Club founded: 1874(probably in October)
by 15 members of the Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel.
This month, Aston Villa FC is
Why the name 'Aston Villa' and colours claret & blue? For the answers, click here.
Aston Villa was once the kind of force that we, in recent decades, associate with a club like Manchester United. The 'Pride of the Midlands', Aston Villa has rarely dropped out of the top-flight in over 125 years.
For more than 20 years before 1915 the club dominated world football after the club's former chairman, William McGregor, had created the world's first football league (1888).
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 club had still won more domestic honours than any other English club. In 1982, the club won the European Cup and throughout the 1990s was a leading club in the top-flight of English football.
Website owner John Lerwill is a former official Club Historian at Villa Park. He 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 site and John's publications.
Important stepping stones in national and international competition:
First entered the FA Cup in 1879; first Midland winners of the Cup (in 1887) Founder member of the Football League in 1888 (and runner-up in first season) '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 (and first winners in 1961) First entered European competition in 1975 (the UEFA Cup); European Cup winners in 1982 Founder member of the Premier League in 1992 (and runner-up in first season)
Years when Villa were relegated from the top tier: 1936, 1959, 1967, 1987, 2016.