I received an email from Kyle, asking if he could write for us. He has produced an interesting article looking at the cup winning side, and where they are.
Ben Foster (GK): Ben won the player of the season and players’ player of the season in the League Cup winning year and also won the Man of the Match award on Cup Final day. He left Birmingham to join West Brom at the end of that term on a season long loan but signed permanently for the Baggies a year later. Foster has since won both the players’ player of the year and fans’ player of the year two out of the three years he has been at the club. He was rewarded for being his club’s best player by getting the nod to join up with the England squad heading to the World Cup in Brazil.
Stephen Carr (RB): Stephen came out of retirement in February 2009 to join up with Alex McLeish at Birmingham, he played 13 games from February on as the team reached promotion to the Premier League. He played another four seasons with the club but he picked up an injury during pre-season at the beginning of the 2012-13 season and didn’t recover in time to play a game by the time the curtain closed on that season and decided he would retire. Stephen turned down an offer from Lee Clark to be part of the coaching staff at St.Andrew’s in order to pursue his business career in Spain along with the rest of his family.
Roger Johnson (CB): The English centre back is currently signed to Wolverhampton Wanderers but is out of favour at the club and was sent on two loan spells during the 2013/14 season to Sheffield Wednesday and then West Ham United. Johnson only played 4 league games for the Hammers after joining in January. Roger still has a year left on his contract at the Molineux but his immediate future is still uncertain.
Martin Jiranek (CB): The Czech international left the League Cup winners to join Terek Grozny in Russia; he spent two years there, scoring one goal, a 45-yard strike. Jiranek is presently playing for FC Tom Tomsk in the second tier off Russian football.
Liam Ridgewell (LB): Liam was released from West Brom on the 16th of May 2014 after spending two rather successful years at the club. Liam found himself caught up in the middle of a media scandal after the Sun newspaper published a picture of him wiping his backside with £20 notes. Ridgewell said “the photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with”. This whole media frenzy didn’t look good on both player and club who said that they dealt with the situation internally.
(Russ (contributing editor) says – it’s a good job the £20 notes weren’t dealt with internally it would have been a much worse photo in the Sun)
Sebastian Larsson (LM): Sebastian has just recently signed a contract extension at Sunderland, which will keep him there until June 2017. He was a vital part of the team that escaped relegation last season under Gus Poyet. Along with being a crucial player at club level he also is a household name in Sweden whom he has made 65 caps for since making his debut against Turkey in 2008, scoring 6 goals along the way.
Barry Ferguson (CM): Ferguson is currently unattached. He spent last year as caretaker player/manager at Blackpool and guided them to safety even though he only won three out of the 20 games while he was at the helm. He joined Blackpool after Birmingham needed to reduce their wage bill following relegation from the Premier League.
Keith Fahey (LM): The Irishman joined Birmingham from St.Patricks Athletic on a pre-contract agreement in January 2009. Keith’s move across the water was followed by some major success, it lead to an international call up and a further 16 caps for his country, also while he was with the Blues he won promotion to the Premier League in his first season and then the League Cup the following year. Keith struggled with injury during the end of his time with the club and this forced his move out of Birmingham claiming he just needs to be at somewhere he can play again.
Craig Gardner (CAM): The versatile midfielder has just joined West Brom (on the 20th May) on a three-year deal. He has been backed by former teammate Kevin Phillips to succeed at the Hawthorns but says that Gardner needs to be given licence to get forward at his new club.
Lee Bowyer (CAM): Bowyer has been retired for two years now and still holds the joint record for the most ever yellow cards in the Premier League, he is level with Kevin Davies on 99. Lee has tended to keep a low profile over the last few years but has been linked with being the ‘secret footballer’. A book in which a Premier League footballer reveals all the goings on behind closed doors of the beautiful game but the rumours that it was Bowyer have been found to be untrue.
Nikola Zigic (ST): The 6ft 7inch Striker is the only one of the starting eleven from the team that won the 2011 League Cup that was still playing for Birmingham on the final day of last season. He famously scored the goal that saved the club from dropping down into the third division of football in England. He is now a free agent and after years of frustrating Blues fans the big Serbian has left the club but his important goals may be missed by the Birmingham faithful.