Club founded: 1874 (probably in October)
by 15 members of the Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel.
Aston Villa FC is precisely
Why the name 'Aston Villa' and colours claret & blue? For the answers, click here.
Major Stepping Stones in the Club's History
First entered the FA Cup in 1879; first Midland winners of the Cup (1887) Founder member of the Football League in 1888 (& first runner-up) 'Double’ winners of the League and FA Cup in 1897 (the last club to do so until 1961) Founder member of the Football League Cup in 1960 (& first winners in 1961) Entered Euro competition in 1975 (the UEFA Cup); European Cup winners in 1982 Founder member of the Premier League in 1992 (& first runner-up)
AVFC Premier League Performance Chart Please click on image to see full size
to see chart of Villa's Football League Record up to 1992.
Latest major site update
(Started Aug 2020; completed Sep 24,2020)
Season-by-season league results, including scorers and other stats.
the Match Centre
If Aston Villa players went to a laundry to hang out their washing, 10,000 fans
would turn up to watch them. — a quote from incoming manager Tommy Docherty in 1969
No other football club is both so old and steeped in so much history and achievement.
The Villa is one of only three clubs to be founder-members of both the Football League (1888-89) and the Premiership (1992-93). Both times Villa were league runners-up; a unique record.
Today's leading clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool are comparatively recent phenomena (since World War Two). Arsenal became a great trophy-winning side well after World War One, but for some years Aston Villa's fame continued to over-ride that of the Gunners.
In 1981, the Villa had still won more domestic honours than any other English club. Then, in 1982, the club won the European Cup. Throughout nearly all the time since, Aston Villa has been a leading football club.
Retired computer software analyst, designer, developer & technical author John Lerwill
has personally researched the club's entire history at the British Library, the Birmingham Library and AVFC's own archives. That original research forms the basis of this website and his publications.
John is also a former official Club Historian at Villa Park. This website tries to provide an accurate service, and has been doing so since 1998. It is the oldest non-official Aston Villa site - certainly of its kind - on the Net.