Founded in 1875, Birmingham City Football Club was originally known as “Small Heath Alliance” and then “Small Heath” before officially becoming “Birmingham” in 1905. It finally adopted its current name in 1943. Birmingham City currently plays in the English Football League Championship, which is the top division of three in the English Football League and one tier below the famous English Premier League in the entire English football league system.
During its late 19th and early 20th century years, Birmingham City played at a ground called “Coventry Road” in Small Heath, which later became known as “Muntz Street”. The ground was little more than a field but was developed during its lifespan with the addition of terracing and a grandstand. It was shared with Small Heath Athletics Club, which had its headquarters there.
Birmingham City’s local rival was, and still is, Aston Villa. The two sides first met at the Coventry Road ground in 1879, when Small Heath, as the team was then known, won 1-0. Birmingham joined the current English Football League (EFL) in 1892, having first played in the short-lived Football Alliance.
By 1905, when the team became known as “Birmingham”, the old Coventry Road/Muntz Street ground had become too small to accommodate the growing crowds. Accordingly, the club moved to St Andrew’s Stadium, which was constructed specifically for its use. St Andrews has been the home of Birmingham City FC for well over a century.
Birmingham City Football Club’s broad list of achievements include the following:
- FA Cup runners-up twice
- Football League Cup winners twice, runners-up once
- Football League Trophy winners twice
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup runners-up twice
- League Championship runners-up twice
- League Division Two champions once (then 3rd tier – now League One)
- League Division Two champions four times (then 2nd tier – now EFL Championship)
- League Division Two runners-up five times (then 2nd tier – now EFL Championship)
“The Blues” have just won themselves another season in the EFL Championship, having flirted dangerously with relegation. Wish them all the best for the future!