6. Roger Hynd
Widely regarded as one of the finest centre-halves in Birmingham City’s history, Roger was the nephew of great Bill Shankly. Hynd played for Blues between 1970 and 1975, making more than 200 appearances in that time and helping them earn promotion to the First Division in 1972.
He was voted Birmingham City F.C. Player of the Year in 1972. In 2012, Hynd was inducted into Blues’ Hall of Fame, alongside a host of stellar names from the club’s history.
5. Trevor Smith
As a defender, Trevor Smith had it all. Strong in the air and an excellent reader of the game, his timing of a tackle was outstanding. The Centre half would go on to win two England caps and make 430 Birmingham City appearances – only five players ever had more.
Smith’s leadership qualities subsequently led to him being appointed captain and he led Blues to their first major trophy, the 1963 League Cup.
4. Bob Latchford
Latchford was the complete centre-forward, able to score and create chances for teammates using either of his feet or his head. Despite his height of 6 feet, he was very fast over short distances, a quality he used to his advantage when scoring many of his goals.
From 1967 to 1974, Latchford made 194 appearances and scored 84 goals for Blues but like Trevor Francis, he felt his talents were being held back at Blues as they flirted with relegation.
He left the club to join Everton in 1974. Latchford achieved legendary status on Merseyside, becoming Everton’s highest post-War goalscorer with 138 in 289 appearances.