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Aston Villa Football Club (nicknamed Villa, The Villa, The Villans and The Lions) is a professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, England. The club currently competes in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league.

Aston Villa were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992. Aston Villa are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup, in 1981–82.

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The club colours are a claret shirt with sky blue sleeves, white shorts with claret and blue trim, and sky blue socks with claret and white trim. A new badge was revealed in May 2007, for the 2007–08 season and beyond. The new badge includes a star to represent the European Cup win in 1982, and has a light blue background behind Villa's 'lion rampant'.

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. The lion is now unified as opposed to fragmented lions of the past. Randy Lerner petitioned fans to help with the design of the new badge.

On 6 April 2016, the club confirmed that it would be using a new badge from the 2016–17 season after consulting fan groups for suggestions. The lion in the new badge has claws added to it, and the word "Prepared" was removed to increase the size of the lion and club initials in the badge.

Aston Villa's arch-rivals are Birmingham City, with games between the two clubs known as the Second City Derby.

Historically though, West Bromwich Albion have arguably been Villa's greatest rivals Villa also enjoy less heated local rivalries with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City.

  • First Division: 1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–1900, 1909–10, 1980–81
  • Second Division: 1937–38, 1959–60, Play-off Winners in 2018–19
  • Third Division: 1971–72
  • FA Cup: 1886–87, 1894–95, 1896–97, 1904–05, 1912–13, 1919–20, 1956–57
  • League Cup: 1960–61, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • FA Charity Shield: 1981
  • Sheriff of London Charity Shield: 1899, 1901
  • Football League War Cup: 1944 (shared)
  • European Cup: 1981–82
  • European Super Cup: 1982
  • Intertoto Cup: 2001
  • 2014: Aston Villa, jointly with Tottenham Hotspur, hold the record for providing the most England internationals with 73.
  • Three Aston Villa players have won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. In 1977 Andy Gray won the award. In 1990 it was awarded to David Platt, whilst Paul McGrath won it in 1993.
  • The PFA Young Player of the Year, which is awarded to players under the age of 23, has been awarded to four players from Aston Villa: Andy Gray in 1977; Gary Shaw in 1981; Ashley Young in 2009 and James Milner in 2010.
  • A number of television programs have included references to Aston Villa over the past few decades. In the sitcom Porridge, the character Lennie Godber is a Villa supporter.
  • When filming began on Dad's Army, Villa fan Ian Lavender was allowed to choose Frank Pike's scarf from an array in the BBC wardrobe; he chose a claret and blue one—Aston Villa's colours.
  • The character Nessa in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey was revealed as an Aston Villa fan in an episode screened in December 2009.
  • Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis, OBE (3 January 1924 – 11 October 2018) was an English entrepreneur, best known as the chairman of Aston Villa Football Club. According to Ellis, he attended trials for a football career with Tranmere Rovers as a child but chose to pursue his business career rather than football.
  • Gordon Sidney Cowans (born 27 October 1958 in West Cornforth, County Durham) is an English retired football player and coach. Cowans started his career at Aston Villa as an apprentice in 1974 and signed as a professional in 1976. During his time at Aston Villa, he won the League Cup, the League Championship, the European Cup and the European Super Cup. Cowans is consistently rated by Villa fans as one of their 3 best players. 



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