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By the order of the Peaky Blinders, Birmingham City FC returns to its roots

A mural by artist Akse P19, of actor Cillian Murphy, as Peaky Blinders crime boss Tommy Shelby (Jacob King/PA)
A mural by artist Akse P19, of actor Cillian Murphy, as Peaky Blinders crime boss Tommy Shelby (Jacob King/PA)

Birmingham City Football Club has responded to an order of the Peaky Blinders by reverting to the club’s original name of Small Heath Alliance.

The club has returned to its historic roots to celebrate its unique connection to the hit crime drama, which is set in Small Heath in Birmingham.

The BBC show, which follows the lives of the notorious Shelby family, a gang rising to prominence in post-war Birmingham, is returning for its sixth and final series on Sunday.

The football club’s social media re-brand comes after an order was issued by Peaky Blinders on their Instagram account.

It read: “Birmingham City FC, You’re proud of where you come from, proud to have grown from the cobbled streets of Small Heath, just like the Peaky Blinders.

“So, it’s time to wear that pride like a badge of honour. This Saturday you must return to your roots and become Small Heath Alliance once again. By order of the Peaky Blinders.”

The club replied to the post by simply writing: “Order accepted”.

Birmingham City FC was originally founded in 1875 as Small Health Alliance before the club name was later changed to its current moniker.