Aston Villa

If you travel north-east from central Birmingham, you end up in Aston. That is not only famous for having a large water network, that granted them the name “City of a Thousand Trades.” But Aston is also more known for the football club, Aston Villa. Or simply Villa as supporters and fans call them. That according to folklore in the region was form during a very cloak and dagger settings. The story goes, 4 members from the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team met up on a dark night under a gaslight in 1874. Location, Heathfield Road, objective, collectively figure out what to do during the winter months. True or not, the official birth date of the football club accepts as a fact. With that new-found knowledge, shall we look further into the Club and what other activities Aston Villa engage in?

UEFA club coefficient ranking

If we look at the position, Aston Villa is at this moment (2020) at the low 450th place. This just before the French Club, Lorient (451st) but after the Ukraine team FK Desna Chernihiv (449th). However, on a ten-year perspective, the situation looks a bit more upbeat. Where they climb all the way up to top 100. In fact, the overall standings position the Club in 98th place. With Fulham (97th) one place before and one place after them is Rapid Wien (99th). Indeed, the journey for Aston Villa has been a UEFA ranking roller coaster. And only in the last 10 years, they went from the top 30 to an all-time low position 889th.

How many times have Aston Villa won the Premier League title?

Well for the number one spot in the Premier League, the report is grim. Although, the first season of the EPL, they did manage to conduct a tight play and end up as runner-up. However, the effort proved no match for Manchester United that finished up the inauguration season with 84 points, against Aston Villa’s 74. Yet, the Club has plenty of esteemed titles and trophies to their name.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Aston Villa

Even if the number of EPL title is none, they do have 7 First Division wins (1893/94, 1895/96, 1896/97, 1898/99, 1899/1900, 1909/10, 1980/81). Plus 2 Second Division titles (1937/38, 1959/60). And 1 Third Division (1971/72). But if we look at the Cup side of things, the Club has a proven track record, with 7 FA Cup decorations (1886/87, 1894/95, 1896/97, 1904/05, 1912/13, 1919/20, 1956/57). But also 5 League Cup victories (1960/61, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1993/94, 1995/96). And an FA Charity Shield (1981), 2 Sheriff of London Charity Shield (1899, 1901). Even some outside the UK wins, like 1 European Cup (1981/82), 1 European Super Cup (1982), and 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup win (2001).

Kit and colours

In the early days, the colours and design were quite different from what we see today. Where the Club has worn all black shirt with an embroidered red lion on the chest with white shorts. And even at one time, the home colour was green in combination with black socks and white pants. However, since 1887 the choice of home and away colours have been a medium-dark shade of pink or more precise claret, accompanied by a light blue. Taking us to the third kit, that has featured all white, yellow, and black. However, the latest take (2020) is a combination of green, black and red.

Aston Villa’s social responsibilities

The Club is no stranger to giving back to the community, where they frequently organise things catering for the younger fans, like soccer schools, my home debut experience, and family fun zone to mention a few. Also, Aston Villa understands how to give back to its fans, with their pride reward card, that basically is a point-based loyalty scheme system. Say that you are a cardholder and the team score or you attend a match you get points. That you then can use on such things as pitch side interactions, hotel stays at an away match or signed game jerseys to mention some of the benefits. Plus, Villa TV, where you can, for instance, purchase individual Cup games or subscribe to the complete season.

Stadiums and capacity

Previously the Club has played on Aston Park and Wellington Road, although at the current time the place to be is Villa Park. With a capacity of 42,785 people, but according to recently granted planning permissions, Villa Park plans to increase the capacity to 51,000. Currently, the stadium counts as the biggest one in the Midlands and ranks 8th in the UK.

Aston Villa transfers and rumours

Aston Villa’s fan base

The main bulk of the supporters do come from the Midlands with its surrounding areas. However, the Club support stretches far beyond the UK borders with affiliated supporter clubs all around the world. The fans, as such, are usually referred to as the “Villan’s.” That, unfortunately, is very close to the word that is describing a wrongdoer. Although the club supporters have had a motley past mainly in the 70s and 80s there is a new era of football in Aston Villa, showing zero tolerance to unsportsmanlike practices. Where the Club conducts community reach-out programmes to get the fans more involved in the process of decision making.

Women football in Aston Villa

The women portion of the Club is the Aston Villa W.F.C. That originates from 1973 by the name Solihull F.C. Which got changed in 1989 to Villa Aztecs. To finally, get and official status as the Club’s women portion in 1996. Yet it was not until 2019 the name Aston Villa Women F.C stuck. As of yet, they still chasing there first major League title.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Aston Villa

The owner (2020) is the combined co-owners, an Egyptian and American business billionaire. This as late as 2018 when they both spend and access of £300 Million. And the first action was to pay off a lingering tax bill of £4.1 Million that the former owner accumulated. And since then they have struggled somewhat with the financial aspect. But according to official statements from the Club, they are in compliance with the English Football League’s (EFL) Profitability and Sustainability Rules.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that Villa Park has seen more FA Cup semi-final then any other stadium, with 55 semi-finals concluding at the home of Aston Villa. Also, Aston Villa was the first Club to adopt the claret and blue colour scheme, that since both Burnley and West Ham United utilised. Another interesting fact to add to your knowledge, Aston Villa takes home the second place in most played top-flight games in English professional football, just after Everton.