SOUTH LONDON LIONS
The South London Lions is run by Gavin Richardson
Gavin says, "From an early age being an Aston Villa fan was always an important part of my life. My Great Grandfather, having moved down from Scotland, adopted Aston Villa as his new Club and instantly fell in love. He held a season ticket in the Trinity Road for over 40 years and, at over 80 years old, travelled to Rotterdam to watch us lift the biggest prize of all. His photo taken with the Old First Division and Charity Shield (as it was then) still adorns my wall. With him as an example, Dean Saunders and Dalian Atkinson banging in the goals in the newly formed Premier League and with Paul Mcgrath one of a number of Villa players representing Ireland in an England-less World Cup USA '94, there really was only one team to follow. I now hold a season ticket of my own, but 40 years is a long way off yet.
Upon moving to London nearly 6 years ago I decided to try and find a supporters group. Afterall, watching Villa games with Chelsea fans can become tedious. I contacted Cameron Hall in order to become a South London Lions member. Having just wanted to meet fellow Villa fans in a pub I never imagined how large and active the villa community was. I'm still surprised to this day. After becoming a member of the London Lions, I have not only been able to enjoy all of the benefits of being a member (which includes: Villa socials, playing for the London Lions football team, attending away games with other members and watching televised games at our designated pub(s)) I've been fortunate enough to make a number of close friends. Having taken so much out of The London Lions, it is my honor and pleasure to act as the clubs custodian and to give something back.
The Villa community in London continues to grow, especially following our return to the Premier League, and our aim is to work with other Lions Clubs across the capital in order to unite fans, create memories and be helpful towards any Villa Fans who would like to be a part of our London claret and blue army and enjoy the many benefits it offers."
To become a member of the South London Lions, e-mail Sean with your full address, mobile number, FAN ID and date of birth (provided to you by the Aston Villa ticket office) to firstname.lastname@example.org