Club founded: 1874 (probably in October)
by 15 members of the Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel.
Aston Villa FC is
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 created 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 the name 'Aston Villa'? For the origin of the Aston Villa name click here.
With 19 major English trophies in total, Aston Villa remain 4th in the league of domestic trophy winners. And are one of the few British winners of the European Cup.
Founder-members of both the Football League (1888) & the Premier League (1992), European Champions (1982) and winners of 19 major domestic trophies.
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.