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Championship Year Preview 2006/07 - Birmingham Metropolis

Birmingham Town

Odds: five/one

Past 5 Seasons

2005/06 - 18 (Premiership, Relegated), 2004/05 - twelve (Premiership), 2003/04 - 10 (Premiership), 2002/03 - 13 (Premiership), 2001/02 - five (Championship, Promoted).

2005/06 Cup Development

FA Cup Sixth Round vs Liverpool (h) - missing 7-.

Carling Cup Quarter Closing vs Manchester United (h) - lost 3-one.

Best Target Scorer 2005/06: Mikael Forssell (striker) and Jiri Jarosik (midfield) - eight plans every single.

Players In

Cameron Jerome (Cardiff Town - £3,000,000), Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur - £750,000), Neil Danns (Colchester United - £500,000), Bruno N'Gotty (Bolton Wanderers - No cost).

Players Out

Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool - £6,seven-hundred,000), Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic - £5,500,000), Kenny Cunningham (Sunderland - Cost-free), Stan Lazaridis (Perth Glory - Absolutely free), Nico Vaesen (Lierse - No cost), Jamie Clapham (Produced), Chris Sutton (Released), Muzzy Izzet (Unveiled), Mario Melchiot (Introduced), Chris Cottrill (Released), James Dormand (Released), Sam Alsop (Unveiled), Njazi Kuqi (Produced), Sam Oji (Launched), David Howland (Introduced), Sone Aluko (Launched).

Of the a few groups relegated from the Premiership very last year, Birmingham glance probably the ideal geared up to make an immediate return to the prime flight. Supervisor Steve Bruce has been scientific in who he has permit go and has been shrewd with his buys so significantly this summer.

Absent have numerous of last season's 'stars', these types of as previous captain Kenny Cunningham, Jamie Clapham, Mario Melchiot and Chris Sutton, while Muzzy Izzet has been compelled to retire. Bruce even managed to offer Emile Heskey for £5.five million to Wigan Athletic. Bruce has appointed Damien Johnson, who joined the club from Blackburn Rovers for £100,000 in 2002, as the new club captain.

In comes a team of hungrier youthful gamers, two of whom are established performers outside of the leading flight. Cardiff Metropolis striker Cameron Jerome, who scored 20 targets past period, arrived in an original £3 million deal which could increase to £4 million when Colchester United midfielder Neil Danns arrived for an first £500,000 which could increase to £850,000. Previous Blackburn Rovers trainee Danns netted 16 goals for promoted Colchester final period and attracted consideration from quite a few golf equipment in the Championship.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Stephen Kelly joined the club for an preliminary £750,000 which could rise to £1.25 million relying on appearances even though veteran Bruno N'Gotty signed a one yr deal subsequent his launch from Bolton Wanderers. On the other hand, makes an attempt to lure Fulham striker Collins John to the club were unsuccessful.


The dead wood has been shipped out an changed by gamers keen to impress. Steve Bruce has signed two of the most promising players in the Soccer League in Jerome and Danns and have been manufactured the bookmakers favourites at five/1. They may not gain the division outright but search able of automated promotion.

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