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 - 27th July 2003.Takeover Speculation

Villa Fans Combined have noted with interest the press speculation about rumoured takeovers or majority shareholding buy-outs over the past 3-4 weeks and share in the optimism and intrigue.

Jonathan Fear says "It is very difficult for VFC to take a position on these rumours without the relevant information but would implore potential new owners to talk with VFC, (including both the Supporters Trust and the Shareholders Association) and not to alienate the essential fan base.

VFC have repeatedly called for roots and branch change at Aston Villa and feel that the fans are a vital component of any club; in fact, they are the lifeblood. VFC would join the Trust in calling for clarification from the current board of directors as to their intentions, we understand the rules of the PLC and that any news has to be announced to the City first, but also feel that the current uncertainty and rumours are serving no one well."

He continues "We urge any potential investors not to side step the fans but to include them in securing a better future for Aston Villa and to give David O'Leary the solid foundations on which to build success. The potential at Aston Villa is huge and just waiting to be unlocked by a dynamic board and investors"

VFC have since its induction forged good relations with the media, corporate advisers, lawyers and financiers, many from large City firms, as well as achieving a great deal of support from AVFC's major customer base, the supporters. In a very short time we have proved dynamic enough to commission and publish a major report on the workings of AVFC (The Hodgson Report - Aston Villa PLC ). As well as commissioning a major grass roots fans survey on how these supporters feel as customers of AVFC (which is still being conducted by www.footballfanscensus.com).

VFC are still awaiting a date to meet the current board as proposed by the club but have readily agreed to wait until any talks are completed so the future direction of Villa is clear.


On a lighter note VFC are delighted to announce they have raised £750* to be donated to AVIDS (www.avids.co.uk). We also asked the club to match the sum raised and they have happily agreed to put aside any differences and to do so. The sum total being £1500 to an excellent charity who are delighted. Cheques will be presented at the Avids agm at Villa Park later in the year.

Another sign that VFC are a constructive not destructive force.

ENDS


Contacts:
Jonathan Fear
Navid Nazir
info@villafc.com

Notes:

*VFC raised £750 for www.avids.co.uk following our successful recent 'Testimonial Evening' for Ian Taylor and Alan Wright.

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, 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:
11th July 2003: Football Fans Census - Villa Fans Survey
26th June 2003: Second Rally - The Hodgson Report
18th June 2003: Fans Testimonial for Ian Taylor and Alan Wright
6th June 2003: Second meeting announced.
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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