Birmingham City Football Club was formed in 1875 under the name Small Heath Alliance. The club turned professional ten years later and over the course of the next fifty years, competed in the Football League first and second divison, gaining multiple promotions and suffering several relegations. In 1943, during the second world war, the club adopted the name Birmingham City.
In 1956, Birmingham City became the first English club to take part in a European competition, as they entered the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Four years later, they reached the final of the same competition, becoming the first English club to reach a European final, before ultimately losing 4-1 on aggregate to Barcelona.
During the 1960s, the club began to challenge for honours on a regular basis, reaching the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final once again in 1961. In 1963, they reached the final of the League Cup, where they met local rivals Aston Villa. Considered underdogs for the match, Birmingham went on to win 3-1 on aggregate to lift the first major trophy of the club's history. It was a trophy the club would win again almost fifty years later, defeating Arsenal in the final in 2011.
Over the years, Birmingham City have played host to an array of talented footballers. Former England international Joe Bradford holds the club's all time scoring record, reaching 267 goals, while legendary striker Trevor Francis began his career with the club, eventually scoring 133 goals. In more recent times, World Cup winning French international Cristophe Dugarry was the main inspiration behind Birmingham's 2003-04 season, scoring 5 goals in 5 games at a crucial stage in order to ensure the club's survival from relegation.
The club plays its home matches at St. Andrews, a stadium which has served as Birmingham City's home for over 100 years. Initially, the stadium's capacity was estimated at 75,000. After an inquest into the safety of football grounds during the 1980s, St. Andrews capacity was reduced to 26,000 before renovations during the 1990s brought the capacity back up to 30,009.
The Birmingham area is a hotbed for football and the Blues have many local neighbors including fellow Championship side Wolves, West Brom and of course their most intense rivals, Aston Villa
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