Aston Villa Football Club was formed in March 1874, by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth which is now part of Birmingham. The four founders of Aston Villa were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price, and William Scattergood. Aston Villa’s first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary’s Rugby team. As a condition of the ...
History of the Aston Villa FC
Aston Villa Football Club is an English professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham. The club competes in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1874, they have played at their home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa was one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992. Villa is one of the five English clubs to have won the European Cup, from 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 European (UEFA) Super Cup once. The club is currently ranked 5th in the all-time English top-flight table since its creation in 1888.
Villa has a fierce local rivalry with Birmingham City and the Second City derby between the teams has been played since 1879. The club's traditional kit colors are claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, white shorts, and sky blue socks. Their traditional club badge is of a rampant lion. The club is currently owned by the NSWE group, a company owned by the Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and the American billionaire Wes Edens.
1874 - Present / Aston Villa Football Club
Villans, The Villa, The Lions, The Claret & Blue Army
Aston Villa is one of the teams that has gone by many different names throughout the years so they have a few. "Lions" and "Villans" were the originals derived from the lion on the team’s crest and the fact that the stadium stands on what was once a villa. The "Claret and Blue" and "The Villa" are now the most popular nicknames, they come from the colors of the kit and an adaption from the original "Villans." "Villans" was often easily confused as it was spelt incorrectly from the word villains.
Premier League / 7
1981, 1910, 1900, 1899, 1897, 1896, 1894
FA Cup / 7
1957, 1920, 1913, 1905, 1897, 1895, 1887
Premier League - FA Cup Double / 1
1897 - Present / Villa Park
1876 - 1897 / Wellington Road
1875 - 1876 / Wilson Road
2018 - Present / Nassef Sawiris, Wes Edens
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