A Venglos View
Last season, the stewards at Villa Park were seen as spoil sports, getting a tad sensitive when it came to Aston Villa supporters bringing banners to Villa Park to show their discontent at Alex McLeish.
How would they react though if the Villa faithful started bringing chainsaws and axes to Villa Park? All in the name of a good goal celebration.
Villa’s final opponent on their US tour Portland Timbers have one of the most infamous mascots in the MLS, if not world sport.
Forget oversize animal heads, furry suits and comical giant feet. Forget clubs pandering to children with cuteness…In fact, forget anything that’s legal in a football ground!
The Portland Timbers mascot is the chainsaw-welding Timber Joey. Forget drums and horns to get the crowd going, Joey, just revs up his chainsaw for the same effect. Then there’s the Timbers match-day tradition of Joey sawing a slab off a log following every Timbers goal and presenting the slice to the goal-scorer in a post-match ritual.
If Joey came to Villa Park, an in-form Darren Bent could collect enough wood in a season to fully kit out his house in furniture!
Could Timber Joey be the answer to bring back the atmosphere to the Holte End? If so, lets put a request in for him to visit Villa Park via the ‘request an appearance’ form on the Timbers website . If nothing else, he’ll give the Villa stewards something to think about!
To see Timber Joey in action check out the great video of him on the earlier MOMS post here.
For info on the history of Timber Joey, see the Timber’s website, where a stream of the Villa vs Timber game will be at 4am.