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Hello

 

I'm dave, i post on occasion, i'm from Cleveland, Ohio USA and i am an adopted Villa fan thanks to Mr. Lerner.  I attended a match at Villa Park in November 2010, (vs Man U, a 2-2 draw)

And i loved it.  It was an FA cup weekend that 2nd time that i visited England and only could take the Villa Park tour that time.  Well, my wife and i are planning to come to England again this fall, and it is around the American thanksgiving holiday, which would put us in line to go to a match on the 23rd, which is away at West Brom.  I'd love to go, but as it is a darby match, and i've only been to one match at Villa park is it something i can/should do?  I understand restrictions on opposing team colors outside of the supporters section, but if i kept things low key could i sit in the general area of the stadium if i kept quiet?

 

Don't want to cause trouble, but would hate to miss a chance to see villa play, especially after i heard the news about Benteke today.  Saw him play for Belgium vs. the US in Cleveland this year, and i'm so excited he chose to stay.

 

Anyway, let me know what i should know, and if you think this is a good idea or not.

 

And as an aside, i just got confirmation to my tickets with the American Outlaws to see the USA take on our big rivals Mexico in Crew Stadium in Columbus in september...and i get goosebumps just thinking about it.

 

 

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I think you'd be fine in the home section as long as you don't celebrate when Benteke gets his hattrick.  ;)

 

You might struggle to get tickets as it's a derby and I imagine you're not on West Brom's database. Maybe one of the overseas supporters' clubs can help.

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A lot of WBA fans really really hate us, and if you got found out to be a villa fan you could find yourself in a spot if bother. We've had utd fans in the holte and they got kicked out, and it could've turned a bit nasty.

As its a local derby WBA may sell out their home allocation as well as us definitely selling out the away section. So you may not be guaranteed to get a ticket that way either..

As others have said, best to try supporters clubs or contact the club directly, as they may be able to provide tickets within the away support which would be better for you.

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Great to hear that you not only made the trip once, you are planning to be back for more!!

 

I would second Mikeyp's post - the club might give you the 'conditions for match tickets' 'phased release' blah for a bit, but I am sure if you explained your situation and pleaded your case to someone higher up than the first person to answer the phone you would get somewhere. Should point out that there's not much point in doing this until the tickets are actually released for sale, at least to ST holders.

 

What is your arrival date? Perhaps a league cup match? Provided we win our first league cup match of course.

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Try contacting the ticket office to see if theres any possibility of getting an away ticket, they're normally very helpful and being as you'd be coming over from the states I'm sure they'd be able to help you out.

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My advice would be to try obtaining a ticket from WBA.As a "neutral" you could purchase a ticket provided they go on general sale (which they should do)

 

As someone else mentioned,it is not advisable to jump up if Villa score,English football grounds can still be hostile to visiting supporters-Provided you are happy to sit amongst the home fans & not display emotions,you will be fine.I've done it myself a few times over the years,not an ideal choice but like you,if its that or missing the game then it had to be done.

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thanks for the replies, 

 

we will be getting in on November 22 and leaving for Brussels  the 27th or 28th.  

 

at the man u match i was at, a man u fan was able to stay quiet until about the 84th minute (pretty soon after man u pulled level) and was escorted out, i wish that happened here in the states more, we're just told we have to be nice to opposing fans.

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I have sat with the home fans plenty of times but I am pretty good at staying quiet. If you jump up and down or cheer when we score they will kick you out. 

 

Like the other guys have said, your best bet is to plead your case with the ticket office and they might take pity on you :)

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Your biggest issue will be gettin a ticket or two if your bird wants to go to, as above you should speak to the ticket office first, they should point you in the right direction.

And by choosing to support the villa you have let yourself into a lifetime of disapointment, anger, pain. But you will love every mintute.

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thanks for the replies, 

 

we will be getting in on November 22 and leaving for Brussels  the 27th or 28th.  

 

at the man u match i was at, a man u fan was able to stay quiet until about the 84th minute (pretty soon after man u pulled level) and was escorted out, i wish that happened here in the states more, we're just told we have to be nice to opposing fans.

Dimoko

I am pretty sure that if you email the club, as you are coming over from the US, you will get tickets. If not let me know and I"ll see I can help you out.

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I agree with what others have said-It is definitely worth contacting Villa with a request.

 

They are keen to accommodate fans from afar & with a Cleveland address,I'd say theres a pretty good chance due to the obvious connections.

 

I certainly see no harm in this-To quote the General: "contact Alison Plant"

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Your biggest issue will be gettin a ticket or two if your bird wants to go to, as above you should speak to the ticket office first, they should point you in the right direction.

And by choosing to support the villa you have let yourself into a lifetime of disapointment, anger, pain. But you will love every mintute.

 

I am familiar with disappointment, i'm from Cleveland...

just read this

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=tortured/cleveland

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It's not a local derby, it's the baggies. Have you noticed it's been moved to 8pm on the 25th?

 

;) The boggies are actually closer to us than small heath tho no? ;)

 

Also, if you get a ticket with the tesco's.. then you're probably ok as long as you stay quiet. It can be tough. I sat in the Kop at Anfield on opening day of the league a few seasons back and we won 3-1 i think... of 20 of us there, half were Villa fans... it was hairy at lunchtime going to the loos as hidden under my hoodie was my villa shirt...well tucked away. After the match the hoody came off and the security were sound, actually really good laugh. 

 

But I'm never happy when a load of away supporters get in the Holte so I was a bit naughty then but it was what it was and I kept quiet. In the main areas it's not so hardcore and you'd be fine as long as you keep quiet when we smash them 14-0

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