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Aston Villa

Aston Villa FC Profile

Club name Aston Villa Football Club, since 1874;
Ground(s) Villa Park, Birmingham since 1897; previously occupied Wellington Road, Perry Barr 1876-97;

Founded

1874 as The Cricketers of Villa Cross Wesleyan Church, turned professional 1885;
Colours Claret shirts with light blue sleeves, white shorts, light blue stockings.
Domestic honours Football League Champions 1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1898-99, 1899-1900, 1909-10, 1980-81; Division Two winners 1937-38, 1959-60; Division Three winners 1971-72;
FA Cup winners 1886-87, 1894-95, 1896-97, 1904-05, 1912-13, 1919-20, 1956-57, runners-up 1891-92, 1923-24, 1999-2000;
Football League Cup winners 1960-61, 1974-75, 1976-77, runners-up 1962-63, 1970-71, (Coca-Cola) winners 1993-94, 1995-96;
The Sheriff of London's (Thomas Dewar) Charity Shield winners 1901, joint-winners 1899, runners-up 1900, as the FA Charity Shield joint-winners 1981, runners-up 1910, 1957, 1972;
European honours European Champions Club Cup winners 1981-82; 
European Super Cup winners 1983; 
UEFA Intertoto Cup winners 2001;
International honours World Club Championship 1982;
Most capped player Steve Staunton 64 (102), Republic of Ireland, 1991-98, 2000-02.


"If there is a club in the country which deserves to be dubbed the greatest (and the matter is one of some delicacy) few will deny the right of Aston Villa to share the highest niche of fame with even the most historic of other aspirants.  For brilliancy and, at the same time, for consistency of achievement, for activity in philanthropic enterprise, for astuteness of management and for general alertness, the superiors of Aston Villa cannot be found."
William McGregor - Football League founder & Villa chairman

Chronologically

Most Capped
Player
No.
England Players Years Starts Subs Apps Capt Goals
1071 Southgate, Gareth 1995-2002 34 8 42 0 1
1019 Platt, David Andrew 1989 15 7 22 0 7
1116 Vassell, Darius 2002-04 6 16 22 0 6
401

Walker, William Henry

1920-32 18 0 18 3 9
195

Athersmith, William Charles

1892-1900 12 0 12 0 3
212 Crabtree, James William 1896-1902 11 0 11 0 0
952 Withe, Peter 1981-84 9 2 11 0 1
996 Hodge, Stephen Brian 1986 8 3 11 0 0
964 Cowans, Gordon Sidney 1983-90 8 0 8 0 1
1100 Barry, Gareth 2000-03 3 5 8 0 0
286 Bache, Joseph William 1903-11 7 0 7 0 4
321 Hardy, Samuel 1914-20 7 0 7 0 0
557 Houghton, William Eric 1930-31 7 0 7 0 5
646 Broome, Frank Henry 1938-39 7 0 7 0 3
1037 Daley, Anthony Mark 1991-92 4 3 7 0 0
146 Hodgetts, Dennis 1888-94 6 0 6 0 1
235 Spencer, Howard 1897-1905 6 0 6 3 0
953 Morley, Anthony William 1981-82 5 1 6 0 0
96 Vaughton, Oliver Howard 1882-84 5 0 5 0 6
198 Reynolds, John 1894-97 5 0 5 0 1
263 Wilkes, Albert 1901-02 5 0 5 0 1
297 Leake, Alexander 1904-05 5 0 5 0 0
410 Smart, Thomas 1921-29 5 0 5 0 0
563 Waring, Thomas 1931-32 5 0 5 0 4
232 Wheldon, George Frederick 1897-98 4 0 4 0 6
372 Hampton, Harry 1913-14 4 0 4 0 2
423 Moss, Frank 1921-24 4 0 4 1 0
484 Dorrell, Arthur Reginald 1924-25 4 0 4 0 1
95 Brown, Arthur Alfred 1882 3 0 3 0 4
346 Ducat, Andrew 1920 3 0 3 0 0
371 Wallace, Charles William 1913-20 3 0 3 0 0
469 Mort, Thomas 1924-26 3 0 3 0 0
562 Tate, Joseph Thomas 1931-32 3 0 3 0 0
666 Lowe, Edmund 1947 3 0 3 0 0
795 Hitchens, Gerald Archibald 1961 3 0 3 0 3
1080 James, David Benjamin 2001 2 1 3 0 0
105 Whateley, Oliver 1883 2 0 2 0 2
197 Devey, John Henry George 1892-94 2 0 2 0 1
270 George, William 1902 2 0 2 0 0
293 Brawn, William Frederick 1904 2 0 2 0 0
432 York, Richard Ernest 1922-26 2 0 2 0 0
528 Olney, Benjamin Albert 1928 2 0 2 0 0
578 Starling, Ronald William 1933-37 2 0 2 0 0
598 Gardner, Thomas 1934-35 2 0 2 0 0
1029 Barrett, Earl Delisser 1993 2 0 2 0 0
151 Allen, Albert Arthur 1888 1 0 1 0 3
227 Smith, Stephen 1895 1 0 1 0 1
285 Garraty, William 1903 1 0 1 0 0
348 Hall, Albert Edward 1910 1 0 1 0 0
391 Barson, Frank 1920 1 0 1 0 0
424 Kirton, William John 1921 1 0 1 0 1
475

Blackburn, George Frederick

1924 1 0 1 0 0
511 Brown, George 1932 1 0 1 0 0
599 Beresford, Joseph 1934 1 0 1 0 0
709 Thompson, Thomas 1951 1 0 1 0 0
909 Little, Brian 1975 1 0 1 0 0
927 Gidman, John 1977 1 0 1 0 0
973 Spink, Nigel Philip 1983 0 1 1 0 0
1054 Richardson, Kevin 1994 1 0 1 0 0
1077 Ehiogu, Ugochuku 1996 0 1 1 0 0
1067 Collymore, Stanley Victor 1997 0 1 1 0 0
1085 Dublin, Dion 1998 1 0 1 0 0
1034 Merson, Paul Charles 1998 1 0 1 0 1
1087 Hendrie, Lee Andrew 1998 0 1 1 0 0
64 Total 1882-2004 275 50 325 7 78

Notes

Aston Villa players were a prominent feature in Early England games, more so through the 1890's.  Three Villains started for England against Ireland, 5 March 1892. Captain Charlie Athersmith, John Devey and Dennis Hodgetts.  Another three started against Ireland, 3 March 1894.  John Reynolds, John Devey and Dennis Hodgetts.

Howard Spencer, John Reynolds and Charlie Athersmith started for England with each other on two occasions.  Against Wales, 29 March 1897 and against Scotland, 3 April 1897.

On 26 March 1900, against Wales, Howard Spencer, Jimmy Crabtree and Charlie Athersmith all started.  Two years later, 3 March 1902, also against Wales, Billy George, Jimmy Crabtree and Bert Wilkes started.

Alex Leake, Bill Brawn and Joe Bache started for England against Ireland, 12 March 1904.  Leake and Bache were joined in the starting line-up by captain Howard Spencer, a year later, against Scotland, 1 April 1905.

After the first world war, the villains regularly supplied the England starting line-up.  Another three started against Wales, 15 March 1920, Sam Hardy, Frank Barson and Andrew Ducat.  Charlie Wallace replaced Barson in the line-up against Scotland, 10 April 1920.

Frank Moss, Bill Kirton and Bill walker started against Ireland, 22 October 1921.  Richard York replaced Kirton for the match against Scotland, 8 April 1922.

A further three Villains made the starting line-up against Ireland, 24 October 1925, Tommy Smart, Arthur Dorrell and Bill Walker.  Richard York replaced Dorrell in the starting line-up against Scotland, 17 April 1926.

Joe Tate, Bill Houghton and Pongo Waring started with each other on two occasions, against France and Belgium, 14/16 May 1931.

It was not until Peter Taylor's solitary match in charge that Aston Villa had three starting players in the line-up.  David James, Gareth Barry and Gareth Southgate all started against Italy, 13 November 2000.

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CG