The Birmingham Cup was inaugurated shortly after the founding of the Birmingham & District Football Association in December 1875. A one-off charity game to decide the very first winners took place between Aston Villa and Tipton with the latter club running out winners. It would be the following season that saw a proper knock-out competition take place for the first time with sixteen clubs taking part, Wednesbury Old Athletic lifting the trophy with a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton side Stafford Road.

Albion's first venture into the competition came during the 1881/82 season - their first game being played on November 12, away at Calthorpe, the Baggies running out 3-2 winners. Albion would go on to reach the semi-finals before losing to Wednesbury Old Athletic 3-2 at Aston Lower Grounds. The first game of the following season's competition saw Albion record their largest-ever first team victory - a remarkable 26-0 win over Coseley, a game which saw the Baggies lead 17-0 at half-time.

It was during the 1885/86 campaign that Albion reached, and won, their first Birmingham Cup, beating Walsall Swifts 1-0 in a replay at Aston Lower Grounds, George 'Spry' Woodhall the Baggies' goalscorer. Albion would go on to reach the final in both of the following two seasons but both games ended in disappointment, losing 1-0 to Long Eaton Rangers in 1887 and 3-2 to big rivals Aston Villa in 1888.

Albion did not enter the 1888/89 competition after disagreements with the Birmingham FA but returned the following season only to once again suffer defeat at the final stage thanks to Villa. The Baggies reached the final for the fifth occasion in 1892 but this time it would be Black Country rivals Wolves that handed them defeat in a final that was played at Perry Barr. Two years later Albion and Wolves would meet again at the final stage, and again at Perry Barr. This time the two clubs would have to make do with a share of the trophy following a 3-3 draw. The game reportedly saw Albion refuse to play extra-time due to being a man short following the loss of Sammy Nicholls through injury.

The following season saw Albion lift the trophy outright for the second time following a 1-0 win over Villa, Tom Hutchinson scoring the only goal of the game. It would be the club's last success in the competition for 93 years. Albion's first team did reach the final once more, in 1903, but once again old foes Aston Villa lifted the trophy at the expense of the Baggies.

With interest in the competition declining, in 1906 the Birmingham FA decreed that clubs could field their reserve sides, a practice that had unofficially already happened for a number of years. Albion continued entering the Birmingham Cup until 1924 when they then decided to drop out of the competition altogether - the Baggies, along with a number of other league clubs, choosing to pay a 'fine' in lieu of entry. A fleeting return to the competition was made at the start of the Second World War but it would be 1982 before Albion fully returned to the Birmingham Cup after the County FA insisted that all of the once 'exempt' clubs should again field teams.

Despite the club's first team struggles in the late 1980s / early 1990s, Albion's reserve side achieved great success in the competition during that period, lifting the trophy three times in four seasons - 1987/88, 1989/90 and 1990/91, beating Bedworth United, Atherstone United and Nuneaton Borough respectively. Nuneaton would gain their revenge however in 2002 when they handed Albion a 2-0 defeat in that season's final.

Albion suffered an extremely poor run in the competition over the following nine years, winning just three out of twelve matches but returned to form in 2012 when they won the cup for the sixth time, the club's under-21 side beating Solihull Moors 2-0 in the final at The Hawthorns. Two years later Albion once again triumphed, this time Tamworth suffering at the hands of Albion's talented youngsters.

As of 2015, Albion have reached 15 finals, winning the competition seven times and sharing the trophy once. Only Aston Villa (19) and Birmingham City (13) have lifted the trophy more times than the Baggies.

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All-Time Birmingham Cup Results


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