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 - 3rd December 2003.ELLIS IN BLUNDERLAND


3,000 people (police estimate) attended a successful march on Saturday before the Southampton game to protest against the continued dictatorial chairmanship of Mr Ellis. Thousands of banners were also held up before kick off sending Mr Ellis a clear message that the fans think it is time for him to go; but as promised the Villa fans backed the team 100% throughout the game.

Banners/slogans included 'Welcome to Hellis' 'Ellis in Blunderland' 'Live Villa, Love Villa, Loathe Ellis', 'Vandal of the Trinity', 'Witton Lane Stand says Ellis Out' and 'Ellis, like Ansell, we are bitter men'.

In an initiative partly aimed at profile raising for the campaign, VFC gave out over 20,000 leaflets explaining the reason for our formation and our aims. The vast majority of these leaflets were warmly accepted by fans clearly eager for regime change.

VFC consider that Saturdays protest marks the start of a concerted campaign to encourage investors to come forward or for Mr Ellis to actively seek out new investors for Aston Villa on his own initiative.

As he approaches the age of 80 (January) it is time for Mr Ellis to pass the custodianship of the club to a dynamic board possessing the requisite skill, expertise and finance to reverse the cycle of under achievement and stop the rot.

In addition to the 3,000 fans actively voicing their discontent with Mr Ellis, it should be noted that at a time of continuing high attendances in the Premier League, Villa Park was once again over 10,000 people down on capacity. Many of these missing fans are known to have given up on Aston Villa after successive seasons of (at best) mediocrity. Of all the statements, the empty stands are arguably the most damning indictment of Mr Ellis' regime.

VFC would also like to confirm they are in receipt of two letters from Mr O'Leary and Mr O'Leary's secretary confirming receipt of our assurances of 100% support to the team and the manager.



ENDS


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Reaction from first meeting:
Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.
Previous Press Releases:
25th November 2003: Ellis, we're coming
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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