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About Aston Villa
Aston Villa Football Club was founded in November 1874, in what is now Birmingham, making them one of the oldest clubs in England. Nicknamed the Villains, the club’s colours are their iconic claret and blue. The club’s crest features these colours surrounding a golden lion, with the club’s motto, ‘Prepared’, written at the bottom.
Villa were one of the founding clubs of the Premier League and have remained in the top flight since its inception. Although the club is no longer competing for League titles, Villa has a rich history of success. Among their seven domestic League titles and seven FA Cup wins, Villa are one of just five English teams to have ever won the European Cup, after they did so in 1982. The club went on to win the European Super Cup as well.
Aston Villa play their football at Villa Park, a traditional four-stand ground with a capacity of 42,600. The ground opened in 1897 and Villa have played their ever since. Villa Park also hosted matches during the 1996 World Cup and Euro ‘96.
The club’s local rivals are Birmingham City. The derby match between the two sides is always a fiery occasion, although traditionally the Villains have gotten the better of their city rivals.
Charlie Aitken is the player with the most appearances for the club, with 657. The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is Billy Walker, who scored 244 goals for the Villains; 2 more than Harry Hampton.
Notable players to have worn the famous claret and blue in recent history include Thomas Hitzlsperger, Juan Pablo Angel, Emile Heskey, James Milner and Gareth Barry. Arsenal Legend Robert Pires also had a brief spell at the club.
Villa’s greatest manager is George Ramsey. Ramsey managed the club from 1884 to 1926, winning six FA Cups and six League titles. Although they did not win any trophies with the club, other notable managers include Martin O’Neill, David O’Leary and Graham Taylor.