Birmingham City

Birmingham City or the more popular nickname “The Blues” had its seed sprouted from over 140 years ago, more precise, 1875. Yet, from its day of bloom, the Club has gone through more than one name change. Where it all started as Small Heath Alliance for the first 13 years, only to drop the Alliance part in 1888. Still, in 1905 the Club took an entirely new direction and rebranded themselves simply as, Birmingham. Where the final and lasting decision on a name change came in 1943, as the Club completed the sentence and added City to its name. Resulting in the now established and recognised name Birmingham City. With the somewhat short name and origin unfolded, let’s find out more related fact about “The Blues.”

UEFA club coefficient ranking

With the history in hindsight, it tells us the Club has indeed competed on a European level on many occasions. Like the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Although, even if the latter was the brainchild of FIFA, it doesn’t count towards UEFA’s Club coefficient ranking. It is still the very foundation of the UEFA Cup. On the plus side of things. The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup are still a heavyweight title and considers a major honour by FIFA. However, after dissecting the Clubs contribution across Europe, we do find that during the season 2011/12 Birmingham City was situated on a recorded best coefficient placement of 84th. Surrounded by the Greek Super League 1 Club AEK Athens F.C (83rd). And the Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Segunda División, more known as LaLiga 2 Club, Royal Sporting Club of La Coruña (85th).

How many times have Birmingham City won the Premier League title?

Let’s rip this off like a band-aid, as of now (2020) “The Blues” are not a titleholder of the English Premier League (EPL). Nor a champion of the previous top-flight, First Division. As a matter of fact, the 2010/11 season was the last time Birmingham City played for the gold in UK’s Premier League. That ultimately led to the relegation to the lower Sky Bet Championship League. However, Birmingham City did perform quite decent whilst in the top League with a best 9th position. Now, with the EPL and First Division out of the way, is the domestic games and cup matches telling us a different story? Next subject will relieve your curiosity.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Birmingham City

On the aspect of recent major honour wins, the fact remains, Birmingham City are still looking to close the gap from the top. As of now (2020), the latest noticeable success was when bringing home the League Cup (2010/11, 1962/63). Other than that, there is not that much to report on in the relatively modern era. Though we only covered a small portion of the overall big wins. And the Club has also had 4 (1892/93, 1920/21, 1947/48, 1954/55) Second Division or the Championship wins. Plus, 2 (1990/91, 1994/95) Football League Trophy victories, 1 (1994/95) Third Division top position, and finally 1 (1945/46) Football League South trophy.

Kit and colours

In reversed order, when the Club went on the pitch as Birmingham City in the 40s, the colour combination has never changed. Where blue and white has been the dominant combination throughout its existence. The only anomaly is some scattered years with black and red posting as a highlight or accent colour on the socks or to add the little extra to the shirt design. By which was the case when playing under the Birmingham banner. Yet, the colour combination was more elaborate during the Small Heath, and Small Heath Alliance era. Where they, for instance, tried out a striped black and yellow shirt with white shorts. But also a black kited shirt and socks with white shorts.

Birmingham City’s social responsibilities

If the goal is to engage and improve the life situation through sports, Birmingham City F.C Community Trust might just be the organisation to look too. As this is just some of the things “The Blues” believe, the organisation should and could help out with. Where Birmingham City frequently organises such things as holiday soccer camps, health programmes, and other activities that contribute to pre-set value, overall better life situation brought on by sports. All held in the hands of qualified experts and coaches.

Stadiums and capacity

The short and thick of things, the current home grounds is the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. However, it was not until 1906 the Club moved into the existing home. By which renamed in 2018 to St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, due to an economic agreement put in place. And was previously simply known as St. Andrew’s. Currently, after many improvements, expansions, and modernisation the capacity caps out at 29,409. At the 2020 state, the stadium it’s all-seated to comply with the Taylor Report.

Birmingham City transfers and rumours

Birmingham City’s fan base

Birmingham City has a relatively stable average attendance in the Sky Bet Championship matches. In fact, the 20,400 home average attendance has been the rough number for the last 5-years. Even the away records reflect the same story with around 19,000 average sold tickets on every away match, during the same period. However, this allows the Club to grow exponentially as the stadium operates on a 70% capacity.

Women football in Birmingham City

Birmingham City, Women Football Club has been on the map since 1968 after a group of female fans met up to play some friendly football competition, which got thrown out in 1970 after joining the Heart of England League. Yet, in 1998 it all got turned on its head after signing up to the new Midland Combination League. By which the women won. Consequentially, giving the women a direct pass to the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division. As of today, the women have some significant wins, Like FA Women’s Cup (2011/12), Heart of England League (1971/72), and Midland Combination League (1998/99). But also AXA Northern Premier League (2001/02), and West Midland Regional League (1974/75, 1976/77, 1987/88, 1988/89) to its name.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Birmingham City

Ultimately, Birmingham City PLC controls by the major shareholder, Birmingham Sports Holdings Limited. With reports telling us that the company have around 96% shares in their possession. Besides the controlling entity, “The Blues” also have other financial and beneficial partners like a Canadian maple syrup producer, cashless payment provider, and a smart energy expert to mention a few of the interests.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that “The Blues” was the first football Club to turn into a limited company and to adopt a board of directors? And this under the name Small Heath F.C. Ltd. Moreover, in 1941 the Club had to abandon its home ground St Andrew’s after suffering heavy bombardments destroying the most of the roof of the stands and critically damaged other necessary components. Leaving a gap of 2 years, when returning to the home grounds in 1943.