Supporters Trust attempts to mediate between Club and Brigada 1874

Both members and other supporters will be aware of the impasse between the Club and Brigada 1874. We have attempted to see whether a compromise could be achieved. That has not been possible. However, Aston Villa FC have issued the following statement setting out their position and the attempts that they have made to reach a solution acceptable to ALL parties including those supporters who sit in the adjacent areas. AVFC STATEMENT The club has been approached by the Supporters Trust to clarify the actions taken…

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George Ramsay’s grave has now been refurbished and there will be a short service of rededication on Monday 23rd November at 11.30am. The service will be conducted by Father Bob Stephen, assisted by The Rev Ken Baker, Chaplain to Aston Villa Football Club. The Church, which is well worth a visit, will be open prior to the service which will take place at the graveside. George Ramsay had a tremendous influence on the early development of Aston Villa FC and we hope that as many…

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Welcome to Aston Villa Rémi Garde

The AVST welcomes the news that our search for a new manager has been concluded with the appointment of Rémi Garde.  Whilst all managerial appointments are a gamble of sorts, this appointment looks forward thinking and his previous work fits well with the make-up of our current playing squad. After the events of recent weeks, it is now vital that everyone starts to pull in the same direction in order that we can quickly remedy our alarming position in the league table.  We trust that…

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AVST working with Club and Brigada 1874 to find solution

Following the plight of our affiliate, Brigada 1874, being highlighted by the Villa Trust in our recent post, we recognise supporters should be allowed to exercise their full support for the team, and how important this is now in view of the current predicament we find ourselves in.  However, we understand this must also be done in accordance with the ground regulations and due consideration for other supporters. At a recent Trust board meeting, Brigada 1874 members discussed the situation and are aware of the above…

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The Wider Issue of AVST Affiliate’s ‘Fight Like Lions’ Banner

Affiliate View During the last home game against Swansea City, the Aston Villa supporter group and AVST affiliate, Brigada 1874 took down their ‘Fight Like Lions’ banner from the Holte End in protest at their treatment by the club. While supporters stand for the entire 90 minutes in other areas of the ground, they receive constant harassment from stewards for wanting to do no different on what should be the vibrant kop end of Villa Park. The AVST feels this situation could have been solved if…

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The AVST welcomes the news that the Aston Villa board have made a decisive call in ending Tim Sherwood’s time as manager. The intense speculation in recent weeks, and the leaks coming from within, did nothing but turn the club into a figure of media fun. We would like to thank Tim for his efforts last season. He was just what was needed short term to shake us from our malaise under Paul Lambert and gave us some memorable occasions in the FA Cup. We…

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AVST demand infighting to stop

The AVST feels it is important to comment on some of the recent goings on at Villa Park. A dreadful start to the season sees us yet again faced with a relegation battle and the club starting to be cut adrift in the relegation places. Regardless of our individual views on who should be held accountable for the position we find ourselves in, the AVST wishes to remind those involved at all levels of the club that their first duty is to our loyal supporters.…

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Campaign on Living Wage

The Premier League’s voluntary Living Wage agreement comes into effect at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Each club from this point on will pay all permanent staff at least a Living Wage. Given that each club outsources many of its low paid jobs (especially match day staff) to external contractors, however, its impact might be limited. The objective of the Living Wage campaign is to persuade Premier League clubs to extend the Living Wage agreement by the beginning of next season to all staff…

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New affiliates join AVST: Brigada and Claret & Blue Army

AVST are pleased to announce Brigada 1874 and the Claret & Blue Army Fan Forum have joined us as affiliates. Brigada 1874 are an ultra group who follow Aston Villa with the aim of offering unconditional support for the team and bringing colour and noise back to the Holte End. They believe that fan culture can only be cultivated at a grass roots level and that the excesses of modern football have marginalised many fans from the game. We look forward to working with Brigada on supporter issues like Safe Standing…

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Twentys Plenty: fan protest at 2.15pm Holte End

This weekend supporters across the country are uniting in their support for the national FSF campaign to reduce ticket pricing to a fair value including £20 for away fan supporters. Aston Villa and Stoke City fans will meet outside the Holte End at 2.15pm tomorrow (Saturday 2nd October) in a show of solidarity to back this campaign. We call upon AVST members and Villa & Stoke fans to join us for the protest and show of support photo. For some time now, AVST has been…

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