BWS offers a very familar Christmas story;
There was a mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Lerner (AKA Scrooge) he sits in at Villa Park on a frigid Christmas Eve. His clerk, Paul Phatchit shivers in the changing room because Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals for a fire (or decent quality players, or wages or a top notch Manager).
Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, pays his uncle a visit and invites him to his annual Christmas party. Two portly gentlemen also drop by and ask Scrooge for a contribution to their charity. Scrooge reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry “Bah! Humbug!” in response to his nephew’s “Merry Christmas!”
Later that evening, after returning to his dark, cold apartment, Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of former owner Deadly, Deadly looking haggard and pallid, relates his unfortunate story. As punishment for his greedy and self-serving life his spirit has been condemned to wander the lower divisions weighted down with a heavy Man Utd scarf. Deadly hopes to save Scrooge from sharing the same fate. Deadly informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the wraith disappears Scrooge collapses into a deep sleep.
He wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange childlike phantom with a brightly glowing head. The spirit escorts Scrooge on a journey into the past to previous seasons from the curmudgeon’s earlier years. Invisible to those he watches, Scrooge revisits his Martin O’neils days, his apprenticeship with a jolly secretary named Steve Stride, and his engagement to Karen Brady a woman who leaves Scrooge because his lust for money eclipses his ability to love another. Scrooge, deeply moved, sheds tears of regret before the phantom returns him to his bed.
The Ghost of Christmas Present, a majestic giant clad in a Claret and Blue fur robe, takes Scrooge through Birmingham to unveil Christmas as it will happen that year. Scrooge watches the Paul Phatchit’s coaches prepare a sub standard team for Villa’s home game. He discovers Paul Phatchit’s injured player, Gary Gardner, a courageous boy whose kindness and humility warms Scrooge’s heart. The spectre then zips Scrooge to his nephew’s to witness the Christmas party. Scrooge finds the jovial gathering delightful and pleads with the spirit to stay until the very end of the festivities. As the day passes, the spirit ages, becoming noticeably older. Toward the end of the day, he shows Scrooge two crap football teams, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanders living under his coat. He vanishes instantly as Scrooge notices a dark, hooded figure coming toward him.
The Ghost of seasons Yet to Come leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes relating to an unnamed man’s recent death. Scrooge sees businessmen discussing the dead man’s riches, some vagabonds trading his personal effects for cash, and a couple of season ticket holders expressing relief at the death of their unforgiving chairman. Scrooge, anxious to learn the lesson of his latest visitor, begs to know the name of the dead man. After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself in a churchyard, the spirit pointing to a grave. Scrooge looks at the headstone and is shocked to read his own name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his insensitive, avaricious ways and to honour Villa with all his heart. Whoosh! He suddenly finds himself safely tucked in his bed.
Overwhelmed with joy by the chance to redeem himself and grateful that he has been returned to Villa Park, Scrooge rushes out onto the Trinity road hoping to share his newfound Villa spirit. He sends a gift wrapped Cristiano Ronaldo to the Phatchit house and attends Fred’s party, to the stifled surprise of the other guests. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honours Villa with all his heart: he treats Gary Gardner as if he were his own child, provides lavish signings for the Manager, and treats his fellow Villans with kindness, generosity, and warmth.