Football in the West Midlands has a long and illustrious history, with numerous league titles and cup triumphs among the major sides. Some have experienced troubles in recent years and some have experienced great success, but one way or another they’ve all made a name for themselves.
Now, please put down your knives and pitchforks if you don’t agree with the title statement. This argument is purely based on history and the general size of the football club. In comparison to their local rivals, Aston Villa are the biggest football team in the West Midlands.
I can’t imagine how many of you want to murder me right now, so I’ve decided to run through the history of the main contenders in order to justify this decision. I apologise to all Walsall fans, also known as the little brother who desperately wants to be noticed, for their absence. Sorry.
The other half of the Second City Derby haven't had as much luck when it comes to success. Birmingham City hold the accolade of being the first ever champions of the Football League's Second Division. However, their greatest period came back in the 1950s and 60s when they finished 6th in the First Division, which is their highest finish to this day. They reached the 1956 FA Cup Final aswell as a few smaller competitions, with a League Cup triumph to their name in 1963 when they beat Villa in the final. That feat was replicated by the 2011 squad, which was followed by a brief but enjoyable period in the Europa League. Despite not being able to compete with their greatest rivals in terms of stature, they've certainly had their day in the sun on more than one occasion.
Probably the smallest of the five teams in this discussion, Coventry City are also the side who are having the most troubles in the present day. Their one and only major trophy came in 1987 when they famously beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the FA Cup Final, and they're also one of only five clubs to win the FA Cup & FA Youth Cup double in the same season. They join Villa as being one of the teams to be a part of the inaugural Premier League season, and they managed to spend 34 consecutive seasons in the top flight before their relegation in 2001. If you add in a first leg victory over Bayern Munich in a past Europa League tie, there's certainly alot of history to find where the Sky Blues are concerned.
West Bromwich Albion
The only West Midlands side currently residing in the Premier League. That should make them the best, right? Wrong. The Baggies were also one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888, and the club claimed the title of Champions of England once back in the 1919/20 season. They found more success in the FA Cup, winning the competition on five separate occasions. With 1968 being their most recent major triumph they have struggled to win trophies in recent years, but they do have a League Cup win to their name from 1966. West Brom have played an integral part in forming the history of the game in this country, with their most bitter rivals helping them with that process.
Probably the runners-up on this list are the old gold and black, who have a long and proud history. They join the list of sides to have been a founding member of the Football League, with the addition of playing a vital role in the establishment of the European Cup. Wolves as a club were declared Champions of the World after victories over numerous big European sides, most notably Budapest Honved. Their three First Division titles, four FA Cup & two League Cup wins only serve to strengthen the argument that they are one of the biggest sides in the country when it comes to history. It's certainly close, but Villa just edge out the mighty Wolves. Whether or not you agree with this list, everyone reading will admit that the past is certainly a good one for this part of the country. We can only hope the future is just as bright.
The recipients of this prestigious prize. Aren't they lucky.
Aston Villa are one of the most successful and well-known teams in English football history. They were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888, aswell as being one of only two teams on this list to hold the same honour for the Premier League in 1992. Their most famous day came when they won the European Cup in 1982 by defeating giants Bayern Munich, and their list of accomplishments gets more impressive from there. They've won the First Division and the FA Cup seven times each, the League Cup five times and the UEFA Super Cup. The Villains' fanbase is a spirited one and despite going through some rough times right now, the dedication they have will likely always remain.