Originally known as Small Heath Alliance, the club has had several name changes: to Small Heath in 1888, to Birmingham F.C. in 1905 and finally to Birmingham City F.C. in 1945.
They were FA Cup losing finalists in 1931 and 1956. They won their only major silverware to date in 1963 when they lifted the League Cup beating local rivals Aston Villa 3-1 on aggregate. The club's darkest era came between 1986 and 2002, when the club was consistently outside the top flight of English Football and also suffered the indignity of two brief spells in the third tier of the English League during this period.
The club is nicknamed Blues, due to the colour of their kit, and their fans are known as Bluenoses.