As some of you may know, I take particular pride in us having one of the finest grounds in the game, anywhere in the country and maybe even the world.
I’ve also mentioned before that I’ve spoken to lots of fans of the “top” clubs and most agree that Villa park is a great stadium.
Ok, it might not be aesthetically the best and the North stand lets it down quite badly, but the Holte and the Trinity are pretty magnificent.
So the Birmingham mail has run an article with quotes from other club’s fans that back my view up;
There’s some criticism of things we already know about, but certainly the overall consensus in the article is that many away fans like coming to Villa park.
Which makes me very proud.
I may have mentioned that I did the VP tour as a birthday present, in the summer.
While I never really felt I needed to do it before, as I have very good knowledge about the club and it’s history, so although we weren’t allowed to go on the pitch because it was being treated, just walking around the edge brought the memories flooding back to when I was a 13 year old and we invaded the pitch after the last game of the season. 1975 it was, after we’d won the League cup.
The pitch was to be replaced, so I even dug a piece of turf up and planted it in the back garden
Happy days indeed.
Which goes back to the ground itself.
It’s about the character and the whiff of history, which is just so lacking in the majority of grounds.