On this day 142 years ago?  ASTON VILLA were founded : 5 Formation Facts.

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1.  On November 21st 1874, members of the Wesleyan Chapel bible class met under a gas lamp in Heathfield Road to form Aston Villa.

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H. Hartshorne came up with the idea that members of the local cricket club should take up a winter sport to keep fit in the close season.  Therefore, those same players went on to become Villa’s first ever squad.

3.   Villa’s first match was played against Aston Brook St Mary’s Rugby team.  St. Mary’s only agreed to play if the first half was conducted under the rules of Rugby, whilst the second, fell under the rules of “association football”.  Villa won the encounter.

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4.  Walter Price was Villa’s first Captain.  He was an English defender & skippered the club until 1876.  Price also holds the distinction of being considered one of Villa’s “four founding fathers”.

5.  1874 was also notable for the births of Winston Churchill (Prime Minister) Howard Carter (Archaeologist) & Ernest Shackleton (Polar Explorer).

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