William McGregor was a Scottish association football administrator in the Victorian era. He is regarded as the founder of the Football League that is the first organised association football league in the world. He was born in Braco, Perthshire, in 1846 and became the chairman of the Birmingham-based club in 1886 after that only he founded the Football League was formed on April 17, 1888. The legendry Mr. McGregor was the promoter of the first football league in the world. As he was a great individual, The Aston Villa Supporters Trust has raised a good amount of money to clean up the grave of Mr. McGregor. Therefore the grave of the founder of the Football League has been rededicated. It was he who gave a league and a proper structure team format. The poor condition of the grave was brought into attention by Peter Lupson, a football author and a historian. Earlier in 2009 a statue of Mr McGregor was erected outside Villa Park. It is also proposed to engrave the sentence “Founder of the football league and chairman of Aston Villa FC” on his grave as he is valued as the father of all football leagues. It's a very important recognition, not just for Villa but for football in general across the world. This great person Mr. William, who died in 1911 at the age of 65, is going to be honoured in a grand ceremony and to be remembered forever for his great contribution.
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By: Anita Aishvarya