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  1. wilko154

    Villa Park Atmosphere

    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.
  2. We need to get continuity as to the chants we will be singing for each player for the team in general etc. Put your suggestions in this thread Villa [to this tune] Oooh, Aston Villa The mighty Villa Let's show the world Aston Villa fans are the greatest of them all and with this very anthem, we'll sing a little more [repeat] Holte Enders in the sky The greatest team [To the tune of New York New York: http://tinyurl.com/yp5yaz] Start spreading the news, The lions ready to roar We want to be a part of it – VILLA.. VILLA.. Our European blues, are fading away Were the very heart of it – VILLA.. VILLA.. We wanna wake up and beat City.. to a pulp, To think they're Premier League.. that's just a joke! Those small time blues, Oh we’ll make them pay We’ll make a brand new start of it - in Villa Park If we can make it there, we’ll make it anywhere Its up to you – VILLA.. VILLA.. Management Randy Lerner: There's only one Randy Lerner! [To the tune of White Christmas with scarfs held aloft - awesome scenes] I'm thanking one Randy Lerner, he's come and saved our football club. He has given us money, to spend quite freely, and we are gona win the European Cup! General Krulak: [i'm thinking something along the lines of the chant you hear on American army films] Sound off, 1, 2, sound off, 3, 4. General Krulak knows the score. Sound off, 5, 6, sound off, 7, 8. He's a Villa fan make no mistake! [To the tune Le Arse used to sing - Viera, ooooo Viera] The General, oooooooooo The General, oooooooooo The General, A vetran from I-Raq, He's got the Villa's Back (repeat) MON Martin, Martin give us a wave. Martin O'neills Claret and Blue army. Players Gareth Barry [To the tune of Captain Bucky O'Hare] Gareth, Captain Gareth Barry, He plays for Aston Villa and he is the key. Gareth, Captain Gareth Barry Chelsea, United, he'll have you for tea! OH DEAR, NEEDS ALOT OF WORK {to the tune of my old mans a dustman] Gareth Barry's magic, He wears a magic hat. He should play for England, But McClaren is a clearing in the woods John Carew Carew, Carew, Carew is on fire John Carew, John Carew, John Carew, John Carew na na..... Bigger than me and you etc. Gabby Gabriel Agbonlahorrrr Fast as ****... Ashley Young [to the tune of mickey mouse] A.S.H.L.E.Y - Y.O.U.N.G Ashley Young (clap, clap, clap) Ashley Young (clap, clap, clap) He'll skin you down the flank and he'll stick one in the bank Ashley Young (clap, clap, clap) Ashley Young (clap, clap, clap) His feet are really tricky and he'll make you look shitty Ay Ay Ashley Freddie Bouma Bouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuma Bouma, Bouma, Bouma Boom Boom Boom let me hear ya say Bouma, BOUMA!' (like we used to sing for Savo) Petrov [To Royal Britannia] Stilyian Petrov, he came from Celtic Park. Now he's a Villan and that is just the start. He's here to score goals, from close up and a far. We've got him so who needs Steve Gerrard?
  3. OutByEaster?

    Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    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!
  4. OutByEaster?

    Pride rewards

    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.
  5. imavillan

    Villa Flags & banners

    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.
  6. Gary Thomas

    Aston Villa Home Support

    The Tim Sherwood thread contained quite a few posts about our support, triggered by the post below. Thought it might be worth creating a thread for anyone who wants to talk about our home support. gilbertoAVFC: get a respected player (Lescott or Grealish - Villa fans) to get the crowd going when they come out at kick-off. Holte would love that..... Agreed, but us fans could do more to get ourselves going IMO and and that includes fans in the Dough Ellis and Trinity! We criticize the players and the manager very harshly but how did we perform as a crowd yesterday? Did everyone at VP (hand on heart) do everything they possibly could to help lift the team when things weren't happening? I don't think our support was all that to be honest. A few sporadic chants here and there but too many periods of silence once the game got started. And once again very few chants for players. Some may disagree, or will say the team was playing shit, but I don't think that is right. We claim to be the 12th man. Our support should be at its loudest and most vociferous when the team needs a lift - it shouldn't just die away like a damp squib because things aren't going to plan. There were 36k in there yesterday and we could have made far more noise than we did over the 90mins - it was like we just quit when things started to go wrong. If there was a league for sustained vocal support at home grounds in the PL where would we be - be honest? Could we all (and I include myself) do more to help the team and the manager! gilbertoAVFC: Well yeah I've been absolutely slated on here for criticising the fans, but we need to take responsibility as well. Admittedly I've phrased it poorly before but: We ALWAYS play better when the Holte is loud. It wins us games. People don't seem to realise it's an extra 10-20% you're getting from a fired-up, confident player knowing he will still get that support when he f**ks up. In contrast to a 10-20% regression when your own fans are on your back. I'm not even talking booing, I'm talking lack of singing, tutting, moaning at misplaced passes. Players get scared to try anything risky when they are gonna get slated if they don't pull it off. I have a theory that the reason English clubs are declining in Europe is because every team that's in the CL is full of plastic, expectant supporters. The "famous Anfield nights" are a thing of the past (see: Basle). Old Trafford is full of Chinese tourists. City seem to have forgotten how to sing now they're good. Arsenal...well. United go to Eindhoven and the home fans absolutely d ick them, then PSV come to Old Trafford and will absolutely dick the home fans. The mentality of the league from a fan's perspective is simply not good enough. Villa however do not have tourist fans, we are capable of being ridiculously loud. The Holte is set up acoustically/visually to be one of the most intimidating ends in the country. It is a sleeping giant, as described by my Baggies mate. Same mate also said that he was "genuinely scared" by how loud we were against Albion in the cup after the second goal went in. Guess what? We won that game - battered them in the second half and how good did it feel? When things are going well our support is amazing. We need to do it when the players are under it too though. This is part of football, it will happen. It's very difficult to get out of the pressure though when your 12th man gives up at the slightest hint of danger and takes out one of your other XI for good measure. Please get behind the team. If we do, we will win and it will turn our season around. Birminghaaaaaaaam, are ya listenin?!!!?!!!!
  7. Hornso

    Villa Podcasts

    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?
  8. 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.
  9. Midfielder

    Overseas Villa Fans Check-In Desk

    On the Football Manager thread a bit of Anglo-Norge respect just unfolded, appreciating our Lions from abroad. They could have picked Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, hell... even Birmingham City. But they chose us! This is just a thread to appreciate our overseas fans and also see (from outside of the UK) who is on here and from where. Me, I'm just some English dude, in England, but I'm curious to do a little audit. Ours are amongst the best fans in England and we are bettered further with your membership! You picked the right team and we are glad to have you! Answer however you want but I'd be interested to hear: where are you from? what team (if any) do you support in your homeland? how did you come to support Villa? UTV edit- yeah all UK exiles overseas too and our Irish brothers
  10. villanwesty88

    Club anthem?

    Something I've always wanted at Villa Park is a unique song that all of the fans sing together. I know we have some good songs but such as "Yippee aye eh" but for me it just ends too quickly and doesn't have enough to it. The kinds of songs I think work well are ones like "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Liverpool/Celtic), "Glad All Over" (Crystal Palace), "Forever Blowing Bubbles" (West Ham) - probably loads more. What are the key ingredients for a song like this to happen? For me ideally I'd like it to be a local band and something well known. Is this something as fans we need to start or do you think the new owners might be able to help things along? I think with all the exciting things that could be happening at the club for me this would be a huge thing on the agenda too. Also for big games I'd love to see more of this type of thing at Villa Park; I know there is a chants thread but I wanted to create a separate thread on this topic as I'm not talking about chants in general (mods if you feel this doesn't warrant its own thread apologies. Of course feel free to merge or move it). Does any one have any song or band suggestions? I think Black Sabbath, UB40 and Duran Duran are pretty well known!
  11. villa4europe

    Aston Villa Away Support

    change this thread to "our support" reading dont really have a decent forum but i did see several of their fans claiming we were the best they'd ever had down there
  12. Merry Christmas, VT! I wonder if anyone can help me on this. I plan to buy myself a Christmas gift (wife not keen on football...) - a scarf - to add to my collection of football club scarfs I have at home. Of course Villa will replace AC Milan to take the captain position of my scarf first XI.. I went to AVFC online shop, google, Amazon, quite a few designs. To my surprise there are only 1-2 designs available at official online shop.. I want to have the most popular design, perhaps as traditional as possible, but definitely having the club logo and the words for example 'Aston Villa FC' on it. Is this good? or this? Thanks!
  13. OutByEaster?

    Fan meeting with Steve Round

    This coming Monday, Villatalk has been invited to a supporters group meeting with Steve Round, Technical Director. If there are any questions you'd like asked to him about his role, the direction he wants to take Villa in, what he's done so far, his feelings on managers or just about anything you can think of that might be of interest, please let us know in this thread.
  14. A38villan

    What are the chances of this?

    Just thought id post this on here to see if anyone else has a pot luck meeting of another villa fan they would like to share.... So it's starts, my boy came down with an eye infection at 12pm yesterday just as I was about to settle into the game. after a quick diagnosis we realised it was necessary to take him to the kids a&e. me and the wife take it in turns with these visits as we have another child, and sods law has it that it's my turn. so I get down there, thru triage and I'm waiting in the holding area for my boy to be seen. can't get a signal for the life of me, and last time I heard we where at 1-1. bloke sitting to the right if me had brought his little boy in too and I notice him ask his missus if he could use her phone to check the scores. on the off chance that he had seen the championship scores I asked him about the villa. to his surprise and mine it turns out his day had taken the same twist as mine and he was due to take his boy to the game! now this may not see too random until I tell you that we were both sitting in the royal hospital at Derby! anyway, if your reading this I hope your boy is better.... we were lucky and got out just before six.
  15. The OS is running a survey about the loyalty scheme, to give your views to the club with regards to what they should focus on click the link below. https://www.avfc.co.uk/News/2016/11/11/fan-survey
  16. OutByEaster?

    Fan Consultation Group 2016/7

    Firstly, apologies that it's taken me so long to get this to you - life is complicated! On 16th August, VillaTalk were invited to the Fans Consultation Group meeting with the club prior to the Huddersfield game. We're a difficult bunch to represent at these things, because unlike a lot of sites, there isn't a VillaTalk "way" - and although Limpid does all of the work, no one really owns the site in terms of its opinions, beliefs, thoughts and ideas - we're an anarcho-socialitst collective brothers and sisters or at least we're a group of people with a lot of different opinions; but, whilst we can't agree on anything at all, there are a lot of us, so we have a voice and the ear of the club. I think that's a good thing and I'm hopeful we can make something out of it. There were representatives of other supporters groups there, including the Aston Villa Trust, Heroes & Villains, avillafan.com, that bloke from Vital Villa who keeps banging on about his advert, Lions Clubs, My Old Man Said and the independent supporters clubs. As distinguished, handsome and slightly unkempt a bunch as you could hope to meet. I'd like firstly to share the agenda with you - and then my opinions. The group are releasing a set of notes to the club collectively in order to ensure that we’re not going away and putting odd slants on things, and that we all heard the same stuff - so the answers will be with you shortly - but the topics are below. With conflicting reports during the takeover and without in any way expecting to breach any individuals privacy, what sort of funding is there now for Aston Villa? Clarification of the board structure The club own 12 acres of land close by and the new owners have expressed an interest in development of a ‘theme park’ football world. Can you elaborate on this? Can we have a commitment from the club to pioneer safe standing in England and can a transitional section for flags and banners (aka singing section) be accommodated, like those that have been successful at other clubs. Plans to address ticketing portal being a mess and phone lines being constantly engaged? What is the club doing in terms of avoiding the negative publicity of the previous ownership that resulted from poor communication? Is a re-brand on the agenda and if so, especially badge wise, will those who understand the issues the best – the fans – be consulted? Update on shelved North Stand disable seating plan / new plans Will you be prepared to consider initiating a youth forum to involve younger supporters? Any plans to increase youth support? An SLO or supporter issues Twitter address like a lot of other clubs have? Are the club moving away from player contract release clauses? Is there any progress on the recruitment of a Technical Director? (if not already announced) Are the new board aware of the previous relationship with Acorns and will this continue? Are the board aware of the Villa Midlands Food (VMF) initiative abruptly stopped by Tom Fox, giving under privileged local youngsters training from which many have excelled? Would this be something they might consider re-starting? Living Wage – all contracted staff? Going forward, these agendas are open to all fans groups, including you - and any questions around the club, the way its operated and how we’ll go forward are very welcome - I’d like to use this thread to collect those. For the most part, whoever attends the meeting will take what’s being discussed in the rest of the site as an indicator of what’s important and then add anything in here. The club seems committed to continuing these meetings in the long term and I think they’re a good opportunity to get what are hopefully, straightforward, honest answers wherever that’s possible. In terms of my opinions, well firstly I was delighted that as well as Keith Wyness, we were also blessed with the presence of the good Doctor himself. Dr Xia spent a good half an hour with us prior to a game and seems keen to talk and listed to supporters. The other thing that comes through is that there's a confidence to the new set up - Wyness in particular carries a relaxed confidence that suggests that all is well. When Tom Fox did this, he was professional, confident but guarded - this was much more relaxed, and there's a feeling that they're going about their work very confidently. I won't go too much into what was said until the meeting notes are released, but there were some interesting things on the progress of the club already, the happy surprise of attendances, the importance of a Villa "way" and of character in the dressing room and elsewhere. Dr Xia listened more than he spoke, but when he spoke, he was open, honest and forthright. As the best indicator on mood, the meeting was attended by Tommy Jordan, the chap that looks after all of our press and media - when he spoke, it was like a man released into the light after last season, he was very positive, he spoke about a club that was moving forward in lots of good ways and he seemed so happy to talk about it that he spent a good fifteen minutes outside afterwards talking with a few of us on a lot of good things that were happening. I genuinely got the feeling that right now, everyone involved can't get enough of this - that they want to talk about the club, they want to move everything forward, they want to change and improve things and that they feel they have the backing to do so. I'll try and explain more why I think that's the case when the minutes are released, but I got a very positive feeling out of this one. (Even though Huddersfield did their best to spoil it.) I'll hopefully have the notes with you very soon and will add a bit more to those when they're released - in the meantime, if there's anything you want VillaTalk to raise with the club through these meetings, let us know!
  17. MikeMcKenna

    AV Fans Consultation Group

    I understand that a new 'supporters' group has been founded with AVFC. The group apparently consists of the AVSTrust, Lions Clubs, H&V, VitalVilla, MOMS, Avillafan and others. However VillaTalk is not represented within the group. Was VT invited to participate? If not I find it strange given the fact that it is one of, if not the biggest fan forum. Has VT potentially been excluded because of it's association with the protests?
  18. TheAuthority

    Proposal for fan ownership

    Proposal for fan takeover and ownership of AVFC Lerner should walk away now with some semblance of dignity left (lol) and sell the club to the fans for £1 and forgive the debt. You came, you tried, you’ve failed more miserably than anyone could even conceive of, now for the love of God get lost. Campaign for Ellis to give back what he sold the club for. He claims to be the biggest Villa fan in the world, well prove it. Please stay with me here: Here are the economics: August 2006 Ellis sells for £63 million. If he had got a very modest 5% interest per year since then he would now have £100.15 million. If his financial planner was average he probably has done much better than that. So Mr. Ellis. We don’t want any of the money you made off the sale of AVFC, you and your family keep the minimum of £40 million you’ve made since you sold us. We just want back what you paid for us because you are “Mr. Aston Villa.’ £63 million to the club. 25,000 season ticket holders (or regular game attending fans) buy 1 ‘A’ share (voting share) for £1,000.00 With this purchase comes voting on the running of the club and includes a 20% discount on your season ticket for 3 years with prices frozen for 3 years. We have approximately 300,000 worldwide fans. Estimate 100,000 of them buy a ‘B’ share (non-voting) for £250. Own a piece of the club and help save it from the current imbecile who runs us. Fans now own 51% of the club and they can never own less than this. The remaining 49% could be sold off in the future to raise capital if needed - hopefully that would never be needed. This would give us: £63 million from Ellis £25 million from season ticket holders £25 million from sales of ‘B’ shares £55 million from parachute payments (1st season) £45 million parachute payments (2nd season) £20 million parachute payments (3rd season) Season 1 would see £168 million in the bank for a complete rebuild of the squad with the aim to get back to the Premier League within 2 seasons. I’m not a financial person I’m just so depressed that I had to write down some sort of escape plan. Now please in good old VT fashion, go ahead and rip the idea apart and show how it could never work. This is just my amateur idea. Has anyone else got any hope of how a fan takeover could happen?
  19. Marka Ragnos

    Can we help keep 'em up?

    Anonymous poll. Deliberately oversimplified to yes or no. Can Villa supporters affect whether or not the club stays up in 2015-16? Do we actually make a difference? How? Or, are we basically passengers, powerless to change much if anything at all? Please post all qualifications, nuanced poll-shirking, complaints about simplistic thinking, secondary issues below ...
  20. Marka Ragnos

    Does the club listen to us?

    I am feeling like the club just doesn't pay attention to supporters' opinions. Perhaps that's the same across the PL, but it's certainly not the case everywhere in Europe, as you all know. Tim doesn't listen. Tom doesn't listen. Randy doesn't listen. Do the players even listen? Perhaps I'm wrong about all this, but I feel like there's a lack of a connection between passionate Villa supporters and the club. Is there a wall? Do you agree?
  21. Marka Ragnos

    Does the club listen to us?

    I am feeling like the club just doesn't pay attention to supporters' opinions. Perhaps that's the same across the PL, but it's certainly not the case everywhere in Europe, as you all know. Tim doesn't listen. Tom doesn't listen. Randy doesn't listen. Do the players even listen? Perhaps I'm wrong about all this, but I feel like there's a lack of a connection between passionate Villa supporters and the club. Do you agree?
  22. Shiny

    Fans in Manchester

    Hey, Just wondering if there are any fans in the Manchester Area who fancy meeting up to watch games or travel to Home/Away matches. I'm based in the city centre so its pretty easy for me to get to a local pub
  23. seeing some of the normally doom and gloom merchants all of a sudden being very satisfied with a) young players that were written off and the manager after an against the odds (we were 3/1) victory away at the mackems has got me thinking.... i only joined here i think when there was speculation around MON's successor, or maybe in the january when there was some good itk info regarding an exciting signing which turned out to be bent. so basically all i've seen on this forum has been the bad times of the last couple of years. what was it like when we were pushing for the top 4? consistently finishing 6th? were there still massively negative posters? or was it over the top the other way?