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5 ex-Birmingham City players who only ever made one appearance for the club – Do you remember them?

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Birmingham City are a club that has had it’s fair share of memorable and less memorable players over the years. 

But what ever happened to the players who only made one single appearance in a blue shirt?

Here we run through FIVE ex-Birmingham City players who only ever played one game for the club as we discuss how their career has progressed since and highlight where it all went wrong for them at St Andrew’s.

Quiz: Have Birmingham City ever won an away game at each of these 20 stadiums?

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Emirates Stadium?

Gavin Gunning 

The Irishman previously arrived at St Andrew’s during the summer of 2014 after he left Scottish side Dundee United.

Gunning only went on to feature on just one occasion for the Blues, making his debut against Cambridge United in the League Cup.

His progress at Birmingham was hampered by damage to his posterior cruciate ligament, which kept him out of action for the rest of the 2014/15 season.

The Blues chose not to renew his contract the following summer, with Gunning having since gone onto play for the likes of Oldham Athletic, Dundee United, Greenock Morton, Grimsby Town, Port Vale, Forest Green Rovers, Billericay, Solihull Moors, Gloucester and now Chesterfield.

Sone Aluko 

The forward rose through the ranks of the club’s academy as a youngster but would only go on to make one appearance for the first team as he struggled to make the breakthrough.

Since then Aluko has seen his career go from strength to strength, taking in spells with the likes of Aberdeen, Glasgow Rangers, Hull City, Reading, Fulham and BJ Renhe.

He now plies his trade for Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One and is seeking to help the Tractor Boys gain promotion back to the Championship at the second attempt.

Aluko has also appeared for Nigeria on several occasions in the past.

Amari’i Bell

Bell was another player who rose through the ranks of the Birmingham City academy system before failing to largely make the grade.

He was handed his first team debut against Leicester City in January 2014 after returning to the club following a loan spell with Nuneaton Borough.

After several more loan spells with the likes of Mansfield Town, Swindon Town and Gillingham, the defender was released and duly signed on a free transfer by Fleetwood Town.

He impressed for the Cod Army and was eventually snapped up by Blackburn Rovers before making a move to Luton Town last summer.

Dan Scarr

The centre back previously signed for the Blues in January 2017 after impressing for non league side Stourbridge but would only go on to make one appearance for the club he supports after he tore a hip flexor which kept him out of action for a very long period.

He was duly loaned out by Wycombe Wanderers before returning to St Andrew’s.

Eventually Scarr left Birmingham to join another Midlands club in the shape of Walsall, which is where he enjoyed one of the best spells of his career.

This led to him being signed by Plymouth Argyle during the summer just gone.

Eddy Gnahoré

Gnahoré is a player who slowly rose through the ranks of Birmingham’s academy before eventually being handed his debut against Sheffield United in an FA Cup tie back in January 2012.

However the promising midfielder would go on to rupture his anterior cruciate ligament in training, thus leading to the end of his career with the Blues as his contract was terminated by mutual consent after nine months on the sidelines.

He would go on to spend much of his career in Italy, plying his trade for the likes of Carrarese, Napoli, Carpi, Crotone, Perugia and Palermo.

Gnahoré then spent some time in his native France with Amiens before heading out on loan to Chinese side WH Zall for a brief period.


Writer and Journalist for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 5 ex-Birmingham City players who only ever made one appearance for the club – Do you remember them?

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