1896–97 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1896–97 season
ManagerScotland George Ramsay
First Division1st
FA CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Fred Wheldon (18)
All: Fred Wheldon (22)

The 1896-87 season was Aston Villa's ninth season in the Football League since being one of its 12 founding members in 1888.

The season got off to a slow start, with Villa recording only two wins in the first six games. An unbeaten run of 12 games took them to the top, where they finished with a lead of 11 points. The title was won when Derby County F.C. failed to win on 10 April; Villa had three games left to play, all of which were won.

For good measure, the FA Cup was also won, to make Villa the second team to complete "The Double".

This was the season during which Villa moved from Wellington Road to their current home at Villa Park, although it was still referred to as 'Aston Lower Grounds' for some time.

John Campbell was not quite as productive as in the previous season, and the leading scorer honours went to Fred Wheldon. Fred had been signed in 1896 from local rivals Small Heath (today’s Birmingham City). He was a good dribbler with the ball and won four caps for England. He played first class cricket for Worcestershire.


Football League[edit]

A total of 16 teams competed in the First Division in the 1896–97 season. Each team would play every other team twice, once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Two points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats.

FA Cup[edit]


Ever-present: Charlie Athersmith, Jimmy Cowan, Fred Wheldon

First at top: 28 Nov

Players used: 17

See also 1897 FA Cup Final