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This page shows the ELO score history of the selected club - mapping their best and worst sides of all time, and their most unlikely victories and defeats based on their ELO score.

Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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BIRMINGHAM CITY
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A historical overview of Birmingham City's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Birmingham City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1956 Saturday, September 8, 1956 4100.20  
  1905 Saturday, January 28, 1905 4092.91  
  1906 Saturday, February 17, 1906 4066.59  
  1904 Saturday, December 3, 1904 4064.76  
  1957 Tuesday, January 1, 1957 4053.07  
  1959 Wednesday, April 29, 1959 4043.94  
  1948 Saturday, October 9, 1948 4025.83  
  1907 Tuesday, January 1, 1907 4023.44  
  2004 Saturday, March 6, 2004 4019.13  
  2011 Sunday, February 27, 2011 4016.38  
  2003 Saturday, October 25, 2003 4015.19  
  2010 Sunday, February 7, 2010 4011.26  
  1955 Saturday, December 3, 1955 4010.46  
  1932 Saturday, October 8, 1932 4007.67  
  1960 Wednesday, August 31, 1960 4005.61  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Birmingham City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1991 Saturday, January 19, 1991 3581.93  
  1990 Saturday, December 29, 1990 3583.20  
  1910 Saturday, December 3, 1910 3601.48  
  1989 Saturday, April 8, 1989 3607.85  
  1994 Tuesday, March 15, 1994 3621.96  
  1988 Saturday, November 12, 1988 3626.13  
  1911 Saturday, September 23, 1911 3626.14  
  1993 Saturday, March 13, 1993 3633.01  
  1992 Saturday, December 12, 1992 3643.86  
  1912 Monday, January 22, 1912 3646.87  
  1909 Tuesday, December 28, 1909 3671.11  
  1970 Saturday, December 5, 1970 3699.62  
  2014 Saturday, October 25, 2014 3703.98  
  1914 Saturday, March 21, 1914 3713.93  
  1971 Tuesday, January 5, 1971 3716.78  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Birmingham City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Birmingham City (3828) vs. Liverpool (4152)
  Wednesday, April 22, 1964
-220.5 21.9% 3-1 +23.4 
  Birmingham City (3955) vs. Chelsea (4277)
  Saturday, November 20, 2010
-272.7 17.2% 1-0 +16.6 
  Birmingham City (3970) vs. Arsenal (4290)
  Sunday, May 15, 2005
-260.5 18.2% 2-1 +16.4 
  Birmingham City (3666) vs. Chelsea (3973)
  Saturday, March 18, 1911
-181.4 26.0% 2-1 +14.8 
  Birmingham City (3626) vs. Derby County (3927)
  Saturday, February 18, 1911
-175.1 26.7% 2-0 +22.0 
  Birmingham City (3900) vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (4182)
  Saturday, March 11, 1939
-151.4 29.5% 3-2 +14.1 
  Birmingham City (3884) vs. Liverpool (4138)
  Sunday, February 23, 2003
-190.3 25.1% 2-1 +15.0 
  Birmingham City (3923) vs. Arsenal (4178)
  Saturday, February 9, 1935
-123.3 33.0% 3-0 +23.5 
  Birmingham City (3912) vs. Liverpool (4166)
  Saturday, August 28, 1976
-149.7 29.7% 2-1 +14.1 
  Birmingham City (3841) vs. Arsenal (4093)
  Saturday, February 4, 1950
-157.6 28.8% 2-1 +14.2 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers (4130) vs. Birmingham City (3882)
  Saturday, January 9, 1954
-353.3 11.6% 1-2 +17.7 
  Manchester United (4110) vs. Birmingham City (3863)
  Friday, April 7, 1950
-341.4 12.3% 0-2 +26.3 
  Birmingham City (3652) vs. Leicester City (3898)
  Saturday, March 19, 1910
-121.9 33.1% 2-1 +13.4 
  Birmingham City (3650) vs. Hull City (3896)
  Tuesday, December 26, 1911
-121.2 33.2% 5-1 +25.0 
  Derby County (3897) vs. Birmingham City (3659)
  Wednesday, February 21, 1912
-362.6 11.0% 0-1 +17.8 
  Birmingham City (3609) vs. Blackburn Rovers (3845)
  Saturday, April 22, 1989
-155.6 29.0% 2-0 +21.3 
  Birmingham City (3903) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4139)
  Saturday, March 1, 2008
-182.8 25.9% 4-1 +25.9 
  Chelsea (3922) vs. Birmingham City (3687)
  Saturday, March 16, 1912
-359.4 11.2% 0-2 +26.6 
  Birmingham City (3670) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3904)
  Saturday, April 29, 1911
-108.4 34.9% 2-1 +13.0 
  Birmingham City (3945) vs. Manchester United (4177)
  Saturday, March 19, 1949
-132.9 31.8% 1-0 +13.6 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Birmingham City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Crewe Alexandra (3441) vs. Birmingham City (3966)
  Wednesday, September 11, 1974
+423.8 92.0% 2-1 -18.4 
  York City (3538) vs. Birmingham City (3962)
  Wednesday, January 8, 1958
+317.9 86.2% 3-0 -30.2 
  Blackpool (3601) vs. Birmingham City (4007)
  Tuesday, September 23, 2003
+346.9 88.0% 1-0 -8.8 
  Birmingham City (4093) vs. Portsmouth (3690)
  Saturday, February 4, 1905
+536.1 95.6% 0-2 -28.7 
  Birmingham City (3982) vs. Notts County (3591)
  Saturday, January 10, 1948
+502.6 94.8% 0-2 -28.4 
  Birmingham City (3836) vs. Altrincham (3446)
  Tuesday, January 14, 1986
+479.6 94.1% 1-2 -18.8 
  Watford (3561) vs. Birmingham City (3946)
  Saturday, January 9, 1960
+281.9 83.5% 2-1 -16.7 
  Gainsborough Trinity (3614) vs. Birmingham City (3982)
  Saturday, October 18, 1902
+230.7 79.0% 1-0 -15.8 
  Birmingham City (3916) vs. Leyton Orient (3576)
  Saturday, February 2, 1952
+435.7 92.5% 0-1 -18.5 
  Huddersfield Town (3607) vs. Birmingham City (3911)
  Saturday, January 5, 2008
+250.0 80.8% 2-1 -8.1 
  Doncaster Rovers (3706) vs. Birmingham City (3994)
  Saturday, December 13, 1902
+150.3 70.4% 1-0 -14.1 
  Swansea Town (3685) vs. Birmingham City (3973)
  Thursday, December 26, 1946
+162.9 71.9% 1-0 -14.4 
  Chesterfield (3614) vs. Birmingham City (3899)
  Saturday, December 12, 1908
+160.5 71.6% 4-2 -21.5 
  Birmingham City (3944) vs. Oldham Athletic (3660)
  Tuesday, March 5, 1985
+376.8 89.7% 0-1 -17.9 
  Leicester City (3605) vs. Birmingham City (3888)
  Thursday, December 25, 1919
+162.8 71.9% 1-0 -14.4 
  Swindon Town (3592) vs. Birmingham City (3858)
  Monday, September 25, 1961
+161.9 71.8% 2-0 -21.5 
  Luton Town (3630) vs. Birmingham City (3894)
  Saturday, January 8, 1921
+147.4 70.0% 2-1 -14.0 
  Burnley (3733) vs. Birmingham City (3993)
  Saturday, September 20, 1902
+122.1 66.9% 2-1 -13.4 
  AFC Bournemouth (3536) vs. Birmingham City (3793)
  Tuesday, February 21, 1995
+187.2 74.6% 2-1 -14.9 
  Birmingham City (3966) vs. Southend United (3710)
  Tuesday, January 30, 2007
+311.3 85.7% 1-3 -25.7 
 
   

The twenty teams that Birmingham City are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Burton Swifts 14 +5.66 
  Bradford City 23 +3.47 
  Walsall 26 +3.09 
  Lincoln City 36 +2.84 
  Crewe Alexandra 22 +2.71 
  Millwall 43 +2.53 
  Peterborough United 13 +2.37 
  Gainsborough Trinity 20 +2.20 
  Brentford 36 +2.20 
  Rotherham United 31 +2.00 
  Luton Town 59 +1.75 
  West Ham United 94 +1.46 
  Middlesbrough 111 +1.39 
  Swansea City 31 +1.20 
  Bristol City 60 +1.14 
  Aston Villa 123 +1.14 
  Reading 34 +1.10 
  Portsmouth 96 +0.96 
  Plymouth Argyle 38 +0.96 
  Leyton Orient 42 +0.93 

The twenty teams that Birmingham City are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  AFC Bournemouth 17 -4.30 
  Leeds City 14 -4.00 
  Shrewsbury Town 23 -3.80 
  Bury 69 -3.55 
  Brighton and Hove Albion 31 -2.18 
  Bradford Park Avenue 19 -2.02 
  Watford 46 -1.90 
  Glossop North End 20 -1.76 
  Blackpool 97 -1.74 
  Everton 123 -1.72 
  West Bromwich Albion 127 -1.53 
  Southampton 48 -1.52 
  Oldham Athletic 30 -1.41 
  Notts County 60 -1.38 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 138 -1.34 
  Grimsby Town 75 -1.32 
  Charlton Athletic 63 -1.27 
  Wigan Athletic 21 -1.15 
  Burnley 98 -0.95 
  Stoke City 95 -0.90