The Ultimate Stan Petrov tribute: A Proposed
£19 ticket match between Aston Villa & Celtic
After discussions with fellow Villa supporters on the MOMS facebook site www.facebook.com/myoldmansaid, the following letter below was sent to Aston Villa FC to encourage the arranging of a pre-season fixture between the two former European Champions that Stiliyan Petrov has spent over ten-years of his playing career at.
The feeling is replicated on other Villa fan forums and pages, and also Celtic ones too.
Some cynics, who clutch at straws questioning the idea, point to the trouble at the 1976 friendly game between Villa and Rangers, but as well as that being a generation away and a different team, the hooligan element is nothing like it was in the 70’s. Also, in recent years, Villa and Celtic have shared very close-ties through having common managers and players. It is also a very rarely played fixture in football history, which is a shame considering both club’s history.
The match would time nicely with both the 30th Anniversary of Aston Villa’s 1982 European Cup win in Rotterdam and also the 45th Anniversary of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup win in Lisbon. So there could be a double celebration at half-time.
But more importantly, our strongest bond is the fact that Stiliyan Petrov is a member of both our football families, and now, he needs the support of both of them.
Content of Letter – Proposed Details of the Match
Due to the overwhelming support and emotion shown for Aston Villa’s captain Stiliyan Petrov at both Villa Park and Celtic Park over the weekend, many Aston Villa supporters from our My Old Man Said supporter’s group universally support the idea of a pre-season tribute match in honour of Stiliyan Petrov at Villa Park against Celtic football club.
If it is possible to fit in both club’s pre-season calender, money from the fixture could be raised for a major Leukaemia charity of Stan’s choice.
It would be the ultimate tribute to Villa’s captain, a great event to raise awareness of Leukaemia, and also provide a great summer fixture for Villa fans, many of which, think fondly of Celtic. Half Villa/Celtic scarves could also be sold for Stan’s Leukaemia charity of choice.
One fan had the excellent idea of making the ticket price £19 in tribute to Stan’s shirt number. A one-off, specially designed £19 Petrov ticket could be produced for the game, so fans would have an instant souvenir of the special day.
To make the day even greater, since both teams are European Cup winners, the element of it being the 30th anniversary of Villa’s 1982 triumph and the 45th anniversary of Celtic’s 1967 truimph could be included into the day.
Please visit www.facebook.com/myoldmansaid to see the post on this idea and an indication to Villa fan’s full support of the idea.
We really hope the clubs bend over backwards to try to make this fixture happen for Stan.
Very rare previous encounters between Villa and Celtic