Pounds, shillings and pence

Here’s an insight into the salary levels of the Aston Villa players for season 1893-94. Top earners were Willie Groves on £5 per week and Bob Chatt on £4 per week. That equates to around £600 and £500 per week in today’s reckoning. They were also paid an appearance bonus of ten shillings.

Willie Groves only lasted a season playing for Villa. He joined the club from West Bromwich Albion in 1893, the first £100 plus transfer in football. After assisting the Baggies to an FA Cup Final victory against Villa the previous season he then went on to help his new club to its first League Championship in 1894. Groves left Villa in November that year, when he was unable to agree new terms with the club and returned to Hibernian, the team he started out with in Scotland. He later moved to Celtic but soon retired from the game after contracting TB. Groves died in 1909, age 39.

Bob Chatt and Willie Groves, top earners with Aston Villa in season 1893-94.

2 thoughts on “Pounds, shillings and pence

  1. Thanks for posting this, its a great insight into the club and would love to see more of these.
    A couple of interesting observations on the players named. It looks like only HG Price had been added to the list as by the end of that season Howard Spencer was playing in the reserve league.
    Were there any other documents stating who played in 1st team and reserve games?
    Also, the complete records refer to A.W.Wollaston instead of J. Wollaston as shown here.

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