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 - 25th November 2003.MARCH OF THE DAY

Villa Fans Combined would like to remind all fans of Aston Villa that a march to protest against the dictatorial reign of Mr Ellis has been organised.

2pm, Aston Church, Trinity Road, November 29th. We encourage anyone who wants to try to bring about change to attend, each and every person attending makes the message that bit louder. Feel free to bring your own banners.

VFC will be giving out 40,000 leaflets and over 2000 posters to hold up during the game.

Graham Taylor stated this week 'I was manager of a club who were run by the chairman/chief executive, Doug Ellis, for Doug Ellis and on behalf of Doug Ellis'.

We now call on the board of directors to stand down, as they have not been able to influence Mr Ellis and his corner shop approach to running Villa. The club deserves to be run like a superstore. We respectfully ask Mr Stride; an undoubted Villa fan, to follow Mark Ansell and leave Mr Ellis standing alone. It is time for everyone to unite to remove Mr Ellis from power.

The fans are not fooled by the appointment of a firm of headhunters to find a new Chief Executive; we will only be appeased when Mr Ellis hires a merchant bank to actively seek out buyers to bring in new finance and a more dynamic board.

VFC categorically re-state our 100% support to the team and manager.


Jonathan Fear
Navid Nazir


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Reaction from first meeting:
Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.
Previous Press Releases:
20th November 2003: Situation Vacant
11th November 2003: Time for Action
27th October 2003: The Decline Deepens
9th September 2003: When VFC met Doug
9th August 2003: Open Season
1st August 2003: Annual Results - Hang Your Heads In Shame!!!
27th July 2003: Sell, Sell, Bye Bye - Is there a takeover in the wings?
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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