Aston Villa was founded in 1874 and were founder members of the Football League when it began in 1888 and also the Premier League. when it began in 1992. Villa play their home games at Villa Park, in Birmingham. The capacity of Villa Park is 42682 and it has hosted 55 FA Cup semi-finals, more than any other stadium, and 16 England internationals. Villa have played their home games at Villa Park since 1897. Aston Villa play in claret shirts with blue sleeves, white shorts and claret and blue socks. Aston Villa's nickname is 'The Villans'.
Aston Villa are one of the oldest clubs in English football, Villa were created in 1874. Only Stoke City are older in the current Premier League. Villa are also one of the most successful football teams, they have won the league title 7 times, the FA Cup 7 times and the League Cup five times, but the last time they won a cup was in 1996 and the last time they won the league title was in 1981. In 1982, Villa also won the European Cup (now the Champions League) when they beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the final.
Aston Villa have some very famous fans, some of these famous supporters include:
David Cameron: The British Prime Minister has been a Villa fan since he was 13, when his uncle took him to a match. A TV interviewer asked Cameron whether Chelsea or Manchester United would win the Premier League. He said it didn’t matter, because for him, there was only one team - Aston Villa!
Tom Hanks: The Hollywood movie star lives in New York (USA), not in Birmingham (UK). So why is he a supporter of Aston Villa? He says that watching an Aston Villa match in London, ‘I thought: “I like their colours and I like the name, so I’m gonna be an Aston Villa man from now on!”. Hanks also says he wants to go to Aston Villa - when he finds out where it is!
Prince William: The future king of England has been a Villa supporter ever since he saw his first live game (Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers). And he’s a fan of the Villa fans too: ‘Villa supporters are dedicated – they are great because, although Villa don’t always win, they stay loyal,’ he says.
‘He clearly follows the team and you could tell he has done that for a good number of years. He is a true supporter.’ - Aston Villa’s Chief Executive talking about Prince William.
In 2014/15, Aston Villa finished 17th in the Premier League and successfully avoided relegation after a difficult season. Villa had a good second half to the season and also reached the FA Cup Final, but lost 4-0 to Arsenal. The ‘Villans’ top scorer was Belgian international Christian Benteke, with 13 goals. But, with Fabian Delph moving to Manchester City and Benteke moving to Liverpool, their fans will be worried about who is going to replace them. Can Villa finish in the top half of the Premier League this season?
Prediction 2014/15: 12th
Key player: Micah Richards
Did you know....?
Aston Villa hold the record for most goals scored in a single season in the top division. Villa scored 128 goals in the 1930-31 season!
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