Birmingham City Club Profile
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Birmingham City : Club Background

The name of Small Heath Alliance will tend to point to an early incarnation of the Football Conference League, or perhaps a local wildlife pressure group. But in fact it is the original name of Birmingham City FC. Formed in 1875, and named after the local suburb that is just down the road from Birmingham (St Andrews is in Bordesley) they played at a ground in Coventry Road (more popularly known as Muntz Street), eventually simplifying their name to Small Heath FC.

In 1905 Small Heath changed their name to Birmingham (without the City suffix) and a year later moved to St Andrews, with the Muntz Street ground being demolished and converted to housing a year after that. They had joined the Football League in 1892, winning the Second Division title in 1892–93 and 1920–21, but their spells in the top division saw them struggle somewhat, and were relegated in 1939, just as World War II broke out.

During the war, the club took on the name of Birmingham City and picked up their third Second Division title in 1954–55 as they returned to the top flight. That was good timing for them, as it coincided with the launch of European competitive football, with the Blues becoming the first English club to play in such a competition - participating in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1956. They also were the first to reach a European cup final - the 1960 Fairs Cup, losing to Barcelona that year and then AS Roma a year later.

Overall Birmingham have spent the very large majority of their history in the top two tiers of English football. Their darkest time came in 1989 when they dropped into the Third Division, falling into receivership three years later. That period so them yo-yo between third and second tier, regaining promotion in 1991–92 and 1994-95, and that's the last time that they've sunk that low in the pyramid.

In recent years they've tended to hover between the top flight and what is now the Championship. They've achieved promotion to the Premier League most recently in 2001–02, 2006-07 and 2008-09 but as the years imply, they've not always hung around that long. Their last few seasons have given us in full the bipolar nature of being a Blues fan - 2011 saw them win the Football League Cup, by beating Arsenal, and in doing so qualifying for the Europa League, but by the end of that season they'd been relegated to the Championship meaning that they played out their European involvement as a second tier side.

More recently off the field events have dominated processings with Hong Kong-based businessman Carson Yeung - their club president and major shareholder - arrested and charged with money-laundering. Whilst the allegations are not reported to be connected to the football club, the club has been somewhat in a state of flux with this matter going on, and as such the club's off-the-field management have been attempting to rein in running costs, whilst there have been a number of false dawns in terms of the potential for new owners coming in. Birmingham should be OK for the moment, provided they don't tumble into League One whilst their uncertain position is maintained.

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Birmingham City : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Birmingham City

05/08/1986HomeFrndD0-01200
28/07/1997HomeFrndD1-11711
10/08/2013HomeCHPL0-18717
27/08/2013HomeCC2D3-33767Upson 22, Webster 90, Ayling 105
18/01/2014AwayCHPW2-013605Hayter 12, 19


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Birmingham City

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
031451002013165


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Birmingham City : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Birmingham City : Club Information
St Andrews Stadium
Cattell Road
Small Heath
Birmingham
B9 4RL
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0844-557-1875
Fax :
Email: reception@bcfc.com
Chairman : Peter Pannu (acting)
Secretary : Julia Shelton
Safety Officer : Dave Hoult (deputy)
Head of Media : Andy Walker
Manager : Lee Clark

Capacity : 30,016
Seated : 30,016
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 67,341 : FA Cup Fifth Round vs Everton, 11 February 1939
Colours : Blue shirts, white shorts
Nickname : Blues

Ticket Prices :

Away supporters are allocated the Gil Merrick Stand Lower Tier, which is a covered seated stand behind one of the goals. The standard allocation is for up to 3,000 seats with the tier shared with home supporters, who also occupy the Upper Tier. Birmingham can allocate the whole of the lower tier when demand suits, which would give a total capacity of 4,500. The initial allocation usually provided to clubs is for 1,205 tickets.

The ticketing arrangements for our 2013-14 Championship fixture are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Aged 65 and Over: £15.00; Students: £15.00; Aged 13–18: £10.00; Under 13: £5.00.

All Under-15s must be accompanied by an adult or they will be refused entry at the turnstile. All tickets for those aged Under-15 therefore need to be sold with an adult ticket.

Disabled Info:

Disabled supporters should purchase from the Huish Park end - prices vary according to your status, as per the above prices, but you can admit an assistant free of charge if required. For any special arrangements, such as the provision of headsets, contact Birmingham City on 0871 226 1875. For advice on disabled facilities, John Starkey is the Chairman of Birmingham City's Disabled Supporters Club and can be reached on john.c.starkey@hotmail.co.uk

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Birmingham City : Directions To The Ground
General

If you don't know where England's second largest city is, then we're in problems. The ground itself is situated around two miles east of the core Birmingham shopping area, and just outside the city inner ring road.
Map of immediate area around St Andrews. Note not all car parks are accessible to supporters
Map of immediate area around St Andrews. Note not all car parks are accessible to supporters - Birmingham Wheels is your best bet.


By Road

The majority of Yeovil Town supporters will need the 'South' directions although we've included all other possible combinations as well:

South: Exit the M5 at junction 3A and head onto the M42. Exit the M42 at junction 4 and turn left at the roundabout to join the A34. Continue on this road over four roundabouts, through the suburbs of Shirley, Sparkhill and Sparkbrook. When you reach the Camphill Circus roundabout, take the third exit onto the A4540. At the next roundabout take the B4128 into Coventry Road where you will find the ground on your left.

North: Exit M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38(M), known as the Aston Expressway. Just before the end of the short motorway, take the slip road and a left turn onto the A4540 Dartmouth Middleway. When you reach Garrison Circus, almost any left turn beyond this will take you to the football ground, but Lower Dartmouth Street or St Andrews Road are the two obvious ones.

Parking

There is a small car park right outside the Gil Merrick Stand which serves as the away end. However, this is also where they park up the away coaches, and so available space will in turn depend upon how many coaches they are expecting. On the Garrison Lane (north) side of the ground, in Venetia Road, there is a place called Birmingham Wheels, which offers secure parking for £5.00. Other local schools and businesses also offer matchday parking for a fee. However, as long as you search the streets away from the inner ring-road (i.e. away from the city centre) you should find street parking - inevitably the nearer you arrive to kick-off, the further you will have to walk if you try this tactic. Expect spaces to start to seriously disappear up to 90 minutes before kick-off.

By Rail

Birmingham New Street is 1.5 miles from St Andrews, whilst Birmingham Moor Street is around 2 miles away. These are the two mainline stations you're most likely to head to for your destination. Bordesley is the nearest local station, whilst Adderley Park (north of the ground) or Small Heath (south of the ground) are two local alternatives if you find you're on a stopping service.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

For the Bordesley option, note that if you use the National Rail site you'll appear to find only a single Saturday service running from Birmingham city centre. This is a token service timetabled to keep the station/line open. There are additional 'football' services available. They ultimately run from places like Worcester and Kidderminster, but you'll almost certainly need to change either going there or on the way back. You can download the whole timetable for our visit by heading here (Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader needed). The timetable in brief for our 2013-14 visit provides the following service:

Outgoing (from Snow Hill): 13:37, 13:47, 13:58, 14:07, 14:28. Trains reach Moor Street three minutes after Snow Hill. Total journey time 5 minutes.
Return (from Bordesley): 17:16, 17:27. Trains call at both Moor Street and Snow Hill. Journey time 5 minutes.

If you want to walk it, then you need to head from either New Street or Moor Street around the Bullring Shopping Centre so that you're following signs for Digbeth Coach Station. Follow this road past the Crown public house walking alongside a dual carriageway (A41), then fork left so you go past the railway line and Bordesley station. Cross the Bordesley Circus roundabout straight ahead so you are heading past MacDonalds and into Coventry Road and the ground is on your left. It's about 20 minutes to walk, or nearer 30 minutes if you start from Moor Street.

By Bus

There are a number of buses that go roughly via St Andrews. The key ones from main destinations are as follows:
58 (Solihull via Sheldon) - Pavillions Shopping Centre (Stop MS4) - Allison Street - Birmingham Coach Station - Coventry Road
60 (Cranes Park via Coventry Road) - Pavillions Shopping Centre (Stop MS4) - Allison Street - Birmingham Coach Station - Coventry Road
73 (Solihull via Heartlands Hospital) Moor St Selfridges - Allison Street - Birmingham Coach Station - Coventry Road
97 (Chelmsley Wood via Meadway) - Pavillions Shopping Centre (Stop MS8) - Allison Street - Birmingham Coach Station - Venetia Road on Garrison Lane
97A (Airport via Meadway, Chelmsley Wood) - Pavillions Shopping Centre (Stop MS8) - Allison Street - Birmingham Coach Station - Venetia Road on Garrison Lane

For the buses that go via Garrison Lane, you come in via the north side of the ground, whilst those that go via Coventry Road take you along the south side. Opinion is that the south side is slightly easier for reaching the away end. If you're trying to catch a bus from Birmingham New Street railway station, then walk halfway around the Bullring Shopping Centre and the Allison Street stops should become visible.

By Taxi

A selection of Birmingham taxi companies can be found here.
St Andrews Stadium Map. The away section can be seen on the left-hand side with the coach park just below it.
St Andrews Stadium Map. The away section can be seen on the left-hand side with the coach park just below it.

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Birmingham City : Web Resources
Web Sites

Birmingham City Football Club
Birmingham City's main club website. As usual, a PTV-style format website.


Blues Trust
Website for Birmingham City's Supporters' Trust. As Birmingham are at present not entirely stable off the field, this site is very much geared towards those matters, rather than on the field information. As such its main interest will be for Blues fans or those examining the nuts and bolts of a football club.


Mr Blue Sky - Vital Birmingham City
Part of the Vital Football chain of sites. Appears to be maintain by a Brum supporter rather than an anonymous agency.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Birmingham Mail
Dedicated section for Birmingham City, from the Birmingham Mail.



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Birmingham City : Food & Drink
General :

Birmingham obviously get large crowds, and have a reputation for being on the feisty side. Hence we don't recommend that you try visiting the pubs immediately adjacent to the ground even if you manage to get into them. Expect around a 10 minute walk before you can reasonably get into a pub that's not crammed full of home fans. If you're coming in via public transport, or have the time to do it, there are a couple of very good pubs in the city centre area that are well worth going out of your way for. In general though - and without trying to be too alarmist - we'd recommend that this is a trip in which you behave in a low key manner when proceeding your way around the surrounding streets and the city centre.

Club Bar :

There is a concourse bar inside the Gil Merrick Stand. You'll find John Smith's Bitter, Fosters Lager, Cider, Smirnoff Ice and Wine. Expect to pay around £3.50 a drink. There's also the usual diet of pies, burgers and hot dogs available in this area.

Local Pubs :

Anchor Inn: Whilst the Wellington wins plaudits in Birmingham for its outstanding beer selection, the Anchor Inn is a worthy alternative for those who want a good pint, but don't want to head all the way into the city centre. Expect up to a dozen pumps to be serving beer, typically from the likes of Kelham Island, Osset and Fernandes. The other plus point for the Anchor is that it does food - your usual pub grub menu full of fish/scampi/pie/burger and chips, or various curries, or selected sandwiches. The pub is an old Victorian Grade II listed building situated close to Birmingham's coach station and partway between Bordesley station and the Bullring shopping centre. As such you're about 15-20 mins from the ground. Opening hours 11.00a.m. until midnight.
Anchor Inn, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6ET. Tel: 0121-622-4516. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Briar Rose: Wetherspoon pub in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Situated north of New Street station, and still very handy for both Snow Hill and Moor Street stations. Whilst we'd need to tell you little about what these chain pubs are like - cheap beer and food and generally consistent in what they do - the big plus for this one is that it's a stone's throw from the Wellington (best pub in Birmingham). The Welly doesn't do food - this pub does. So stock up on some food here, then nip up the road for the beers. Claims 7.00a.m. - 1.00a.m. opening hours, although many Wetherspoon pubs only serve coffee and breakfasts for the first few hours. It's about 30 minutes walk to St Andrews Stadium from here (unless you catch the matchday train down).
Briar Rose, 25 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RE. Tel: 0121-634-8100. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Cricketers Arms: This is probably the nearest pub to the ground that is recommended by other fans. It's around a ten minute walk, and so you'll find plenty of Blues in the pub, but far enough for you to not be in 'home pub' territory. Probably the easiest way to reach it is to head along Cattell Road, moving east from the ground, then turn right into Arsenal Road, then right into Little Green Lane. It's a fairly small side-street local, but there are some tables outside if you want a smoke or if things get a bit too crowded indoors.
Cricketers Arms, 48 Little Green Lane, Birmingham, B9 5AX. Tel: 0121-772-7797. Map: Click Here.

Post Office Vaults: If you want a pub that is ultra-convenient to Birmingham New Street station, then this is it - as the address suggests, this is in the same road as the station and is just two minutes away. Eight real ales, and a specialisation in continental bottled beers from Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Holland, Austria and further afield. They also do cider and perry here. Does not serve food, but they don't mind if you bring your own in. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights, whilst on Sunday they open an hour later.
Post Office Vaults, 84 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA. Tel: 0121-643-7354. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Victoria: Situated just south of Birmingham New Street station. There's a Holiday Inn and a Comfort Inn in this area if you want to make a full weekend of this. Their food is centred around the American South, with cajun spices, caesar salads and burgers available. Beers include Wye Valley’s Butty Bach plus three rotating guests. Opening hours are Sun - Weds: midday to midnight. Thurs: midday to 1.00a.m. Fri/Sat: midday - 2.00a.m.
Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN. Tel: 0121-633-9439. Email: info@thevictoriabirmingham.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Wellington: Located north of Birmingham New Street station (and in the same road as the Briar Rose pub) this is a real ale mecca. They have 16 different handpumps on at any given time serving Wye Valley H.P.A., Purity Mad Goose, Oakham Citra and Black Country Ales B.F.G and Pig on the Wall as regulars plus obscure rotating guest beers. They ask you to order beers by the pump number to help them out. There are also three real ciders on tap. Needless to say, they land in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide on a number of occasions. There is Sky Sports in the upstairs bar. The only downside is that they don't do their own food. But that's where the Wetherspoon down the road comes in handy. Open from 10.00a.m. until midnight daily. It's about 30 minutes walk to St Andrews Stadium from here (unless you catch the matchday train down).
Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN. Tel: 0121-200-3115. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Rather low. Brummie accents and Zummerzett accents don't really have much in common. Try not to impersonate one - you'll end up sounding like Noddy Holder of Slade instead, who is more associated with Wolverhampton. This is not a good idea.

Top-Tip :

Try not to bring up the subject of Byron Webster's League Cup goal, whilst you're mixing it with the Blues fans in the pub.

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Birmingham City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Birmingham has a bigger canal system than the legendary city of Venice. The Brummies have 35 miles whilst Venice has a mere 26 miles worth. In terms of water volume going through them, that gives it the biggest canal system in the world. All together now, "Just one cornetto ..."

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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