Category Archives: AVST News

FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS GROUP MEETING

The Trust and other supporter groups met with club officials earlier this week. Though this was an “operational meeting” we thought it was pertinent that the issue of the club’s finances was raised after the release of the annual accounts. We also requested reassurance from the club to their commitment to maintaining this forum in a more structured manner and for continued open dialogue. Here are the matters that were discussed and details of the attendees. Fan Representatives Daniel Rolinson, Villa View; Anne-Marie Fern, Heroes &…

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AVST AGM PODCAST

The Howard Hodgson & Jonny Gould AVST Podcast, broadcast from the Holte Suite directly after the AVST AGM on Wednesday. Featuring interviews with special guests – Villa legends Brian Little & Ian Taylor as we gauge the reaction to new CEO Christian Purslow’s earlier Q & A with members.  

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CHRISTIAN PURSLOW Q&A

We were delighted to have Christian Purslow as one of our special guests for a Q&A session at our AGM on Wednesday 16th January. Here’s an overview of what he had to say when quizzed by Trust members. Q1. Can supporters be auto-enrolled as members of the Trust as part of the season ticket renewal process? A. CP was not averse to the idea and would consider the matter. However, he was not in favour of imposing membership on all supporters and also the club needs…

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AVST AGM

At the annual general meeting held on 16 January 2019, at Villa Park, Birmingham all the resolutions were duly passed.  This included a combination of ordinary and special resolutions as detailed below in the minutes. Thank you again to all those members who either attended in person or submitted their preferences in advance of the meeting. MINUTES Peter Warrilow as Chairman of the Trust welcomed the members to the AGM. He then asked the directors to introduce themselves to the members, outlining their responsibilities. The…

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AVST AGM

We look forward to welcoming you at AVST’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), at Villa Park on Wednesday 16th January. The meeting will be held in The Holte Suite. Doors will open from 6:45 pm with proceedings commencing at 7 pm. We are also pleased to announce that Christian Purslow will be in attendance for a Q&A, post-formal proceedings along with Villa legend Brian Little and other guests TBC. A reminder, that access to the AGM is for paid members. To guarantee a place join the…

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RULE CHANGES

The current rules under which Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust operates were adopted on its formation in 2001. The Trust’s directors have given thought to those rules; after much discussion, and to bring the rules in line with current practice are recommending that we adopt a model set of rules used by many Supporters Trusts of a similar size. Those rules are sponsored by Supporters Direct and approved by The Financial Conduct Authority. In short, the rules set out the constitution of the Trust and cover,…

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FANS CONSULTATION GROUP – OPERATIONAL MATTERS

Following on from the last FCG meeting, the Trust with other supporter groups met with the club again, this time to discuss operational issues with the respective department heads. Here is a summary of the matters that were discussed on 6th December. Fan Representatives Jonathan Fear            Vital Villa John Gillett                  Lions Clubs Karl Bowater              Aston Villa Supporters Trust Kris Carr                       …

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FANS MEETING WITH NEW CEO CHRISTIAN PURSLOW

AVST attended a meeting of the Fans’ Consultation Group on Tuesday 13th November. It was our first opportunity to meet new CEO Christian Purslow and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Paul Tyrrell. The FCG will be meeting the club again next month to discuss some of the operational issues with the respective department heads. Here is a summary of the matters that were discussed from our meeting a couple of weeks ago. If you have any questions that you would like to be addressed at the next meeting or…

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SIR DOUG ELLIS 1924 – 2018

On behalf of our members, we are sad to read of Sir Doug’s death. Fully committed to Aston Villa until the last and also a generous contributor to the  Trust he will be missed by all who came into contact with him. Whilst at times a divisive figure he was a great custodian of our Club. Our condolences to his family and friends.

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Managerial Search (part 257)

So it is goodbye Bruce and hello to whoever is the replacement.

We make a point at the Trust of not overstepping our boundaries on what happens on the pitch. We might have a view on how the football side is going. Though primarily we are here to represent supporters on a variety of issues such as ticket pricing, safe standing etc…. We also work in the community by supporting grassroots football. It isn’t for us to demand the manager’s head on a pike outside the ground on a match day.

It is worth comment though re Bruce. He came, made us defensively tighter initially and left us pretty much where we started and a fair few quid worse off.

Some members have been sharpening that pike I mentioned before for a long time and others would still give him more time to resolve things. Such is life.

We won’t comment on who the club might bring in next at this point. But all we will say is that more of the same won’t be tolerated. We need an appointment that shows some ambition, both to get promoted but also to keep us up, should we be successful in that. Something enjoyable to watch would be a start.

I guess our message is to thank him for stopping the rot but agree that maybe someone else needs a shot if we are to achieve promotion. Onwards and upwards.