Aston Villa have now been resident at Villa Park for well over 110 years, since 1897 in fact.
The picture below is taken from a Football Review magazine in the early 70’s.
To save you straining your eyes reading the small print we have copied it out below;
“Villa Park, Birmingham, home of Aston Villa since 1897 has long been regarded as one of the countrys top grounds and regularly stages FA Cup Semi Finals. The record attendance was set in March 1946 when 76,588 watched a sixth round tie against Derby County. The present capacity is 60,247 with seating for 15,747. Player inset : Ian Ross.”
I have also found an absolutely stunning piece of old film footage on Google that shows the old Villa Park Stadium as it used to be in the 1970s.
Older fans will find this brings back some great (and not so great) memories while younger fans who never experienced what these football grounds used to be like might just get a feel for why us “older” fans go on about the “good old days” !!
To compare the football ground from back then to what it looks like now there is a great feature on the Premier League site here;