Aston Villa fans deserted their team this season after relegation, with gates falling as low as under thirty thousand.

This despite them being easily the biggest spending team in the Championship.

Then when it comes to net spending, taking into account all transfers in and out, they are in a totally different stratosphere to every other club, including Newcastle United who actually have made a £40m profit on transfers under Rafa Benitez.

Despite the massive spending, Aston Villa fans have actually seen some pretty desperate football as well, as they have dismally failed to get anywhere near promotion at the first attempt.

However, they can now get that open top bus ordered, as Villa have been awarded the title of best quality pitch in the Championship.

I will leave the (old) jokes to you when it comes to putting it down to what is spread out on the pitch each match.

Steve McClaren wasn’t around long enough to discover Derby County had been ‘highly recommended’ for the quality of the pitch, with a big well done to the St James Park groundstaff who also picked up a highly recommended mention.

Official EFL Announcement:

The EFL has announced the winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2016/17 in each of the three divisions.

The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in the EFL.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Aston Villa win the award for producing a perfect pitch at Villa Park this season. Derby County and Newcastle United are both highly commended.

Sky Bet Championship Grounds Team of the Season

Winner: Aston Villa                                              

Highly Commended: Derby County  

Highly Commended: Newcastle United

The EFL’s Grounds Team of the Season Awards are determined initially using marks from referees and away managers for each Sky Bet EFL game and are then followed by detailed pitch inspections and a review of management operations.

These visits were carried out by Dr Stephen Baker, Head of Sports Surface Technology at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

  • Jezza

    It’s getting tedious.

    • Phil K

      So are you.

  • Lord

    They ground out that result (sorry).

  • Whickhamrobbie

    So their pitch is better than ours , the fans are hardly having a open top bus through brum . Just leave it with the Villa please

  • Av 1982

    Oh dear , another sad swipe at the Villa.
    I thought you would have more to worry about at the moment.
    I’d concentrate on the investigation into tax fraud at your so called “big club”
    For the record , Villa fans haven’t deserted their team.
    Only a 1000 down on the average attendance from last season and the biggest away support in the league.
    Not bad considering what we have been through in the last 7 seasons.

    • SH.ER

      Nice joke
      ” biggest away support in the league.”

      • Av 1982

        Rather ignorant calling something a joke because you don’t know the facts.
        Try google ;)

        • Jimblag23

          I’m on your side here Av, but Newcastle fans have been through equal if not more over the past decade and not had a significant dip in attendance.
          Anyway, this Villa/Newcastle rivalry that doesn’t exist needs to stop being written about.

        • Scottpaige

          I’m looking on Google. Can only find bedsheets 😁

        • Phil K

          Try facts that aren’t invented

        • Phil K

          Explain why your home attendances are 60% of ours, then ? “Away support” is questionable (as is your collective intelligence) – as we have sold out every game we went to.

    • Steve Passmoor

      Simple fact that 23 clubs got to play away at a stadium that averaged 20,000 more than the next highest average attendance, NUFC didn’t, so it’s obvious that those 23 clubs have an advantage in the calculation.
      The fact that NUFC are up there in 3rd place on average away attendances with one game to go speaks more about how NUFC fans have travelled the most average miles in the Championship in huge numbers all season

  • Wor Lass

    Give it a rest!

    • East Durham Mag

      Agreed its becoming tiresome seeing the Mag trying to talk up a big rivalry with Aston Villa.

  • Doug Dacre

    What is you obsession with Villa??? It is becoming fanatical….Us real Geordies actually have a very good raport with the Villians, and look forward to our next opportunity for a few beers and banter…P.S were you the bloke who tried to punch a police horse???

    • Jezza

      Agreed it really is time to give up on this Aston Villa nonsense. They are not our rivals, they are of no relevance to us. We’re not even in the same division as them any more either. Time to let it go.

  • MadMag83

    Time to get the bed sheets out!

  • rob wilson

    haha. couldn’t make it up, truth hurts. looks like my post on the away support FACTS from this season has been deleted because someone at the mag didn’t like it – didn’t fit your anti-Villa agenda :)

    • Phil K

      Speaking of inventing bloated away support…….where were they for your home games ?
      We sell ALL our away tickets – YOU DON’T.
      You didn’t up here.

  • Bournemouth Villa

    Without Villa or any local rivals to play next season, who are you going to invent as your main hate team for next year? The anti-Villa thing might give you some headlines but in reality it doesnt exist. We get on ok. Good luck in the Prem.

    • Phil K

      Got your bed sheets ready, dumb cluck ? Expect a few years down below yet> Brucey can only do so much – Villa fans self love (and empty seats) won’t get you promoted……

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Pathetic article

    • Phil K

      Villa fans are pathetic fans

  • Andy Mac

    “I’m glad we won the “Ground of the season” award as that makes up for us finishing 12th despite buying every player with two legs in the EFL” A myopic Villa fan celebrates.