Date: 27th February 2018 at 1:27pm
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Sunday 27 February 2011 will always be a day etched in Birmingham City’s history.

From the moment Blues confirmed their Carling Cup Final place at Wembley after beating West Ham United, nobody gave them a cat in hells chance.

In truth, the win was deserved. Yes, the winning goal came to fruition through fortunate circumstances but Blues’ desire, hunger and performance on the day earned them many paludits – and their second major trophy.

Having gone ahead courtesy of a Nikola Zigic flicked header, Robin Van Persie gave Arsenal parity and for a while it was backs-to the-wall as The Gunners piled on the pressure.

In the midst of the 90 minutes, Lee Bowyer was denied an early stone-wall penalty and Keith Fahey hit the post.

Every Blues fan in attendance will recall the slow motion in which the winning goal rolled over the line and the sheer bedlam it was greeted with.

After a mix-up in the Arsenal defence, loanee Obafemi Martins was in the right place at the right time to tap the ball into an empty net and smash his name in B9 folklore.

Stephen Carr lifting the trophy is an image firmly planted in the memory. An epic day.

Although we have had to contend with a lot of neagives since that joyous occasion, you’ll struggle to find a Blues fan who would swap that day for anything else.

Happy Obafemi Martins Day!

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