1888 - 1899 A year later Villa were at the forefront of the formation of the Football League as director William McGregor called the country's leading clubs together for a meeting on March 2.

The 12 founder members of the new competition were chosen at a subsequent meeting and Villa were of course one of the historic dozen.

September 8 1888 saw Villa's Football League debut - a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers as Tom Green scored the club's first League goal.

Villa finished runners-up to Preston in that inaugural season.
The first League Championship triumph came in the 1893/94 season as 20-goal marksman John Devey fired Villa to glory.

The Perry Barr Pets, as the club were nicknamed, scored 84 goals in 30 League games to clinch the title. Devey was on the mark 12 months later as Villa secured a second FA Cup triumph, again beating West Brom. The 1-0 triumph avenged a 3-0 defeat against The Throstles three years earlier.

Villa were League champions for a second time in three years in 1896 and a year later were to enjoy even greater success with the League and Cup double.

Villa finished a massive 11 points clear of second placed Sheffield United and then beat Everton 3-2 in a pulsating FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace.

The double season ended with a move to Aston Lower Grounds and 15,000 fans attended the club's new home as Blackburn were beaten 3-0 in the first game.

Two years later a dramatic League season went down to the wire as Villa beat rivals Liverpool 5-0 on the final day of the season to again lift the Championship trophy.