Breaking: Fans to share in £1bn fund

From FSF website: Following the ShareTVWealth demonstration today, the Premier League have announced increased funding for grassroots facilities, solidarity payments to lower leagues, sporting and educational initiatives, and support of disadvantaged groups. Significantly, there is also a new commitment to funding work in relation to the match-day experience and fan engagement. The Premier League will also become a Living Wage employer and that its clubs will be required to do likewise. Living Wages were recently discussed with Tom Fox at the AVST AGM.  This is great news for…

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Sign #ShareTVWealth petition today!

Fans from across the country put different allegiances to one side today and attended the protest outside a London hotel where the Premier League clubs were having a meeting. You can now play your part by signing the FSF petition. Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust was one of the signatories on the FSF letters today handed over to the chiefs of the 20 Premier League clubs. We are supporting this campaign, alongside our fellow Premier League trusts, in supporting a fairer deal for all fans in…

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FSF March Premier League Office

#ShareTVWealth protest: 26th March (London)

The #ShareTVWealth demonstration, organised by the FSF, will be taking place at the Premier League shareholders meeting on 26th March.  This will be taking place at the Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel, and the demonstration will begin at midday.  The purpose of the protest is  to  call for more affordable tickets and better distribution of football’s wealth throughout the football pyramid and grassroots Football fans from a wide range of clubs will be attending and we encourage as many Villa fans as possible to attend.  Last year, Brigada 1874 and David…

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RIP Jack Watts

It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Jack Watts, Aston Villa’s longest serving  employee. Jack was 96 and had been a Villa supporter for 93 years, and was a Dunkirk veteran. He will be known to many as a tour guide at Villa Park and his devotion to our Club never wavered, and he was great company. At this very sad time we send our condolences to his wife Edna and their family. 

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Ian Taylor

Holte End legend becomes patron!

The AVST board are working hard to increase the profile and membership of the Trust. You will have seen two new patrons recently sign up and now we can bring you news of a third. If you ask many Villa supporters to name modern day legends then the name Ian Taylor invariably crops up. The boyhood fan who came into the professional game late and got to live out his dreams by representing the club he supports. Who scored a goal in a Wembley cup…

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Optimistic ahead of Sunderland game?

Well, what a week it has been!  We hope you still have a smile on your face after the back to back wins. So what next?  A trip to the Stadium of Light.  In the run up to this game, we’ve been requested to provide our view to a few Sunderland websites.  Here are some comments from a couple of AVST directors. SalutSunderland SportsByte Are you confident?!

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Comment on post FA cup media coverage

So much has been written and spoken since last Saturday’s events that it is appropriate  to try and put the whole matter into perspective  and call for an end to the vitriolic commentary  in some of the local media.  We do not condone the pitch invasions, they are against the law,but in the circumstances there are mitigating factors and above all there was no malice involved but a tremendous level of relief at winning the game. The conduct of some Albion fans was reprehensible and…

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FA Cup: Fans to make a difference

In the build up to the big game tomorrow against Albion,  fans are getting ready to be the 12th man.  The club will be issuing 10,000 balloons tomorrow, but please take your own Claret & Blue colours to make a tremendous atmosphere.  Bring your scarves, flags, balloons, streamers, inflatables – it is a fans’ party tomorrow! A couple of media items for you to get you in the mood.  Our Marketing Director Howard Hodgson with Jonny Gould, our new Patron, have produced an Albion sandwich…

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Welcome to 2 new #AVST Patrons

We are pleased to announce 2 new patrons:  Shaun Teale and Jonny Gould. Shaun Teale who joined Aston Villa in 2001 formed a magnificent partnership with Paul McGrath and was notably part of the League Cup winning team in 1994. On becoming a patron, Shaun said “As a former player and die hard supporter, I feel your joy and your despair. We didn’t decide, we were chosen”. Jonny Gould is an English radio and TV presenter who broadcasts on Sky News on Sunrise and previously as a…

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