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Villa v Everton programme: Special edition for FA anniversary

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Villa v Everton programme: Special edition for FA anniversary

Saturday is a special day for English football.

It's the day the Football Association celebrate their 150th anniversary - and we are marking the occasion with a special programme cover to commemorate the occasion.

Renowned football artist Paine Proffitt has produced some superb artwork depicting an 1888 game between Villa v Everton - the most-played fixture in English football.

Apart from 196 league games between the clubs - all of them in the top flight - the teams have also met 18 times in cup-ties.

So Saturday's match will be our 215th competitive match against the Toffees.

The souvenir issue of the Villa News & Record also includes highlights of a game between the clubs in four different competitions - the Football League, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the League Cup, plus a welcome message from FA chairman Greg Dyke.

Our Villa Vault section also focuses on games between the club, including the first and last league fixtures, a dramatic action photo from a game at Goodison Park in 1976, and a question-and-answer session with Ken McNaught, who joined us from the Merseysiders in 1977 and went on to enjoy League Championship and European Cup glory in claret and blue.

Then there's Villa legend Peter Withe - an Everton supporter as a boy - talking about one of his favourite Villa games.

And it's not the one which immediately springs to mind! But it's not just a case of knowing your history.

The latest edition of the programme also includes plenty about the current squad.

We have an in-depth interview with Karim El Ahmadi, a chat with Jed Steer, and a centre-fold poster of Brad Guzan.

Andi Weimann, meanwhile, answers questions for our Last Word feature, while Christian Benteke is the man in the spotlight in What's in a Name.

Throw in regular columns by Paul Lambert, Ron Vlaar and Stan Collymore, and this special issue is great value at £3 - as well as bring a perfect memento of the FA's 150th anniversary.

And if one major birthday isn't enough, you can also check out the former Villa chairman who will be 100 on Saturday!

If you don't want to wait or can't make it to the game, you can also snap up your matchday programme right now via our eBay account.

And then there's our new iPad version, which is also available to purchase now.

For those supporters who can't get to every game, we offer a subscription service at £66 for the season, including postage.

European postage costs an additional £39 and worldwide postage an extra £64.

For details, call 0845 0001 or email


AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 23rd October 2013
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