is still a bit wooly on the website and might fill in a couple of gaps. So, overall, the collection of points seems reasonably fair to me - other than the omission of spending in the shop and at the ground - the rewards on offer are interesting if a little random and the scheme overall seems a reasonable idea. What's missing for me is the bread and butter - being able to convert those points into money off tickets or money in the shop - I'd have expected to be able to do that - but, it's early days for the scheme and I guess we'll see how it develops. What do the rest of you think? *One other thing I'd mention - I can't find the scheme on the appalling Official Site - I got an email with a link and I had to go back to the e-mail to find the rewards site. The Official Site needs a lot of improvement (with matches and petrol preferably) - it's the place online where Villa hide things.
  19. There seem to be quite a few Villa podcasts that are about these days. I used to listen to the Aston Villa Review Podcast but Chris & Steven chucked it in due to time constraints. Anybody listen to any of the other ones and are they worth listening to? What's the best one going around?
  20. Don_Simon

    The Fans

    Put this in the match thread, but thought perhaps it could be in main forum... My level of respect for those Villa fans there tonight is at never before seen heights. The absolute shite they have had to put up with over the years, yet they continually invest time, money, effort and hope into what some would say is a lost cause. I don't think its really reported quite how rubbish its been for Villa fans, and how brilliant our fans are. Kudos to all concerned.
  21. There's a meeting of the Fans Consultancy Group prior to Tuesday's game with Barnsley and VT have been invited. If there's anything you want to raise about the club, the matchday experience, ticketing, hospitality, merchandise, the club website or anything at all that isn't player performance, please let us know in this thread and we'll raise anything that people want raised at the meeting. Thank you!
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