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ALL ABOUT BIRMINGHAM CITY

16 June 2015

We take a look at our Capital One Cup opponents!

Following this morning's Capital Cup First Round draw, Bristol Rovers will entertain Championship side Birmingham City.

The fixture will take place at the Memorial Stadium, the week commencing 10th August and we will now take a quick look at our opponents.

Founded: 1875

History: Like so many football clubs that started around the late 19th century, Birmingham City's origins lie in the church. Formed by a group of cricketers from Holy Church in Bordesley Green in 1875 the club was originally known as Small Heath Alliance. The club moved to its first ground, Muntz Street, in 1877, which was rented from the Gressey family for £5 a year! The club turned professional in 1885 striking an agreement with the players whereby they received half of the gate money. In 1906 the club's growth meant that a change of ground was necessary. Birmingham FC moved to the current St. Andrew's site in 1906 and the first game at St. Andrew's was played against Middlesbrough in December of that year attracting a crowd of 32,000.

Stadium: St Andrews (30,016 capacity)

Manager: Gary Rowett was appointed as the club's new first-team manager on the 27th October 2014. Rowett was a familiar face to Blues fans having amassed over 100 appearances during a two-year spell at St. Andrew’s between 1998 and 2000, and arrived at the club with an excellent reputation following a successful managerial spell at Burton Albion.

League Position Last Season: 10th SkyBet Championship.

Top Goal Scorer: Clayton Donaldson (16 goals)

Last Season: The Blues had a poor start to the 2014/15 season which lead to the sacking of manager Lee Clark and his assistant on 20th October with City sitting in 21st place in the Championship. Five day's later, caretaker manager Malcolm Crosby oversaw a record home defeat as Bournemouth scored an impressive eight goals at St Andrews. Gary Rowett then took charge towards the end of October and changed the sides fortunes picking up impressive results including a 6-1 win against Reading. Rowett seemed to have turned the tide at City as they finished the season strongly with three wins in their last three outings against Reading, Charlton and Bolton respectively.

Last Time We Met: Rovers traveled to St Andrews in January 2014 as John Ward's men lost 3-0 in front of over 2,800 Gasheads.

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