Supporters and shareholders of Aston Villa have joined together to fight what they see as the "endless cycle of under-achievement" their club has suffered for the past 20 years.

14th August 2008.Lerner agrees takeover of Villa

Aston Villa's board have accepted a £62.6m takeover of the club from American billionaire Randy Lerner.

Press release below.

Do you have shares in Aston Villa but have moved address?

Well, fear not. You can still inform them of the change of address so that you will get all the latest forms and details relating to the takeover situation.

The registrars for the Villa shares are:

Capita Registrars
The Registry
34 Beckenham Road

Telephone 0870 162 3100

You should also be able to do inform them of a change of address online via:

After all, it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun!

Oh, and if anyone is thinking they want the Lerner Group to succeed BUT don't want to lose their share certificates, then have no fear. All the shares count, even single shareholdings and in order for the takeover to go smoothly and allow the group in to start moving Villa forward time will be of the essence.

Send them along with the appropriate forms (when all the details are sent to you) and you'll find you will receive not only the money from selling the shares but also a memento, it could even possibly be your original share certificate back (with void stamped on obviously) but to make it a great keep sake, it might be signed by someone like a player or manager.


Aston Villa Shareholders Association and Villa Fans Combined welcome and back the bid from Randy Lerner for Aston Villa plc.

Jonathan Fear said: "It has been our stance for many years that Mr Ellis should step aside and gladly that is now happening.

It is obvious that the club has gone stale and needs fresh ideas and a dynamic board, we feel that is exactly what Randy Lerner and his team can provide.

We will certainly be recommending to the members of AVSA to sell the Association's shareholding and I'd implore all shareholders, once they have read all the details and come to a decision, to act quickly in order to facilitate a speedy takeover.

Myself and Navid Nazir have been lucky enough to have spoken on numerous occasions with the advisors to RAL and have been impressed with the fact they have gone about things the right and professional way. They have done their talking to the board and to Rothschild's as opposed to other groups who have done their negotiations via the press.

It is positive news that they have sought the opinions of the fans and small shareholders and we have been given the opportunity to stress that we are the lifeblood of the club and need to be brought back into the fold and involved.

Now that the bid is in, I'm sure RAL will make their plans public and explain exactly what their arrival will mean to Aston Villa. Personally I'm excited at the prospects of not only having the best manager for the job in Martin O'Neill but also a new and dynamic board with plans to put Aston Villa back to where they rightfully belong both domestically and in Europe.

Villa Fans Combined will now disband with immediate effect and would like to thank the many thousands of fans who have helped over the years, lets hope the days of protests are well and truly behind us and the club and everyone involved with it can unite and move Aston Villa forward."


Webmaster: My personal thanks goes to all those involved in VFC, but particularly Jon and Navid, in helping see us through to a new dawn.



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Reaction from the first VFC meeting:
Paul's response: Remember the day - the 24th of May.

Shareholders Association Press Releases:
10th May 2004: Doug in disrepute
5th May 2004: Shareholders Association Appointments

Previous VFC Press Releases:
7th February 2004: Early Valentines for Doug
18th January 2004: Step Down Doug
8th August 2004: Lacking in Confidence
31st July 2004: Ellis in downsizing strategy shock!
17th June 2004: Doug it's not working.
18th May 2004: DOL - Thanks. HDE - No thank you...
6th April 2004: Nice to see you Bruce?
25th March 2004: Doug Rejects Salvation as Opportunity Knocks
16th February 2004: Doug Running Scared
30th January 2004: Money to burn???
9th January 2004: Birthday Wishes
3rd December 2003: Ellis In Blunderland
25th November 2003: Ellis, we're coming
20th November 2003: Situation Vacant
11th November 2003: Time for Action
27th October 2003: The Decline Deepens
9th September 2003: When VFC met Doug
9th August 2003: Open Season
1st August 2003: Annual Results - Hang Your Heads In Shame!!!
27th July 2003: Sell, Sell, Bye Bye - Is there a takeover in the wings?
11th July 2003: Football Fans Census - Villa Fans Survey
26th June 2003: Second Rally - The Hodgson Report
18th June 2003: Fans Testimonial for Ian Taylor and Alan Wright
6th June 2003: Second meeting announced.
20th May 2003: New Manager, same core problems.
20th May 2003: Rally 24th May - Update.
18th May 2003: Potential investors identifed - Report commissioned.
14th May 2003: GT Resigns. The Board Must Go Now.
12th May 2003: Another wasted season, another opportunity missed.
4th May 2003: VFC Update - The right moment?
10th April 2003: Treffick Shareholding, Uncertainty and the Fear.
4th April 2003: Club for Sale - Time For Change.

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