Greatest Birmingham City Players Ever – Top 10 Legends

6. Roger Hynd

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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

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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

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Greatest Birmingham City Players Ever – Top 10 Legends

  • October 18, 2021 at 1:22 am

    I have supported the Blues, since 1936, and in my opinion Big Joe Bradford was a far better goal scorer, than Trevor Francis. Bradford was the Top Division’s, leading goal scorer, for 11 successive Seasons. Joe Bradford scored 267 goal’s for Blues against 133 for Trevor Francis (twice as many) Joe was a big No9, and he had a rocket shot in his right boot. Joe Bradford terrorized Aston Villa. Big Joe, was a superb Striker.

  • October 18, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Gilbert Merrick was easily the greatest Goal Keeper, that I have ever seen play. The National Newspapers used to call Blues “Merrick City”. Gil still holds the record for “Goals Against” in the Second Tier of football. Gil only conceded 21 goals in 42 games (one goal every 2 games) He was simply the best Goal Keeper that Blues have EVER had. He was MAGNIFICENT.

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