The votes have been cast and counted, Now we can finally reveal the 12 founder members of the www.avfc.co.uk Aston Villa Hall of Fame.

Thousands of you have had your say over the last few weeks and it says a lot about the fantastic history of our club that there was a lengthy list of contenders.
 
As with any such list, there will be as much focus on the Villa greats who miss out, but it is important to stress that this is just the start of the Hall of Fame.

People like Gerry Hitchens, Gary Shaw and Tony Barton missed out this time, but will surely find themselves in the Hall of Fame before long.

William McGregor
A true football legend, McGregor was the brains behind the formation of the Football League in 1888. A draper with premises near Aston Park, McGregor rallied support for a competition that would give clubs from the Midlands and the north regular competitive matches.
Dan Parker wrote: Because we know our history. McGregor is the reason we go to matches every Saturday. He is a true legend because of his vision.

George Ramsay 1876-82 and 1884-1926 as club secretary
Ramsay became a key member of the team, assuming the role of captain, which he held for four years. Ramsay led Villa to their first trophy success in 1880 when they won the Birmingham Senior Cup. Wearing a polo cap and long pants, Ramsay was a star and the crowds loved him, one of the greatest dribblers of his time and a master of close control. He was a central figure in a grand trio of pioneers of the Club, William McGregor and Fred Rinder being the other two. Ramsay (with Rinder) negotiated the lease of Villa Park after earlier 'finding' the Perry Barr ground. He was forced to quit the game through injury in 1882 and was appointed Secretary in 1884, serving in that capacity until 192, during which time he saw Villa win the FA Cup and League Championship six times. Ramsay became honorary advisor and a vice-president of the Club until his death at Llandrinod Wells in October 1935 which ended a 59 year spell with the Club.
Mark Heslington wrote: George Ramsey ensured that Aston Villa are historically one of the greatest football clubs in the world.

Trevor Ford 1946-51 128 appearances 61 goals
Welsh international Trevor Ford joined Villa in 1946 after scoring an amazing 53 goals in 47 outings for hometown club Swansea. He made his Villa debut in a 2-0 win at Arsenal in January 1947 and scored nine goals in nine games that season. Ford scored 18 goals in each of the following two seasons - his finest moment coming as he grabbed four goals in the 5-1 demolition of Wolves in December 1948. Overall Ford scored 61 goals in 128 Villa appearances before moving to Sunderland for £30,000 in October 1950.
Vincent Hill wrote: Week after week Trevor played his heart out. One of the most exciting players ever to pull on a Villa jersey and a 100% team player.

Eric Houghton 1929-47 and 1953-58 as manager.
One of the most respected figures in Villa's history, Houghton had a great reputation both as a player and a manager. On the field, he had a reputation for having one of the hardest shots in the game and legend has it that he twice fired the ball through the back of the net. Houghton made nearly 400 appearances and scored 170 goals between his debut in 1930 and his departure to Notts County in 1947. And a decade later Houghton was in charge when Villa won the FA Cup.
Peter Foulkes wrote: A true Villa legend who gave unstinting service as a player and manager. One of my proudest moments came whn Eric's team won the cup in 1957.

Peter McParland 1952-62 341 apps 120 goals
McParland was one of Villas greatest post-war goal scoring winger's, fast direct with a fantastic shot in either foot. He was spotted playing for Dundalk in the League of Irleand by former Villa manager George Martin for a fee of £3,880 and went on to give the club invaluable service, helping Villa win the FA Cup in 1957 (when his two goals saw off Manchester United) the Second Division title in 1960 and the League Cup in 1961. He represented the Football League on 1960 and gained 34 full caps for Northern Ireland, scoring twice in his debut against Wales in 1953-54 season.
Derek Davis wrote: Peter would be priceless in the modern game and will forever be my all-time Villa great.

Charlie Aitken 1960-76 656 appearances 16 goals
Left-back Aitken was one of Villa's all-time greats. In his long career he made a club record 656 appearances in all competitions, scoring 16 goals. He was a key member in the team that won the Third Division in 1972 and helped the club back into the First Division in 1975. Aitken joined New York Cosmos in the summer of 1976.
Ivan Lawrence wrote: Charlie was our darling in my early days as a Villa fan. He delivered on the 'oohs' and 'aahs' front as an early example of what a good attacking fullback could do to enhance a sides performance.

Brian Little 1971-80 and 1994-98 as manager 301 appearances 82 goals
Little joined Villa as an apprentice in 1969 and turned professional two years later. Making his debut as a substitute at home to Blackburn on October 30 1971 he scored on his full debut the following April as Villa hammered Torquay 5-1. Little won League Cup winners' medals in 1975 and 1977 - scoring two goals to sink Everton in the latter. Amazingly Little collected just one England cap and was sadly forced to retire through injury in 1980. He rejoined Villa as manager November 1994 and won the League Cup in 1996. He resigned in February 1998.
David M Sanderson wrote: A highly talented player and a great manager.

Ron Saunders 1974-82
Saunders succeeded Vic Crowe in the Villa hotseat in June 1974 and quickly laid the foundations for the most successful spell in Villa's modern history. Leading the side to promotion from the Second Division and a League Cup triumph in his first season, Saunders went on to secure an even greater prize in 1981 as Villa ended a 71 year wait for the League title. Villa had reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup the following season when Saunders resigned.
Peter Harris wrote: He built one the most entertaining & successful teams ever seen at Villa Park.

Peter Withe 1980-85 232 appearances 90 goals
The final piece in Villa's championship-winning side of 1980-81, Withe was worth every penny of what was then a club record £500,000. His 20 goals were a key factor in the title triumph - although none was quite as memorable as his winner in the 1982 European Cup final against Bayern Munich. He eventually played more than 200 games, scoring 90 goals.
James Williams wrote: He brought us the European cup with his goal against Bayern - and that is reason enough for me!

Dennis Mortimer 1975-85 403 appearances 36 goals
Dennis Mortimer became the first Villa captain for 70 years to lift the League Championship trophy in 1981 - little did he or anyone know that there was an even greater achievement to come 12 months later.Dennis was the man who led the team to that historic win in Rotterdam which made Aston Villa European Champions. A 1-0 over Bayern Munich in the De Kuip Stadium was courtesy of a Peter Withe goal and allowed Mortimer the distinction of being the first Villa Captain to hold aloft the famous trophy. Strangely, that success and his consistently high quality performances, never earned him full international recognition. Representative honours came in the shape of Under 23 honours and the chance to lead England 'B' on a tour of Australia.
Alan Griffiths wrote: All my happy memories as a young Villa fan contain Dennis. He lifted the title and the European Cup and even if England ignored him, we knew what a terrific player and leader he was.

Gordon Cowans 1975-85, 1988-91 and 1993-94 515 appearances 59 goals
'Sid' Cowans joined Villa as a 15 year old apprentice in July 1974, and became a professional a month before his 18th Birthday in 1976, having broken into League Football against Manchester City at Maine Road earlier that year. He became an established first teamer during the second half of the 1976-77 season, helping Villa win the League Cup against Everton. In the first of three spells with the club, Cowans was a member of the First Division Championship side, also European Cup and Super Cup winners. A classy midfield player Cowans was a huge crowd favourite in each of his spells at the club and is now back at the club as an academy coach.
David Powell wrote: I've watched Villa for 48 years. Gordon was the greatest playmaker in all those years and was equally good as an attacking player and as a ball winner.

Paul McGrath 1989-96 313 appearances 9 goals
A bargain at £400,000 when signed from Manchester United in August 1989 by Graham Taylor. McGrath was an instant success at Villa Park, strong. Macca won plenty of admirers for his classy defending and commitment to the cause. He helped Villa to First Division runners-up spot in his first season. Two years later the Republic of Ireland international ace was named PFA Player of the Year for his commanding displays at the heart of Villa's defence. He was just as impressive the following season as Villa finished runners-up to Manchester United in the first ever Premiership season. Top-class and the nickname 'God' says it all. Paul moved on to Derby County where he spent one season, before ending his career at Sheffield United.
Steve Pritchard wrote: TRUE CLASS. Written off by Fergie, but rose to the top. Sheer genius. A pleasure to watch and an honour to meet.