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Gabby is probably due one any moment - I think he made his first team debut in 2004 or 2005?

Petrov wouldnt be due one til 2016.

Barry should have had one in 2008 - but they probably decided against it after his "come and get me, Liverpool" quotes in the papers.

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Think that testimonials have changed with the income players have. Think they still have a place to give appreciation for excellent service but only if the money is given to a charity. I'm sure if Petrov decided to call it a day, a testimonial with all money going to a leukemia charity would attract a huge crowd.

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Agree with the charity sentiment. Plus, if a player gets a testimonial because he has had to retire prematurely through injury then that's another reason a testimonial might have been appropriate. Though I agree with Bicks that in the PL era even that might be pushing it because by the time he has played anything like long enough, he'll be minted.

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It's an ancient and somewhat disgusting tradition we thankfully seem to have seen the back of.

Rewarding someone that earns more in a week than most/all in a year with another pay day is quite extraordinary.

Back in the day when wages were much much lower I could just about stomach it, but not in the last 20 years or so.

The Gordon Cowans one still sends a shiver down my spine. The clubs all time best player and about 4k turned up. Half of which were from Stoke

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It's an ancient and somewhat disgusting tradition we thankfully seem to have seen the back of.

Rewarding someone that earns more in a week than most/all in a year with another pay day is quite extraordinary.

Back in the day when wages were much much lower I could just about stomach it, but not in the last 20 years or so.

The Gordon Cowans one still sends a shiver down my spine. The clubs all time best player and about 4k turned up. Half of which were from Stoke

Was that the last one we've had?

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Rewarding someone that earns more in a week than most/all in a year with another pay day is quite extraordinary.

Agreed, the modern player has no need for a testimonial unless it is to raise money for a selected charity or cause. This way the player can get the acknowledgement of his service to the club but also raise money for a worthy cause rather than topping up their already substantial bank balance (and if they have blown all their earnings e.g Lee Hendrie then more fool them). I hope that would be the case with Stan and an organisation like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, he has been an excellent servant to the club, fully deserves appreciation and acknowledgement for his time and efforts at Villa and would be raising funds to a very worthy cause. Football players need to re-enter the real world and take heed from sportsmen and women like many of the olympians, sport and achievement first over money.

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mcgrath's against the blues only got about 10-15k as well i think, so i would dread to think what the likes of gabby would attract

petrov would probably be a bit different, plus it would be against septic so all the plastic paddies would be about in force

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mcgrath's against the blues only got about 10-15k as well i think, so i would dread to think what the likes of gabby would attract

petrov would probably be a bit different, plus it would be against septic so all the plastic paddies would be about in force

McGrath's testimonial was in a different era in football terms and the publicity and promotion it was given was relatively low key, if I recall correctly.

In this era of Premier League football being far more global and with the internet and heightened media attention, a testimonial for Gabby, marketed correctly, could pull in a much bigger crowd. It could be tied in with a summer friendly match against a top European club, too. If done well it would pull in thousands.

(On another note, I just wanted to say how the Blues supporters were superb all those years ago and they gave McGrath a great reception on his big day. That's always stuck with me.)

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mcgrath's against the blues only got about 10-15k as well i think, so i would dread to think what the likes of gabby would attract

petrov would probably be a bit different, plus it would be against septic so all the plastic paddies would be about in force

McGrath's testimonial was in a different era in football terms and the publicity and promotion it was given was relatively low key, if I recall correctly.

In this era of Premier League football being far more global and with the internet and heightened media attention, a testimonial for Gabby, marketed correctly, could pull in a much bigger crowd. It could be tied in with a summer friendly match against a top European club, too. If done well it would pull in thousands.

(On another note, I just wanted to say how the Blues supporters were superb all those years ago and they gave McGrath a great reception on his big day. That's always stuck with me.)

I stewarded that night & to be fair to the noses that showed up, they gave him a great reception when he thanked them for coming along. Didnt have to and given their bitter, jealous hatred of us, it was a nice surprise.

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