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140th Anniversary Dinner



Birmingham City celebrated its 140th Anniversary with the biggest and probably the best event the Club has ever staged on Saturday.

 

More than 1,200 guests packed into the ICC, Birmingham, for the Anniversary dinner and were treated to a great night of nostalgia and entertainment, celebrating the key moments in Club history. 

Sixty five players from throughout the eras attended, as well as past managers, plus Gary Rowett and the current First Team squad. 

One of many highlights was the launch of the Club's 2015/16 away kit. David Davis and Michael Morrison, wearing the home kit, did the modelling on stage. 

Jasper Carrott and Tom Ross were the comperes for the evening. They called up groups of players and managers from the 1950s right through the present day onto stage for question and answer sessions. 

Alex Govan got the party truly started by leading the ICC in a rendition of Keep Right On. 

Barry Fry was his inimitable self and there was a return to Blues for Alex McLeish, who spoke about the Carling Cup success in 2011 along with Ben Foster, Nicola Zigic and Roger Johnson. 

Trevor Francis, Bob Hatton and Malcolm Page assembled on stage to talk about the exciting times of the 1970s, and Darren Carter relived that penalty that secured 2002 promotion to the Premier League. 

Geoff Vowden joined Alex Govan and cult heroes Mick Harford, Tony Coton and Noel Blake as they recounted tales from the 1980s. 

The set was specially designed to incorporate a Peaky Blinders style Garrison Lane pub; Club Historian and St. Andrew's Tour Guide Rick Coleman doing the honours as barman. 

Jasper Carrott joined the Bev Bevan Band to provide superb live music to close the evening. 

Before the festitivies began there was a minute's applause to remember those who have passed away. Non-exective director Michael Wiseman paid tribute in particular to Denis and Elaine Thwaites and Brian Murphy. 

More than £18,000 was raised for charity  and the Club announced a large proportion would be donated to Alzheimer's UK, a charity close to the Thwaites family heart.