Yesterday we saw stewards try and remove a banner and that prompted Andrew to write this.
There is nothing in terms of entry that do not allow protest banners from what I can see. we have seen some very famous ones in the past, the ‘FICKLE’ one stands out. As long as the banner is not abusive it should be allowed, Andrew thinks this.
I believe every villa fan has a statoury right as a paying fan to air their views. Like any business, if you are unhappy with the treatment of you as a customer, you complain, it goes through a complaints department and a result is made.
At Aston Villa I don’t see this system in place, if you are happy or not, you have no place to air your thoughts. No person is interested in your views and they don’t seem to care how your day was at Villa Park. Now in my eyes this is not a good business, the customers are you main income, no club can last without them. I could continue to write and write about businesses and how they work (business studies helps a lot).
I’ll basically get down to what I’d like to say, I’ve recently been reading that fans are being forced to remove any banners aimed at the manager or the chairman, and any posters ect. I have even heard that stewards pushed aside little children in order to forceable stop one banner being put up. The club are desperate to stop the negative views at villa park being posted out for all to see.
Now as paying customers, you have every right to air your opinion, and since there is no “real” complaints department set up for all of us to complain, there seems to be no option but for us to use banners.
I encourage all villa fans to put banners up, any fan sitting on the first row of a tier, please post your views, whether it be made professionally or with a bed sheet and some spray paint.
The stewards have no power and cannot use any force to remove you or forcible take down your banner, that is the police’s job, which in upper stands, can take a while for them to arrive, in which time you can happily then remove the banner once they arrive.
Either way, do not, I repeat, do not allow these buffoons to ruin our club, take to the terraces and really show them what a great club we are, show them why the villa fans are known as some of the loyalist in the work. We are not fickle by not wanting mcleish, we are acting on his proven track record, and have every Right to do so.
So please for the sake of our club, do the right thing.