Pride. Passion. Purpose.
Three words associated with Aston Villa, epitomised by Aston Villa Ladies.
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The claret and blues will enter the 2017/18 season in the second tier of women’s football – WSL 2 – to compete in their fourth campaign in this division, on the back of a successful Spring Series which saw them finish in fourth.
The roots of Aston Villa Ladies begin with a name that polarises Villa fans, Doug Ellis, is synonymous with establishing the women’s team. They were licensed by Aston Villa as their official woman’s side in 1996, having been called the Villa Aztecs before that from 1989 despite originally starting in 1973 as Solihull FC.
Villa began properly funding the women’s side in 2004 before taking full control of it in 2007, with the club’s progress culminating in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup win in 2013.
Villa Ladies’ home The Lamb is not as emphatic as Villa Park by any stretch, but the devotion of the regular supporters and the quality of football inside the ground cannot be questioned.