After my somewhat spontaneous “burst of pride” post last night, it seems at least Nick Hawkins agrees with me;
What makes a big club?
Is it the trophy list they have won, or the history given we were one of the founding members of the first football league, or is it based on global support?
Every fan says their club is big, but how do we measure that?
Let’s take Man Utd. In the 90s they were the dominant force; in the 80s it was Liverpool, however prior to United winning the league in 1992-93 their last league title was 1966-67. That’s a long gap.
Liverpool have never replicated the 80s in the league but had success in Europe, the magic night of coming back 3-0 down vs AC Milan, so where does villa measure in this?
We have won the European cup but look at us now, a relegation battle again for the 4th yr running.
How can we go from challenging the top 4 to this? That is another topic up for discussion which I will address in another article.
Personally, I think Villa should be playing European football. That’s how big I believe we are and I measure that on the traditions of the club, we are the main team in the 2nd biggest city in England, the fact that a club is built on its stadium, trophy list and fans.
We will never be a small club. We are Aston Villa FC