Category Archives: AVST News

Villa’s Football League Centenary flag (1988) on EBay

The Supporters Trust has for sale on Ebay an item where the proceeds will be put towards the statue of William McGregor which is due to unveiled at Villa Park this Saturday. To access EBay page, click here. This was the flag carried by Allan Evans, as Villa’s representative at Preston Cathedral in 1988 with representatives of the other 11 founder members of the Football League. It has been donated by the Football League and there is a letter to this effect which is included in…

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McGregor Statue to be unveiled by Lord Mawhinney

Lord Mawhinney, Chairman of the Football League, is to unveil the William McGregor statue at Villa Park this forthcoming Saturday prior to the home game against Spurs.  The ceremony is due to commence at 4pm outside the Directors entrance, Trinity Road stand.  William McGregor was a Director of Aston Villa Football Club and moreover is credited with being the brainchild behind the formation of The Football League. The Club and Supporters’ Trust have been committed to honouring his massive contribution to English and World Football…

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Parliamentary Group Calls for Supporter Representation

Supporters Direct, the organisation representing over 150 supporters’ trusts in the UK, welcomed a series of recommendations (on 21st April) from the Parliamentary All Party Football Group (APFG) calling for greater and more formal supporter representation at football clubs, using the already successful model of supporters’ trusts – a model already seen widely in the top four divisions. The report calls for the introduction of supporter representatives on the board of every club, and that this representative will be elected and sit on a Supporters’…

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Paul Birch Trust fundraising collection

Villa and West Brom may be big rivals on the pitch but former players of both clubs are joining forces on Saturday to raise money for the Paul Birch Trust. Members of both former players’ associations have volunteered to help with collections all around Villa Park for our former midfielder, who is battling cancer. Among the ex-Villa men with collection tins will be Charlie Aitken, Gordon Cowans, Des Bremner, Kenny Swain and Garry Thompson who, of course, also played for the Baggies. In all, 19…

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Thank you to Neil Heitzman

It is with regret that we have to announce that after many years of service for the Trust as the Press Officer, Neil will be resigning his post after making a life changing decision to relocate abroad. Neil has been a key director in liaising with the media, none more so than during the Randy Lerner takeover where the phone was constantly ringing. The Trust Executive thank Neil for his service and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future. If…

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Update AGM: Venue Change

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of the Trust’s control, we have to announce a change in venue for the Trust AGM on 8th May. The Holte Pub will now be closed on 8th May, so the venue has been changed to the Doug Ellis Box 9. Access will be gained via Villa Park Reception in the North Stand Car Park. Notices will be put on the Holte Pub doors just in case to re-direct members. After the formalities of the AGM we will relocate to…

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Trust AGM date annoucement

The Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be on the 8th May at 1930 in the Drawing Room at The Holte Pub.  If you have not been,  this is a good opportunity to see the refurb’d venue. The formal notice will be issued shortly to Trust members.  Non-members can attend the AGM if they notify the Company Secretary in advance at [email protected]

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Volunteers Required: Bolton Game

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust will be holding a collection prior to the home game against Bolton Wanderers to raise monies for the William McGregor Statue project to commemorate the founder of the Football League. If you can offer a helping hand, please contact the Trust on [email protected], leave a voice message on 07958 422815, or write to us at 2 Coton Road, DE12 8NL. Please don’t forget to donate to the project by either sending a cheque payable to the Aston Villa Supporters Trust to 2 Coton…

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The Big Debate: Villa Park Atmosphere

Radio 5 Live have recently asked what has happened to the atmosphere at Premiership grounds! In the Mirror, the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) column looked at the ‘Sit, down, shut up and empty your wallets’ approach. So, with the proclamation from the Holte that we are the 12th man, do you think Villa Park has a great atmosphere or needs improvement? Have your say by logging into the forum and discussing your views here. Your Club-Your Voice.

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Welcome to the new site

villatrust.org.uk website is currently being rebuilt following an attack on the old Postnuke site. This site is in work in progress! If you wish to make a donation to the William McGregor, please send a cheque to AVST, 2 Coton Rd, DE12 8NL with your name and address, or alternatively, click on the Paypal Donate button on the left to make a donation by Credit Card. Many thanks for visiting our site.

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