Brothers Aston Villa Football Club had its beginnings in Bundaberg in 1967 when Les Davis began coaching the local school children at Welcome Creek State School. The club was initially called Welcome Creek United as most of the players were the sons of sugar cane farmers from the Welcome Creek area near Bundaberg. When the team came to town however they were often belittled as country town “hicks”, so Les, then the club President, proposed a name nobody could ridicule. Being a lifelong Villa supporter, he suggested the club should be called Aston Villa after the famous club in Birmingham. The English club gave their written permission to the Bundaberg club to use their distinctive colours, and the name was adopted in 1969. Since then, hundreds of players have put on their Claret and Blue on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and done their best to make Aston Villa the best club in Bundaberg.
Aston Villa entered its first team in the Senior Bundaberg Soccer competition in the mid-seventies. Villa’s First Division debut came in 1976 and we won our first grand final in 1986, with many other successes in later years. Brothers Aston Villa’s best known junior product is the Sydney FC and Australian representative goalkeeper Clint Bolton. Our most recent major achievement is winning the Division One Men’s Three Cities League Championship in 2015.
If anyone is interested in learning more about our club’s history, please contact our secretary, Kayleen Bryan, who is the niece of Les Davis. Les can be found at Marten’s Oval on weekends during the football season, watching our games.