Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Blues
Birmingham City FC, originally named "Small Heath Alliance", formed in 1875 and the club turned professional ten years later. The Blues became a founder member of the Second Division in 1892 and won the inaugural championship. Birmingham won the title for a second time in 1921 and went on to enjoy a consistent spell in the top flight. The Blues were particularly successful in the 1950s and early 1960s, finishing in sixth place in the 1956 First Division campaign. The club also reached the FA Cup final in 1956, before getting through to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final in both 1961 and 1962. In 1963, Birmingham finally won their first major trophy, beating bitter rivals Aston Villa in the League Cup final. The Blues reached the Premiership for the first time in 2002 following a period outside the top flight.
Personalised Birmingham City Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Birmingham City Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Blues. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Birmingham Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be terrific addition to a supporter’s Birmingham memorabilia collection.
Birmingham City Football Book Coverage
This Birmingham City Football Book opens with coverage of the Blues’ 7-0 win over Preston North End in 1905. It goes on to cover many other great games through the decades of the 20th Century and from the present era.
Top stories featured in this Birmingham City Football Book include promotion to the First Division in 1921 and becoming League Cup Champions in 1963. The Gift Book also contains reports on appearances in the 1931 FA Cup Final against West Bromwich Albion and the 1956 FA Cup Final against Manchester City, plus the penalty shoot-out for the Worthington Cup in 2002. You will find a selection of articles on promotion to Division One in 1972, 1985 and 1992. The Birmingham Books also incorporate the celebrations that accompanied more recent promotion to the Premiership. Read about the appointment of Sir Alf Ramsey as Manager in 1977, the sale of Trevor Francis for £1m in 1979 and his appointment as Manager in 1996. The Gift Books contain a whole host of interesting stories and enthralling matches, making them a fascinating read for any fan.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Birmingham City’s history makes these books truly memorable Birmingham Gifts and a great addition to any collection of Birmingham memorabilia.
Birmingham City Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Birmingham City memorabilia or looking for other Birmingham gifts, why not consider our Birmingham City Calendar or Birmingham City Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Blues’ key games. These presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Birmingham City fans. Other Birmingham presents include Framed Reprints and unique Birmingham City T-Shirts.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Birmingham FC is nicknamed "The Blues" due to the colour of their kit. Their fans are known affectionately as "The Bluenoses".
- Although Birmingham won the Second Division in 1893, they were not promoted, as they lost the required ‘test match’. The club reached the First Division in the following season after finishing the campaign as runners-up and then successfully beating Darwen.
- The Blues reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 1931. They would go on to face West Bromwich Albion and narrowly lost the match 2-1.
- When the Blues played in the 1956 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, they became the first English team to play a competitive football match in Europe.
- In 1960, Birmingham became the first English club to reach a European final.