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 Aston Villa F.C. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aston Villa's first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary's Rugby team and as a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under rugby rules and the second half under football rules.
Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 finishing runners-up.
Members of the Aston Villa cricket team were looking for a way to stay fit during the winter months and decided to adopt the new sport of football. /wiki/Aston_Villa_F.C.

 Aston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aston is a district of Birmingham in England, though when both were towns it was for some time the larger of the two.
This article is about the district of Aston in Birmingham, England.
For other places called Aston and other uses, see Aston (disambiguation). /wiki/Aston

 Aston Villa Football Club News from
Aston Villa boss David O& declared Chelsea would have to suffer an injury crisis and for Roman Abramovich to go bankrupt if Jose Mourinho's men are to throw away the title after strengthening their grip even further.
Aston Villa posted an early contender for the comeback of the season award by recovering from 3-1 down to win 8-3 at Wycombe and avoid an embarrassing Carling Cup exit in jaw-dropping style.
Aston Villa boss David O& fears that the Villa Park pitch is contributing to his growing injury problems. /aston_villa/index.shtml

 Biography - ASTON VILLA
Aston Villa launched their professional career in January '94 playing at Le Plan (a small, low-key venue in the suburbs south of Paris).
Released in April 1999 on Double T (an off-shoot of Sony), Aston Villa's second album "Extraversion" was produced by Renaud Létang (of Manu Chao fame) and Franck Pilant, the group's guitarist.
The group, all of whom are major football fans, named themselves after British football team Aston Villa. /siteEn/biographie/biographie_6290.asp

 Aston Villa 4u
Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Milan Baros made a dream start to his Aston Villa career by scoring the only goal in their first win of the season.
Villa took the lead after 11 minutes, just seconds after being reduced to 10 men when Nolberto Solano was sent off for elbowing Richard Hughes. /AstonVilla4u

Aston Villa manager David O'Leary is under pressure for his job according to Bet365 after yesterday's 3-2 home defeat by Middlesbrough brought boos from the Villa Park crowd at the final whistle.
With the top three competing in their own personal competition for the major Premiership spoils, Aston Villa are one of those teams who harbour outside hopes of picking up fourth spot and the potential riches that a place in the Champions League allegedly...
David O’Leary emerged from Aston Villa’s flattering 8-3 victory at Wycombe Wanderers to have a dig at some of Villa’s travelling support who booed the players off at half-time, when the team trailed 3-1 to the home side. /search/england/Aston_Villa.asp Soccernet England: Full-time Report - Arsenal v Aston Villa
Villa, all in black, were giving just as good as they got, on a ground where they had not won for seven years, and often their passing was superior to Arsenal's.
Villa were in even bigger trouble four minutes later when Lee Hendrie was sent off for his second bookable offence, a bad foul on Pires.
Villa responded by forcing the first corner of the game after seven minutes and Arsenal did not clear it convincingly, but Lee Hendrie's instant shot from outside the area comfortably cleared the bar. /england/2000/20001014/reports/arsenal_astonvilla_full.html

 Aston Villa
Aston villa F C was founded in 1874, Villa's origins lay in the Bible Class of Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel.
He was with the Aston Villa football team from 1886-1892 and was the goalie for the championship win in the 1886-1887 season.
Villa won, 4-2, and he had the satisfaction of marking his debut by scoring 2 of Villa's goals. /aston_villa_history.htm Soccernet England: Half-time Report - Manchester United v Aston Villa
Villa were struggling to contain Giggs and Steve Staunton received a stern ticking off from Riley for fouling the winger as he geared up for another run at the Midlanders' defence.
Giggs was causing Villa problems with his runs down the left and he won a corner, which the visitors managed to clear at the second attempt.
Villa also gave a debut to record £9.5million striker Juan Pablo Angel, while the out-of-favour David Ginola was on the bench once again. /england/2000/20010120/reports/manutd_astonvilla_half.html

 Manchester United Official Web Site - Football Now - Match Report - 3:29:06 PM
Perhaps, in Villa’s favour is the fact that the Premiership is the one competition on which they have to concentrate, whilst United are still battling on four fronts with this league fixture sandwiched in between a FA Cup replay at Exeter and the Carling Cup semi-final, second leg with Chelsea.
Whether Villa boss David O’Leary can engineer the conclusion to this long unsuccessful spell this weekend remains to be seen, but historically this appears to be a ‘banker’ for United as they bid to keep Chelsea within their sights at the top of the table.
Villa have managed ten successes over United in Manchester over the years, but remarkably that one in 1983 was only the second since the end of the Second World War. /footballnow/matchreport.sps?reportid=6236&iEventID=15023&compid=

 Newcastle United Football Club - Match reports - Aston Villa (h)
Villa taking the lead just about put the tin lid on things, after a start in which our every move was foiled by either whistle or flag.
Certainly Villa seemed to have fallen in to the role of fall guys with the minimum of fuss, failing to consistently threaten us other than when we dwelt on the ball in defence and allowed the visitors to hassle us into unforced errors.
It just seemed a wee bit daft not to sacrifice a defender when the Villa rearguard action was in full swing, and as a consequence see Bramble in the role of playmaker on the other side of the halfway line to that which he normally experiences. /html/2003-11-01astonvilla-h.html

 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough -
Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen ended seven months of injury misery by scoring the opening goal as David O& side regained their pride with a 2-0 home win against woeful Middlesbrough.
Villa were now in the ascendancy, but after 57 minutes Moore replaced Vassell, who had given a good account of himself in his first start for five months.
Villa won a free-kick in a dangerous position after Gareth Southgate brought down Vassell 25 yards out and Solano's curling effort was only just off target. /matches_stats/match_reports/story_145451.shtml Soccernet England: News - Gilles sees red to miss Spurs
The Villa goalkeeper was only brought into genuine action twice, when he made an ungainly block with his legs to foil Freddie Ljungberg after Patrick Vieira had played the Sweden midfielder in on goal, then when Grimandi, found by Dennis Bergkamp, tapped tamely into his hands late on.
Villa goalkeeper David James, hoping to take advantage of England coaching assistant Tord Grip's presence in the stands and the injury absence of David Seaman, needed the opportunity to prove his abilities.
John Gregory agreed with Wenger's claim that the Villa Park surface was 'the worst in the Premiership' but the lack of quality of the pitch was matched by the players. /england/news/2001/0319/20010319avfcafcdmrep.html - Aston Villa
Aston Villa have brought together a strong squad which has helped the club flourish in the Premiership.
FA Cup success in 1957 and a League Cup triumph in 1961 increased their haul of silverware, but by 1970 Aston Villa were playing Third Division football.
Villa lost their top-flight status in 1987 but an immediate return and another pair of League Cups in the 1990s helped the club prosper in the FA Premier League, in which they finished runners-up under Ron Atkinson in 1993. /fapl.rac?command=forwardOnly&nextPage=enClubDetail&id=2

 Independent Online Edition > Aston Villa : app5
Aston Villa have been rocked by the news that chief executive Bruce Langham has resigned from his post with the midlands club.
The Aston Villa manager, David O'Leary, promises his side will continue to play attacking football even though the Premiership champions, Chelsea, are their next opponents.
Aston Villa have completed the £3.5m signing of the PSV Eindhoven defender Wilfred Bouma. /football/aston_villa

 ToffeeWeb: Aston Villa vs Everton, 2001-02
With off-the-field matters dominating the news at Aston Villa, the focus of a fairly uneventful first half was the Villa supporters' anti-Board demonstrations from the stands.
Villa brought Dion Dublin on at half-time but Merson continued to be the main Villa threat and the former Arsenal man cannoned a stunning shot off the face of the crossbar 15 minutes into the second period with Simonsen well beaten.
That said they do not appear to be the "sum of their parts" at the moment and that perhaps is why the Villa "faithful" (yeah right!) have been deserting Villa Park and aren't too shocked by the loss of Gregory. /season/01-02/reports/aston-villa_a.asp

 ASTONished VILLA - It's All Shockingly True!
Villa Fans Combined in association with the Aston Villa Shareholders Association are calling on the club to issue a clear statement to clarify the situation at Aston Villa Plc following the mixed messages from the club which have confused the majority of fans and shareholders alike.
For some while now Villa fans have been asking what they can do to make a difference and how they can express their anger and betrayal at the way that the club is being run.
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 Aston Villa 2 - 1 Ipswich
John Gregory, the Aston Villa manager, was quick to knock down their chances of challenging for the title.
Ipswich Town are by no means rudderless and finally, after 333 minutes of trying, managed to score a Premiership goal but they remain badly adrift at the bottom of the table after defeat last night by Aston Villa, for whom Juan Pablo Angel scored twice on his recall.
George was replaced by Jamie Clapham and Villa brought on Dion Dublin for Hendrie to beef up their attack. /editorials/12-18-2001-8701.asp

 BBC - Birmingham - Aston Villa Football Club
Aston Villa's fixtures have been announced for the 2004/2005 Barclays Premiership.
BBC - Birmingham- Aston Villa Football Club
Aston Villa were one of the founder members of the Football League. /birmingham/sport/clubs/villa/index.shtml

 Aston Villa
Actually, I think Villa are doing very well for the size of the squad that they have.
Graham Taylor has just been confirmed the new Villa boss and may I be amongst the first to welcome him back to the club.
The thing about Villa is that they are currently the most inconsistent side in the entire Premier League. /~ards/villa

 Sporting Life - Football Birmingham v Aston Villa : Aston Villa News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats
SEPTEMBER 23: Aston Villa's Steven Davis is plotting the downfall of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
OCTOBER 11: Aston Villa's Kevin Phillips expects to be fit for the second city derby at Birmingham on Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 27: David O'Leary admits Aston Villa are "vulnerable" at the heart of their defence. /football/premiership/astonvilla/news

 Aston Villa Supporters' Trust
Aston Villa supporters voted in favour of the creation of the Trust at the Public Launch on May 5th...Membership to the Trust is now open......
F. To support Aston Villa plc in its continued development of the "Villa in the Community" and "Aston Villa Club Charter" initiatives;
, the third objective is to support grass roots football initiatives in the local community, as they are the future lifeblood of Aston Villa Football Club in terms of future supporters and maybe, over time, players. /trust/comm.htm

 Newcastle United Football Club - Match reports - Aston Villa (a)
His squad is so thin at Aston Villa - apparently - that he's grateful to be above the relegation fight let alone challenging "the might of Newcastle and Liverpool".
Villa started the brighter of the two sides and that included the kick-off - a tactical masterstoke of actually finding opponents with passes rather than a big hoof out to the wing.
A poorly conceived penalty shoot-out(?) that involved three youngsters running at an empty goal and shooting when adjacent with a couple of chairs was hosted by the usual denim-clad would-be disc jock. /html/2004-04-18aston-villa-a.html

 Aston Villa FC - Villa Park (The Villans) FanZone - Away fans info.
, an Aston Villa season ticket holder has e-mailed us, and says "Fans can also park at the local King Edward VI Aston school which is the other side of Aston Park if you come out of the Holte End.
Aston Tower on Upper Sutton Street, Mansfield Green on Albert Road, The Broadway School on The Broadway, the Manor Park Primary on Church Lane, and the Sacred Heart R.C. Primary on Earlsbury Gardens.
Overall, you can understand as to why Villa Park was for years, and still is, the venue of choice for domestic Cup semi's, such is the size of the ground, and extremely accessible via public transport. /A5572F/fanzone.nsf/0/24DE4DBA5294F3420025687000304C04?open

 Villan Webring
Aston Villa were formed in March 1874, under the dim glow of a Victorian street lamp in Heathfield Road, Birchfield, Birmingham by four members of the Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel Cricket Club.
Villa’s response was described as ‘bold and imaginative’ when they became the first Division One club to draft in a foreign manager in the shape of Doctor Jozef Venglos, the former highly successful Czechoslovakian World Cup Coach.
Atkinson’s reign at Villa Park, spread over three years and four months, achieved much that was expected of it yet, to widespread disappointment, ended with a decline and his dismissal in November 1994. /mac.mccolgan/villaring/index.htm

 BBC SPORT Football Premiership Birmingham 2-0 Aston Villa
Villa substitute Thomas Hitzlsperger forced Taylor in action with a long-range strike late on - it was Villa's first shot on target of the afternoon.
With half-time looming, Villa almost took the lead - Solano struck the woodwork with a curling free-kick that Taylor athletically tipped on to the post with the slightest of touches.
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary: "I think that it was a game neither team controlled. /go/rss/-/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4343221.stm - Scholes double sinks Aston Villa - Jan. 4, 2004
Paul Scholes scored twice in five minutes as Manchester United came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Sunday to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The move paid off as Scholes struck first in the 64th minute when the Villa defence went missing leaving both the England attacking midfielder and van Nistelrooy unmarked in the penalty area but it was Scholes who tapped in Ryan Giggs's pass.
Villa dominated early on with Tim Howard forced to save superbly from Juan Pablo Angel and Darius Vassell. /2004/SPORT/football/01/04/england.united

 Home vs Aston Villa
A fierce Thomas Hitzlsperger strike gave Aston Villa a rare away win.
Villa started slowly before breaking the deadlock, three quickfire passes turning defence into attack and freeing Moore down the left.
At the moment they are inching towards the security of 40 points, but Villa, who had won just once on the road coming into the match, were there for the taking. /reports0405/h_villa.htm

 Guardian Unlimited Football Match Reports Aston Villa 2 - 1 Everton
An unbeaten run of seven games has done much to ensure Aston Villa manager John Gregory will not be scanning the job adverts this summer, but given Gareth Southgate good cause to consult a careers adviser.
Eight games ago Villa languished in 14th place and there was an ominous rustle of P45s being prepared in chairman Doug Ellis's office.
It was Ellis's holiday in Mauritius last year and his chance meeting with David Ginola that resulted in the Frenchman joining Villa - a rendezvous that Gregory had cause to be grateful for on Saturday. /Match_Report/0,1527,-34557,00.html

 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa (01/09/02)
Aston Villa had few chances and did little to trouble Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal, but the away side was given too much room on the wings, but thankfully the Whites continued their domination.
The home side went a little off the boil, content with the lead, but Aston Villa couldn't create anything threatening, even to the injury damaged side.
Bolton were looking for their first points of the season and started the game superior to Graham Taylor's Aston Villa side. /burndenheroes/0203/astonh.html

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