Birmingham City Football Club was founded in 1875 as the Small Heath Alliance – a name that was shortened to Small Heath some eight years later. The club was renamed Birmingham in 1905 and adopted its current Birmingham City name in 1943, although fans also refer to their team as the Blues.
The team plays in the English Football League (EFL) Championship and has been based at St Andrew’s stadium (also known as St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium) since it was first opened in 1906. Prior to that, the club was based at Coventry Road stadium, which is also known as the Muntz Street stadium.
Whilst EFL matches are not as headline-grabbing as their Premier League counterparts, it is still possible to watch Birmingham City on TV, although fans may need to check Birmingham City TV listings for times and channels. Of course, in this internet age it is also possible for fans who can’t attend matches in person to watch Birmingham City live streams online.
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Club Badge and Colours
The badge of Birmingham City FC shows a blue and white globe stacked above a blue and white football, with a blue ribbon winding around the two from top to bottom. The ribbon bears the words BIRMINGHAM CITY FOOTBALL CLUB – 1875 – in white lettering.
Birmingham City have always played in a blue strip of some sort, and the current home kit comprises of a blue shirt with white features, white shorts with blue vertical lines on the outer thighs and blue socks. The away strip of Birmingham City consists of a yellow shirt, blue shorts and yellow socks.
Key Players and Managers
Birmingham City are currently managed by Garry Monk. Previous managers of note include Gary Rowett, Lee Clark, Alex McLeish, Steve Bruce, Sir Alf Ramsey and Freddie Goodwin.
Key former players for Birmingham City include Nikola Žigić, Damien Johnson, Michael Johnson, Trevor Francis, Alex Govan and Billy Jones.
Key players on the current Birmingham City squad include captain Michael Morrison, forwards Che Adams and Isaac Vassell, midfielders Maikel Kieftenbeld and Craig Gardner, defenders Kristian Pedersen and Marc Roberts, and goalkeeper Lee Camp.
Honours, Noteworthy Stats and Memorable Moments
Birmingham City have achieved plenty in their more than 140 years of footballing history, and some of their most memorable moments include:
- Reaching the FA Cup Final in 1931 and 1956.
- Winning the Football League Cup in 1963 and 2011.
- Winning the league title (second tier) four times. The first time was in 1892/93 and the most recent was in 1954/55. They have also finished as runners-up on a further seven occasions.
- Reaching the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final in 1960 and 1961.
- Winning the Associate Members Cup Final in 1991.
- Winning the Football League Trophy in 1995.
- Winning the league title (third tier) in 1994/95.
Although Birmingham City are not the biggest football club in the world, they have an enthusiastic and loyal following, as demonstrated by the number of people who enjoy attending their matches in person and watching them play football on TV.