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PRE MATCH ANALYSIS - BIRMINGHAM CITY

4 October 2012

A look ahead to Town's trip to St Andrews

Town are back on the road this Saturday when they travel to St Andrews to take on Birmingham; kick-off 3pm.

Simon Grayson’s men go into the game on the back of two defeats, the latest against Leicester on Tuesday night. 

Birmingham also lost on Tuesday night to Cardiff City making it their fourth defeat in nine league games. 

Town fans can pay on the day at St Andrews for no extra fee. For ticket information scroll to the bottom of the pre-match analysis.

Officials

Andy D’urso
Mark Jones and Nigel Smith
John Farries

Birmingham’s last five results

Cardiff  (Championship) 2-1 (L)
Brighton (Championship) 1-0 (W)
Barnsley (Championship) 5-0 (L)
Bolton (Championship) 2-1 (W)
Nottingham (Championship) 2-2 (D)

Town Team News

Joel Lynch is available for selection following his three game suspension after seeing red at Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Hammill is a doubt with the knee injury that he suffered against Derby and James Vaughn has missed the last two games with a groin problem. Jermaine Beckford is eligible to play again after missing the game against former club Leicester City as part of his loan deal agreement. 

Birmingham Team News

Birmingham has picked up a list of injuries in the last month. The latest casualty added is left back David Murphy who has been out for a number of weeks with a torn hamstring.  Fellow defender Pablo Ibanez joins him on the sidelines with a broken foot along with long-term absentees Stephen Carr (knee) and Paul Caddis (shoulder). 

Birmingham Manager Lee Clark

Lee Clark was named Birmingham Manager in late June after parting from Huddersfield Town in February 2012. 

Clark took the reins at Huddersfield Town in December 2008 landing his first role in football management. 

Clark led the Terriers to the 2010/11 Play-Off final after a record-breaking season featuring a 25-game unbeaten streak, but they were denied promotion with a 3-0 defeat against Peterborough. 

In the following season, Clark’s Town extended its unbeaten run to a Football League record of 43 games. 

Clark was eventually relieved of his duties after a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United in February 2012. 

Prior to management, he had a top class-playing career with Newcastle and Sunderland picking up a collection of First Division winners medals in the 1990’s.

The England U21 International also had a spell with Fulham but remained a hero amongst the Geordie fans. 

Birmingham Transfers 2012/13

IN

Peter Lovenkrands-Newcastle- Free transfer
David Lucas- Rochdale- Free transfer 
Ben Gordon- Chelsea- Loan deal
Hayden Mullins- Portsmouth- Free transfer
Ravel Morrison- West Ham- Loan deal
Darren Ambrose - Crystal Palace- £250,000
Paul Caddis- Swindon- Loan deal
James Hurst- West Brom- Loan deal
Leroy Lita- Swansea- Loan deal

OUT

Ben Foster- West Brom- £4m
Jordan Mutch- Cardiff-Signed
Adam Rooney- Swindon- Loan deal
Luke Hubbins- Telford- Free transfer
Graham Hutchinson- Lincoln- Loan deal
Jake Jervis- Carlisle-Loan deal

RELEASED

Enric Valles
Eddy Gnahore
Cian Hughton

Key Man - Chris Burke

Scotland International Chris Burke joined the Blues on a two-year deal in the summer of 2011 after leaving Cardiff City. 

The Glaswegian came through the youth system of his boyhood club Rangers gaining a wealth of experience. He has an SPL title and Scottish League Cup to his name during his nine-year stint at Ibrox. 

His two treasured Scotland caps and goals both came during Scotland’s tour of Japan at the 2006 Kirin Cup. 

Burke moved to South Wales in January 2009 and became a key figure in a side that were so close to achieving top flight promotion on many occasions.

He is a talented playmaker with a keen eye for goal making a great impression at St. Andrew’s in the previous campaign. In his first season, Burke provided 18 assists as well as hitting the back of the net 14 times in 61 appearances.

His efforts saw him claim plenty of honours at the Club’s annual awards dinner including Player of the Season. 

Directions

Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38 (M) for Birmingham City Centre. Continue past the first turn off (Aston, Waterlinks) and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road.

Turn left at the island at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry/Stratford. Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three islands. At the fourth island turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Birmingham City's ground is about a 1/4 of a mile up this road on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road.

Ticket Information

Tickets are on general sale.

Town has been allocated an initial 1,538 tickets for the game at St Andrews.

Tickets are priced at £23 adults, £14 seniors (over 65s) and full time students, £9 juniors (13-18) and £5 juniors (under 13).

Wheelchair disabled: £15 adults, £8 seniors (over 65s) and full time students, £5 juniors (under 19).

Terriers Travel - £14.50 per person departing the Stadium at 11am.

How to buy:
- On the phone – call 01484 484123 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and between 9am and 12pm on Saturdays
- In person – simply call down to the Ticket Office during opening hours

If you can’t get to the game remember to follow us on @htafcdotcom for match updates and post-match reaction!

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