Aston Villa

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Aston Villa

Aston Villa is a big and historic club with an awesome stadium and giant fan base– all back in the Premier League.

LOCATION: In Aston, which is part of the sprawling Birmingham area, just under two hours from Euston station in London

CONTACT: avfc.co.uk, 0333 323 1874, #AVFC

NICKNAMES: Villans or the Villa

History

Villa is a massive club: seven league titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups, one European championship, and one UEFA Super Cup—but none of that since 1996. Their last League Cup was in 1981. Still, they retain a large and loyal following; they’re a little like the Dallas Cowboys without the obnoxious owner and gaudy new stadium. They were born…

Rivalries

Birmingham City is the main rival; the Second City derby goes back to 1879 and has been played more than 120 times. West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton, the other big Birmingham-area clubs, are also rivals. So for this season, the Wolves game will be their most heated, with the Blues and West Brom down in the…

Women's Team

Aston Villa WFC play in the top-tier Women’s Super League. Home games are at Bescot Stadium, home ground of Walsall

Songs

They don’t have a particular anthem, but they do have some fun songs. They do the same “Hi Ho Aston Villa” thing that Wolverhampton and Sheffield Wednesday do. They’re doing the same “Allez Allez Allez” song as seemingly the rest of the country. They sing one about being “on our way to the Premier League” and “You Are My Villa” to “You Are My…

Stadium

Villa Park is one of the greats. It combines size with style, history with class, and on a good night has a cracking atmosphere. It has historically been one of the major stadiums in the country as well. It hosted 16 England international matches and 55 FA Cup semifinals, before they all got moved to Wembley. The capacity is 42,682, much reduced…

Going to a Game at Aston Villa

GETTING THERE: The closest train station is Witton, about a five-minute walk away. Catch a train there from New Street station in Birmingham. You can also get off sooner at Aston and have a slightly longer walk, unless you’re sitting in the Holte End. It’s only a few minutes longer to take bus 7 (Short Heath) from Livery Street near the New…

Aston Villa Tickets

Last season, prices ranged from £30 to £40 and were tough to get, especially against any big club. They have a lot of affordable hospitality options.

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