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So The Home Campaign Begins

And so it begins at Villa Park tomorrow! The first two fixtures have offered cause for optimism, and banging your head on the coffee table, in equal measure. Welcome aboard to James Chester who should form part of the best central pair in the league defensively. Still much to be done on transfers as we see it. We need a core in the first team not tainted by failures of seasons past. We really hope the last few weeks of the transfer window are productive.…

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Sale and New Board

The AVST are pleased that the sale of the club to Tony Xia has now been ratified. We have said many times that there is much to be done at Villa Park this summer so let the changes begin. He has certainly spoken well of his plans for Villa and all of us aiming for the same stars would be welcome given the lowering of expectations we should have of our great club that has taken place in recent years. We do sound a word…

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New Manager

AVST is pleased at the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo. He has a good pedigree and has taken another just relegated team up at the first time of asking as part of that. We wish every success. We are delighted to see that Steve Clarke will be his Assistant Manager. A highly regarded coach, with recent knowledge of the Championship, we are sure he will be an important voice in the dressing room and at Bodymoor Heath. Welcome aboard both. You have a lot to…

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Aston Villa Sale

You might be wondering why we haven’t yet commented on this weeks news that Tony Xia is the new owner of the club. Given that we have been very critical of the previous owner, why haven’t we been jumping for joy at the end of the Lerner era? In truth, it is because we are not sure what to make of it. It was plain for all to see that Randy Lerner had to sell up. Another disastrous campaign has ended in timid relegation and…

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AVST Statement – Removal of Banners

When AVST met with Aston Villa officials two weeks ago, we discussed a number of things in great length.  We can only apologise if the length of the write up we put out on the website was not substantive enough for some, however, the meeting lasted almost three hours and therefore we felt it was best to abbreviate what was discussed, rather than give a word for word account. One of the key objectives we were keen to discuss with the club though was the…

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AVST & Tom Fox Meeting

The Supporters Trust have been receiving a lot of communication from our members since the lack of action in the January transfer window.  After a brief respite in January, the performances on the pitch have again nosedived into the dismal and we find ourselves waiting for the trapdoor to open beneath us. With that as a backdrop, it is no surprise that our supporters are angry and made their feelings known with a walkout protest at the Everton game.  The view of the AVST board…

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Urgent News Re AGM

Steve Hollis, the new Chairman of Aston Villa Football Club, has expressed his desire to attend our AGM on Thursday.  The AVST Executive Board felt that we wanted to accept his request but this will require a small change to our intended running order.  Other engagements mean that Steve will need to depart at 8.00pm. To obtain maximum benefit from Steve’s time, we ask that we have a prompt start to the AGM at 7.00pm.  Steve and Tom Fox will join us at 7.15pm, and Tom will be…

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AVST Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for our paid membership base will be held on 21st January 2016 at Villa Park from 7.00pm. In addition, Tom Fox will be in attendance for a Q&A session from 8pm. We’d love to see as many of you as possible there on the evening. It will be an opportunity to have a frank exchange of opinions with Tom but if you’re unable to attend you still have the opportunity to express your views. We are collating a number of your…

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Meeting with Tom Fox – 13/12/15

On Sunday December 13th, representatives of AVST were amongst a selection of supporters invited to meet Villa’s CEO, Tom Fox, at Villa Park.  Tom had asked that the meeting be convened in order that he could put the record straight in respect of articles that have appeared in the press over the last few months. In particular, he was keen to explain how our approach to transfers works and to give his side of how the fabled “Transfer Committee” actually operates.  As the meeting took…

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GEORGE RAMSAY’S GRAVE– ST MARY’S HANDSWORTH

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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