Date: 18th November 2006 at 11:35am
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There has always been talk about fan representation at Villa and obviously the new guys are men of action and will do something in relation to this.

So I was wondering – and I’d love you all to take five minutes to answer this –

What is it YOU would like?
What to you would a fan rep do?
How should fan rep/s be selected?
What issues would you expect fan reps to deal with?
Should a fan rep be employed by the club or should there just be a caucus of fans to consult?

etc etc. Just basically what you think you would need to feel represented.

ALSO, the flip side, are there those that don’t think it is an issue and don’t want to see a fan rep at all?

I have mixed feelings strangely enough. I think done right it could be a very good thing, done wrong it could be a nightmare for whoever is doing it. I know some other clubs reps have had tough times, I remember Dave Woodhall talking about a Man City rep who had a nightmare.

The issues start to come when you look at who a fan rep would report to. As far as I can see he/she would need to remain on the fans ‘side’ and would need to report to the board a couple of times a year or so and maybe with other staff members far more regularly; but on what issues? Whose toes would the rep be treading on and how many issues would there be for fans? If a proper line of communication is set up at the club, then surely if you have a problem with tickets for example, you’d know who to speak to in the ticket office. If there was a problem with merchandise you’d surely take issue with the shop etc etc?

Would a fan liaison in charge of a caucus be an idea? Just how much contact and input do fans need is the question I guess. I know over the years resentments have built up with the old lot and if they had had any sense, they’d have set something up in order to try to build bridges and pacify, but now we don’t need to be pacified – time will be the only judge of what follows but we do have people reading our websites, talking to fans and taking an interest in the staff at Villa.

At the moment the whole club is still very much a mix of the ‘old brigade’ and the ‘new regime’ there is definitely dead wood at the club and you’d imagine over time there will be major changes, especially in the number of full time people employed. There are a few who are definitely there from the previous ‘jobs for the boys’ regime. So with those changes and all the issues being resolved, maybe the fans will be thinking less of the fact they’ve not been represented and more of the fact the team is better, the match day experience has been improved, the kits aren’t the tatty shitee from Hummell anymore and most importantly for me and others who have been so involved in the politics, the fans aren’t having to protest anymore.

So how much input can the fans have, how much input should the fans have and in what form should this take?

The club feels a lot fresher already and as said, with people like the General doing so much talking and more importantly listening, Randy Lerner and his guys have consulted and bothered to find out what the gripes are and already put some changes into place – and more plans to follow, what is there left to put in fan representation wise?

Issues such as badge changes (a very rare occurrence anyway), kit changes (to me crucial that the fans have a major say in this), issues on seating, stewarding etc and general issues/complaints/suggestions could all be communicated to the club via a fan rep, so there could be a good positive role.

Over to you, what do you think?


22 Replies to “What Is A Fan Rep To You?”

  • Perception rules, that’s why spin is so important. It’s vital that the club appears to be listening to the fans. I mention the word ‘appears’. If there was to be a fan representation then that representation has to be valued by Randy & Co. Therefore,

  • Although far from essential a fans repersentative is a good idea and provides a link between the terraces and the boardroom. I believe He should be elected by a vote of all season ticket holders (I’m not a season ticket holder and only make a few games du

  • Step Forward Mr Fear 🙂 I think this board already represents the fans choices quite well and Mr Fear has done an awesome job representing the majority over the years.

  • I don’t think there is any need Mr Fear your doing a grand job already with voicing fans views. and i trust randy & co, so far his action’s are speaking louder than words, probably would have been a better idea under our last toerag of a chairman.

  • To be honest I have never seen the point of a fan board member and anyone who tries to do it could be on a hiding to nothing. A director needs to understand every element of the business and take all issues into mind. A fan plucked from the crowd is going

  • Imust say ilike the idea, its something we needed in the dark days under whats his name, for someone to give a fans prospective of what we see and have to put up with can only be good. Vote Silkie.

  • agree not on the board gordonsleftboot, but to report to the board a couple of times a year so fans know whatever their messages, that they are delivered to the top? What you want on the board is top businessmen doing a top job and sometimes not being a

  • Agreed xfranc step forward mr Fear we need someone who knows how we feel, who has sat there and put up with all the whinging and moaning, and who better than a person who already has that job, and who will have the most magnificent of statues erected in t

  • silkie, I dream of needing a shampoo, it is head polish I use these days, hope the glare wasn’t too much under the lights! Had a bit of a bonus mind you, one of my table mates didn’t turn up so I ordered his turkey dinner, took a photo of it and text’d h

  • I am not at all convinced about the merits of fan representation at boardroom level. It may have one or two plus points, but I personally feel that the negatives far outweigh the positives. I have long felt that under the previous regime there was a very

  • Ther are a few different opinions, some reasonable, some not so, but all put forward by fans who want the best for the club. I think in PR terms, some fan representation would be good, although not as a member of the board. It would be an unpaid role. Fea

  • Fair play Mr Fear, it was a fantastic night only spoilt by the clown having a pop at Gary Shaw, But these men are legends and hope with the new regime they get there deserved recognition.

  • I was annoyed by some of the chaps moaning in the toilets at the end saying it was disgraceful the rest of the team of 82 weren’t there, after all, we all bought our tickets knowing who the guest speakers were. Seems all some fans can do is moan. Also t

  • I must point out I’m not touting for a job at Villa with this article! Some involved at Villa who are talking about fan representation will read it and the thread in the forum though, so it might serve some purpose. After the years of VFC and AVSA, I’m

  • I dont believe in supporter representation on the board. You could argue we have had that in Steve Stride. Hes’s a supporter isnt he.
    An official supporters club based in a new facility at Villa Park with members having regular meetings with the board to

  • What ever happens the role should not be paid. How could a fan’s rep be independant of the board if it is paid by the board? I think overall the idea has merit, but clearly the actual reality of the job could be fraught with problems. However, a fans v

  • I wouldnt wish the job on my worst enemy to be honest. Just look at the stick Fear got when VFC was running “He doesn’t speak for me” blah blah. Whoever got the job as fan rep would most probably be slated.

  • Agree about Spinky, the bloke needs to earn a wage and its only because of Herbert that hes not earning it here.

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