A Brief History of Aston Villa Football Club
Nicknames: The Villans, The Villa, Villa
Aston Villa were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992.
Villa are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup, which they won in 1981/82
They have also won the Football League First Division seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times and the UEFA Super Cup once.
Stadium Capacity: 42,785
Villa Park is one of the oldest and most famous venues in world football and Aston Villa have played there since 1897.
Villa Park is one of a select few that has staged international fixtures over three different centuries, the first senior international taking place in 1899.
The club’s home has hosted an array of prestige events including international fixtures, World Cup and European Championship matches and FA Cup semi-finals before they were moved to Wembley.
Stadium Naming Rights
The naming rights of the Villa Park have never been sold, but there does seem to have been interest to do so over the last few years ~ (see press from Birmingham Live Nov 2018)
Highest Attendance: 76,588
Aston Villa v Derby County
FA Cup 6th Round 2 March 1946
Lowest Attendance: 2,900
Aston Villa v Bradford City
League Match 13 February 1915
Appointed: October 2018
Aston Villa Manager: Dean Smith
Dean Smith was appointed as the club’s manager, on 10 October 2018, having previously managed Brentford and Walsall
To date he has taken the club from 14th in the Championship to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2018–19 season, and then to the 2020 EFL Cup final.
Aston Villa Chairmen: Nassef Sawiris
Appointed: July 2018
It was announced in July 2018 that Nassef Sawiris would replace Tony Xia as chairman of Aston Villa F.C. following the purchase of a 55% controlling stake by NSWE, a company jointly owned and controlled by Sawiris’ group NNS and American billionaire Wes Edens.
Aston Villa Captain: Jack Grealish
Appointed: March 2019
Jack Grealish has worn the Captain’s armband since March 2019, since then Villa enjoyed a period which saw them amass a club-record 10 league wins in a row.
This form granted Villa a place in the play-offs where victories over West Bromwich Albion and Derby County gained them promotion to the Premier League after an absence of three years.
Aston Villa Club Mascot: Hercules Lion
Aston Villa Football Kits 2019/20 Season
Kit Sponsor: W88
Kit Manufacturer: Kappa
Aston Villa forwent commercial kit sponsorship for the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons; instead advertising the charity Acorns Children’s Hospice, the first deal of its kind in Premier League history.
The partnership continued until 2010 when a commercial sponsor replaced Acorns, with the hospice becoming the club’s Official Charity Partner.
In 2014–15, the Acorns name returned to Aston Villa’s home and away shirts, but only for children’s shirts re-affirming the club’s support for the children’s charity.
In the 2019–20 season, Aston Villa’s kit sponsors are W88, an Asian betting and gambling company
Aston Villa’s Premier League History
Aston Villa have not yet won the Premier League. Their best finish to date is Runners-Up in the very first season 1992/93
Premier League Table 2019/20
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||39||54||-15||41|
|16||West Ham United||38||10||9||19||49||62||-13||39|
Aston Villa’s Football League Wins
Aston Villa have won the First Division 7 times and were runners-up on 9 occasions
|First Division Winners||1894, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1910, 1981|
|Second Division Winners||1938, 1960|
|Third Division Winners||1972|
Aston Villa’s FA Cup Wins
Aston Villa have won the FA Cup 7 times, finishing as runners-up 4 times
|1957||Aston Villa||Manchester United||2-1|
|1920||Aston Villa||Huddersfield Town||1-0 aet|
|1905||Aston Villa||Newcastle United||2-0|
|1895||Aston Villa||West Bromwich Albion||1-0|
|1887||Aston Villa||West Bromwich Albion||2-0|
Aston Villa’s Football League Cup Wins
Aston Villa have won the League Cup 5 times, finishing as runners-up 4 times
|1996||Aston Villa||Leeds United||3-0|
|1994||Aston Villa||Manchester United||3-1|
|1977||Aston Villa||Everton||3-2||Extra Time|
|1975||Aston Villa||Norwich City||1-0|
|1961||Aston Villa||Rotherham United||0-2||First Leg|
|1961||Aston Villa||Rotherham United||3-0||Second Leg|
Aston Villa In European Competition
|2001||Intertoto Cup||Aston Villa||Basel||5-2|
|1983||European Super Cup||Aston Villa||Barcelona||3-1|
|1982||European Cup||Aston Villa||Bayern Munich||1-0|
The Intertoto Cup (affectionately known as the Inter-Two-Bob Cup) was played over two legs Villa drew 1-1 with Basel away and the won the second leg 4-1 at Villa Park, winning 5-2 on aggregate
The European Super Cup was played over two legs, Villa lost 1-0 to Barcelona away but won the second leg 3-0 (after extra time) at Villa Park, winning 3-1 on aggregate
Aston Villa’s Record Appearances: Charlie Aitken
Club Appearances: 657
Charlie Aitken holds the all–time record for most appearances for Aston Villa, playing in 657 games for the club between 1959 and 1976.
Top 10 Aston Villa Player Appearances
- 657 Charlie Aitken (1959-1976)
- 531 Billy Walker (1919-1933)
- 506 Gordon Cowans (1976-1985 & 1988-1991)
- 474 Joe Bache (1900-1914)
- 466 Allan Evans (1977-1989)
- 452 Tommy Smart (1919-1933)
- 449 Nigel Spink (1979-1996)
- 423 Gareth Barry (1997-2009)
- 430 Johnny Dixon (1945-1961)
- 404 Dennis Mortimer (1975-1985)
Competitive matches only
Aston Villa’s Record Goal Scorer: Billy Walker
Total Goals: 244
- League Goals 214
- FA Cup Goals 30
- League Cup Goals 0
- European Goals 0
Billy Walker is the all-time top goalscorer for Aston Villa with 244 goals in all competitions
Aston Villa’s Top 10 Goal Scorers
- 244 Billy Walker (1919-1933)
- 242 Harry Hampton (1904-1920)
- 187 John Devey (1891-1902)
- 185 Joe Bache (1900-1914)
- 170 Eric Houghton (1927-1946)
- 167 Tom Waring (1928-1935)
- 144 Johnny Dixon (1945-1961)
- 120 Peter McParland (1952-1962)
- 112 Billy Garraty (1897-1908)
- 100 Dai Astley (1931-1936)
- 100 Len Capewell (1921-1930)
Aston Villa’s Club Record Signing: Wesley Moraes
Transfer Fee: £22m
Wesley Moraes joined Aston Villa for a club record fee of £22m from Club Brugge in June 2019
Aston Villa’s Top 5 Highest Transfers In
- Wesley Moraes £22m from Club Brugge in June 2019
- Tyrone Mings £20m (rising to £25m) from Bournemouth in July 2019
- Darren Bent £18m (rising to £24m) from Sunderland in January 2011
- Douglas Luiz £15m from Manchester City in July 2019
- Stewart Downing £12m from Middlesborough in July 2009
- Ross McCormack £12m from Fulham in August 2016
- Scott Hogan £12m from Brentford in January 2017
- Ezri konsa £12m from Brentford in July 2019
Aston Villa’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out
- Christian Benteke £41.85m to Liverpool in July 2015
- Stewart Downing £20.52m to Liverpool in July 2011
- James Milne £19.8m to Manchester City in August 2010
- Dwight Yorke £17.33m to Manchester United in July 1998
- Ashley Young £16.2m to Manchester United in July 2011
Aston Villa’s Official Club Tours & Museum
Soak up the atmosphere and walk in the footsteps of Villa’s finest players, both past and present, in an amazing experience which highlights the club’s proud history.
Take the manager’s position on the bench and give your verdict on the game in the post-match interview room.
Find Out more at Aston Villa Official Club Tours
Aston Villa Fan Club Membership
The Pride is the official Aston Villa fan membership, bringing all Villa supporters together to become #PartOfThePride.
There are a number of ways to become a member of The Pride – Season ticket holders, Claret adult members, Cub junior members and Lions Club members.
Each level of membership comes with its own range of benefits.
Find out more at Aston Villa’s Club Website
Aston Villa’s Club Information
Club Website: https://www.avfc.co.uk/
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