My Old Man Said (MOMS) is both a Aston Villa supporters blog and and supporters group. Founded by David Michael, MOMS is an affiliate member of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and Football Supporters Europe. MOMS also runs the Real Oviedo shareholder consortium ‘Holte Enders in the Sun’.
MOMS exists to represent Villa supporters and give them a rational voice when it comes to supporter issues on a club and national level.
Our core goals are affordable football for all (we were active in helping obtain the £30 price cap for Premier league away tickets & actively support the FSF’s Twenty’s Plenty campaign), safe standing (we’ve been to the House of Commons to debate it), better club-supporter communication and ridding the game of discrimination.
With the help of our followers and members we also created the biggest and most notorious Villa supporter flag – based on the Sex Pistol’s infamous album cover design ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’. The flag was banned by the FA for the 2015 FA Cup final at Wembley, to much national and international press outcry.
MOMS supports and is involved in the mission of boosting the atmosphere at Villa Park, which safe standing would also be part of.
As a football blog, My Old Man Said with high editorial and ethical standards is a antidote to the typical clickbait and ‘churnalism’ approach of most football coverage.
The blog aims to entertain and inform Villa supporters (and all football fans) with original quality content and aims to get transparency in terms of how the club is run. It’s also the home of Media Muppets our football media watchdog column and also A Venglos View, a more satirical look at Villa life.
MOMS was the winner of the 2012 Best New Football Blog of the Year award and won the judge’s award for the Best Established Football Blog of the Year 2014.
In 2016, MOMS was nominated in the shortlist for ‘Blogger of the Year’ category in the FSF Awards.
After a regular slot on national radio on Talksport’s popular Sportsbar program, where they would always mistakenly refer to My Old Man Said as being a podcast show, it was only natural there should create one for real. The emphasis is to put on a ‘show’ rather than being just another vanilla and beige football podcast with fans prattling on.
MOMS been asked to cover Villa matters in national newspapers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Sunday Mirror and also on radio, including BBC Five Live, BBC WM and Talksport, as well as contributing to the BT Sport, BBC TV and Premier League’s TV channel.
For an overview of our activity see the MOMS wiki page
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