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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It’s not over until the final whistle, despite FIFA President against PL proposal

In an interview with the BBC, Sepp Blatter (FIFA President) has rejected the PL Gam£39 proposal, declaring it as “abuse” of association football impacting its that may impact the integrity of matches and competitions.  In addition, the FIFA President hinted that it may impact the decision of choosing England for the 2018 World Cup bid.  The full BBC article on the interview can be found here. The Football Supporters’ Federation has vowed to step up its NO TO GAM£ 39 -A MATCH TOO FAR! Campaign following FIFA…

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Downing Street Petition

Petition up on Downing Street website is open (despite end date of 11th Feb): http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/EPLabroad/ Wording is: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Urge the Premier League to abandon plans to play Premiership games overseas purely as a effort to raise more money. Not the best wording (integrity of League system = 2 matches?) although additional wording does go into this; but this is still worth supporting in addition to FSF petition which now stands at 10,000 signatures.

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No to Gam£ 39 – Regional Meetings

The Football Supporters Federation is in the process of arranging a series of NO TO GAM£ 39 regional action meetings. Fans of all clubs are invited to congregate to discuss what action we can take against the Premier League’s potentially lucrative but preposterous proposals to play competitive domestic matches in far flung corners of foreign fields. In the days since the news broke the FSF has been inundated with supporters demanding we take a stand. Everything from match boycotts, where fans of Premiership teams would…

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