List of Aston Villa F.C. records and statistics

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The Aston Villa team of the late 19th century

Aston Villa Football Club are an English professional association football club based in Aston, Birmingham, who currently play in the Premier League. The club was founded in 1874 and have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992.[1] They are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England, having won the First Division Championship seven times and the FA Cup seven times; overall, they have won 21 major honours.[2] In 1982 the club became one of only four English clubs to win the European Cup, a record still accurate as of 2011.[3]

This list encompasses the major honours won by Aston Villa and the records set by the players and the club. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made the most appearances in first-team competitions. Attendance records at Villa Park are also included in the list. Aston Villa have provided more England internationals than any other club, 71 to date.[4]

All figures are correct as of 12 August 2010.

Honours[edit]

The 1982 European Cup winning squad celebrate the 25th anniversary of their win.
The Aston Villa team of 1896–97 with the First Division Championship and the FA Cup

Aston Villa have won honours both domestically and in European cup competitions. Their last senior honour was a League Cup win in 1996.[5][6]

European[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only. Each column contains appearances in the starting eleven, followed by appearances as substitute in brackets.[8]

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
1 Scotland Aitken, CharlieCharlie Aitken 1959–1976 559 (2) 34 (1) 61 (0) 3 (0) 657 (3)
2 England Walker, BillyBilly Walker 1919–1934 478 (0) 53 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 531 (0)
3 England Cowans, GordonGordon Cowans 1976–1985
1988–1991
399 (15) 8 (1) 40 (4) 39 (2) 506 (22)
4 England Bache, JoeJoe Bache 1900–1915 431 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 474 (0)
5 Scotland Evans, AllanAllan Evans 1977–1989 374 (6) 26 (0) 42 (1) 24 (0) 466 (7)
6 England Spink, NigelNigel Spink 1979–1996 357 (4) 28 (0) 45 (0) 19 (1) 449 (5)
7 England Smart, TommyTommy Smart 1919–1933 405 (0) 47 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 452 (0)
8 England Barry, GarethGareth Barry 1997–2009 353 (12) 19 (2) 29 (0) 22 (4) 423 (18)
9 England Dixon, JohnnyJohnny Dixon 1945–1961 392 (0) 38 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 430 (0)
10 England Mortimer, DennisDennis Mortimer 1975–1985 315 (1) 21 (0) 38 (0) 30 (0) 404 (1)
Other competitions include European Cup, UEFA Cup and Intertoto Cup

Goalscorers[edit]

  • Most goals in a season: Tom 'Pongo' Waring, 50 goals in 1930–31 season.[9]
  • Most league goals in a season: Tom 'Pongo' Waring, 49 goals in 1930–31 season.[10]
  • In the 1899–1900 season Billy Garraty became the top goalscorer in world football scoring 27 goals in just 33 league games and a total 30 goals in 39 league and cup games.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.[11]

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
011 England Walker, BillyBilly Walker 1919–1933 214 (478) 30 (53) 0 (0) 0 (0) 244 (531)
022 England Hampton, HarryHarry Hampton 1904–1920 215 (339) 27 (34) 0 (0) 0 (0) 242 (373)
033 England Devey, JohnJohn Devey 1891–1902 169 (268) 18 (38) 0 (0) 0 (2) 187 (308)
044 England Bache, JoeJoe Bache 1900–1914 168 (431) 17 (42) 0 (0) 0 (1) 185 (474)
055 England Houghton, EricEric Houghton 1927–1946 160 (361) 10 (31) 0 (0) 0 (0) 170 (392)
066 England Waring, TomTom Waring 1928–1935 159 (216) 8 (10) 0 (0) 0 (0) 167 (226)
077 England Dixon, JohnnyJohnny Dixon 1945–1961 132 (392) 12 (38) 0 (0) 0 (0) 144 (430)
088 Northern Ireland McParland, PeterPeter McParland 1952–1962 97 (293) 19 (36) 4 (11) 0 (1) 120 (341)
099 England Garraty, BillyBilly Garraty 1897–1908 96 (224) 15 (31) 0 (0) 1 (3) 112 (258)
1010= Wales Astley, DaiDai Astley 1931–1936 92 (165) 8 (8) 0 (0) 0 (0) 100 (173)
1010= England Capewell, LenLen Capewell 1921–1930 88 (143) 12 (13) 0 (0) 0 (0) 100 (156)

International[edit]

Olof Mellberg, one of only three Villa players to play in two World Cups while at the club. He also captained Sweden during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[12]

This section refers only to caps won while an Aston Villa player.

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

Darren Bent: Aston Villa's record signing.

This section lists the record transfer fees paid by the club for a player. The highest transfer fee received by the club is believed to be the reported £26 million fee paid by Manchester City for James Milner in 2010.[18] The record fee Aston Villa have paid for a player was £18 million (rising to £24 million with add ons) for Darren Bent from Sunderland in January 2011. In August 2008 Milner was bought from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.[19] Milner's fee is officially undisclosed; various sources declare it to be between £10–12 million.[20] Also in August 2008, Aston Villa bought Curtis Davies for an undisclosed fee. Sources have speculated on the fee paid, and this has varied between £8–10 million.[21] Due to the uncertainty surrounding these transfers they are not included in this table at this time.

# Name Fee From Date Notes
1 England Bent, DarrenDarren Bent 096£18m (rising to £24m) Sunderland 2007-01January 2011 [22]
2 England Downing, StewartStewart Downing 096£12m Middlesbrough 2007-01July 2009 [23]
3 England Milner, JamesJames Milner 085£8.5m Newcastle United 2007-07August 2008 [24]
4 England Young, AshleyAshley Young 096£9.65m Watford 2007-01January 2007 [25]
5 Colombia Angel, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Ángel 095£9.5m River Plate 2001-01January 2001 [26]

Managerial records[edit]

  • First manager/secretary of the club: George Ramsay, in charge of 1327 games from August 1884 to 5 May 1926.[10]
  • Longest serving manager: George Ramsay.[10]
  • Most successful manager: George Ramsay, 6 League Championships and 6 FA Cups.[10]

Cumulative Goal Difference[edit]

Chart showing the cumulative goal difference of Aston Villa F.C. from the inaugural season of The Premier League to 25 October 2009


Club records[edit]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

  • First match: Aston Villa 1–0 Aston Brook St Mary's, March 1874.[32]
  • First league match: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Aston Villa, 8 September 1888.[32]
  • First match at Villa Park: friendly; 3–0, Blackburn Rovers, on 17 April 1897.[33]
  • First FA Cup match: Stafford Road Works 1–1 Aston Villa, 13 December 1879. Aston Villa won the replay 3–1 on 24 January 1880.[32]
  • First League Cup match: Aston Villa 4–1 Huddersfield Town, 12 October 1960.[34]
  • First European match: Royal Antwerp 4–1 Aston Villa, 17 September 1975, UEFA Cup.[35]

Record wins[edit]

Record defeats[edit]

  • Record defeat: 0–8 (v. Chelsea, Premier League, 23 December 2012).
  • Record FA Cup defeat: 1–8 (v. Blackburn Rovers, 3rd round, 16 February 1889).[10]
  • Record League Cup defeat: 1–6 (v. West Bromwich Albion, 2nd round, 14 September 1966).[6]
  • Record European defeat: 4–1 (v. Royal Antwerp, 1st round UEFA Cup, 17 September 1975).[39]

Attendances[edit]

National records[edit]

  • All-Time record for the most top-flight goals scored in a season, scoring 128 in season 1930–31.[43]
  • More England internationals than any other club, 71 to date.[4]
  • Villa Park was the first English stadium to stage international football in three different centuries.[44]
  • Villa Park has hosted more FA Cup Semi-Finals than any other ground, 55 to date.[45]
  • First top-flight club to appoint a foreign manager, Jozef Vengloš in July 1990.[46]
  • Highest FA Cup attendance (pre-World War I): 121,919 (Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Final at Crystal Palace, 19 April 1913)[47]
  • More goals in the history of the FA Cup than any other league club, 817 to date.[48]
  • More wins (136) and more goals (457) than any other team in the history of the League Cup.[49]

Aston Villa in UEFA competitions[edit]

Below is Aston Villa's record in European and Intercontinental competitions sanctioned by UEFA. As of December 2012, they are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup, which they did in 1982.[6][50] Aston Villa's scores are noted first in both results columns.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1R  Belgium Royal Antwerp 0–1 1–4
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R  Turkey Fenerbahçe 4–0 2–0
2R  Poland Górnik Zabrze 2–0 1–1
3R  Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–0 1–1
QF  Spain Barcelona 2–2 1–2
1981–82 European Cup (Winners) 1R  Iceland Valur Reykjavík 5–0 2–0
2R  East Germany Dynamo Berlin 2–1 0–1
QF  Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 0–0
SF  Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 0–0
F  West Germany Bayern Munich 1–0
1982 UEFA Super Cup (Winners) F  Spain Barcelona 3–0 0–1
1982 Intercontinental Cup F  Uruguay Peñarol 0–2
1982–83 European Cup 1R  Turkey Beşiktaş 3–1 0–0
2R  Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 4–2 2–0
QF  Italy Juventus 1–2 1–3
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R  Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 5–0 0–1
2R  Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 2–2
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R  Czech Republic Baník Ostrava 3–1 2–1
2R  Italy Internazionale 2–0 0–3
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R  Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1 0–0
2R  Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0–1 1–1
1994–95 UEFA Cup 1R  Italy Internazionale 1–0 0–1
2R  Turkey Trabzonspor 2–1 0–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1R  Sweden Helsingborg 1–1 0–0
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1R  France Bordeaux 1–0 0–0
2R  Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–1 0–0
3R  Romania Steaua Bucureşti 2–0 1–2
QF  Spain Atlético Madrid 2–1 0–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1R  Norway Stromsgodset 3–2 3–0
2R  Spain Celta Vigo 1–3 1–0
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R  Czech Republic Dukla Pribram 3–1 0–0
SF  Spain Celta Vigo 1–2 0–1
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Winners) 3R  Croatia Slaven Belupo 2–0 1–2
SF  France Rennes 1–0 2–1
F   Switzerland Basel 4–1 1–1
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1R  Croatia Varteks 2–3 1–0
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R   Switzerland Zürich 3–0 0–2
SF  France Lille 0–2 1–1
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R  Denmark Odense 1–0 2–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2QR  Iceland Hafnarfjördur 1–1 4–1
1R  Bulgaria Litex Lovech 1–1 3–1
GS  Netherlands Ajax 2–1
GS  Czech Republic Slavia Prague 1–0
GS  Slovakia Žilina 1–2
GS  Germany Hamburg 1–3
R32  Russia CSKA Moscow 1–1 0–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League P/O  Austria Rapid Wien 2–1 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Europa League P/O  Austria Rapid Wien 2–3 1–1
Key
  • 2QR = Second Qualifying Round
  • P/O = Play-off Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round
  • 3R = Third Round
  • GS = Group Stages
  • R32 = Round of 32
  • QF = Quarter-Finals
  • SF = Semi-Finals
  • F = Final

Record by competition[edit]

Correct as of 2 October 2008

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against
European Cup 15 9 3 3 24 10
UEFA Cup 49 23 12 15 71 51
UEFA Europa League 3 1 1 1 3 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 16 6 4 6 21 17
UEFA Super Cup 2 1 0 1 3 1
FIFA Intercontinental Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2
Total 85 40 19 27 121 83

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ The Premier League took over from the First Division as the top tier of the English football league system upon its formation in 1992. The First Division then became the second tier of English football, the Second Division became the third tier, and so on. The First Division is now known as the Football League Championship, while the Second Division is now known as Football League One.
^ In 1981, the Charity Shield was shared in the event of a draw.
^ Aston Villa won their 3rd round match, as a result they qualified for the UEFA Cup; the 3rd round was the final round in the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the 2008 competition. The winner of the Intertoto Cup is the team that progresses furthest in the UEFA Cup.[51]
^ The home team are listed first.

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ Hayes, Dean; p.63
  2. ^ "FA Cup history". Football Association (FA). Retrieved 2 July 2007. [dead link]
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  7. ^ Hayes, Dean; p.191
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    Others: Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy, pp.300–319.
  9. ^ Goodyear, David; Matthews, Tony, p.31.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; pp.192–193
  11. ^ All Top goalscorers statistics sourced to pp.300–319 of Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy
  12. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago - Sweden". FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Short biographical notes of the world‘s top international goal scorers for each year; 1882,". International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
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  16. ^ a b Hayes, Dean; p.114
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  23. ^ "Downing joins Villa in £12m move". BBC. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
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  28. ^ a b Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; pp.300–319
  29. ^ Hayes, Dean; p.102
  30. ^ a b c d Hayes, Dean; p.131
  31. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p.284
  32. ^ a b c Hayes, Dean; p.62
  33. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p.35
  34. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p.258
  35. ^ Hayes, Dean; p.273
  36. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p.285
  37. ^ Ward, Adam;Griffin, Jeremy; p.144
  38. ^ Ward, Adam;Griffin, Jeremy; p.257
  39. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy; p.273
  40. ^ a b Hayes, Dean; p.13
  41. ^ "Aston Villa 1-1 Man Utd". BBC News. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  42. ^ a b c Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p143, ISBN 0954783042
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  44. ^ "Three centuries of history". BBC News. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
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  47. ^ F A Cup Final 1913
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  50. ^ "England: Honours by clubs". UEFA. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
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General
  • Goodyear, David; Matthews, Tony. Aston Villa A Complete Record 1874–1988,. Breedon Books (1988). ISBN 0-907969-37-2. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2 October 1997). The Villa Park Encyclopedia: A-Z of Aston Villa. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85158-959-3. 
  • Holt, Frank Lee; Bishop, Rob (2010). Aston Villa: The Complete Record. Derby: Derby Books Publishing. ISBN 1-85983-805-7. 
  • Ward; Griffin, Jeremy (2002). The essential history of Aston Villa. Headline book publishing. ISBN 0-7553-1140-X. 

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