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Most Gutting AVFC Departure?


Vital Youth Team
I remember Andy Gray moving to Wolves and as a naive young 5 year old i announced to the disgust of my older siblings that i would now co-support Wolves with Villa. This lasted about 5 minutes.


Vital Football Hero
Gareth Barry. Thought he was villa through and through and then left for a club who actually finished below us that season. Obviously the right decision for him in the end but at the time I was shocked and it all happened pretty suddenly and the fee wasn’t even good either

Perhaps not quite the same but when the news about Petrov having cancer broke that was pretty heartbreaking, not the same as a transfer but was obvious he would never play again


Vital Champions League
Gareth Barry for me, purely because we looked like we were on the verge of something big at the time and breaking into the top 4 .
Once Barry had been sold for me that marked the start of the decline under MON , well that and the fateful Moscow trip and adjacent collapse v Stoke


Father Of The Forum
Being serious, selling Tony Hateley to Chelsea (the first ever 100k transfer between English clubs) was pretty awful as we got relegated the same season.


Vital 1st Team Regular
Sad to see Olof Melberg leave, saw through MON I think. Understand that he wanted one big move but he remained a better defender than those that followed. Apart from that Southgate to Middlesboro, Gray, Yorke, Milner, Barry. All top class footballers whose ambition wasn't matched by the club.
Andy Gray and John Gidman for me.

I think they both roughly left around the same time and everyone thought Ron Saunders had gone mad.

Little did we know....................


Vital Squad Member
As a kid, Gidman and Andy Gray. As an adult, I’d been a fan of Luc Nilis for a while and was amazed when he came to us. So gutted he only played, I think, three games. Of those that departed in the usual way, in more recent times I’d have to say either Yorke or Milner. I was living in Germany when Yorke left and, shortly after he did, on the ferry on the way back to visit I wanted to punch an eight-year-old wearing a Man U top with Yorke on the back.