Seventh Heaven: Aston Villa's victorious '57 Cup campaignWritten by Colin J. Abbott, author of Nigel Sims' biography, 'In Safe Hands'. – Seventh Heaven, Aston Villa’s victorious '57 Cup campaign. It tells the story of the Villa's journey, from the glue-pot pitch of Luton Town's Kenilworth Road in the 3rd Round, to the palace lawn pitch of the Wembley Empire Stadium for the Final. Ably assisted with the personal accounts and memories of the surviving players of that record breaking side, Nigel Sims, Jackie Sewell, Stan Crowther and Peter McParland, together with the scrapbooks and albums of other members of the '57 side, which now form part of the vast collections of fellow Villan's Mick Tilt and Jon Farrelly. With relevant extracts from the Football Clubs official Boardroom minutes, it all combines to take fans on a nostalgic and wonderful trip. A unique, rarely seen insight into one of Aston Villa's most illustrious occasions.

The book is available from the official Villa Village store and Amazon UK
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"Colin did a marvellous job on my 'In Safe Hands' book. It makes me very proud to know that he had so much interest and was so knowledgeable about my career. His 'Seventh Heaven' book is purely about the Cup campaign of 1957. It has been so thoroughly researched; it's hard to believe he wasn't even born at the time"
– Nigel Sims


Colin's book is a fantastic read, not just for Villa fans but for anyone with a passion for the history of football. Colin writes as somebody who truly cares about the subject, and that comes across as you read the book."
– Paul Faulkner, Aston Villa CEO


"It is a pleasure to put the foreword to such an inspired book. I loved my time at Aston Villa and the Wembley run that has been so well documented in these pages. It evokes very special memories of an unforgettable occasion."
– Stan Crowther

Website by: Jay Abbott