Dr Tony Xia is developing a certain reputation amongst Aston Villa fans with his transfer window cryptic messages and he often leaves large swathes of us utterly confused when he turns to his numbers and emojis.
With the club booking their place in the Championship Play-Off Final following victory over Middlesbrough at the semi-final stage, an eagle-eyed Villan took full advantage of the opportunity Xia presented to them at the full-time whistle on Tuesday evening at Villa Park.
Xia may not have expected to send this particular message to the fanbase, but it certainly needs no decoding!
???????? Reaction Cam: We ❤️ you @Dr_TonyXia!!!
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 16, 2018
Given his response to the final whistle being blown, a picture – well, in this case, a six-second video clip – really does paint a thousand words and Xia was far from alone in that reaction when referee Mike Dean had finished strutting his stuff on the night.
As you can imagine, such an unbridled response has only helped further the man’s standing amongst the faithful. It’s fair to say some fans had some fun with it – especially the quick exit!
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If he was anything like the rest of us after that last 5 mins I expect he needed a rapid trip to the gents
— Bozzy (@bozzystuff) May 16, 2018
Not me boss, ice in my veins. I'd convinced myself by then that we at least had extra time to come and another gear if we needed it. That and we could still be playing now and they wouldn't have scored.
— Big D ⛏️✊ (@Hot_Diggity_D) May 16, 2018
Is this or is this not this exact gif, but without Bruce pic.twitter.com/YbkUrOVL3O
— OurAVFC (@ouravfc) May 16, 2018
Big Tone on a mad one
— Josh???? (@joshgr98) May 16, 2018
This was him 1 minute before that ????????????❤ pic.twitter.com/4hpRoXrZBT
— Mark Reynolds (@themarkreynolds) May 16, 2018
Beautiful to see a chairman with passion. Love his celebration.
— Elliott_Edge (@Elliott_edge123) May 16, 2018
Love this @Dr_TonyXia so good to see an owner with passion back at the helm
— James Simmonds (@avfcsimmo83) May 16, 2018
Dr Tony is simply amazing! Brilliant to have his passion leading our drive to make Villa great again! Utv
— Gilbs Wife (@Gilbswife) May 16, 2018
He bloody loves it. Go on Tone @Dr_TonyXia
— Spencer Waller (@SJ_AV81) May 16, 2018
Gotta feeling that we can achieve some special things with chairman like him . Got luck on 26th May ,hope we win and come back to where we belong.
— George Bosski (@Bossinho28) May 16, 2018
Oi ???? you leave @Dr_TonyXia alone I bloody love that man ❤️ his reaction was amazing I loved it
— Mel Vallings (@melanietomkins) May 16, 2018
Tony running off to get on the pitch ????????
— mushi (@Mushin234) May 16, 2018
How quick did he move a the end ????
— Boo???????????????????????????? (@Boo_1982) May 16, 2018
Great reaction from our chairman but where did he go? ???? ???? #PartOfThePride
— Fortress Villa Park (@FortressPark) May 16, 2018