Birmingham City FC

It was 1875 in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, when a small group of cricketers from Holy Church started a Club called the Small Heath Alliance. The club’s 1st ground was leased off a family named Gressey. Then later in 1888 the Club came to be known as just Small Heath. 1906 saw the Club move to a new ground and one which is still their home today – St Andrews. For most of this time they remained in Division Two. A few years on in 1943 the club, and still today 2009 in known as Birmingham City FC.

Their biggest rivals, and close neighbour and has been for over 100years, is none other than Aston Villa FC. This manifested itself on September 1879 when they met for the first time with Birmingham City FC( Small Heath at the time) winning 1-0.

In the 1950s Birmingham also known by this time as the Blue’s probably had their best spell in football with a promotion from Division two up to Division one and then in the 1955/56 campaign they ended in 6th place. Another credit to the Blues is they were the first English team to set foot in Europe, playing Internazionale and drawing 0-0. They did go on to the semifinal but lost against Barcelona in a replay. And they were the first English Club to reach a final in Europe but again lost it to Barcelona in 1960.

In 1970 a player named Trevor Francis signed for Birmingham City FC and made 328 appearances and scoring 133 goals for the club in 9 years and became a legend for the Blues. Trevor was sold to Nottingham Forrest for what was at the time a record breaking 1 million pound transfer. It was a good decade for the Blues spending most of their time in Division 1. Towards the latter part of the seventies things were becoming a struggle and in 1979 they were relegated to Division 2. The Blues only spent one season in that Division before getting back into Division 1 but unfortunately it didn’t last when in 1984 they had yet another spell in the 2nd Division. And when things could not possibly ufabet เว็บตรงทางเข้า get any worse, they did, when for the first time in all the Blues history they were relegated to Division 3. There were a few positives later though – in 1991 the Blues and for the first time in 35 years made it to a Wembley final, beating Tranmere 3-2 to take the Leyland Daf Cup. Plus in a reorganisation of The Divisions they went from Division 3 to Division 1.