Aston Villa are one of English football's great traditional clubs and a trip to watch a match at Villa Park rewards you with an enticing mix of old and new. Martin O'Neill has fashioned a team very much in his own image and with the backing of the American owner has created a team of experienced international players mixed with exciting young talent – most of it British.
Young English players such as Abonglahor, Milner and Young are sure to continue their startling development under Martin O'Neill and his shrewd backroom staff. They, and the others wearing the famous claret and blue shirts, are excellent reasons for making the match day journey to see Aston Villa play.
Villa Park has been the home of Aston Villa since 1897 and still has the atmosphere associated with the classic old stadiums. Modernisation and development mean that its facilities are up to date, resulting in it being chosen for some of the matches to be played in the 2012 Olympics.
In the Birmingham district of Aston and within sight of the M6 Motorway and Spaghetti Junction, the stadium currently has a capacity of just over 42,500 and has a vibrant atmosphere when full.