Villa For England 1882-2011
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Seventy-one players have been picked for England while wearing the claret-and-blue shirt with the Lion badge - the highest total for any club. Their stories are told in this book with an entry for every single player.
Even before the League, Villa began to supply internationals. Two players were capped for England in 1882, Howard Vaughton and Arthur Brown. Vaughton became the first player to score five goals in an international match.
The great names are picked out for detailed treatment in a Pantheon section. And the individual stories are set against the overall history of this famous club.
Villa's history has been a roller coaster ride. The massive success before World War One led to high expectations which were not matched by performance in the middle years of the 20th century.
Since returning to the top level, Villa players have been chosen for England sides and World Cup squads. England managers have always found Villa Park a rich source of talent.
About the Author
Trevor Fisher was born and brought up in the Hockley district of Birmingham to a Villa-supporting family. Both his father and grandfather supported the club.
His Dad took him down to Villa Park for the first time when he was 12, when legend and England cap Eric Houghton was the manager. A shareholder since 1975, he is a student of Villa on and off the pitch.
He joined and was active in the Aston Villa Independent Supporters Association (AVISA) in 2000. He is currently a member of the Villa Supporters Trust. He edited the fanzine VILLA MATTERS and writes for the Heroes & Villains fanzine.