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West Bromwich Albion vs Birmingham City 1931 cc

Birmingham City #BCFC is a proper football club. By that I mean that you probably don’t support them as a ‘johnny come lately’ glory hunter. Birmingham City carries our 2nd City’s name and the club occupies a proper inner-city site within (very uncomfortable) walking distance of New Street and Moor Street Stations.

They were founded in 1875 around the Small Heath area of the city and their ground, St. Andrews reflects religious associations of the past.

If supporters who were not born in the city, or lived there, were asked to leave at half time, the crowd would not noticeably drop. Before matches, the thumping rhythms of celebrity supporter Jeff Lynne & ELO blast out around St Andrews. Roy Wood, UB40 and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight are all bluenoses.

But what have they got to show for it you may ask? Well they have six League Championships. These are 2nd Division (Championship) 4 times; Third Division (third tier) once and the immediate Post War Football League South.

They won the Football League Cup in 1962 / 1963 beating their local rivals from Aston over 2 legs. In 2010 / 2011, they won again beating Arsenal at Wembley. They also won the Football League Trophy in season 1990 / 1991 & 1994 / 1995.

Not the most glittering of trophy cabinets, maybe, but add to these three more domestic cup semi-finals and there has been something to cheer over the years.

But did you know this?

Forget Celtic, Manchester United, Liverpool et al, Birmingham City were the first British Club to compete in a European Final. They contested the Final of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in both 1960 and 1961. They were beaten semi-finalists in the inaugural tournament staged between 1955 and 1958.

Recently, my good friend Colin asked me to list his small but very significant collection of Birmingham City #BCFC programmes on my site. And now each item is up and available for purchase.

Below, I’m providing links to some of the most interesting programmes – mostly semi-finals and finals.

It’s a great collection, I hope you have fun browsing the items and buying them.

Birmingham City #BCFC F.A. Cup

F.A. Cup Final 1930/31 West Bromwich Albion vs Blues

FA Cup Final 1955/56 Blues vs Manchester City

FA Cup Semi Finals 1955/56 Sunderland vs Blues

1967/68 West Bromwich Albion vs Blues

1967/68 West Bromwich Albion vs Blues (Pirate Programmes)

1971/72 Blues vs Leeds United

1974/75 Fulham vs Blues

Also: –   1957/58 Blackburn Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers  1959/60 Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn Rovers

F.A. Cup Semi Final Replay 1950/51 Blackpool vs Blues

Birmingham City #BCFC F.A. Youth Cup

FA Youth Cup Final 1st Leg 1966/67 Blues vs Sunderland

FA Youth Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg 1984/85 Blues vs Newcastle United

Birmingham City #BCFC Football League Cup

Football League Cup Final 1962/63 Villa vs Blues

Football League Cup Semi Final

1962/63 Bury vs Blues

1966/67 Blues vs QPR

1966/67 QPR vs Blues

2000/01 Ipswich Town vs Blues

Birmingham City #BCFC Football League Division One

Football League Division One      1948/49 Blues vs Derby

Birmingham City #BCFC Inter Cities Fairs Cup

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final

1958-60 Blues vs Barcelona

1958-60 Barcelona vs Blues

1960/61 Blues vs A S Roma

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Semi-Final 1955-58 Blues vs Barcelona

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Quarter Final 1960/61 Blues vs Boldklub Copenhagen

Also Inter Cities Fairs Cup 3rd Round 1966/67 West Bromwich Albion vs Bologna