Angry Aston Villa fans are planning a mass walkout at the next three Villa Park matches to protest against the way the club is being run. Supporters are calling on the claret and blue faithful to leave their seats after 74 minutes in each of those fixtures to make a statement to the board.
‘Out the Door on ’74’
We are asking you, the suffering masses, to stand up and walk out of the ground on the 74th minute of the:
Whilst we do not support personal abuse of the owner, directors, manager or players, we also no longer wish to be served platitudes by Mr. Lerner, Mr. Fox, Mr. Hollis or anyone else from within the organisation that is bleeding us dry. These supporters who were here over a hundred and twenty years before them and will be here forevermore whilst security and tea ladies, ticket staff and boot boys alike face redundancy thanks to their combined abject failure. Whilst our hopes and dreams wither and die.
Why are we doing this?
We the fans, the heart of the club, have been fed a false narrative time and again over the last decade and our jaded and cynical fanbase has lost confidence in those in power with regards to their ability, or indeed their inclination to take this grand institution forward. We are disaffected, we are angry and we are not going to sit back and take this anymore.
In the interest of forcing a change of direction a group of long term and dedicated fans are developing ways to pressure the club to provide us with the so called ‘bright future’ that Randy Lerner promised and to be the true ‘custodian’ that he declared himself to be. Whether that be via a sale or a widespread change in ethos, change MUST be forthcoming.
What are we doing?
To begin we are declaring a supporter ‘walk out’ on the 74th minute v Everton (Tues 1st March) which will be followed up by a further walkout v Tottenham (Sat 12th March), and then again against Chelsea (Sat 2nd April). We are acutely aware that fans of Liverpool FC have instigated a similar movement recently with a successful outcome over ticket prices. Their board saw, they listened and ultimately they acted. In our case we believe the very future of our club is at stake so it is even more important for us to show stern solidarity. We are not atypical protestors but feel it is incumbent on us to protect the club for future generations and will therefore be considering other more creative means to reverse the apathy with the ultimate aim of a radical change in direction.
What is the objective?
Our long term objective is relatively simple; to persuade the owner and clubs directors to change course and give us a positive vision for the future. To put up or go. Though in the short to medium term it is even simpler than that…
This walkout is a show of hands, we want there to be no doubts left. We want to sweep away the apathy and openly demonstrate that we will not idly take this any longer. To show that Aston Villa and her long suffering fans are ‘Prepared’ for action even when those at board level are not. This grand old football club, this institution that we hold so dear is rotten to the core and the end of the tether has been reached, we are bubbling over.
IT’S TIME FOR THE LION TO ROAR,
IT’S TIME FOR OUT THE DOOR ON ’74
– Mike McKenna
Get up, stand up and be counted, walk out to save our club!
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