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Star trio amazed as fans flock to Villa Park for signing session
Ashley Young, James Collins and Richard Dunne on hand for fans.
24th Feb 2011

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Ashley Young admitted he was amazed to see the mammoth queues at the Villa Park signing session - but he was thrilled to pen autograph after autograph for loyal fans.

Young, James Collins and Richard Dunne were the star names as supporters turned out in droves to meet their heroes in the club shop.

Click here to check out pictures from the fantastic day.

The queues snaked all the way around Villa Village but no-one left disappointed as the star trio stayed for an hour and a half to put their names to items as diverse as gnomes, hats, shirts and books.

Loads of supporters queued to have their goods personally signed by the lads - and have their photos taken with them too. In fact, claret and blue fans were through the doors hours prior to the start of the event as they looked to get a glimpse of the first team stars.

Young said: "It was great to be at the event signing merchandise for the fans - and it was great to see so many young kids here for half-term week.

"The event was about giving something back to the supporters and we were all delighted to do that.

"They come and cheer us on in their numbers every single week so it was great to be here with them to reward them for that support.

"We couldn't believe the queues but it was fantastic to see.You want to be the best role model you can be - on and off the pitch. It was important to be here and sign things for the fans!"

John Greenfield, the club's head of merchandise, added: "I couldn't ask for any more.

"We've had in excess of 600 fans, all here to see the players. From my point of view, we've done well on the retail side and the supporters have had two fantastic days too."

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