Where are they now: Birmingham’s XI which beat Arsenal in the League Cup

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Birmingham City may have ultimately been relegated in 2010-11, but that season will always be remembered for their victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final.

Arsenal were big favourites for the final, but were stunned by the Blues, who snatched a 2-1 win thanks to Obafemi Martins’ late goal.

We’ve looked back at the Birmingham players who took to the field at Wembley that day.

Ben Foster

Upon Birmingham’s relegation Foster signed for West Brom, where he remains to this day, having amassed over 200 appearances for the Baggies.

Stephen Carr

Carr captain Birmingham to glory three years after he had initially retired from football following his release by Newcastle.

The right-back retired for a second time in 2013 and moved to Spain, where he has a restaurant, bar and nightclub in Marbella.

READ: Eight players who came out of retirement: Scholes, Lehmann, Cruyff

Roger Johnson

Once tipped for a place in the England team, Johnson signed a short-term deal with non-league Bromley in October after being released for a second time by Charlton Athletic.

Martin Jiranek

To the delight of any Half Man Half Biscuit fans, Jiranek is currently playing for Dukla Prague, but our eyes were averted to this goal he scored for Russian outfit Terek Grozny five years ago.

Liam Ridgewell

After a career in England spread between Midlands trio Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Brom, Ridgewell moved to the MLS in 2014 to join the Portland Timbers, who he captained to glory in the MLS Cup a year later.

The defender has become known in the States for his own trademark celebration: the Ridgy Roll.

Seb Larsson

Everyone’s favourite free-kick taker can currently be found in the Championship, where he is turning out for Hull City.

With Birmingham and Sunderland also struggling at the bottom of the table, three teams the former Sweden international has represented could be relegated to the third tier come the end of the season.

Barry Ferguson

Ferguson completed the whole 90 minutes against Arsenal despite breaking his ribs after half an hour. The midfielder ended his playing career at Clyde, where he also had a spell as manager, but was declared bankrupt with debts of £1.4million last year.

Never forget that he was almost replaced at Rangers by Andres Iniesta.

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Keith Fahey (Obafemi Martins, 83)

Eighteen months after lifting the trophy, Fahey was released by Birmingham after a number of injury problems and had trials with clubs in England and Ireland. “I was kind of living out of the back of my car for a while,” the midfielder told the Off The Ball podcast.

He eventually re-signed for St Patrick’s Athletic before retiring in 2015 due to injuries. A brief return for Bluebell United last year ended in November when he twisted his knee in training, and he retired once more.

Martins, who came off the bench to score the winner at Wembley, now plays for Shanghai Shenhua, firing the side to victory in the Chinese Cup last year.

Craig Gardner (Jean Beausejour, 50)

The midfielder rejoined Birmingham last year after six years away, while Beausejour, who went on to win the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic, is back in his native country with Universidad de Chile, having also won back-to-back Copa America titles in recent years.

Lee Bowyer

Bowyer’s career has come full circle after he joined Charlton, the club where he started out his playing career, as assistant manager last year.

He also owns a carp fishing lake in France. Honest.

READ: A forensic analysis of Lee Bowyer’s on-pitch fight with Kieron Dyer

Nikola Zigic (Cameron Jerome, 90+2)

Zigic scored Birmingham’s opener in the final and was the last remaining member of the League Cup-winning side at the club before he was released at the end of the 2013-14 season. He rejoined the club in November of the following campaign – after claiming that he was in talks with Arsenal.

The former Serbia international, who once put in what Lee Clark described as “the worst training session in terms of a professional footballer I have ever come across”, has not played since leaving the Blues at the end of 2014-15.

Jerome, meanwhile, joined Derby County in January after four years with Norwich City.

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