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  • 19th century

    • 1874: The club was founded in 1874 and have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1874: Aston Villa Football Club were formed in March, 1874, by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth which is now part of Birmingham. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1879: The Second City derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City has been played since 1879. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1880: Villa soon established themselves as one of the best teams in the Midlands, winning their first honour, the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1880, under the captaincy of Scotsman George Ramsay. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September, 1884: After making guest appearances for Port Vale in September 1884 and Aston Villa in March–April 1885, he turned professional with Albion in August 1885. - Ezra Horton, Wikipedia.
    • 1887: The club won its first FA Cup in 1887 with captain Archie Hunter becoming one of the game's first household names. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1887: Villa legend Archie Hunter became the first player to score in every round of the FA Cup in Villa's victorious 1887 campaign. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1888: Aston Villa were founder members of The Football League in 1888. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1888: Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with one of the club's directors, William McGregor being the league's founder. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1890s: The 1890s team and 1982 team were inducted into the Hall of Fame in July 2009. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1897: The year Villa won The Double, they moved into their present home, the Aston Lower Grounds. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
  • 20th century

    • 1910s

      • September 1, 1910: He made his first appearance for the club on 1 September 1910 in a friendly match to mark the opening of Cardiff's new ground Ninian Park against Aston Villa, with Evans scoring the first ever goal at the ground in a 2-1 defeat. - Jack Evans (Welsh footballer), Wikipedia.
    • 1920s

      • 1920: Aston Villa won their sixth FA Cup in 1920, soon after though the club began a slow decline that led to Villa, at the time one of the most famous and successful clubs in world football, being relegated in 1936 for the first time to the Second Division. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 14, 1929: Burgess joined a great team of players under their legendary manager Bob Brown and he quickly showed his worth scoring on his debut at Aston Villa on 14 September 1929. - Harry Burgess (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • September 25, 1929: He made his Arsenal debut in a 5-2 defeat at Aston Villa on September 25, 1929 and the following month played in the 1929 FA Charity Shield, for the Professionals against the Amateurs at The Den, which they won 3-0. - Joey Williams, Wikipedia.
    • 1930s

    • 1940s

      • 1940s: The team was rebuilt under the guidance of former player Alex Massie for the remainder of the 1940s. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 16, 1946: After the Football League was resumed following the end of World War II, he made his official league debut on 16 September 1946 in a 0–3 defeat at Aston Villa. - Jimmy Alderton, Wikipedia.
      • January 31, 1947: He also scored the only goal in a home victory over Aston Villa on January 31, 1948, and five goals in a 7–0 whitewash of his former club Preston at Deepdale in the final game of the season. - Jimmy McIntosh, Wikipedia.
      • September 10, 1949: Slater made his Blackpool debut on 10 September 1949, in a goalless draw at Aston Villa. - Bill Slater, Wikipedia.
    • 1950s

    • 1960s

      • 1960s: This trading continued for much of the 20th century until Ellis started buying up many of the shares in the 1960s. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1960: However, under the stewardship of manager Joe Mercer Villa returned to the top-flight in 1960 as Second Division Champions. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1961: 1975, 1977, 1994, 1996 - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1964: Mercer's forced retirement from the club in 1964 signaled a period of deep turmoil. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 17, 1966: Aston Villa, First Division, 17 September 1966 - List of Chelsea F.C. records and statistics, Wikipedia.
      • 1967: The most successful club in England was struggling to keep pace with changes in the modern game, with Villa being relegated for the third time, under manager Dick Taylor in 1967. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1969: However, new ownership could not prevent Villa being relegated to the Third Division for the first time at the end of the 1969–70 season. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1970s

    • 1980s

    • 1990s

      • 1990: It was awarded to David Platt, whilst Paul McGrath won it in 1993. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1992: Villa were one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992, and finished runners-up to Manchester United in the inaugural season. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1992: They were also founder members of the Premier League in 1992. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September, 1992: One of his most famous moments while at Liverpool came in September 1992 in a game against Aston Villa, he hit the crossbar of an open goal from close range under no pressure. - Ronny Rosenthal, Wikipedia.
      • 1996: The club was floated on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 1996, and the share price fluctuated in the ten years after the flotation. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1998: The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1998: Blackwood began his career as a trainee at Aston Villa in 1998 and had a loan spell at Chester City during the 1999–00 season before joining Wrexham on a free transfer in June 2000, where he made over 45 appearances in two seasons. - Michael Blackwood (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • October 28, 1998: Terry made his Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his first start came later that season in an FA Cup third round match, a 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic. - John Terry, Wikipedia.
      • November 30, 1998: November draws to a close with Aston Villa still leading Manchester United by a single point, but a surprise title challenge is creeping upon them from a West Ham United side with no previous top division titles to their name, and who haven't finished in the top five for more than a decade. - 1998–99 in English football, Wikipedia.
      • October 13, 1999: He made his début for the Manchester United first team in a League Cup tie away to Aston Villa on 13 October 1999. - David Healy (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • December 15, 1999: West Ham played a Worthington Cup quarter-final game against Aston Villa. - West Ham United F.C. season 1999–2000, Wikipedia.
  • 21st century


    • 2000

      • 2000: Villa reached the FA Cup final in 2000 but lost 1–0 to Chelsea in the last game to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.

    • 2001


    • 2002


    • 2003


    • 2004

      • 2004: Several Villa firms were involved in a fight with QPR fans outside Villa Park in which a steward died. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.

    • 2005

      • February, 2005: He signed for Aston Villa in February 2005 along with fellow Australian Chris Herd. - Shane Lowry (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • 2005: Through the relegation of West Brom and Birmingham to The Championship in the 2005–06 season in the 2006–07 Premiership season Villa were the only Midlands club in that League. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 12, 2005: Milner made his Villa debut on 12 September 2005 in a Premiership match against West Ham. - James Milner, Wikipedia.
      • November, 2005: Ellis and Aston Villa plc announced a state of the art GB£13 million redevelopment of Bodymoor in 2 phases. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.

    • 2006

      • 2006: The club was floated by the previous owner and chairman Doug Ellis, but in 2006 full control of the club was acquired by Randy Lerner. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2006: Again Villa's league position continued to fluctuate under several different managers and things came to a head in the summer of 2006 when David O'Leary left in acrimony. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2006: This was voted for by fans and to this date there has been one induction of 12 players in 2006. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2006: It was announced that several consortia and individuals were considering bids for Aston Villa. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • August 14, 2006: It was confirmed that Randy Lerner, owner of the Cleveland Browns and native Ohioan had reached an agreement of GB£62.6 million with Aston Villa for a takeover of the club. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • August 19, 2006: Arsenal's first competitive match at the stadium was an FA Premier League game against Aston Villa on 19 August 2006, which ended 1-1. - Emirates Stadium, Wikipedia.
      • September 19, 2006: Ellis and his board resigned to be replaced with a new board headed by Lerner. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 19, 2006: After becoming majority shareholder at the club, Randy Lerner officially becomes chairman of Aston Villa, replacing 82-year-old Doug Ellis. - 2006–07 in English football, Wikipedia.
      • December 23, 2006: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the club's 2000th goal under the helm of Ferguson in a match against Aston Villa. - Alex Ferguson, Wikipedia.

    • 2007

      • January 20, 2007: He played his first Premier League game against Aston Villa on 20 January 2007. - Moses Ashikodi, Wikipedia.
      • 2007: For the 2007–08 season Villa once again had two local derbies after Birmingham were promoted to the Premier League on 29 April 2007. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2007: The arrival of a new owner and manager Martin O'Neill marked the start of a new period of optimism at Villa Park and sweeping changes occurred throughout the club including a new crest, a new kit sponsor and team changes in the summer of 2007. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2007: Their traditional crest is of a rampant gold lion on a light blue background with the club's motto "Prepared" underneath; a modified version of this was adopted in 2007. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • July 17, 2007: The three kits that carry the new crest were unveiled on 17 July 2007, in The Mailbox, Birmingham. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 16, 2007: He captained the team for the first time on 16 September 2007 against Aston Villa in the absence of teammate Richard Dunne, making Richards the youngest ever City first team captain, beating the 21-year-old Steve Redmond. - Micah Richards, Wikipedia.
      • December 16, 2007: Liverpool suffered their first home league defeat since a 0–1 loss to Manchester United on 16 December 2007 against Aston Villa the following Monday. - Liverpool F.C. season 2009–10, Wikipedia.

    • 2008

      • June 2, 2008: It was announced that Aston Villa will forgo commercial kit sponsorship for the 2008–09 season; instead they will advertise the charity Acorns Children's Hospice, the first deal of its kind in Premiership history. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • November 9, 2008: Tuncay scored his first brace in the Premier League in a 2-1 away win at Aston Villa on 9 November 2008. - Tuncay Şanlı, Wikipedia.
      • December 5, 2008: Aston Villa and former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel was honoured with the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after reaching 167 consecutive Premier League appearances on 5 December 2008. - 2008–09 Premier League, Wikipedia.

    • 2009

      • 2009: Both Birmingham and Wolverhampton gained promotion to the Premier League for the 2009–10 season and rivalries have been resumed. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 2009: Aston Villa have also announced the partnership will continue for the 2009–2010 season when they will also have a new away kit, inspired by the traditional home kit of the England football team. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • August 26, 2009: It was confirmed that Aston Villa were in talks with Blackburn Rovers about a possible move to Villa Park. - Stephen Warnock, Wikipedia.
      • September 1, 2009: Collins signed a four year contract with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on 1 September 2009, the last day of the transfer window. - James Collins (footballer born 1983), Wikipedia.
      • October 5, 2009: He made 400th League appearance on 5 October 2009 against Aston Villa. - Shay Given, Wikipedia.
      • December 10, 2009: The character, Nessa in the BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey was revealed as an Aston Villa fan in the episode screened on 10 December 2009. - Aston Villa F.C., Wikipedia.
      • December 30, 2009: Johnson sustained a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a league fixture against Aston Villa, which Benitez said would keep him out of action for at least a month. - Glen Johnson (English footballer), Wikipedia.
      • December, 2009: Torres become the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals after scoring against Aston Villa in December 2009. - Fernando Torres, Wikipedia.

    • 2010







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