Room for more

This leaflet to advertisers was produced sometime in the early 1900’s when Aston Villa began to harness the revenue stream available to the club from track and perimeter advertising. It lists companies already renting spaces on the ground and, as can be seen from the wide cycle-track perimeter, there was considerable extra space for more potential advertisers.

Villa Park, built on a fishpond

This was the view from Aston Park in 1886, looking towards the houses on Witton Lane. The ornamental pool – once Dovehouse Pool – is now the site of the Villa Park pitch. Th scaffolding on the far side served as a mount for one of the Lower Ground’s giant tableaux.

source: Villa Park 100 Years by Simon Inglis

What’s new?

Not sure when this photograph was taken, or by who, but it sums up the current situation with the cancellation of fixtures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wonder what caused the match postponement chalked up in this photograph? If anyone knows, please let me know.

Riches bring cares

From the Birmingham Gazette, March 13, 1884

The excess which has attended the matches played by that redoubtable football team, the “Aston Villa,” at their ground in the Wellington Road, has attracted the attention of the Handsworth Overseers, who propose to rate the club field – of about six acres – at something like £250 per annum, in lieu of the old rating of £25 or so. It is known that the club has had much “gate-money” of late, and the “grandstand,” recently erected, is another proof of prosperity. Probably the “Aston Villa” gentlemen will appeal against this heavy impost and some compromise be arrived at. “Riches bring cares,” as the old saw has it.