Villa Park hosts Community Shield
- 22 May 2012 09:48
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
City will take on Chelsea for the FA Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday, 12 August.
The game will be broadcast live on ITV in the UK, with a kick off time yet to be confirmed.
Wembley will not host the traditional curtain raiser to the season due to its hosting of the Olympic soccer final the night before, but City have form when it comes to the Shield at the Midlands venue.
City took the Charity Shield, as it was then called, back up the M6 to Maine Road in 1972 after beating Aston Villa on their home ground thanks to a solitary penalty from Francis Lee.
Derby County and Leeds United, as league champions and FA Cup holders respectively, declined to contest the Charity Shield that year, but in 2012 City will face a Chelsea side who can boast the Champions League trophy in their locker in addition to the FA Cup.