Aston Villa:

Nicknames: The Villa, Villans.

City: Located in Aston, Birmingham.

Aston Villa Football Club was formed in March 1874, the four founders of Aston Villa were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood from the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team who met under a gas-light to form the new club. Villa Park is one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in Europe. Opened in 1897, it has hosted World Cup, European Championship and other international football matches as well as more FA Cup semi-finals than any other venue.

Arch-enemy: Birmingham City (Blues).

Honors: Villa have quite a disguised collection of honours and have won 10 domestic cups in total, the First Division seven times, the Second Division twice, and the Third Division once. They have also won the FA Cup seven times, and the League Cup five times.

Aston Villa have won the European Cup,  on MAY 26, 1982 – De Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam Aston Villa beat the mighty Bayern Munich.

Kit:For a few years after that (1877–79) the team wore several different kits from all white, blue and black, red and blue to plain green. Since 1893, the body of the kit has been claret with blue sleeves and predominantly white shorts.

Did You Know? Aston Villa have spent 102 seasons in the top tier, the only club to have spent longer in the top flight is Everton.

Famous Players: Aston Villa have provided more England internationals than any other club, with 71. Gareth Barry, Gordon Cowans, Dennis Mortimer, Gareth Southgate, Gerry Hitchens, Harry Hampton, Allan Evans and Emile Heskey

Biggest away defeat overall: Aston Villa 1 Bolton Wanderers 7, 26.12.1914

Biggest home win overall: Aston Villa 12 Accrington 2, 12.03.1892

Unofficial Web Sites:

www.avillafan.com

www.villatalk.com/

www.thevillablog.co.uk/

www.astonvillausa.org

www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk