Club founded: 1874 (probably in October)
By 15 members of the Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel.
Aston Villa was once the kind of force that we today associate with Manchester United. The 'Pride of the Midlands', Aston Villa has rarely dropped out of the top-flight in over 125 years.
For more than 20 years before 1915 the club dominated world football after the club's former chairman, William McGregor, had founded the world's first football league.
In 1981, the club had still won more domestic honours than any other English club. In 1982, the club won the European Cup and throughout the 1990s was a leading club in the top-flight of English football. It still is. Read a brief history.
Why 'Aston Villa'? For the origin of the Aston Villa name click here.
Christmas is upon us and every good Villan needs to find a stocking filler as a warmer for his Villa chums. These days, we Villans need something to remind us of warmer days!
Why not enjoy a low-cost yet quality illustrated primer of Villa’s history added to all the main stats from 140 years of football? What is more, buy more than one and you start getting a good discount!
Villa were 4 points clear at the top of the table and only had 2 games
left - 'Boro at home - which we won, and Arsenal away - which of course
we lost - but by then it didn't matter. The program notes are excellent
- full of expectation, and it gives a fascinating look back - season
tickets in the Holte were £28 and £2 in on matchday!
Click on the Image to download a PDF copy of the programme.
It is 12mb in size - so it will take time.