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 match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under Rugby rules and the second half under Association rules. After moving to the Wellington Road ground in 1876, Villa soon established themselves as one of the best teams in the Midlands, winning their first honor, the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1880, under the captaincy of Scotsman George Ramsay.
In 1897, the year Villa won The Double, they moved into their present home, the Aston Lower Grounds. Supporters coined the name “Villa Park,” no official declaration listed the ground as Villa Park.
Founded in 1874, they have played at their home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. 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, in 1981 – 1982. 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.
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
*Blue is this team’s history