Supporters and shareholders of Aston Villa have joined together to fight what they see as the “endless cycle of under-achievement” their club has suffered for the past 20 years.

Press Release - 6 June 2003.Second Meeting

Villa Fans Combined are pleased to announce that a second public meeting has been arranged for 28th June 2003, between 2-4 pm at Aston Villa Leisure Centre, 8 Aston Hall Road, Aston, B6 7LB (just below Aston Parish Church).

The purpose of the meeting is for the independent report on the business workings of Aston Villa to be unveiled by Howard Hodgson. Howard Hodgson has said "Aston Villa is a publicly owned company that makes its money by selling memorabilia, tickets and above all dreams to its customers. In order that these dreams might become reality Aston Villa need to engage a top team of executives to professionally create the stage on which Mr O'Leary can build a successful team and thus allow success to create success. My independent report will detail the good as well as the bad practices in the current set up and make recommendations for the way the club might move forward in order to make its dreams become reality. I look forward to delivering it to you."

Professor Carl Chinn MBE has kindly agreed to compere the meeting again and says "Like many other Villa fans I am looking forward with anticipation to Howard Hodgson presenting his independent report on the business affairs of Aston Villa. VFC has show commendable initiative and thoughtfulness in commissioning this report and its action highlights that it is a positive thinking pressure group determined to push for the best interests of Aston Villa Football Club and its fans. It is easy to call for the board to go, it is harder but more beneficial to find out how the club is run and to come forward with concrete and helpful policies. I am confident that Howard Hodgson's report will bring to the fore the actions and decisions needed to ensure that Aston Villa sheds its unwanted image as an underachieving club."

Jonathan Fear, a spokesperson for VFC says "We believe that this independent report is unique and are sure no other fan group has commissioned such a wide ranging and in depth report on the workings of 'their' club. The level of commitment shows the current board that the fans are not only well informed and educated but also determined in bringing about radical change at Aston Villa. We are sure the report will clearly illustrate exactly how Aston Villa is run and we hope that it will unify the fans in wanting to bring about the roots and branch change needed to take the club into the modern era of football. We demand change in order to give David O'Leary the right platform to build upon and bring about the success we all desire."

ENDS


At the end of the first meeting held on the 24th May and attended by nearly 700 supporters, the chair of the meeting, Carl Chinn, called for the assembled crowd to vote on a series of resolutions:

  • That this meeting wishes David O'Leary well and sends him its support.

  • Passed Unanimously

  • That this meeting recognises that the average tenure of a Villa manager is 2.5 years and that the only way to provide managerial stability is by the resignation of the present board.

  • Passed Unanimously

  • That this meeting has no confidence in the present board of Aston Villa.

  • Passed Unanimously

  • That this meeting urges the present board to resign and make way for people with money, ability, commitment and a passion for Aston Villa who can take Aston Villa forward.

  • Passed Unanimously

  • That this meeting supports the democratic election of a fans' representative to the board of Aston Villa.

  • Passed Unanimously

    Full details of the first meeting are contained within this PDF which can be downloaded and viewed here: May 24th 2003 (1.0).pdf


    Contacts:
    Jonathan Fear
    Navid Nazir
    info@villafc.com

    Notes:

    VFC (Villa Fans Combined)
    VFC is an umbrella group that includes independent websites such as Holteenders.com (Mike Field), VillaTalk.com (Peter Bosworth and John Cresswell), astonished etc, Navid Nazir of Avisa, The Aston Villa Shareholders Association, Jonathan Fear and a long list of supporters from all sections of the Villa community.

    ENDS

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    Reaction from first meeting:
    Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.
    Previous Press Releases:
    20th May 2003: New Manager, same core problems.
    20th May 2003: Rally 24th May - Update.
    18th May 2003: Potential investors identifed - Report commissioned.
    14th May 2003: GT Resigns. The Board Must Go Now.
    12th May 2003: Another wasted season, another opportunity missed.
    4th May 2003: VFC Update - The right moment?
    10th April 2003: Treffick Shareholding, Uncertainty and the Fear.
    4th April 2003: Club for Sale - Time For Change.

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