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Aston Villa Bans the Poppy Appeal

#1
Makes me ashamed to be a Bummie & a Villa fan. :evil:

pol the outrage bus

A TOP soccer club has cruelly snubbed Remembrance Day heroes—by BANNING poppy sales from their ground.

Aston Villa bosses have told Royal British Legion collectors they’re not welcome—because their tins might take money AWAY from other charities they support.

War veterans and MPs have blasted the decision as a DISGRACE.

Afghanistan hero Matthew Croucher—who won the George Cross for smothering an exploding grenade with his body and saving three comrades—said: “There are a lot of Villa fans who would like to support the Poppy Appeal—but they won’t be able to this year. It’s disappointing.

“Volunteers wanted to go to Villa Park to do a collection on November 8 when the team play Middlesbrough. It’s never been a problem before but this year they’ve been told they can’t,” added the 24- year-old former Royal Marine Lance Corporal.

Rival Midlands clubs are all supporting the Poppy Appeal which raises around £30 million a year to support 40,000 families, 900,000 ex-services personnel injured in action and more than a million older veterans. West Brom stars will be wearing poppies on their shirts in their game again Blackburn and auctioning them afterwards. Birmingham City have said yes to a matchday collection.

A Villa spokeswoman defended the decision, claiming it was made because of the team's close involvement with Acorns—a local charity for seriously ill children—whose logo they carry on their shirts.

“We are having a collection for Acorns at the Middlesbrough game and don’t want to bombard our fans with a number of collections,” she said. But Poppy Appeal supporters insisted there was no reason why both could not run side by side.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer—former Commanding Officer of the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters—said: “The appeal has been running for the best part of 100 years and represents the sacrifice of a nation. I don’t think it’s too much for our servicemen and women to be supported by Aston Villa in this way.”

When the Premier League side played Birmingham away last Remembrance Sunday, club captain Gareth Barry posed for a photograph with an enormous poppy, saying: “It’s good to know the Legion works tirelessly to help ex-servicemen and women and their families.”

But they won’t be able to do that sterling work at Villa Park this year.
 
#4
You can't have Birmingham Council putting in an enormous effort , and Aston Villa doing this, so once again, what is the real story? If this is true, Aston Villa can stand by to stand by for dramas from Villa Fans, the Council and Birmingham Media.
 
#5
Once a year. Thats all the poppy appeal asks for.
Acorns and all those other worthy causes can colect every single match day for the rest of the year.

Is once a year to much to ask?

Shame on them.
 
#9
Fcuk them, just get the sellers to stand on routes to Vile Park, Witton island..etc. The fans will show good support im sure and can they really stop them selling on a public road? I doubt the Vile will kick up a fuss either.
 
#10
Villa are getting it on their forum!

Aston Villa forums.

and here;

ECAcademy.com

but maybe this sheds some light on the decision.....

free sponsorship for charity

ASTON Villa are teaming up with a children's hospice in a unique partnership deal that is making Premier league history.

The name of Acorns Children's Hospice Trust will be emblazoned across Villa's shirts for next season, instead of a lucrative commercial sponsor.

It is believed to be the first time a charity has taken the coveted space on a Premier League club's team kit.

The move echoes Spanish giants Barcelona whose shirts bear the Unicef crest.

Villa bosses say the new partnership "is more important and more valuable to us than any commercial opportunity".

The club approached Acorns, which cares for life-limited children and their families, after players and staff developed a strong relationship with the charity over the past two years.

Members of the team have met children, parents, nurses and Acorns chief executive David Strudley.

Apart from bringing smiles to the faces of sick children, Villa has already paid for 230 days worth of hospice care.

Duncan Riddle, Villa's head of community, said: "It is through these very personal connections that our relationship has evolved to the point where Aston Villa approached Acorns about becoming a partner and appearing on our match day shirt.

"The players have been so taken with the work being done at Acorns and it's touched some of them very much. It's been a real eye opener for them."

Mr Strudley said: "We are thrilled that Acorns' name will feature on the Aston Villa kit next season in this groundbreaking partnership.

"This opportunity will help us to reach the extra children who desperately need our help. Villa is helping to make this a reality for many of them."

Mr Riddle said the club was aware of the financial pressure to chase big name sponsors but added: "Aston Villa's history and heritage remain fundamental values that cannot be ignored and all these factors shaped our internal expectations regarding the sponsorship value of our shirt and the esteem in which we cherish whatever symbol appears on it.

"To some extent placing Acorns on our match day shirt is an experiment, but it is already an involvement with which we, as an organisation, feel incredibly positive.

"It is our hope that we are able to introduce this partnership to new and existing business relationships which will generate economic value to support the club's competitive ambitions and, at the same time, give a truly wonderful organisation a significant platform from which to touch more people."

He added that Villa and Acorns were planning a series of events that will "inform and celebrate the partner-ship on a local and national level".
 
#12
Why oh why do organizations, firms and clubs do this sort of thing? It's a PR shot in the foot that they should see coming from well beyond direct fire range.

Or is it a case that even today, they allow the outrage bus to be revved up, loaded and driven to their gates, only to turn round and say, "Sorry, it was all some horrible misunderstanding and thanks for all the free publicity"?

Me a cynic? Naaa
 
#13
According to their forum they are now changing it to 50/50 between acorns and the RBL and blaming it all on a hate campaign by the national press against Villa. What a joke, if a Premiership club cannot support the RBL 100% for one day it's a very poor show.
 
#18
From Aston Villa Official Website:

"Club Statement

Villa can confirm that - contrary to newspaper reports - there will be support for the Royal British Legion at the home game with Middlesborough on Sunday November 9th.

The club's charity partner Acorn's will hold the collection for both causes - splitting the proceeds 50-50.

The club will, as usual, also have poppies on sale in the club shop.

Villa are also pleased to announce a link-up with HMS Daring enabling sailors from Birmingham's Navy ship to wear claret and blue kits in inter-force competitions.

Villa also have special ticket deals for members of the armed forces and have recently set up a British Forces Lion's club."


So there you go. It was all a load of tabloid bollox.

As a Villa supporter I have always found them incredibly supportive and encouraging to the armed forces and the above mentioned ticket deals and British forces Lions club support this.

On a slightly different note a friend of mine contacted around 500 football clubs and businesses many of them in Garrison towns, about going to matches collecting for help the heroes. Out of all those letters he only got two positive responses. We ended up collecting at the opening championship game of the season between Crystal Palace and Watford. Crystal palace went out of there way to accomodate us and gave us lots of perks besides that. All the players in both dressing rooms were extremely supportive too. It was just a shame that teams like Colchester and Aldershot point blank refused to support any cause whatsoever let alone a forces charity.
 
#19
Gazareth said:
From Aston Villa Official Website:

"Club Statement

Villa can confirm that - contrary to newspaper reports - there will be support for the Royal British Legion at the home game with Middlesborough on Sunday November 9th.

The club's charity partner Acorn's will hold the collection for both causes - splitting the proceeds 50-50.

The club will, as usual, also have poppies on sale in the club shop.

Villa are also pleased to announce a link-up with HMS Daring enabling sailors from Birmingham's Navy ship to wear claret and blue kits in inter-force competitions.

Villa also have special ticket deals for members of the armed forces and have recently set up a British Forces Lion's club."


So there you go. It was all a load of tabloid bollox.

As a Villa supporter I have always found them incredibly supportive and encouraging to the armed forces and the above mentioned ticket deals and British forces Lions club support this.

On a slightly different note a friend of mine contacted around 500 football clubs and businesses many of them in Garrison towns, about going to matches collecting for help the heroes. Out of all those letters he only got two positive responses. We ended up collecting at the opening championship game of the season between Crystal Palace and Watford. Crystal palace went out of there way to accomodate us and gave us lots of perks besides that. All the players in both dressing rooms were extremely supportive too. It was just a shame that teams like Colchester and Aldershot point blank refused to support any cause whatsoever let alone a forces charity.
Nope that doesn't cut it, splittling 50/50 is not the same as allowing Poppy Appeal tin rattlers in the ground.

Your problems with other teams and collecting for other forces based charities has no bearing on this subject either.

As I said above it is a once a year event that should get the backing of the entire nation and all the weaseling and spin from these people won't help.

If they are so pro-forces then why did they make this decision in the first place?

Or is some PR flack going to be shuffled sideways or maybe out the door for this?
 
#20
Steven said:
Gazareth said:
From Aston Villa Official Website:

"Club Statement

Villa can confirm that - contrary to newspaper reports - there will be support for the Royal British Legion at the home game with Middlesborough on Sunday November 9th.

The club's charity partner Acorn's will hold the collection for both causes - splitting the proceeds 50-50.

The club will, as usual, also have poppies on sale in the club shop.

Villa are also pleased to announce a link-up with HMS Daring enabling sailors from Birmingham's Navy ship to wear claret and blue kits in inter-force competitions.

Villa also have special ticket deals for members of the armed forces and have recently set up a British Forces Lion's club."


So there you go. It was all a load of tabloid bollox.

As a Villa supporter I have always found them incredibly supportive and encouraging to the armed forces and the above mentioned ticket deals and British forces Lions club support this.

On a slightly different note a friend of mine contacted around 500 football clubs and businesses many of them in Garrison towns, about going to matches collecting for help the heroes. Out of all those letters he only got two positive responses. We ended up collecting at the opening championship game of the season between Crystal Palace and Watford. Crystal palace went out of there way to accomodate us and gave us lots of perks besides that. All the players in both dressing rooms were extremely supportive too. It was just a shame that teams like Colchester and Aldershot point blank refused to support any cause whatsoever let alone a forces charity.
Nope that doesn't cut it, splittling 50/50 is not the same as allowing Poppy Appeal tin rattlers in the ground.

Your problems with other teams and collecting for other forces based charities has no bearing on this subject either.

As I said above it is a once a year event that should get the backing of the entire nation and all the weaseling and spin from these people won't help.

If they are so pro-forces then why did they make this decision in the first place?

Or is some PR flack going to be shuffled sideways or maybe out the door for this?
Well Heart FM news desk were very interested.
 

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