Birmingham City

Club Profile

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Last Updated: 03 July 2022

Welcome to Broadhall Way! It’s the line that expert orator Andy Green has no doubt reeled off countless times over the years. There is one time, however, when things seemed ever-so-slightly different. Was it the four-fold bump in stadium capacity? Or the swathes of blue seats surrounding him? Or that Andy was 90-odd miles from his usual patch, standing in the home of Birmingham City for a ‘home’ FA Cup tie. Oh, those were the days eh?

Why was it held there? Well, back then, it wasn’t unusual for non-league sides to switch home ties against bigger clubs for the sake of safety reasons. We think the experience of giving up proper home advantage is a big reason why we did everything we could to make sure our 1998 match against Newcastle didn’t get switched. And it’s now rare to see many clubs do the switcheroo with cup ties. We’ll certainly never do it again, that’s for sure.

 

Birmingham City: The Facts

St Andrews
Birmingham, B9 4RL

0844 557 1875

www.bcfc.com

 

Who are Birmingham City?

The club came to be in 1875 under the guise of Small Heath Alliance, before binning off the Alliance add-on in 1888. In a small coinkydink, the following season saw them join the Football Alliance. We’re not sure if it was a condition of entry that you couldn’t have the same name as the competition. We doubt it, however. In 1902-3, the Blues were one of the founder members – and first champions – of Football League Division Two.

The Blues haven’t set foot outside the League since, and – to be fair – they haven’t come close to either.

Small Heath became Birmingham in 1905; the City suffix was added in 1943. And, all the while, the Blues were moving between Divisions One and Two every now and then. If you like your trivia, Wikipedia reveals (backed up by credible sources) how Birmingham were the first English club side to take part in European competition; playing their first group game in the inaugural Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1956. You can have that one for free.

Birmingham City: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 0%

* league points only


Birmingham City: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 04 January 1997

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Birmingham City Travel Information – Distance: 98 miles


By Road

You want the M1 and M6, which is no great shock. When you arrive at the interchange for the M6 Toll, however, stay on the old M6 for Birmingham. You’re coming off the motorway at Spaghetti Junction for the A38(M) for the centre of Birmingham itself.

At the end of this motorway, take the ramp for the A4540 towards the NIA among others; taking the first exit at the roundabout for the A5127. After another 1.5 miles, take the first exit at a large roundabout called Bordesley Circus onto Cattell Road (B4128).

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Parking

There are four car parks in and around St Andrews – but we don’t know which of these, if any, are available to away fans. The club offers a map to show where these are – but not who can use them or how much it’ll cost you. The Football Ground Guide is a bit clearer on this. But the news isn’t necessarily good.


By Rail

Station: BORDESLEY
Services to: BIRMINGHAM MOOR STREET (for BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET)

Bordesley is the nearest station at around half-a-mile from St Andrews. The Blues state that services only operate to this station on a home matchday, which – to be fair – is the answer you are hoping for. Moor Street, however, is 1.4 miles away.

If arriving at Bordesley, leave the station on Bedford Road in a northbound direction. Go right onto Coventry Road at the end and over the main roundabout in front of you. Next, you’ll need to head straight up Cattell Road.

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