Book Competition Winner

Last updated : 28 October 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

Michelle King from Warwick.

We asked who was Blues' goalscorer in the 1956 FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

The correct answer was Noel Kinsey.

Thanks to all that entered.

BIRMINGHAM CITY FOOTBALL CLUB has been acknowledged over the years as 'a sleeping giant'. Unfortunately for its fans, the giant has not awoken since the club's formation in 1875. Over 130 years of professional football in the heart of the industrial Midlands has produced only one major trophy - the League Cup in 1963 - but as well as all the heartaches and disappointments the fans have experienced some truly memorable matches. From their first excursions into Europe to promotion to the Premier League, this book covers some of the most momentous games in Birmingham City's history, as well as some of the most crucial.

Some of the matches selected themselves - Cup Final appearances, derby victories over Villa and West Brom and promotion-winning games - but all of the games included in this book carry significance for Blues fans.

Also included in the book are personal interviews with ex-Blues stars such as: Howard Kendall, Ken Leek, Jimmy Harris, Paul Tait and Paul Devlin - all of whom recount their own experiences of what it was like to be a Blues player.

Insightful, interesting and including rare photographs of match-day programmes and tickets, Birmingham City 50 Greatest Matches is a must-have book for any True Blue.


KEITH DIXON was raised within site of St Andrew's in Holmwood Road, Small Heath, and has been a Blues fanatic since 1954.

He founded the Bluenose Club in 2004 and has organised a number of themed charity nights featuring ex- Blues players to raise money for Promise Dreams and Debra. He now generates funds for the Birmingham City Former Players Association. Visit

In 2006 he self-published The Blues - Great Games - Great Teams - Great Players in celebration of the Centenary of the Opening of St Andrew's.

Until recently he was a guest writer for The Blues Magazine providing a monthly article entitled 'My Time at The Blues', he tracked down ex-Blues players to talk about their careers at St Andrew's. In 2009 his biography of Gil Merrick was published.

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