“I will recommend good investments for the owner, not because today is Friday and I want to earn on Monday, but because I want the owner to have a sustainable investment and sales model for the next two or three years” (The Athletic Magazine 27-1 -2020).These words are in the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us, those who made this club we love respected. If in the APV they feel comfortable with a management model that has made the VCF a means and not an end, that they know, although surely they would already imagine it, that they will not count on us. We believe that they are contributing to whiten those who have come to the club to serve and not to serve.Therefore, we prefer to put land in between and separate our path from the APV. It is a painful decision, but we believe that acts like the aforementioned besamanos do not help, precisely, to defend the Valencian fan. They do not represent us and shame us deeply.We will not participate in this legitimization and we encourage those who are unhappy with this way of proceeding to act in conscience. The VCF deserves an APV that does not act as a transmission belt, as if it were the vertical union, of those who humiliate us continuously with their contempt. When this subservience disappears, we hope to re-integrate into it.Any small action to manifest discontent counts. The machinery to generate Meriton disaffection feeds on the resignation of the fan to face him (In life, not everything is money). We will always try to be, to the extent of our modest weight in the social mass of the club, in the solution that will one day allow our team to stop being a mere branch of an international soccer transactions agency.In the meantime, we will try to do the opposite of what Murthy wants, which is that we stop before the damage inflicted on the VCF. Amunt! The directives of both clubs have made their decision following the Visit of President Anil Murthy on February 13 to the Agrupació de Penyes del Valencia (APV), a meeting that they describe as “besamanos organized by the APV”. “We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of those who, among other excesses and disrespect, make claims that they are at the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us.”Statement from the VCF Sud and Puçol ClubsThis is a statement that we would never have wanted to write, but the kisser organized by the APV to the most infamous president that our club has had in its history has made us decide to take the step of leaving this coordinator of fans.If we have previously shown our disagreement with the follow-up that, by action or omission, made the APV of Meriton’s decisions, the colonial scenography to which they lent themselves at the meeting on Thursday, February 13 with Murthy now produces a huge rejection. We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of whom, among other excesses and disrespect, affirms the following: The sports crisis in which Valencia de Celades is immersed in recent weeks and the social crisis in which the club lives since summer has also reached the heart of the Agrupació de Penyes. Two Valencian clubs, specifically VCF Sud and Puçol, hometown of the Pep Claramunt myth, have issued a statement announcing their departure from the Agrupació de Penyes for their “servility” to the management of Peter Lim and specifically to that of Anil Murthy, which they qualify as the “most infamous president” of the centennial black and white history.
Viv Anderson signed for Man United from Arsenal in 1987 1 With Thomas Vermaelen reportedly set to swap Arsenal for Man United, talkSPORT recalls how Viv Anderson became the last defender to make the switch from the red half of North London to the red side of Manchester…Anderson departed Arsenal for Manchester United shortly after he’d helped the Gunners beat Liverpool in the 1987 League Cup final. Initially, he left a gaping hole in the Gunners’ right-back position, but his successors at Arsenal and United would go on to enjoy more glory in both red shirts.Anderson was notably Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing as manager of Man United, as the legendary Scot began rebuilding his squad with the aim of winning the club’s first title since 1967. In Anderson he had a player who was used to success.The right-back was a two-time European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, and cost United £250,000 when he moved from Highbury. He boasted pace, power and was comfortable with the ball at his feet. It seemed like the Red Devils had stolen a prized possession from the Gunners’ grasp.Within 12 months, however, Lee Dixon had arrived at Arsenal and George Graham’s famous back four – also including Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn – was in place and set to collect trophies galore.Anderson, meanwhile, was tasked with delivering the same to Old Trafford.“There weren’t many better sights in the game than seeing Viv gliding forward from his right-back position,” his Forest manager Brian Clough said. Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, a right-back during his playing days, claimed “it would have been nice to be as good as Anderson.”Nicknamed ‘Spider’ thanks to his lanky legs, Anderson was 31 and with hindsight probably past his best when he made the move, although he did spend three years at Old Trafford.Unfortunately for him, those years were largely a struggle for the club as Ferguson fought to turn things around amid trophyless seasons and mid-table finishes – a far cry from the glory that would follow over the next two decades.Anderson wasn’t selected for United’s 1990 FA Cup final triumph – their first silverware under Ferguson – and his days at Old Trafford were numbered when Ferguson signed Denis Irwin from Oldham later that year to play right-back.The first black player to selected for England’s senior side when he won his first cap in 1978, Anderson achieved more than most footballers could ever dream of, but his best days were in the red of Forest.