Birmingham City

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is Birmingham City's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Stephen Carr 62%
2 Trevor Smith 20%
3 Kenny Cunningham 18%

 
The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Trevor Smith - The muscular centre-half made 430 appearances for Blues between 1953 and 1964. He also led his side to victory in the 1963 League Cup against Aston Villa - the club's first major piece of silverware.

Kenny Cunningham - A cultured centre-half, Cunningham read the game brilliantly and led by example. Nicknamed 'King Kenny' by the fans, the Republic of Ireland international formed a brilliant defensive partnership alongside Matt Upson in the club's early Premier League years.

Stephen Carr - The Republic of Ireland full-back captained Blues to a famous victory against Arsenal at Wembley in the 2011 League Cup Final.

 

  Who is Birmingham City's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Trevor Francis 68%
2 Christophe Dugarry 23%
3 Gil Merrick 9%

 
The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Trevor Francis - Birmingham City's most famous youth product. A goal-scoring machine who went on to become the first £1 million player.

Gil Merrick - England international goalkeeper who served the club as both player and manager across three decades.

Christophe Duggary - Enigmatic French World Cup winner whose undoubted skills lit up St. Andrew's during an 18-month stay.

 

  When was Birmingham City's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 2009/10 33%
2 2003/04 31%
3 1955/56 15%
4 1971/72 13%
5 2008/09 8%

 
The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1971/72 - Blues finished in second place in the 22-team old Second Division, so were promoted to the First Division for 1972/73, despite never having been in the promotion positions until after the final game of the season. They also reached the FA Cup semi-final where they lost to Leeds United. Forward Bob Latchford played in all 53 first-team matches over the season. Latchford finished as leading goalscorer with 30 goals.

1955/56 - Blues reached the FA Cup Final and finished in their highest ever League position in the top division (6th).

2003/04 - Blues were unbeaten in the league at the end of September, and went into November still in fourth place. They eventually finished 10th with Mikael Forssell scoring 17 league goals.

2008/09 - The team finished in second place in the Football League Championship to win promotion to the Premier League for the 2009/10 season.

2009/10 - Blues finished ninth in the Premier League to equal their best position in 51 years.

 

  Who is Birmingham City's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Arthur Turner 23%
2 Steve Bruce 22%
3 Freddie Goodwin 20%
4 Gil Merrick 19%
5 Alex McLeish 16%

 
The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were:

Arthur Turner - Turner led Blues to the Second Division Championship in 1955, to the FA Cup Final 12 months later, into the FA Cup semi-finals in 1957 and was in charge when the team entered the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, thus becoming the first manager to take and English club into a major European competition.

Gil Merrick - After 22 years as a player for Blues, Merrick was appointed team manager in 1960. During his four seasons at St. Andrew's he took the team into a European Cup Final (where they were beaten by AS Roma in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961) and also led them to their first major silverware in the 1963 League Cup Final with a two-legged victory against local rivals Aston Villa.

Freddie Goodwin - Goodwin managed the club from May 1970 until September 1975. He guided the team to promotion from Division Two and to two FA Cup semi-finals. He was also responsible for giving debuts to the likes of Trevor Francis, Kenny Burns and Bob Hatton.

Steve Bruce - Bruce twice led Blues to promotion to the Premier League during nearly six years at the club. The first promotion success came in May 2002 against Norwich and ended a 16-year exodus from the top flight of English football.

Alex McLeish - The former Scotland boss achieved promotion to the Premier League with Blues in the 2008/09 season. In their first season back in the top flight they finished in an impressive ninth place in the table, their highest league finish since 1959. Then in May 2011 he was in charge as Blues upset the odds by beating highly-fancied Arsenal in the League Cup Final at Wembley.