Aston Villa (for its day, before 1915) was once the kind of force that we today associate with Manchester United. But Aston Villa has rarely dropped out of the elite in football 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.
"The true measure of John's labour of love [is that] he has brought to life the early folk of Aston Villa and rescued them from obscurity."
Professor Carl Chinn MBE
These books are based on recent & deep original research with fresh findings.
John's latest - a full (illustrated) history of the club, 1874-2012: Aston Villa - The First Superclub
"...an excellent book by John Lerwill ... a remarkable tome ..." (B'ham Mail)
"So much history and information. I'm sure I will be dipping into it for years to come. (A Villa fan)"
If you want to know the major parts of the club's history and experience the peaks and troughs of a great club, then this book should satisfy your yearning! For SPECIAL OFFER
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