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The Other Birmingham Football Club: Aston Villa

The local rivals of Birmingham City Football Club are Aston Villa, whose home field is Villa Park. Aston is a district of Birmingham and lies north-east of the city. Villa Park, aside from being the home ground of “The Lions”, has also hosted sixteen England international matches and has a capacity of 42,682.

Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club

Birmingham’s leading rugby union club is the Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, which was founded in 1873. In the 2016/17 season, the team played in the third-tier National League 1 of the English rugby union system. A disastrous spell in the late 1990s and early 2000s caused the team—one of the more famous in the country—to sell its home ground (The Reddings) to property developers after buckling under the financial pressure of professional status.

Snooker in Birmingham

Snooker was once a game played mostly in smoky working men’s clubs across the UK. During the 1960s and 70s and into the early 80s, these clubs were commonplace and spawned many top players of the time. Birmingham, being one of the UK’s great industrial cities, would’ve been home to many such clubs and produced one of snooker’s star players before the game became popular.