The play-off final is massive for any set of supporters but for Aston Villa fans, they are very much standing on a knife edge.

Beating Fulham would see them back in the Premier League and on the way back…but defeat could very well see them doing a Leeds.

Parachute payments see relegated clubs receiving a percentage of their final earnings in the Premier League in which they were relegated.

It used to be fairly evenly spread over three years but it was then changed to be very much front loaded, to give relegated clubs the very best chance of bouncing straight back.

So you get 55% (of their 2015/16 PL/TV earnings) in the first year, 45% in year two and 20% in the final year.

So in cash terms that has meant over £41m in the 2016/17 season, over £34m in 2017/18, but if staying down this time, only around £15m next season.

This past week saw Mike Ashley put Lee Charnley up for an interview, where the Ashley minion claimed that it was a one season gamble for Newcastle to try and get promoted. However, the reality is that as Villa have shown, you really get two chances/seasons to come back up before you can be in real trouble.

It was 24 May 2009 when Aston Villa fans really embarrassed themselves, out of nowhere they en masse celebrated the relegation of a club that they had no real connection with.

Driving away from Villa Park that day, myself and many others knew that from this point on, we would always be keeping an occasional eye on the fortunes of their club.

Now it could be real delivery time for Aston Villa fans.

Even Steve Bruce has admitted it is set to be a scene of devastation this summer if Villa lose to Fulham.

For starters, their five loan players: Sam Johnstone, Axel Tuanzebe, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Lewis Grabban will all have to go back to their parent clubs with no/little chance of signing them. Whilst the likes of John Terry and Jack Grealish would almost certainly exit as well.

Costs would need to be slashed and players offloaded, making them long odds against having any chance of promotion in 2018/19 and beyond…

Steve Bruce:

“I am sure it (the future of the club) will be totally different (if losing at Wembley).

“The five loan signings for a start…I don’t think we will be able to get them back.

“I am sure it would (all) change, it will have to.

“There has to be a loser.

“If it is us then we have to regroup, rebuild and go again.

“Difficult times ahead but then again, last summer was difficult.

“We had to balance the books and I am sure we would have to do the same again.”

Well, if/when Aston Villa fans see their team lose today, myself and many other Newcastle supporters will raise a glass and celebrate the fact.

It might have been nine years and two days ago but revenge is best served cold.

Fulham v Aston Villa Match Betting:

Mitro to score first goal 19/5Fulham to win in 90 minutes 13/10Mitro to score in both halves 18/1

All Fulham v Aston Villa betting HERE

  • TheFatController

    Just a happy reminder of the job the unified effort of players manager and fans did in getting us out at first time of asking without it being through the trapdoor (sorry couldn’t resist…)

    In fairness to Charnley, he did this week acknowledge this fact of the three working in unison for promotion. I think he was hankering for a bit of credit to also go to Ashley for going for bust. I’ll let you make your own minds up on that one.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      2 of them did it for Greed,
      1 of them because he cares about the club & the fans

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Newcastle and Villa have not been getting along for a lot of years even before they relegated us. However hope they come up as it’s a shorter journey.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      they`ve taken the p1$$ for years, i for one would be happy to see them do a Leeds

    • TheFatController

      As you often say, too many cooks spoil the broth…

  • Dillon Tovak

    No one cares about Villa, good or bad. I doubt the “author” does either, but it’s just an excuse to advertise the betting odds at the bottom.

    Either way, Villa will beat Fulham. Fulham choked their 1st leg semi and Villa have a richer tradition of success which will run through from top to bottom of the club.
    Probably better to have a midlands club anyway rather than another London team, one from the richest part of it too.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fulham didn`t have the Mad Serb & he could make the difference today.
      I`m neutral but i like to see Newcastle players do well

    • GlasgowMag

      Betting odds, computer services, stocks & shares, smart TVs surprised SD haven’t started advertising oops forgot they would have to pay on this platform 😂😂😂

  • Alex

    We got our ‘revenge’ (if that’s what some want to call it) when they got relegated. That’s all done with now.

    As far as I’m concerned, they’re a big city club, decent ground, good history, in the north / midlands and easy to get to. They’re a better addition to the EPL than Fulham ever would be.

  • Paul Patterson

    Come on Fulham!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I hate Brummies, they are as bad as the London lot so i couldn`t give a Toss either way.

  • Rich Lawson

    Don’t like Bruce,hate Terry and as for Villa fans and their ”city” !! But apart from that, Fulham have played good football all season, finished an unlucky 3rd and should go up on merit.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      You have a point there, i`ve watched them a few times & they play good football

  • Vodkamagpie

    Good luck to both teams, and both sets of supporters

  • Leazes.

    Anyone who was hurt by a bit of banter should look at themselves….seriously, this is beyond a joke!

    There were two banners made by one bloke who said he had some material left over and used it up, Chanting against United for the drop well everyone does that, if we hadn’t been playing Villa it would have been someone else to relegate us. The good folk of Brum are not our enemies…. those two banners were highlighted by Ryder who set about making something of it, and soon the Chronicles sister paper the Birmingham Mail were responding…..

    This was a fight between Ryder and his counterpart to drum up page filling hostility which has never existed as long as I have supported United…. it is nonsense!

    The Mag writer took up the challenge next didn’t he….. was it Simon van der Velde under one of his ,many nom de plumes…the writer who thinks to himself he knows this rivalry lark is a godsend and I’ll propagate it for the same reason as Ryder?

    It would be interesting to go back through old posts to see which morons were making something out of nothing!

    Come on Villa stuff the C*ckneys!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I agree with you for a change, the anti-Villa thing was way over the top. Had Man U or one of the bigger sides played us to stay up, we’d be wanting to send them down.

      It’s banter.

      That said, I think I’d like Fulham to go up, simply for Mitro’s value.

      • Geordiegiants

        Makes no difference really, he will squirrel the money away.

  • gallowgate26

    Fulham have finished 3rd in the last two seasons and deserve to go up before Villa, it’s as simple as that for me.

    • Leazes.

      Tough then! I hope Villa stuff them!

      • TheNutJob

        Brucie`s going down today

  • TheNutJob

    Fulham 3, Brucie`s brummies 1

  • GeordieZebra

    Villa irrelevant to me. Come on Mitro lad.

  • Tweed Mag

    The banners are history now. However, Fulham deserve to be promoted as they finished third and are the better football team. Hard to predict a result with so much at stake.

    • gallowgate26

      If there was one team that I thought ‘turned us over’ in the 16/17 season, it was Fulham. They do deserve another crack at the PL. They’ve done it without the TV money that Villa have had also. I’m not bothered about Villa either way, good luck to them and may the best team win (Fulham).

  • Wor Lass

    This Villa thing is a bit pathetic. So some bloke painted something on a bedsheet? Paint a better one or shut up. I`ve nothing against Villa but I want Fulham to win. They`re a great little club with loyal fans and during the last couple of seasons they`ve played really good football. They deserve to go up – even though they`re satherners!

  • ToonTom

    Bollucks is it a bit pathetic!
    What goes around comes around. If you gloat (for any reason, however few of you), you have to take what comes inevitably around.
    5under1and have discovered that in consecutive seasons and – in a sense – so have Villa in the same two seasons.
    They had their gloating for 90 minutes.
    Now we’ve had it for at least an entire season.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      That is why I never revel in the downfall of any club !

  • Mrkgw

    Sorry for Brucie more than anything and sorry to see Fulham promoted. Rafa should move to sign Grealish now as having seen him a few times this season, I reckon he could do a job for us.

    • gold coast mag

      Watched the match as well- he is a talented player with a good dribble, but has a dirty side as well-I’d still take him at the drop of a hat-he could show ayoze a new hairstyle without the grease

  • nufcslf

    Poor little Villa, yet another year in the league they belong in. Long may it last and well done Fulham.

  • Ba ba.

    I never understood why some villa fans took this approach with us that day… Had we upset them in the past?.. .I’d been to villa many times before and had no bother or hatred towards us.. But they did it and now I guess its funny there still doon there and suffering….. I read somwhere that they had to go up this year or its a financial Melt doon . Shame eh howay the lads 👍

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Personally, I think it stemmed from the fact that they were wanting to see the back of us because we always seemed to beat them.
      I think we were their “Bogey Team” and took more points of them than most teams did in The Premier League.

  • Peter C

    He who laughs last, laughs longest.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Watched them yesterday and they did very little at Wembley to ensure a return to the “Big Time.”
    Fulham were the better side by a country mile and over the season have been an entertaining team to watch.
    The downside being yet another London club in The Premier League but Villa don’t look ready to step up.

    During the commentary it was alluded to that if they failed to win the play-off their owner has told old pucey that next season will be one of extreme austerity !
    Despite our bizarre run in with them at Villa Park in 2009 it is still a classic venue to visit as an away fan.