By Paul Brown
Stan Petrov has thanked the fans for showing him immense support via their 19th minute applause tribute.
Petrov has been remembered during his absence from action courtesy of a clapping campaign thought up by claret and blue fans.
When the clock strikes 19 - Petrov's official squad number - fans at home and away show their appreciation with a hearty round of applause.
Petrov is incredibly appreciative of the gesture as he battles acute leukaemia.
He said: "It is great and I really appreciate what they are doing.
"It gives me good strength and it is a great help as well.
"It is great to see people appreciate what you have been doing and I really appreciate it.
"The support for me has been here, it has been around the world, it has been in Bulgaria.
"Everybody has been asking every single minute how I am, how I am doing.
"I have a lot of hope and I haven't stopped believing since the start and I will never stop believing. My family believe as well.
"That is a great help when you read messages and you've got letters from people who have beaten this already and they have already lived 20 or 30 years.
"It is great and you just say to yourself I am going to be there as well.
"I am just not going to stop fighting. I have always been a fighter and I will just keep fighting."
Click here to buy season tickets for the new term as Villa embark on a vibrant new era.