Five Reasons to be Cheerful
Oh football gods, really? Do we have to have another season where you serve up sh**e Villa results and I have to try and come up with five reasons to be cheerful for Villa fans every week. Come on, you’ve tortured me enough over five seasons.
The Independent on Sunday asked me what I thought of Villa’s preparation for the season for an article they ran over the weekend on Tommy Elphick.
‘In the pre-season games, we’ve been watching what we watched last season – it is effectively the same team, and that team is not going anywhere.’
It was a realistic opinion not warped by the usual start of season blind optimism, that a fresh slate brings. The first two defeats against Sheffield Wednesday and Luton have backed up the view, that this club needs a new team.
The defeat against Wednesday wasn’t such a big deal, as the Owls are a decent team and also Villa showed some promise in spells. The lapse in the final minutes and then the capitulation at Kenilworth Road though, were two red flags that this season may not go well, unless addressing the team’s short-comings is addressed asap.
After Derby got relegated from the Premier League, rooted at the bottom with less than 20 points, they haven’t returned since. That was nine seasons ago. That is a horror story that Villa can’t contemplate, but it is still a potential outcome, if complacency sets in.
Anyway, while Tony Xia and Roberto Di Matteo continue to try and sort this mess out, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Villa fans…
2. Villa Supporter’s Enthusiasm
Villa’s travelling supporters attacked the opening day of the season with plenty of bravado. They traveled to Hillsborough in trains, cars, on trams and even by stretched limo (see below video). The 4000+ Villans was one of the best away followings of the opening weekend and won the respect of the Wednesday home fans with the noise they created.
A further 1500 sold out the allocation at Luton, but those guys making such an effort on a school night, were seriously let down by their team’s application.
For the last five years, the Villa supporters – home and away – have deserved better, so when the team finally start paying them back?
One reason why MOMS campaigns for lower away ticket prices isn’t necessary because it’s a rip off (it is)…but also, because as a Villa fan, with our team, it’s just not worth it!
With some 5000+ allocations coming up for the Barnsley and Preston games, it will be interesting to see if Villa supporters still have an appetite for spending their cash on Villa away days after a dodgy start to the season.