FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday 24th January 2015, 3:00pm
St Andrews


The game will be the 129th competitive meeting between Albion and Birmingham City. The Baggies currently lead the way in terms of victories with 56 compared to Blues' 35.

The Baggies' last game on this date came in 2009 when in a FA Cup fourth round tie at The Hawthorns they drew 2-2 with Burnley. The club's last win on January 24 came back in 1976 in another FA Cup 4th round clash, this time against Lincoln City at The Hawthorns. Tony Brown, Mick Martin and Bryan Robson the scorers in a 3-2 win for the hosts. A full run down of Albion's record on this date over the years can be found here.

Birmingham's last game on January 24 also came in 2009, the club suffering a 2-0 Championship defeat at Blackpool. City's last win on this date came in 2004 when they beat Wimbledon 1-0 in a FA Cup 4th round tie at St Andrews.

Albion have played eight FA Cup ties on this date over the years, winning four and losing three.

The Baggies have won just three out of their last 17 FA Cup ties against teams from the top two tiers in English football (W3 D7 L7).

Albion's last six games: Everton (A) 0-0; Hull City (H) 1-0; Gateshead (H, FAC) 7-0; West Ham United (A) 1-1; Stoke City (A) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 1-3.

City's last six games: Leeds United (A) 1-1; Wigan Athletic (H) 3-1; Blyth Spartans (A, FAC) 3-2; Nottingham Forest (A) 3-1; Derby County (H) 0-4; Huddersfield Town (A) 1-0.



James Morrison is a doubt for the Baggies and faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock.

Jonas Olsson remains missing due to his Achilles injury whilst Youssouf Mulumbu and Jason Davidson are currently away with their respective nations.

Birmingham City

Former Albion winger Lloyd Dyer could make his debut after signing from on loan from Watford but City are still without the injured Matt Green (knee), Will Packwood (groin) and Gavin Gunning (knee).



Albion Win: 11/10, Birmingham City Win: 14/5, Draw: 21/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 4/1, Anichebe 11/2, Ideye 6/1, Sessegnon 8/1, Gardner 10/1, Brunt 12/1, Dorrans 12/1, Morrison 14/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 20/1, Baird 25/1, Lescott 25/1, Yacob 33/1, Pocognoli 33/1.

Birmingham City: Donaldson 13/2, Thomas 7/1, Zigic 8/1, Gray 9/1, Novak 9/1, Shinnie 10/1, Dyer 10/1, Cotterill 12/1, Arthur 12/1, Caddis 14/1, Gleeson 16/1, Duffy 20/1, Reilly 25/1, Morrison 28/1, Davis 33/1, Edgar 33/1, Spector 33/1.

No goalscorer: 8/1.



Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)

Clattenburg has officiated two Albion games so far this season - the 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City on Boxing Day and the 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace in October.

He refereed three Albion games last season - the 1-0 win at Norwich City in April, the 4-3 defeat at Aston Villa in January and the 2-0 defeat against Norwich at The Hawthorns in December.

The County Durham official last took charge of a Birmingham City game back in May 2011 - the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, a game that saw Blues suffer relegation from the Premier League.

The official has issued 98 yellow and two red cards in the 24 games he has taken charge of so far this season.

A full run-down of Clattenburg's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Albion will be backed by travelling support of 5,500 fans with all tickets long sold out.


Sunny, 5°C.


The two clubs met regularly in friendly fixtures and local cup competitions during the 1880s but the first senior competitive game against Blues came in a FA Cup semi-final which took place at Aston Lower Grounds in March 1886. The Baggies ran out easy 4-0 winners against a team who were then known as Small Heath Alliance, George Woodhall and Arthur Loach with two goals each sending the Baggies through to their first FA Cup Final.

The first league meetings between Albion and Small Heath - who had dropped Alliance from their name in 1888 - came during the 1894/95 season. The first game between the two sides came at Stoney Lane in November 1894 with Albion running out 4-1 winners. The return game at Blues' Muntz Street ground in February 1895 saw Albion complete the double over their local rivals with a 2-1 victory, Jack Taggart hitting both of the visitors' goals.

Albion's best ever league win against City came in April 1960 at St Andrews when hat-tricks from Ronnie Allen and Derek Kevan, along with an Alec Jackson strike helped the Baggies to a 7-1 win. Other big league victories against Blues over the years include 5-1 in 1926, 5-3 in 1957 and 6-0 in 1958.

Blues' biggest league win against Albion is 4-0, a scoreline achieved three times - March 1948, March 1999 and December 2004. City also recorded a 5-3 victory over the Baggies in a Football League North game which was played at Villa Park due to St Andrews being shut due to bombing damage suffered during German air raids.

The two clubs have met eight times previously in FA Cup action, Albion winning six of the games, all of which came away from home.

Albion's last visit to St Andrews came in March 2011 when goals from Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison and Paul Scharner saw Roy Hodgson's men run out 3-1 winners in a Premier League clash.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


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Saturday 18 September 2010 - Albion 3-1 Birmingham City - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 11 March 2006 - Birmingham City 1-1 Albion - Premier League - St Andrews
Sunday 6 March 2005 - Albion 2-0 Birmingham City - Premier League - St Andrews
Tuesday 29 January 2002 - Albion 1-0 Birmingham City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Sunday 23 November 1997 - Albion 1-0 Birmingham City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Sunday 16 March 1997 - Albion 2-0 Birmingham City - League Division One - St Andrews
Tuesday 4 February 1997 - Birmingham City 2-3 Albion - League Division One - St Andrews
Wednesday 20 March 1996 - Birmingham City 1-1 Albion - League Division One - St Andrews
Tuesday 30 January 1996 - Birmingham City 2-2 Albion (4-1 on pens) - Anglo Italian Cup - St Andrews
Sunday 17 September 1995 - Albion 1-0 Birmingham City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 February 1992 - Birmingham City 0-3 Albion - Third Division - St Andrews
Wednesday 30 September 1987 - Albion 3-1 Birmingham City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
   & Saturday 15 October 1988 - Birmingham City 1-4 Albion - Second Division - St Andrews

Saturday 27 April 1968 - Albion 2-0 Birmingham City - FA Cup Semi-Final - Villa Park


Birmingham City 1-3 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 5th March 2011, 12:45pm

Birmingham City: Foster; Carr, Johnson, Davies, Ridgewell (Murphy 80); Beausejour (Phillips 67), Fahey, Bowyer, Bentley; Jerome, Martins. Subs not used: Doyle (gk), Larsson, Zigic, Parnaby, Mutch.

Goalscorer: Beausejour 48

Booked: Bowyer 51 (foul), Ridgewell 52 (unsporting behaviour), Fahey 88 (foul)

Albion: Carson; Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey; Scharner, Mulumbu; Brunt, Morrison (Tamas 78), Thomas (Jara 67); Fortuné (Odemwingie HT). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Cox, Tchoyi, Vela.

Goalscorers: Mulumbu 47, Morrison 58, Scharner 72

Booked: Scharner 52 (unsporting behaviour)

Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)

Attendance: 27,013 (3,153 Albion fans)

A stunning 20-yard strike by James Morrison helped West Bromwich beat local rivals Birmingham to ease their Premier League relegation fears. After a quiet first half, Youssouf Mulumbu sparked the match into life when he poked in from close range. Just over a minute later, Jean Beausejour equalised for the Blues when he turned in Lee Bowyer's low cross. Morrison's left-foot drive restored the Baggies lead at St Andrews before Paul Scharner headed in the third.

It was a deserved scoreline for Roy Hodgson's team. They looked far more spritely than Birmingham, who appeared sluggish a week after their epic Carling Cup final win. However, neither team will look back at the first half with any great fondness. The only occasions on which a goalmouth was threatened came from two efforts by Birmingham's Cameron Jerome. His first was a weak shot from 20 yards that trickled past Scott Carson's left-hand upright, the former Cardiff forward then directing a stooping header wide of the same post.

But the yawn-inducing first half was soon a distant memory two minutes into the second, when Mulumbu bravely slotted in from 12 yards. Substitute Peter Odemwingie, brought on after the restart, fed Congolese midfielder Mulumbu who took a knock en route to beating Ben Foster with his shot. But the cheers of the visiting fans were short-lived - 79 seconds, to be precise. It was a simple Blues move that led to the equaliser. Full-back Stephen Carr found Bowyer and the former Newcastle midfielder delivered a precise square ball into the six-yard area for Beausejour to turn in. If that goal was admirable for its simplicity then West Bromwich's second was admirable for its audacity. Midfielder Morrison, returning to the starting XI, collected a pass from Steven Reid before pushing the ball a foot past Curtis Davies and letting fly. It was sensational strike, similar in brilliance to the one he scored against Manchester United earlier this season. Odemwingie then blazed over from eight yards after Chris Brunt's shot smacked Foster's left-hand post and landed in the Nigerian's path. But the visitors' third finally came when the dogged Scharner popped up at the far post to head in Morrison's cross from what seemed an impossible angle to wrap up a vital win.

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Goalkeeper Ben Foster joined the Baggies on a season long loan from City in July 2011 and after a successful campaign joined the club permanently in a £4million deal in June 2012.

Foster's deputy at The Hawthorns Boaz Myhill spent the 2011/12 season on loan at St Andrews.

Tough-tackling defender Paul Robinson spent six years at The Hawthorns making almost 250 appearances for the club before leaving for Bolton. He moved to St Andrews in September 2012.

Winger Lloyd Dyer progressed from Albion's reserve side to become a key figure in the club's promotion campaign of 2003/04. He joined City earlier this week on loan from Watford.

Life-long Blues' fan Craig Gardner spent 18 months at St Andrews before leaving for Sunderland in June 2011 for a reported £6million. He joined Albion last summer on a free transfer following the end of his Sunderland contract.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Scott Allan, Ray Barlow, Dave Barnett, Sid Bowser, William Bowser, David Burrows, David Carlisle, Darren Carter, Chris Charsley, Gary Childs, Dennis Clarke, Joe Connor, Jack Crisp, Dickie Dale, Curtis Davies, Stan Davies, Jack Dorrington, George Dorsett, Ted Duckhouse, Ernie Edwards, Ron Fenton, Isaiah Foster, John Glover, Tony Godden, Tom Green, Tom Grosvenor, Phil Hawker, Bill Hicklin, Vernon Hodgson, Paul Holmes, Bobby Hope, Robert Hopkins, Geoff Horsfield, James Hurst, Pablo Ibanez, Alec Jackson, Dennis Jennings, Willie Johnston, Alan Jones, Steve Lynex, Paul Mardon, Andy Marriott, Mark McCarrick, Alan Miller, Jack Morfitt, Tony Morley, George Morrall, Sid Oliver, John Paskin, Jim Pemberton, Paul Peschisolido, Kevin Phillips, Graham Potter, Darren Purse, Nigel Quashie, James Quinn, Tony Rees, Liam Ridgewell, Darren Rogers, William Rose, Arthur Samson, Barry Siddall, Alf Silvester, Scott Sinclair, Andrew Smith, David Smith, Fred Smith, Joe Smith, Billy Smith, Jack Southam, David Speedie, Kevin Summerfield, George Tranter, John Trewick, Arthur Turner, Ray Walker, Ike Webb, Fred Wheldon, Norman Whitehead, Chris Whyte, Harry Wilcox, Colin Withers and Chris Wood.

Ron Saunders managed both Blues and Albion whilst ex-Albion managers Ron Wylie and Alan Buckley both played for City; Albion legend Tony Brown coached at both clubs; Former Albion assistant manager Denis Mortimer had a spell as a Blues player whilst former Albion coach Mike Kelly was also a player at St Andrews; Gary Pendrey played for both clubs and later became Blues' manager; Arthur Turner was an Albion trialist who later played for and managed Birmingham; Former Albion goalkeeper Nigel Spink coached at St Andrews; Keith Leonard coached at both clubs; Graham Doig and John MacGowan acted as physio for both clubs; Norman Bodell scouted for both clubs; Bob Brocklebank managed Blues and scouted for Albion.


 Home 62 27 20 15 87 63
 Away 64 27 17 20 89 77
 Neutral 2 2 0 0 4 1
 Total 128 56 37 35 180 141


Sat 05 Mar 2011 Premier League A 3-1 Mulumbu, Morrison, Scharner - Beausejour    27,013
Sat 18 Sep 2010 Premier League H 3-1 Dann (og), Odemwingie, Olsson - Jerome    23,062
Sun 18 Mar 2007 Championship H 1-1 McShane - Johnson    21,434
Sat 28 Oct 2006 Championship A 0-2 McSheffrey 2    21,009
Sat 11 Mar 2006 Premier League A 1-1 Ellington - Forssell (pen)    28,041
Sat 27 Aug 2005 Premier League H 2-3 Horsfield 2 - Heskey 2, Jarosik    23,992
Sun 06 Mar 2005 Premier League H 2-0 Clement, Campbell    25,749
Sat 18 Dec 2004 Premier League A 0-4 Savage (pen), Morrison, Heskey, Anderton    28,880
Sat 22 Mar 2003 Premier League A 0-1 Horsfield    29,449
Sat 19 Oct 2002 Premier League H 1-1 Roberts - Moore (og)    27,021

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