Signed in 2019 but didn’t play a single game in two years. Described jokily as a “cult hero” by a few fans. One of the worst ever by default, really.
Birmingham City, just like all clubs in the English Football League, have had their fair share of under-performers but some stand out far more than others.
From players who couldn’t hit a barn door to serial mistake makers and expensive transfer flops, some are very recent while plenty are from years gone by.
We thought it would be a bit of fun to ask Bluenoses on Facebook who they think are contenders to take the crown for the worst Blues player of them all.
Mentioned by four Blues fans almost immediately after our post went up. The striker went down as a disaster with just eight appearances on loan.
The responses were vast and even more would have been included if pictures of the players mentioned were available.
Flick through the pages to see 27 of the worst, all of which have been directly selected by Birmingham fans.
Perhaps it was down to the team around him rather than himself individually but was a huge disappointment regardless when he joined on loan from Barcelona. Gave away two penalties in just eight games on loan from Manchester United. Certainly didn’t live up to the billing of a Red Devils man. Quite a rogue suggestion this but one fan said, “for me he was useless”. Plenty of Blues fans let out their dismay at that call, but plenty others agreed. Playing for Blues in the mid-1990s, Francis was described by one Bluenose as “like Bambi on ice with the ball at his feet”. Another to get multiple nominations for the unwanted award is N’doye, who played 38 times and didn’t score a single goal from midfield. “N’doye, no word about it,” one fan said. Came in as a striker in 1996 with plenty of experience and goalscoring ability but only managed to net once in 15 games for Birmingham. “Great fanfare at signing but nothing from him,” one Bluenose wrote. Joined for a rather hefty £1 million fee in 2008 and started okay but then went downhill as soon as Blues were promoted to the Premier League. Went on to leave on an array of loan spells. One supporter was relieved someone had mentioned Butt as they thought he was that bad. “I was scrolling down thinking, how on earth has nobody mentioned Nicky Butt,” the fan said, until they realised Butt was already on the list. Another dreadful signing as he only featured six times in four years between 2015 and 2019. More of a recent one, Woods left Blues in 2022 for Hull City. “Ryan Woods was bad,” one Bluenose wrote. Straight to the point, that. Quite a few people piled on Gronkjaer, particularly one who said: “Never saw him so much as have a good touch in a Blues shirt let alone have a decent half or game.” Savage. Rather the journeyman in English football - and in Spain for one spell - but was highly controversial off the field. Was handed a three-month prison sentence for drink driving and driving while disqualified. Another to get a right hounding, Coly was described by a Bluenose as “the worst right-back and player we’ve probably ever had”. Arrived with so much promise as a former Spain international but was massively underwhelming. His performances levels appeared to drop off as soon as he arrived. The man to get the debate started, Montero was a bit of a marmite player due to his injury struggles. One fan said he doesn’t think Montero’s played since he left Blues. He has, but never again in Europe. Not just a poor performer but one who many Blues fans forgot even played for the club before this debate got underway. Scored just once in 1- games. One from the dawn of the new millenium, the former Norway international played merely three times in a Blues shirt. It all went downhill for Clayton when he arrived at St Andrew’s from Middlesbrough. Made so many mistakes and has received many a suggestion as a result. Loaned in from Chelsea to bolster the attack but didn’t score any goals in 14 matches. Went on to play his best football later in his career. Now starring at Champions League level with Newcastle United, but not favoured by one Blues fan who said: “For me he was absolutely useless when he played for us." The winger signed in 1994 for £800,000 but never really settled at St Andrew’s. Otto was named five times in the comments. Loans just sometimes don’t go to plan. For Bradbury it didn’t at all as he only made seven appearances in 1999, contributing no goals. Mentioned by a few, the former Villa defender played 152 times and even captained Blues but clearly wasn’t that popular of a figure. Hoped to push Clinton Morrison and Emile Heskey for a place but failed miserably, to say the least. “The worst I’ve seen for us live. He was hopeless for Blues,” one fan said. More for his effort levels rather than performance as one Bluenose wrote: “Never gave 100 per cent."