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 - 5th May 2004.Rejuvenation of Shareholders Association


After over a decade of dedicated work on the Aston Villa Shareholders Association, Mr Buck Chinn has stood down as Chairman of The Association in order to hand over the torch to a younger group of individuals to take the re-energised Association forward. Mr Chinn said "at the age of 72 I decided it was time to move aside for a younger generation, I can now only hope that Mr Ellis follows my example and steps down from the Board of Aston Villa and allows the club to move forward in the direction our manager is calling for, with clear long term planning and adequate funding".

Several key members of pressure group Villa Fans Combined (VFC) have been voted onto the committee after the Shareholders Association members voted unanimously to support the aims of VFC in bringing about roots and branch change at Aston Villa. Dennis Mortimer accepted the invitation to become Patron of the Association. (See Appendix 1 for new committee).

Jonathan Fear, the new chairman, said, "We should like to pay tribute to Buck Chinn for his steadfastness and commitment to the cause of small shareholders and season ticket holders. He has fought long and hard for the rights of ordinary fans and I am sure that they will join us in our thanks to him for all his work. The intention now is to re-energise the Shareholders Association and increase its membership to allow both shareholders and non-shareholders a greater say in what happens at our club. Associate members (non shareholders) can now join, with their annual fees (7.00 full, 5.00 concessionary) going towards buying shares in Aston Villa. It is also a fantastic opportunity for individual shareholders to have a single organisation in which to express their views and have a say in the future of the club."

A website is available at www.sharevilla.co.uk for further information and application forms.


ENDS


Contacts:
enquiries@sharevilla.co.uk


Appendix 1

Patron, Dennis Mortimer.

The new committee consists of:

Jonathan Fear, Chairman.
Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Vice Chairman.
Nigel Ashford, Secretary.
David Carson, Treasurer.
Navid Nazir, Entertainments Secretary.
Rob Dore, Committee Member.
John Holder, Committee Member.


In order to ensure continuity and as a sign of respect, Buck Chinn was voted life President, and two long standing members of the committee, Rob Dore and John Holder, remained in place.

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