Why Villa can be proud to see league protected
By Ian Robathan
Saturday 14 Nov 2009 00:24:00
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Villa fans ought to be grateful to the Premier League chairmen for their decision this week to vote down the proposal to allow Celtic and Rangers into the Premier League and start something of a closed-shop two-tier top flight.

As a fan of Aston Villa, I always felt very strongly against the plan that the Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside was promoting to the Premier League meeting.

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Villa fans are very proud that William McGregor was the one who instigated the whole concept of the Football League and pushed it through despite very strong opposition in the 1880s.

To be part of a club that promoted the whole concept of league structure means that we should do everything to promote it and not to destroy it.

Randy Lerner believes in history and I hope he was happy to be among those voting against this proposal at the very start and not even let it off the drawing board.

I have to say I was very disappointed at reading Martin O'Neil's backing for this plan, but as he was Celtic manager I can understand why he may think it may have benefitted them.

The Football Supporters Federation was also against this proposal and probably helped bring it down early on.

To that end, the FSF is an excellent, loud voice for supporters. Please make sure your voice is heard on major issues and join the FSF , it is free so there is no reason not to do so.

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