The Championship fixtures are out and Villa fans will now be planning their away days and checking train ticket prices for the new season.
Unfortunately, trips to grounds like Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield are off the agenda due to last year’s relegation, but if there is a silver lining to dropping out of the top-flight, perhaps it is the chance to experience some different stadiums.
Here are five of the top Championship grounds Villa fans that need to visit next season. Of course, all dates are still subject to be changed for television.
Brentford’s ground is one of the most characterful in the Championship, but sadly there is no longer a pub on each corner due to the closure of The Royal Oak.
However, The Griffin – famous for being featured in the 2004 film Green Street – The Princess Royal and The New Inn all remain open for business.
Griffin Park also has a standing section at the front of the away end, while Brentford are expected to move into a new ground for the 16-17 season, so this is perhaps the last chance to visit.
Date for the diary: January 31
By far the smallest ground in the Championship, the Pirelli Stadium is home to promoted Burton Albion, with only 6,912 fans able to fit inside.
Tickets are therefore likely to be gold dust for this late-season fixture, especially if Villa are in the hunt for promotion back to the Premier League. Again, away fans have the choice between standing on the terrace or taking a seat for this match.
Opened in 2005, this will be the first visit to the Pirelli Stadium for Villa fans, with the two clubs having never played a league fixture against each other before.
Date for the diary: April 8
Sheffield Wednesday away is the first game of the season and what better way to mark the start of the new campaign than heading to Hillsborough.
An old-fashioned, traditional type of football ground, Hillsborough was the biggest stadium in the Championship in terms of capacity until Villa and Newcastle United dropped into the second tier.
Away trips to Hillsborough always have a poignant feel after the 1989 disaster that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters, so take time to pay your respects to the victims on your visit.
Date for the diary: August 7
Another new ground that will be on the list for a lot of Villa fans is The Amex, where Brighton and Hove Albion play their home games.
After just missing out on promotion, Brighton are expected to be in the mix again this year so it could well be a decisive day for both teams’ chances.
In the few years since the ground opened, it has developed a reputation as being one of the most welcoming for away supporters, although it is located some distance out of Brighton itself.
Date for the diary: November 19
Craven Cottage is one of the finest examples of how to regenerate an old stadium without losing any of its old character.
Fulham’s ground now has a very modern feel about it, but it has retained many of the touches that make Craven Cottage such a unique place to watch football.
The terraces – and the Michael Jackson statue outside – might be gone, but the cottage itself remains in place and the walk along the river to the stadium contributes to a great away trip.
Date for the diary: April 17