Aston Villa F.C.

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Aston Villa
Full nameAston Villa Football Club
Nickname(s)The Villa
The Lions
The Claret & Blue Army
Short nameVilla, AVFC
Founded21 November 1874; 146 years ago (1874-11-21)[1]
GroundVilla Park
Capacity42,095[2]
Owner(s)Nassef Sawiris
Wes Edens
ChairmanNassef Sawiris[3]
Head CoachDean Smith[4]
LeaguePremier League
2020–21Premier League, 11th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Aston Villa Football Club (nicknamed Villa),[5] is an English football club based in Birmingham. They have played at Villa Park, in Aston, since 1897. They were one of the teams that started the English Football League in 1888. They were also one of the teams that started the Premier League in 1992.[6] They are one of five English clubs to have won the European Cup. They won this in 1982. They have also won the Football League First Division seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times, and the European Super Cup once.

Villa have a large rivalry with nearby team Birmigham City. This is called the Second City Derby, and they have been playing against each other since 1879.[7] The team's main home colours are claret and light blue. Their badge is a yellow lion.[8][9] The club is owned by the NWSE group (owned by Egyptian Nassef Sawiris) and American Wes Edens.

Club honours[change | change source]

Aston Villa have won European and domestic league trophies. The club's last English trophy was in 1996 when they won the League Cup, and most recently they won the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Domestic[change | change source]

League Titles
Champions:[B] 1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–1900, 1909–10, 1980–81
Champions:[B] 1937–38, 1959–60
Play-off Winners: 2018–19[11]
Champions:[B] 1971–72
Cups
Winners: 1886–87, 1894–95, 1896–97, 1904–05, 1912–13, 1919–20, 1956–57
Winners: 1960–61, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1993–94, 1995–96
Winners: 1981
Winners: 1899, 1901

European[change | change source]

Winners: 1981–82
Winners: 1982
Winners: 2001[A]

League position[change | change source]

Season League Position
2000/01 Premier League 8th
2001/02 Premier League 8th
2002/03 Premier League 16th
2003/04 Premier League 6th
2004/05 Premier League 10th
2005/06 Premier League 16th
2006/07 Premier League 11th
2007/08 Premier League 6th
2008/09 Premier League 6th
2009/10 Premier League 6th
2010/11 Premier League 9th
2011/12 Premier League 16th
2012/13 Premier League 15th
2013/14 Premier League 15th
2014/15 Premier League 17th
2015/16 Premier League 20th
2016/17 EFL Championship 13th
2017/18 EFL Championship 4th
2018/19 EFL Championship 5th
2019/20 Premier League 17th
2020/21 Premier League 11th

Former position[change | change source]


Managers[change | change source]

Name Nationality Period Played Win Draw Lose Win%[C] Honours
From To
George Ramsay  Scotland August 1884 May 1926 1,327 658 414 255 049.59 6 FA Cups, 6 Division One championships
Jimmy Hogan  England November 1936 September 1939 124 57 26 41 045.97 Division Two Champions
Eric Houghton  England September 1953 November 1958 250 88 65 97 035.20 FA Cup winner
Joe Mercer  England December 1958 July 1964 282 120 63 99 042.55 Division Two Champions, League Cup winner
Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame
Ron Saunders  England June 1974 February 1982 353 157 98 98 044.48 2 League Cups, Division One champions. Also in 2006 was inducted into the Aston Villa Hall of Fame.
Tony Barton  England February 1982 June 1984 130 58 24 48 044.62 European Cup, European Super Cup
Jozef Vengloš  Czechoslovakia July 1990 May 1991 49 16 15 18 032.65 First manager not from Britain or Ireland to take charge of a top-flight club in England.[12]
Ron Atkinson  England July 1991 November 1994 178 77 45 56 043.26 League Cup winner
Brian Little  England November 1994 February 1998 164 68 45 51 041.46 League Cup winner
John Gregory  England February 1998 January 2002 190 82 52 56 043.16 Intertoto Cup winner

References[change | change source]

  1. "Aston Villa Football Club information". BBC Sport. 1 January 2010. Archived from the original on 22 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  2. https://resources.premierleague.com/premierleague/document/2020/05/27/e9b03ff0-4f09-443e-b934-64ada14679a5/2019-20-PL-Handbook-270520.pdf
  3. "Aston Villa: Wes Edens & Nassef Sawiris to make 'significant investment' in club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  4. "Dean Smith: Aston Villa appoint new head coach with John Terry as assistant". BBC Sport. 10 October 2018. Archived from the original on 10 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. "Premiership club-by-club guide". BBC Sport. 8 August 2005. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  6. Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p. 161.
  7. Matthews, Tony (2000). "Aston Villa". The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4.
  8. Woodhall, Dave (2007). The Aston Villa Miscellany. Vision Sports Publishing Ltd. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-905326-17-4.
  9. "Introducing our badge for 2016/17". Aston Villa Football Club. 6 April 2016. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Up until 1992, the top division of English football was the Football League First Division; since then, it has been the FA Premier League. At the same time, the Second Division was renamed the First Division, and the Third Division was renamed the Second Division.
  11. "Report: Championship Play-Off Final".
  12. "Venglos first foreign coach". BBC. 1998-07-17. Retrieved 2008-09-15.

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