Football Clubs in Birmingham

Other than the famed premier Birmingham City Football Club, the Birmingham City boasts of two more professional clubs the Aston Villa Football Club and the West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

Aston Villa Football Club
Four cricketers, who were looking for a sporting pursuit during the wintertime, established the Aston Villa Football Club (FC) in 1874. The newly formed Aston Villa FC played their debut match against Aston Brook's and won the match 1-0.The Aston Villa FC moved into their new home Perry Barr HQ in 1876 and were soon celebrating the triumph of FA Cup in 1887. The Perry Barr Pets, as the Aston Villa FC was famously known as, triumphed in the FA Cup championships once again in 1898 when they blanked their rivals Liverpool 5-0 in a pulsating finish.

The 1930-31 was one of the best seasons of the Aston Villa FC, as it saw the rise of luminous stars like Jimmy Gibson, Eric Houghton, and Tom Waring. Waring and Houghton alone netted 70 goals together to take the club to one of its best rankings in two decades. The sharpest period of decline for the Aston Villa FC was 1969-70 when the Club was relegated to the third division after a string of losses. The Club has regained its honor and managed to reach the FA Cup finals in 1990. Currently Aston Villa FC is one of the top ten clubs in England and has an international repertoire of stars.

West Bromwich Albion Football Club
The West Bromwich Albion Football Club was formed in the year 1878. The club was originally named as West Bromwich Strollers. They moved into their home ground The Hawthorns, which has a capacity of more than 28000. The Club has won the FA Cup nearly five times 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954 and 1968 to secure a proud record in the prestigious competition. Known as the Baggies to their fans West Bromwich Albion FC struggled in the late 1980s and was relegated to the Third Division in 1991. The later part of the 90s saw the resurgence of the West Bromwich Albion FC and currently they have found their place in the First division.