Get to know Birmingham City Ladies
Blues aim to emulate male counterparts in bid for silverware.
Just weeks before the start of The FA Women’s Super League Birmingham City Ladies FC received a welcome boost, when their male counterparts – fresh from lifting the Carling Cup at Wembley – announced their official support of the club.
It was another significant milestone in the history of one of the oldest clubs in the women’s game and yet another indication of the WSL’s widespread appeal.
City were formed in 1968 by a group of female supporters. They played friendly games locally until 1970 when they joined the newly formed Heart of England League.
Throughout the ’70s and ’80s City proved a significant force in the restructured West Midland Regional League, winning the title four times and reaching The FA Women’s Cup Semi-Finals in 1974 and 1988.
In 1999 the Blues won promotion to the newly formed Combination League and at their first attempt won the league, gaining automatic promotion into the National Northern Division. Two seasons later and the club reached the top flight where there remained until the arrival of the WSL.
Having established an Academy for junior teams in the early 1990s the club is now benefitting from that investment in youth.
As the club entered the new millennium, several players began to emerge through the junior ranks and by 2003 not only were players making progress within the club but also on the international stage, with nine of the playing staff turning out for the Three Lions at some level.
Today the squad includes a number of full internationals, including Karen Carney, Dunia Susi, Emily Westwood and Laura Bassett.
With such experienced players to call upon and having won the Birmingham County FA Cup nine times in the past ten seasons, the Blues will hope they can transfer that winning form onto the domestic game’s biggest stage.