The documentary will be released next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the team being crowned Football League champions, and winning the European Cup


BT Sport is producing a documentary – Super Villans – to mark the 40th anniversary of Aston Villa being crowned Football League champions for the first time in 71 years, and the following year, the club winning the European Cup.

It happened back on 2 May 1981, when Villa fought off the challenge from Liverpool and Ipswich Town to secure the top spot.

The following season, with a near-identical squad of players, Villa also managed to win the European Cup Final, securing victory over Bayern Munich 1-0 at the DeKuip Stadium in Rotterdam on 25 May, 1982.

Super Villans, which is being made by BT Sport Films, includes contributions from Villa captain Dennis Mortimer and many of his team-mates during the two seasons.

The film will air on BT Sport in 2022 to tie in with the 40th anniversary of Villa becoming champions of Europe.

Mortimer said: “Along with all of the players who were members of the AV40 squad I am really looking forward to working with BT Sport. This documentary will enable us all to share with our amazing Villa fans and BT Sport viewers the memories and special moments created during of two of the greatest seasons in the club’s history.”

Sally Brown, executive producer of BT Sport Films, added: “This is the story of how Aston Villa went from the third division to champions of Europe in just 10 years. Super Villans is a joyful celebration of a team who conquered Europe and the story of how the club shocked the football world by toppling the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, their opponents in the 1982 European Super Cup, uncovering some barely believable tales along the way. We’d like to thank all of those working with us to help make this documentary happen.”