Birmingham FC is historically one of England's most consistent teams. The club's ground is St. Andrews, and their most fierce rivals are the local Aston Villa. Birmingham has been a regular top-flight participant during the majority of the previous century but has since fallen back to the Championship. With the '50s and '60s being their most successful periods, undoubtedly, the Blues will be doing everything possible to regain their past form and contend the Premier League once again. However, their performances are suggesting otherwise. The club hasn't landed a top 10 Championship ranking in 9 years and is regarded as a mid to bottom half of the table squad.
Birmingham City FC Transfers and past rumours
Matthew Upson from Arsenal for £1.4 Million in 2003 – A center-back who got sold because of the fierce competition within the Gunnars' line-up. Upson couldn't find playtime, so he sought his exit. He became a regular starter upon his Arrival at St. Andrews, where he lasted four years before being sold to West Ham United for £12.60 Million. During his time at Birmingham, Upson presented impressive performances and turned out to be a very valuable transfer.
Jermain Pennant from Arsenal for £750.000 in 2005 – Signed from Notts Country for £3 Million at the age of 15, Pennant set the record for the most expensive trainee. His situation at Arsenal was similar to Upson's, and after struggling to break into the senior squad, the winger joined Birmingham for much less than what the Gunnars had paid for him earlier. His first and only season with the Blues resulted in relegation, and Liverpool took advantage of the situation to sign Pennant for over £9 Million.
Che Adams from Sheffield United for £2.20 Million in 2016 – Adams needed time before he got to scoring for the Blues. His first and second seasons resulted in 16 goals in total, but he sprung to action during his third and final campaign, netting in 22 times. This was the first time in over 20 years that a Birmingham player breaks through the 20-goal barrier. Thanks to his impressive performances, Southampton went on to buy the forward for nearly £17 Million.
Jude Bellingham to Borussia Dortmund for £23 Million in 2020 – A name to watch out for. At just 17-years-old Bellingham's £23 Million move set the world record for the most expensive 17-year-old. Born in 2003, he joined the Blues' senior squad in 2019, becoming the youngest player to feature in a game and later the youngest player to score for Birmingham. He has now joined a club known for developing players for the next level to football. The future for the Englishman is bright, and it's definitely worth keeping an eye on him.
Birmingham FC often alternates between playing in the EPL and Championship. This is why you want to stay on top of all the transfer news and gossip around the club. Check some of it below.