Traditionally Birmingham City have been the poor relations of Second-City football but that could all be about to change. Under the guidance of David Sullivan and the Gold Brothers and with a new 60-capacity stadium in prospect, Birmingham are undergoing a revival on the pitch as well as off it. The proverbial Sleeping Giants are gearing up to be a Big Club once more and the fanbase is there for the success. Birmingham City FC were founded in 1875 and their St Andrews ground was built on a former Romany encampment - any bad luck they have is said to emanate from a gypsy curse. But the Blues also claim to be the first British club to reach a European final, an Inter City Trade Fairs Cup Final against Barcelona in 1962, and their greatest-ever triumph came when they beat Villa in the 1963 League Cup Final. From Harry Hibbs and Joe Bradford through Trevor Francis, Bob Latchford and Alberto Tarantini to Barry Fry, Steve Bruce, Robbie Savage and Karren Brady, there is no lack of characters to draw on for quotes.
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