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Aston Villa Football Club

Aston Villa Football Club is the most successful of all of the football clubs in Birmingham and probably in the whole of the West Midlands.

Aston Villa Football club was formed in 1874, 14 years before the Football League was founded. The story goes that four men from the Villa Cross Weslyan Chapel Cricket Club met by gas-light and decided to form a football team to give the cricket team a sport to play during the winter.

They won their first match against Aston Brook St Mary's Rugby team and from these humble beginnings the club became one of the 12 founding members of the Football League.

From the beginning they were a force to be reckoned with as they quickly established themselves one of the best teams in the area, and indeed the Football League managing to finish highly in a few FA Cup competitions before eventually winning the trophy.

However since then Villa, like every football team, has had many ups and downs during its illustrious history and even went 37 years without a trophy between 1920 and 1957. Eric Houghton eventually guided them to victory in the FA Cup Final at Wembley with Peter McParland scoring twice to end Manchester United’s dream.

Since then real glory has always been just a whisker away and an FA Cup Final against Chelsea in 2000 has been the height of Villa’s achievements. The arrival of David O'Leary in the summer of 2003 could herald another upturn in the fortunes of a club with an esteemed history.

If you want to enjoy the thrills and spills of an Aston Villa home game while you’re in Birmingham then you’ll need to head for Villa Park [map] to the north of the city centre. Getting to the ground should be straightforward as there are plenty of public transport options, one of the most popular being to get off at Aston train station and follow the claret and sky blue shirts on the 10-minute walk to the ground.

Tickets for games should be purchased in advance to ensure availability however you can by tickets at the gate on matchday, phone 0121 327 2299 for more information.

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