11 Facts About Aston Villa


The four founders of Aston Villa were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood, who were members of the chapel's cricket team looking for a way to stay fit during the winter months.

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McGregor took action after seeing Aston Villa matches cancelled, to the increasing frustration of the club's fans, on five consecutive Saturdays.

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However, under the stewardship of Mercer, Aston Villa returned to the top-flight in 1960 as Second Division Champions with a talented young side which became known as 'Mercer's Minors'.

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Spink performed superbly, keeping a clean sheet, and helping Aston Villa become only the fourth English club to lift the European Cup.

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The traditional motto "Prepared" remains in the badge, and the name Aston Villa has been shortened to AVFC, FC having been omitted from the previous badge.

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In September 2010, Aston Villa launched an initiative at Villa Park called Villa Midlands Food where the club will spend two years training students with Aston Villa hospitality and events in association with Birmingham City Council.

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In 2004, several Aston Villa firms were involved in a fight with QPR fans outside Aston Villa Park in which a steward died.

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The nearest opposing team Aston Villa faced during that season was Sheffield United, who played 62 miles away in South Yorkshire.

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Three Aston Villa players have won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

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Together with The Oval, Aston Villa Park is referenced by the poet Philip Larkin in his poem about the First World War, MCMXIV.

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Notable supporters of Aston Villa include Prince William, former Prime Minister David Cameron, musician Ozzy Osbourne, actor Tom Hanks, and golfer Justin Rose.

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