With 56% of the 2014/15 season played out – that’s 220 of its 380 matches – the question of attendances sees further proof of Villa’s recent worrying and unchecked demise.
Much as been made of Villa’s lack of goals this season with 11 in 22 League games. When teams like QPR and Stoke have scored over twice the amount of Villa’s goal tally, you know you’ve got a problem. I mean, who wants to watch that for entertainment?
Throw in the slow burn effect of Villa’s record tally of home losses in a two-year period with 19 home defeats (an unbelievable figure) under Lambert, and there’s no surprise that gates at Villa Park at starting to dwindle.
Villa Park Average Attendance
Villa currently are 11th in the largest average attendances for the Premier League
Until recently, after a decent Christmas gate against Sunderland and the standard close to capacity crowd against Liverpool, Villa’s average attendance was even below Leicester’s, which considering the Foxes’ stadium capacity is 32,500 is a miserable statistic.
At 32,238, Villa’s current average attendance is below the overall Premier League average of 32,654.
There’s worse though… at 75.3%, Villa Park has the lowest fill rate of any Premier League stadium. Only Sunderland at 87.3% have a fill rate below 90% in the Premier League.
In short, despite having the 7th largest stadium capacity in the league, Villa with only the 11th highest average attendance, are seriously under-performing and the blame for that is squarely at the feet of Lambert and ultimately the Villa board.
Villa supporters are voting with their feet and that’s the biggest demonstration of unhappiness in the custodians of their club that they could ever make.
neatly put Mr Gale, and I have never been happy with millionaire’s owning football clubs. That is why I belong to the Aston Villa Supporters Trust, which would like to see fans having rights over the club.
However in the modern world of the Premiership, only millionaires can invest. The problem is that our guy has stopped doing so. If Lambert can succeed on the money he has got to play with, then I will be the first to praise him. I certainly don’t think he should be sacked, as there won’t be anyone coming in better given that Lerner is not going to invest big style.
Not blaming Lerner either, we got shafted by people with oil wells.
So with limited finance, its got to be self generated and Fox is right about that, if not very good on PR. Let’s hope for a cup run. It is the Leicester cup game which will define the season.
Win that one and the season could turn, as Everton’s did in 1985.
Mr Gale – can you name the people who wanted Lerner to fail? I have never met any. He had and has a fund of goodwill. Every fan would like to see him succeed
It just isn’t likely that is all. And I certainly want Villa to have those wins. Chelsea probably not. But the Leicester game is a winnable fixture that could turn round the season. Let’s keep backing the club to make that happen, while knowing that the reverse could happen
Sorry Trevor but my memory for names is very bad @ school which was a very long time ago ,I chose Geography over History because of it although I like both . But from day one there have been those who have been constantly griping about how the club was been run & I seem to think a few were or close to former shareholders but I could be wrong !
As for the team, on paper it’s stronger than it has been for a while , however confidense is low but a win or a goal or 2 could change all that , And if the wins come soon we could still suprise a few as to how high we could finish even if at present the relegation seems to beckon
Is Villa burning or is that just the wish of those who have wanted Lerner to fail ?
Of course numbers are down as many only go to see the team win , and others don’t want to go to hear the whingers . ranting . But a couple of wins and fans will return . The doom & gloom merchants have predicted relegation for the last 2 seasons and apart from those stats that some delight in announcing at every chance what is so diferent about this season ? After all seasons end is some distance off & a lot can happen in that time !
I knew that our attendances were down and it’s understandable given the ( up until recently) style of play, lack of goals, and general apathy surrounding the club and its current position. But when the actual figures and percentages are presented like this it comes as a bit of a shock!
I’m sure the main reason for villans staying away is down to the current ownership & management and the consistent level of dross they have had to watch for the past 3 seasons. Throw the Sky “let’s f*** you’re weekend up” and rearrange your normal 3 o’clock kick off time into the mix, and you have your answer.
I am going down tomorrow, would urge everyone to do so. With Man City and Chelsea knocked out by lower division sides, both at home, the banana skin has got bigger. 110% support needed.
Not that a win will solve everything fining Grealish is the latest sign Lambert has the personal skills of a sledgehammer.
But if we lose, the attendances collapse.
And the rest. Trevor FIsher.
Well I am not going tomorrow. First time in years. I just can’t be bothered.
Avfc is Lazarus, and the saviour is nowhere to be seen.
The resurrection , comes with lerner and Lambert gone.
i just hope coco can sort it as its not acceptable,,,
and i have no doubt with gil will be better but it wont be long till other teams shackle him
need a plan b,, 442 with wingers,, only way we will survive
Fiddling whilst Rome (Villa) burns, any requests anyone?
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