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Dave Chance answers

After my post yesterday about the worse ever Villa decision, Dave Chance posted this.

I am convinced that this is Dave.

HI I AM DAVE CHANCE
THE SONG WAS THE JOINT IDEA OF ABDUL RASHID {COMMERCIAL MANAGER} STEVE STRIDE {CLUB SECRETARY} DOUG ELLIS {CHAIRMAN} I WAS AGAINST IT BUT WAS TOLD VILLA FANS ALSO SING IT.AT AWAY GAMES.
HOWEVER I AM PLEASED TO SAY I HAVE MADE 3 VILLA SONGS SINCE THAT WHERE ACCEPTED BY THE FANS.EG DWIGHT YORKE DWIGHT YORKE. CARBONI.AND HI HO ASTON VILLA.
I CAN ASSURE ALL VILLA FANS THAT I AM A BIG VILLA FAN AND I HAVE BEEN A REGULAR AT VILLA PARK FOR 45 YEARS AND IT WAS MY WORST VILLA MEMORY TOO

No shock those three cocked up the last day of the Holte.

4 comments on “Dave Chance answers

  1. As I tweeted you, it was the cup final I’m telling you. We were singing it to wind the Mancs up.

  2. Anyone heard the new ‘Go Kart Mozart’ LP? There’s a track that namechecks Gary Shaw and the Holte End… Good old Lawrence (Felt/Denim).

  3. A lot of clubs sang the song in the sixties and seventies. If you Youtube games from the seventies you will hear Forest fans (European Cup), Man Utd fans (FA Cup semi v Derby County) to name but two, singing the song. Because Liverpool were winning an awful lot back then, they were often shown on TV singing it and they steadily built up a famous association with it.

    By the eighties and nineties the song had become totally synonymous with L’pool – Hillsborough may have had something to do with that – to the point that other clubs’ fans stopped singing it. It was now a 100% redscouse anthem and to sing it would not have made any sense.

    It doesn’t surprise me to hear that the men running Villa were so out of touch with the culture of the game that they were oblivious to this type of development.

    I agree, the Villa fans sung it to wind up the Man Utd fans at Wembley in 94, but I remember thinking at the time that it was a bit small time on our part to do it…why bring up Man Utd’s rivalry with Liverpool in a game featuring the mighty Villa? Especially in front of a nationwide audience! The moment should have been all about Villa and our own songs and club culture, not those two over-rated media clubs.

    Thankfully, I think the Villa fan base is a bit sharper about such things these days.

  4. I can remember it being sung at VP during the 70s and at least the early 80s, can’t remember it much after then. I was up the Witton End on day in Dec 1976 when early in the game both fans were singing it with gusto… mind you by half time the Scousers weren’t singing anything – may have had something to do with the 5-1 scoreline…

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