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Aston Villa moved grounds in 1897, playing the first game at the Aston Lower Grounds on 17th April, 1 week after they had won the FA Cup and their position at the top of the League had become unassailable. 
Aston Villa topped the League attendances for 6 seasons from 1899-1904 (displacing Everton, who had been top for the first 10 seasons of League Football, firstly at Anfield and then at Goodison).  

Season

Average

1898-99

23,045

1899-1900

18,765

1900-01

17,530

1901-02

19,580

1902-03

19,790

1903-04

20,035


1898-99 was the first time that any club had enjoyed an average attendance in excess of 20,000.



The new stadium at Aston Lower Grounds had more to recommend it than just accommodation for large numbers of spectators. Here we see Howard Spencer, the Prince of fullbacks (also England captain), enjoying the therapeutic benefits of an individual hot bath. The photographer was former Villa player Albert Wilkes who specialized in football subjects. 

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