BIRMINGHAM CITY: When Football Was Football

BIRMINGHAM CITY: When Football Was Football

RALPH ELLIS    Book Number: 86083    Product format: Hardback

Foreword by local hero Trevor Francis who is the perfect choice for this nostalgic look at a century of Birmingham City. 'Keep Right on To the End of The Road' is the anthem sung by City's fans. Few football clubs can have kept going through as many trials, tribulations and occasional triumphs as the one which began life in 1875 under the name of Small Heath Alliance. Renamed in 1905 to mark their status as the only professional club within the boundaries of Birmingham City, they have carried the name with pride since. From the days in the 1920s when centre-forward Joe Bradford plundered goals, through the 30s when Gil Merrick was England's goalkeeper, and on to the 70s and wonder boy Trevor Francis, the Blues have always had special players to be their heroes. Their supporters have shared adventures of pioneering European football in the 1960s, as well as Cup runs that brought hope but didn't always end in glory. This marvellous large Haynes publication progresses chronologically from the early years 1875-1904 up to 2002 and beyond into the Premier League with football stats, brilliant quotations, extended captions, archive photographs of proud players and directors, trophies and front page news from the Daily Mirror 1928 and 1931. With legends like Harry Hibbs, bomb damage 1942 when the main stand burned down, at work and at play, facts and results, managers standing beside their Jaguars and later Bentleys and a new era with the controversial appointment as Karren Brady, a 23 year old advertising sales executive, as the club's Managing Director. 208pp, colour and archive photos throughout. 10" square.
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ISBN 9780857332042
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