8 Facts About Birmingham City

1. Birmingham City won the League Cup for the second time under Alex McLeish in 2011.

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2. Birmingham City reached the 2001 Football League Cup Final under Trevor Francis, whose successor as permanent manager, Steve Bruce, twice achieved promotion to the Premier League.

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3. Birmingham City fans consider their main rivals to be Aston Villa, their nearest neighbours geographically, with whom they contest the Second City derby.

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4. Birmingham City equalised in the last minute of normal time, but the match went to a penalty shoot-out which Liverpool won.

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5. Birmingham City were the first football club to establish an option company.

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6. Birmingham City fans will love Garry Monk's Aston Villa mind games.

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7. Birmingham City boss revealed he and Smith have remained friends since they were team-mates at Sheffield Wednesday.

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8. Birmingham City were founded as Small Heath Alliance in 1875, and from 1877 played their home games at Muntz Street.

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