With Aston Villa successfully returning to the Premier League via the Championship Play-Off route in 2018/19, hopes and anticipation are clearly high at the club as we return to where we belong but we’ve definitely seen the impact of that on the summer transfer window rumour mill.
With head coach Dean Smith already adding a few new faces to the group in the shape of Anwar El Ghazi, Jota, Kortney Hause and Wesley they surely won’t be the only arrivals at the club and there’s also a certain Tyrone Mings to consider as well.
With silly season in full flow, the news feeds are full of wild transfer speculation and it’s not a good time of year for real news that can actually be believed and relied upon, but with plenty of fans having a keen interest in how their fellow supporters ended up following the Claret and Blue, the summer is a good time to take in those stories and share your own (if you want).
Unofficially from birth, as my Dad wouldn’t have had it any other way. Officially I think I was about 6 when I fully bought into it. I remember owning a pair of Everton shin pads as a 5 year old (my two best mates were older and Everton fans…in Birmingham) and they mysteriously disappeared.
As long ago as I can remember. My Father taught myself and my sister to love the Villa as soon as he could lol. First match I remember was a night match v West Ham. 7th Feb 1966, we lost 2 -1. I was 9. Bobby Moore, Hurst and Peters all played for them IIRC.
Old Trinity Villan
Basically from birth, I had no choice. My first game was apparently in 1999 when I was 5, not that I can remember it. I used to go to the occasional game with my dad when his mate couldn’t go and there was a spare ticket. Eventually the season ticket became available permanently and my dad snapped it up on my behalf – that was circa 2003 I have been going ever since, in the same seat.
Late 80’s, early 90’s, no idea really, being a young Irish lad riding the wave of Italia ’90, it must have been something to do with Paul McGrath or even Tony Cascarino. “You don’t choose Aston Villa, it chooses you”. That old saying probably sums it up.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
I started to earn a bit of money when I was 14 and went up the Villa as my brother ran the Stratford on Avon supporters club. I became a regular to home and away trips and just enjoyed the football, the ground, the fellow supporters and being with my oldest brother. Villa through this, meant a lot to me, my first season was 79/80.
Mark A South
My old man was a Manc, so as a child I was a Manchester United fan! I played in goal until I was a teenager, so my hero was Peter Schmeichel. I started following the Villa when he arrived in 2001 and fell in love with the club.
Back in the early 80s. I was seven or eight at the time and vaguely recall the European Cup Final. My dad used to support Villa as a kid in the late 50/early 60s but switched to Wolves – WTF?! But he allowed my fascination with Villa to grow and took me to my first game in April 1984 – Watford, we won 2-1 and the rest is history!
Opening home game 1958, is when.
Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather were dyed in the wool fans. Great Grandfather from the day the club was first formed. So I guess you could say it’s in the blood.
I started going on a regular basis in 1969. My Nan lived in Nechells and I used to walk 3 miles to the ground to meet my best friend and his Dad outside the Holte pub. Would you let an 11 year old do that nowadays?! My Mom’s family are staunch Villa so it was no-brainer.
Family tradition that goes back generations and decades, maybe centuries. My Dad was, his Dad was etc. Never really questioned why as it was a part of my life since I can remember and before. They used to take me from around the age of 3 apparently home and away, first ever birthday present was a season ticket when other kids got Action man or a bike. A lot of pressure was on me to continue the tradition, especially due to how poor we have been in recent years but pulled it off and have added two more Villans to the roster who care every bit as much as I do.
I don’t think I ever “became” a fan. I was born into a Villa family. First game, I believe was the Santos friendly in 1972 and first season ticket was the promotion season 1974-75 (well actually we had four season tickets for the five of us and I shared a seat in the upper trinity with my brother).
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