Steve Cotterill sends out a Birmingham City team at St Andrew’s for the first time on Friday night.

The new boss will enjoy a proud moment as his Blues take on high-flying Cardiff City.

It represents a return to the club where he was Harry Redknapp's assistant at the end of last term - and where many feel there is a natural fit.

He will be hoping for a warm reception and a positive evening.

Indeed, with one very notable exception, St Ans has done well for its new managers in recent times and Blues writer Brian Dick looks back at how the men new to the hotseat have fared in their home debuts.

*Lee Carsley (caretaker) September 2017

Blues 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

The caretaker got a good performance out of his team in the 1-1 draw at Derby the previous weekend - and this was an occasion full of personal significance.

As a former Blues player, who hails from a Blues supporting family, it was an emotionally charged evening.

More than 20,300 were present as Blues held their own against a similarly wounded Sheffield Wednesday.

Cheikh Ndoye missed a howler - and the chance to make himself a hero - before Isaac Vassell popped up with a quarter of an hour to go.

It was a morale-booting evening all-round.

Harry Redknapp April 2017

Blues 2 Huddersfield 0

Nearly 27,000 turned out to see Redknapp’s Blues take on a Huddersfield side so weakened by David Wagner that the EFL legislated against it ever happening again.

Not that anyone cared and nor should it be allowed to obscure the fact that Blues overwhelmed a tired Terriers team with goals from Jonathan Grounds and Craig Gardner providing a first win in two long, long months.

Gianfranco Zola December 2016

Blues 1 Brighton 2

Seventeen thousand shell-shocked Bluenoses journeyed to St Andrew’s three days after Gary Rowett was sacked.

There was no fanfare announcing Zola’s arrival and while many might have enjoyed the passing football and the fact Lukas Jutkiewicz put their team 1-0 up - that pleasure was short-lived.

Two Brighton goals in eight minutes, including a last second winner from Glenn Murray, ensured a bad week ended on a bad note.

Gary Rowett October 2014

Gary Rowett in his first game at St Andrew's

Blues 2 Watford 1

Rowett had steered Blues to an unlikely 0-0 draw at Wolves the previous week and as a former player his homecoming put 5,000 on the gate.

It was a raucous evening, nerves were settled by Clayton Donaldson’s early opener, Watford equalised but then Birmingham City burst back into life when the striker scored five minutes from time.

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*Richard Beale and Malcolm Crosby (caretakers) October 2014

Blues 0 Bournemouth 8

The club was at arguably its lowest ebb. Lee Clark had been sacked and just 13,837 turned up to see a side picked by Blues’ joint caretakers blown to smithereens.

Brett Pitman scored in the third minute, David Edgar was sent off soon after - and things only got worse.

Lee Clark August 2012

Blues 5 Barnet 1

An odd start to Clark’s tenure as only 9,000 were tempted to St Andrew’s to witness the first game of the season - a League Cup match against lowly Barnet.

Blues actually went behind before their extra class told and goals from Marlon King, Steven Caldwell, Darren Ambrose, Peter Lovenkrands and Wade Elliott put them through.

Twice as many turned up the following week to see Clark’s Championship bow saved by Nikola Zigic’s 90th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Charlton.

Chris Hughton August 2011

Blues 1 Coventry 0

Having just dropped out of the Premier League - and lost on opening day at Derby - Blues’ fans rallied around the club and its new manager.

Nineteen thousand turned up to see Keith Fahey score the only goal of a low quality and tense game in the 73rd minute.

Alex McLeish December 2007

Blues boss Alex McLeish shouts out instructions from the touchline.

Blues 1 Reading 1

The euphoria of the unlikely 3-2 victory in McLeish’s first game was gone. The Scot’s first home match was the missed opportunity of a 1-1 stalemate.

Mikael Forssell gave Blues a first half lead but Mat Sadler’s under-hit back-pass allowed Stephen Hunt to equalise from the penalty spot.

Blues hit the woodwork twice more but many of the 27,300 went home frustrated.

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*Eric Black (caretaker) November 2007

Blues 0 Portsmouth 2

Twenty-two thousand watched the Richard Kingson game. With Steve Bruce gone, Black decided to give the goalkeeper his first start for the club.

He was ‘rewarded’ with a 34th minute error that, courtesy of Sulley Muntari, gave Harry Redknapp’s Pompey a lead they would never lose.

Steve Bruce December 2001

Blues 1 Walsall 0

Like Rowett Bruce’s first game came away at Wolves - where he oversaw a 2-1 defeat.

However, back on familiar territory after playing for the club in the 90s more than 20,000 saw Bruce’s team secure a 1-0 victory over the Saddlers.

Ian Roper was adjudged to have fouled Curtis Woodhouse but Marcelo missed the resultant penalty.

No matter, Jimmy Walker had strayed off his line and Darren Purse made no mistake with the retake.

It was a season that was to end on an even happier note from the penalty spot.

*Jim Barron and Mick Mills (caretakers) October 2001

Blues 4 Bradford 0

Blues hadn’t played a home match for a month - a run of five consecutive away games which had seen Trevor Francis depart.

Even so Barron and Mills steered the home team to a 4-0 thumping watched by 25,000, royally entertained by Marcelo’s 12 minute hat-trick.

There was even time for Danny Sonner to squeeze one in between the Brazilian’s first and second.

Trevor Francis August 1996

Blues 1 Crystal Palace 0

Seventeen years after leaving as a player the Prodigal Son returned to find 18,765 in attendance for the second-tier match with Palace.

Experienced stars like Steve Bruce, Barry Horne and Gary Ablett all made their home debuts but it was a goal from a Birmingham City fan - Paul Devlin - who made sure the new era got off to the perfect start.