Aston Villa FC have more than their fair share of legends, and I felt it was time to properly record their feats: the 1957 FA Cup-winning team is virtually no more and even the last championship-winning side is getting long in the tooth.
A number of fans will remember Villa Park's 100th anniversary celebrations in 1997, when a number of very old stars appeared on the pitch. Players like Johnny Dixon, Trevor Ford, Con Martin, Stan Lynn, and many more. They're all gone now, and as the fans of that generation also go, the memory of those players also leaves the scene.
Old-time playing legends such as Archie Hunter (still the club record goalscorer in the FA Cup with 34 goals) still fascinate people, and, indeed, such players left a story that reaches to a Villan's heart!
So, as a radical departure from the format of my previous books, The Aston Villa Chronicles (1874-1924) and The First Superclub, I have decided to produce an 11-volume magazine series of quality called Aston Villa Through the Ages. Each of the first 10 volumes will be centred mostly around the players and particularly about long-serving playing legends of the club. All volumes are downloadable in PDF form. An option for printing is provided.
This series takes the opportunity also to bring the known history of Aston Villa completely up-to-date, including rarely-seen photos and facts.
An additional attraction is that I welcome the former Villa News & Record editor and leading Villa writer Rob Bishop, who has agreed to write lead articles for the three 'Ages' from 1976 to 2012
This new Aston Villa Through The Ages will cover:
|1874-1893||Ramsay, McGregor and Hunter Age||54||£3.00**||£1.50|
|1893-1905||John Devey and Howard Spencer Age||40||£2.50||£1.25|
|1905-1915||Joe Bache and Harry Hampton Age||January|
|1919-1939||Billy Walker and Eric Houghton Age||t.b.a.|
|1946-1961||Johnny Dixon and Peter Mac Age||t.b.a.|
|1961-1976||Charlie Aitken and Alan Deakin Age||t.b.a.|
|1976-1990||Dennis Mortimer and 'Sid' Cowans Age||t.b.a.|
|1990-2001||Paul McGrath and Gareth Southgate Age||t.b.a.|
|2001-2012||Gareth Barry and 'Stan' Petrov Age||t.b.a.|