Date: 5th September 2006 at 3:29pm
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Rename the Doug Ellis Stand?

I have had a change of heart on a much debated subject I would like to share with you.

A short while ago HDE was the owner of our great club and was seen by many including me as the real reason behind a torturous period in our history where we seemed to be slowly slipping under with no way back.

We have put up with our best players moving on to mediocre clubs, bad managers paying fortunes for rubbish and lies from the top about massive transfer budgets that never materialised. But we stayed there, each week cheering whatever was put out onto the field.

At this time it seemed like having his name on his own stand was like having someone slap you in the face and then graffiti their name on your house – it took the mickey.

Events of late have lightened my mood somewhat and now I am confident we have the right owner and manager to end the torture and allow us to compete on a level equal to our stature in terms of size and history.

I think the Doug Ellis stand should keep its name as a reminder to all the real Villa fans of what we have been through as a group of supporters. It should stand there as testament to our commitment to support our club.

The Villa fans of the future should be able to see the Doug Ellis stand so they can ask who he was and learn about our history and hopefully appreciate how good they will have it.

I think it should also be there as we can use it as an incentive for the club. i.e. we will give it the name of the captain who next wins the league/cup.

I know most people hate Doug but in time to come we may look back and wish we’d have kept our history.

Poll suggested and put up: Do we rename the Doug Ellis Stand

Yes name it anything
No I liked Doug
No keep for history
Yes but only for sponsorship
Yes but only to Villa Player Name
Yes back to Witton Lane Stand

Article By TylerVilla

We did a poll on this last month: The results were A massive 61% said back to the Witton Lane Stand. 16% said the Ron Saunders Stand, 11% voted for the William McGregor Stand, An amazing 7% voted to keep the Doug Ellis Stand and only 4% said the Tony Barton Stand. Just 1% went for the ‘I can’t stand up for falling down’ Elvis Costello option!!!!

So have you changed your view? I must admit I’ve not, just because he is about to go doesn’t change what has happened, the stand should never have been renamed by him or his cronies and it will remain a disgrace until the day it is changed back or re-named. I remember when we put it as a resolution at the AV agm. One of the directors, Hales I think, scoffed and said they couldn’t be up and down the ladders changing the name each week, saying they’d more important things to do. Well, I never heard even ONE Villa fan ask them to re-name it in the first place! JF.


29 Replies to “Doug Ellis Stand Should Remain?”

  • Just remanme it. I really don’t care what, but I just want all memories and references to Doug Ell*s banished as soon as possible!

  • I agree we should have kept our history. That’s why it should have never been renamed the Doug Ellis stand

  • Hear, hear Deano. I think as well renaming the stand will send the right message to Ell*s. Ie. “P*ss off and don’t come back.”

  • I have said before knock it down, ghosts of days gone are bad news. Something twice as big, named the Randy end sounds good to me.

  • A stand should be named something in Honour of somthing like the Saunders stand etc. Why dont we rename a toilet (as it what we did while was in charge) HDE powder room etc. That way Ellis will still have his name on something.

  • I still call it the Witton Lane Stand even now, so I would be happy for this to go back – Alternatively, if we are going to stick with a name, then it has to be Ron Saunders.

  • If Ellis had made any sort of significant contribution to the development of Aston Villa then I would say leave the stand named after him.
    But he has not. All he had done is drag down a great club. A portaloo in a corner is all Ellis deserves to have

  • He got his lad to build it and had the pride to name it after himself. That’s sickening in itself. Unless Stride said, ‘I’ve got a good idea master’. Anything please. What about ‘the stand of Fear’. No other fans would know why but it would scare the

  • I would keep it, to be honest. But just like when Doug Ellis owned the club, it`s down to Randy Lerner what he decides to do.

  • Rename it, the sooner the better..have those of you who think we shouldn’t all gone mad????? ALL traces of HDE should be removed from OUR club the second he walks out that door for the last time.

    Goodbye and good ridance to him!!

  • Tyler, you’re not on your own, I agree with you. Doug did put time, effort and a bit of money into Villa. Yes, we only achieved things when he wasn’t in charge, but it’s thanks to him that Randy takes over a club that isn’t millions in debt. And in this d

  • ‘Put a bit of money into the club’ sak0101? Are you serious? When? Rename the stand, it must revert back to being called The Witton Lane Stand. Leaving the old boy’s name on it is wrong, a slap in the face to all, a constant reminder of a man who totally

  • Simple really. Name it whatever earns the most money from a long-term stadium sponsorship deal. In the meantime just remove the name Doug Ellis from it and call the original name ir the Witton Lane Stand. If anyone wants to honour Doug Ellis I suggest yo

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