Birmingham City Football Club was founded in 1875, originally as Small Heath Alliance. The club are nicknamed the blues, after their traditional home colours. Birmingham City have spent the majority of their history in the top division in England, although the club spent an extended period outside the top division between 1986 and 2002.


Birmingham’s stadium is St Andrew’s, which has been the club’s home since 1906. The stadium has a capacity of 30,016 spectators.


Birmingham City have a long-standing rivalry with neighbours Aston Villa. The two sides contest the Second City derby, known to be one of the fiercest in England.


The Blues have never won the top tier but have been crowned champions of the Second Division on four occasions. Birmingham have finished as runners-up in the FA Cup on two occasions, in 1931 and 1956. The club has won two League Cup titles and two Football League Trophies.


On 27 February 2011, Birmingham defeated Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup Final at Wembley. With the match level at 1-1, substitute Obafemi Martins capitalised on a defensive error to score the winner in the final minute of the match.


Gil Merrick is the player with the most appearances for Birmingham, with 551. Joe Bradford is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 267 goals. Bradford was the club’s leading goalscorer for twelve consecutive seasons. Trevor Francis is second on the list with 133 goals.


Other notable former players include Emile Heskey, Matthew Upson, Jermaine Pennant, Sebastian Larsson and Robbie Savage.


Alfred Jones took charge of 566 matches, more than any other manager in the club’s history. Other notable former managers include Trevor Francis, Steve Bruce and Alex McLeish.