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Birmingham City LFC

Birmingham City LFC

Formed: 1968
Nicknames: The Blues

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• FA Women's Cup: 1 (2011/12)


Birmingham City LFC were formed in 1968 by a group of female supporters. Friendly games were played locally up until 1970, with the late John Lines playing an influential role in those early days.

During the 1970s and 80s Birmingham Ladies won numerous regional league titles and cups and to this date remain the only West Midlands team to have reached the WFA Cup semi finals (73/74 and 87/88).

In the early 90s Birmingham combatted difficult times with the introduction of an academy, enabling the club to strengthen from within their own structure. This would be instrumental in turning the club around.

In 1998/99 the Blues won promotion to the newly formed Combination League, immediately winning it to reach the National Northern Division. This fantastic run continued with promotion to the National League after just two seasons. 

The youth policy paid dividends in the early 2000s. Birmingham players started to be selected for England at Under-19 and U17 levels, before Laura Bassett became the first Birmingham Ladies player to gain full England honours.

By 2003 nine players were England internationals at some level, and at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championships in Germany that year, Birmingham City Ladies provided more players than any other club.

In the 2004/05 season the Blues finished fourth in the FA Women's Premier League, leading to England call-ups for five players for the UEFA Women's EURO 2005.

Birmingham won their eighth consecutive Birmingham FA County Cup in 2008, before losing a host of players to retirement or other clubs. They have been rebuilding steadily, finishing 2008/09 in fifth place and moving to a new stadium at Stratford-upon-Avon.

In 2011, the inaugral season of the FA WSL, Birmingham finished as runners-up in the league and League Cup competitions, while this term they won the FA Women's Cup, beating Chelsea LFC in the final.

Last updated: 19/09/12 15.52CET

Club record in UEFA competitions