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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PL Trusts against Game 39

“I beg to tender the following suggestion … that ten or twelve of the most prominent clubs in England combine to arrange home-and-away fixtures each season” (William McGregor) When William McGregor wrote to fellow Clubs to propose the establishment of a Football League, he did so based on a fair and equitable system in which both teams would play each other twice – one at home and one away.  The Premier League proposal to play an additional game on a “lottery” basis for additional League points falls foul of…

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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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