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.
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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