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 - 18th May 2004.The year of the has been


Villa Fans Combined (VFC) and the AV Shareholders Association would like to express their thanks to both the manager and the team for the fantastic effort they have put in this season. It is clear that David O'Leary has worked miracles in order to not only ensure Premiership safety but to finish just one place away from European football. It is important to note that this was done whilst releasing fourteen players and having severely restricted transfer funds.

Villa has been turned into a 'nearly' club (see appendix) as Mr Ellis has proven to be incapable of taking the golden opportunities to move the club forward despite his often-repeated aims of Champions League football. It is clear that no manager will be able to meet that requirement under the constraints he places. It is now time for the board of Aston Villa, particularly the major shareholder Mr Ellis who is 80 and has failing health, to actively seek new investors.

If the manager isn't given full backing and potential investors are continually re-buffed in their approaches, the protests and dissatisfaction amongst fans and shareholders will grow. The foundations have been laid but to complete the job Mr Ellis has got to do what is right for the club and go.


Appendix:



Aston Villa's position and points for the last decade, proving despite two severely poor seasons Villa are 'nearly' there each season but Mr Ellis fails to take the next step. Over this time Brian Little, John Gregory, Graham Taylor and now David O'Leary have all been set the same unrealistic targets.

2003-20046th56
2002-200316th45
2001-20028th50
2000-20018th54
1999-20006th58
1998-19996th55
1997-19987th57
1996-19975th61
1995-19964th63
1994-199518th48


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Reaction from the first VFC meeting:
Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.

Shareholders Association Press Releases:
10th May 2004: Doug in disrepute
5th May 2004: Shareholders Association Appointments

Previous VFC Press Releases:
6th April 2004: Nice to see you Bruce?
25th March 2004: Doug Rejects Salvation as Opportunity Knocks
16th February 2004: Doug Running Scared
30th January 2004: Money to burn???
9th January 2004: Birthday Wishes
3rd December 2003: Ellis In Blunderland
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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