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Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood from the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team meet under a gas-light to form a new club.


Villa triumph in the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory against West Brom in front of some 15,000 spectators.


Villa director William McGregor pioneers the formation of the first Football League by calling the country’s leading clubs together.


First League Championship triumph followed by a second FA Cup triumph the following term.


The FA Cup trophy stolen from a Birmingham shop window where it had been on display.


Villa are champions for a second time in three years.


Villa move from Perry Barr to Villa Park. The Villans take the league title by 11 points and secure the double by beating three top quality sides to carry off the FA Cup.


A dramatic league season as Villa beat rivals Liverpool 5-0 on the final day to again lift the trophy.


Villa retain their league title.


Villa, once again, capture the FA Cup with Harry Hampton scoring two goals against Newcastle United in front of 101,117.


Villa win their sixth league title.


Villa buy Villa Park.


Villa win the FA Cup for a record-equalling fifth time, beating Sunderland 1-0.


Villa yet again triumph in the FA Cup, beating favourites Huddersfield in the final.


Tom ‘Pongo’ Waring scores an amazing 49 league goals as Villa finish runners-up to Arsenal in the league.


Eric Houghton’s Villa triumph in the FA Cup of 1957, beating Manchester United 2-1 in the final.


Villa win the newly created League Cup, beating Rotherham United over two legs.


Villa win the League Cup with a 1-0 win over Norwich, Ray Graydon scoring the winning goal from a penalty rebound.


Villa beat Everton 3-2 at Old Trafford to win the League Cup yet again after 2 replays.

The first match at Wembley finishes goalless, followed by a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.


Villa win the League Championship under the stewardship of Ron Saunders.


Tony Barton guides Villa into their first European Cup final. Peter Withe scores the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the final.


Doug Ellis returns to Villa Park as chairman.


The claret and blue troops hold out for a point on the last day of the season to go back up to Division One.


Villa win another League Cup, with Ron Atkinson’s men running out 3-1 winners over Manchester United.


Brian Little leads Villa to another League Cup final victory over Leeds United, winning 3-0.


Villa reach the FA Cup final at Wembley but go down 1-0 to Chelsea.


Martin O’Neill arrives at Villa Park on the day he is appointed as the new manager. Soon after, the club changes hands with Randy Lerner taking the reins from Doug Ellis.


Villa enjoy a fantastic second term under O'Neill. Attendances soar to a 58-year high and the team are good value for a top six finish, beating Ajax in a showpiece clash at Villa Park in the UEFA Cup.


Villa again finish sixth and compete in the UEFA Cup. Ashley Young is named PFA Young Player of the Year while on the downside, Martin Laursen is forced to retire because of a knee injury.


Villa enjoy another campaign to remember, finishing sixth once again and beating Liverpool at Anfield, Manchester United at Old Trafford and Chelsea at Villa Park in the process.

The team also reach the Carling Cup final and FA Cup semi-final.

Former Liverpool and Lyon boss Gerard Houllier is appointed manager of Villa in September. Houllier brings a wealth of experience in the top-flight and won five trophies while at Anfield.


Villa sign Darren Bent in a record-breaking transfer deal, the striker joining in the January transfer window from Sunderland.

Gerard Houllier leaves Villa by mutual consent, after a period of ill-health ends his season as manager early.

Former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is installed as manager of Villa, as he makes the switch across the city. The former Rangers and Scotland gaffer signs a three-year deal at Villa Park.


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