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Club Profile

Birmingham City

A former yo-yo club that has stabilized in the Championship since 2011, Birmingham City is—to outsiders anyway—kind of the forgotten club of the four big ones around Birmingham. But it’s a fun and easy place to catch a game.

LOCATION: In Birmingham, West Midlands, 90 minutes north from Euston station in London

CONTACT: bcfc.com, 0121 772 0101, #BCFC

NICKNAMES: The Blues

History

Started in 1875 under the name Small Heath, City had their current name and ground by 1906, when their long story of up-and-down began. Their peak came from the mid-1950s to the early ’60s. They were promoted to the First Division in 1955 and finished sixth the following season. They made the 1956 FA Cup final despite never having a home game due…

Rivalries

All the other West Midlands clubs qualify as rivals: Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton. Aston Villa, in the Second City derby, is hated the most. Any of the others would be called a West Midlands derby. This year they get to play West Brom in the

Women's Team

Birmingham City Women have been relegated to the Women’s Championship at tier 2 for this season. Games are at Saint Andrews, same as the men’s

Songs

Their anthem is “Keep Right on to the End of the Road,” an old tune that caught on during their 1956 FA Cup run, during which City became the first team to ever make the final without playing a home game. A player named Alex Govan liked to sing it on the team bus, and then he mentioned to the press that he liked it. When the fans started singing…

Stadium

St. Andrews, right in the middle of town, is kind of a funny ground in some ways. From the street it looks quite small, but it holds 29,409 people. The Main Stand is actually the smallest and oldest. It runs along one side of the pitch and looks rather outclassed by the rest of the place, which came along in the 1990s. The Kop along the other…

Going to a Game at Birmingham City

GETTING THERE: It’s about a 30-minute walk from the main station, which is called New Street, and not all of that walk is scenic. A cab from there would be less than £10. You can also walk a few minutes from New Street to the other station, Moor Street, and catch bus 17, 60, or 97. PUBS: If you’re walking over, on the way you will pass the Old…

Birmingham City Tickets

Two seasons ago, tickets were £27 to £40 for adults, and they have frozen those prices for several years running. Even the home derbies didn’t sell out.

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