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WIN - Aston Villa - The Complete Record

WIN - Aston Villa - The Complete Record

Reminder of our competition...

Vital Villa have two copies of the new and updated book Aston Villa - The Complete Record... by Rob Bishop and Frank Holt to be won.

• New and updated version of the best-selling 1988 and 1992 editions

• Contains full match stats, player profiles and a year-on-year look at The Villa, fully illustrated throughout with full colour features

• A must-have for all Villa fans

Aston Villa - The Complete Record first appeared in 1988, the centenary year of the Football League and the season in which the club won promotion back to the top flight. A second edition was published in 1992, just as the Premier League came into existence.

Now, 18 years later, Villa supporters can look forward to a brand new edition of The Complete Record, one which will bring the club`s story right up to the end of an eventful 2009-10 campaign.

The new book, published by Derby Books, isn`t merely an update of the previous two editions. Authors Rob Bishop and Frank Holt have combined their vast knowledge of the club to produce a completely fresh volume.

Rob is the editor of the Villa News & Record, while Frank, who contributes a regular column to the programme, is a highly-respected historian who is a member of the Association of Football Statisticians.

The book will include a resume of every season since Villa`s formation; detailed grids showing the appearances, goal scorers and attendances of every competitive campaign; profiles of more than 150 of Villa`s leading players; a spotlight on all the club`s managers, from Jimmy McMullan to Martin O`Neill; a selection of Matches to Remember - and much more.

All of the club`s Premier League seasons are featured, and the book will be illustrated with photos from the Villa Archives, making Aston Villa: The Complete Record an indispensible guide to a great football club.


Rob Bishop is editor of the Villa News & Record, the club`s official match-day programme. He joined the club in 2001, having previously covered their fortunes for various newspapers - the Birmingham Mail, Sports Argus and Birmingham Post. He began covering Villa just before the club`s relegation to the old Second Division in May 1987 but has subsequently enjoyed their promotion back to the top flight, numerous ventures into Europe and four Wembley Finals.

Frank Holt is a lifelong Villa supporter, having attended his first match at Villa Park in February 1954 - a 2-2 draw against Huddersfield Town. From the moment he saw Villa in action, Frank also developed an interest in statistics. A Life Member of the Association of Football Statisticians, he became established as their Villa 'expert' 30 years ago. Since 2004 he had written a regular column for the Villa News & Record, based on his vast knowledge of the club

Aston Villa: The Complete Record is available to buy online at and from all good bookshops from September 2010 priced at just £25.00 (ISBN 9781859838051).

TO WIN... just answer the following question:

The book is about which famous Premier League Club?!!? (Sorry, I can't make these questions easy for you I'm afraid, you'll have to do some research)

Right... the technical bit. If you don't follow this, I'll simply delete the entry:

Email with the subject COMPETITION

1) Name 2) Address (to have book sent to) 3) Username (you must be a registered member on Vital and must have posted at least 50 points on the members league: (just select club to find your username)

Competition closes 30 September 2010... no correspondence will be entered into, judges decision is final, blah blah blah.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday September 24 2010
Time: 12:10PM

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