[quote_center]’When it comes to talking about what helps Villa win, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.'[/quote_center]
The three sites that proposed the idea of a Holte End demonstration will publish later today a kind of ‘Frequently Ask Questions’ post to respond to supporter concerns/issues that have been raised throughout the week. The initial release was kept simple to encourage supporter discussion and them engaged again, which is also a purpose of this action.
Proposed Holte End Demo
Part One – Supporters in the Holte don’t take their seats until the 8 minute mark (number of completed seasons under Lerner) has passed to demonstrate what happens to a club that shows little progress or ambition and is flirting with the Championship.
Part Two – A 82 minutes (symbolic of the year of the club’s finest hour) demonstration of the best of vocal Villa fan support, backing the team all the way against Liverpool. To show the potential of what it’s like to have a club with ambition where Villa supporters give their all because they believe in those running and managing their club. Basically to show what that ‘Bright Future’ we were promised should look like.
Paul Lambert’s Response to Demo
Obviously the press quizzed Lambert on his thoughts about the ‘protest’, although the full details of its content above weren’t put forward to him.
Here’s the MOMS response to some of the issues he raised.
[Lambert’s quotes are in the bold type.]
“I don’t want Aston Villa fans to come to Villa Park -or even away from home – and not see the team win or not be entertained.”
Well, what exactly have you been doing then?
‘I understand the fans’ frustrations but we’ll have a better chance of winning a game of football if they don’t protest’.
There’s no proof to back Lambert’s claim (spin) up. And considering he’s lost both previous encounters with Liverpool at Villa Park, when there wasn’t any demonstrations or protests, supporters have nothing to lose.
There is proof however to suggest that a bit of supporter fervour seems to have a positive affect on the team, when you consider the two best known major supporter in-ground demonstrations in European football in recent seasons.
Inter Milan fans did a similar demonstration for 10 minutes in the San Siro, when the home ultras (MOMS was actually in with them at the game) came late in to protest at the Italian government’s imposition of electronic cards to track ‘hooligans’.
The team ended up beating Parma 5-2.
When Valencia fans recently protested about ownership issues at the start of their game with Cordoba, their team went onto win 3-0 and go top of La Liga at the end of September.
Maybe Villa supporters’ efforts will lead to a three goal victory against the Reds? Unlikely, but we’re willing to give anything a try at the moment with the team’s current goalscoring record.
To supporters who have suggested there should be a protest outside the ground instead, interestingly, when fans protest outside the ground their team tends to get beat.
Cardiff got beat 3-0 by Southampton after a protest outside the ground against Vincent Tan on Boxing Day 2013, while when AC Milan fans protested outside the San Siro about the direction of the club a couple of hours before the kick-off against Parma in March last year, they also lost 4-2 to Parma.
Anyway, I digress. So back to the myth that a demo would effect the players and result.
So we’ve seen two large scale supporter demos in European football end with wins for their team. That’s a 100% win rate* of teams whose supporters demonstrated at the start of the game inside the ground.
In terms of what’s going to affect Villa not winning the game more, statistics suggest that Villa would have a better chance of winning against Liverpool if Paul Lambert actually didn’t turn up.
Just look at his win ratio as Villa boss:
Since Villa’s last encounter with Liverpool, the 1-0 win at Anfield (thumbs-up to Lambert’s Anfield record though), in the 17 league matches that have followed, the team have won twice and scored only seven goals.
So Paul, when it comes to talking about what helps Villa win, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
“Whoever has planned it, I hope the guy next to them tries to keep them on their seat.”
It seems the press haven’t presented the full context of the demonstration to the Villa boss. It looks like from his words, he thinks that there will be a ‘walk out’ protest. No such thing.
Other supporters have tried that, like Newcastle, but it ends up being crass and doesn’t really achieve anything. Walking about from your team mid-match isn’t to classy when trying to make a point. This is a ‘walk in’ demonstration suggesting we want to be moving in the same direction.
Hopefully, the 82 minutes part of the demonstration will prove why more effort on the club’s behalf, could lead to wonderful times for all at Villa Park.
* This is not an exact science when talking about protests and win ratios. After all, Liverpool fans for example, seem to protest every game!