Steve Bruce has reacted with pride at the news Villa Park is set to celebrate its 120th birthday, insisting: “It’s still both immaculate and iconic”.
On Easter Saturday 1897, a week after securing a League and FA Cup double, Villa beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at a venue which was then still known as the Aston Lower Grounds.
The defining date is Monday for the special occasion but to celebrate the anniversary, Saturday’s News & Record will be a special edition, including an extensive feature outlining 120 significant moments throughout the course of Villa Park’s 120-year existence.
We may not have the best team but we have certainly got one of the best stadiums.
Bruce spoke glowingly of the special milestone.
He said: “It’s always been an iconic stadium and I always enjoyed playing here and coming here as a manager.
“Villa Park is one of the great traditional grounds of our country.
“We haven’t got many left. All of them have new stadiums now.
“It’s 120 years old and we can be mightily proud of it. It is a fabulous football stadium.
“It was Doug Ellis’s vision to have Villa Park the way it is. I think a big compliment has to go to him.
“It’s a wonderful stadium. For it to be 120 years old is a great testament to the people who have run the club. It’s still immaculate and still iconic.
“It’s one of the best stadiums in the business. We may not have the best team but we have certainly got one of the best stadiums.”