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Birmingham City Ladies FC
Birmingham City Ladies FC

Birmingham City Ladies Football Club history

By Jaskirt Dhaliwal
You have to go back nearly forty years ago to find the roots of Birmingham City Ladies FC.

It was in 1968 that a group of girl supporters decided to form their own team, and they played local friendly games for two years until the Heart of England League was formed in 1970.

Birmingham City Ladies FC in action
Birmingham City Ladies FC in action

The Blues remained there until 1973 and in 1974 the league was restructured to became known as the West Midland Regional League. Throughout the Seventies and Eighties Birmingham won numerous league titles and cups, and most notably in the 73/74 and 87/88 season they reached the WFA Cup semi finals, the only West Midlands side to do.

During the early nineties the club was not having the best of times but the introduction of an Academy for the development of younger players and the appointment of Marcus Bignot as Senior Team manager proved a big turning point.

In the 1998/99 season the Blues won promotion to the newly formed Midland Combination League and during their first season they won the league, to gain automatic promotion to the National Northern Division. The club continued this fantastic pilgrimage to top flight by winning promotion to the FA Women's Premier National League after only 2 seasons.

By 2003 a total of nine of the playing staff were England Internationals at some level, and at the 2003 European U19 Championships in Germany, Birmingham City Ladies provided one third of the squad, more than any other club.

Birmingham City Ladies FC
Birmingham City Ladies FC

The Blues impressive progress began to attract some of the countries top players and this resulted in the clubs most successful League run to date as they finished fourth in the FA Women's Premier National League during 2004/2005 season. Birmingham than went on to provide a quarter of the England team in Euro 2005.

However after the Euro's, the clubs outstanding progress was blighted with financial problems in the summer of 2005, which nearly saw the Blues fold. But luckily the club was saved at the eleventh hour and they are still competing in the top Division, but not without some after effects. The club had to let go of most of their top assets, which has seen a slump in their form so far this season. But the players and staff are hopeful that their form and fortune alike will be on the rise again. 

Birmingham City Ladies play their home matches at the ground of Redditch United, Bromsgrove Road, Redditch.

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