For the uninitiated, the Championship is the top division of the English Football League, which makes it the second-tier of English soccer below the FA Premier League.NFL star Tom Brady greets Birmingham City fans at local pub
NFL star Tom Brady has been spotted introducing himself to Birmingham City supporters at a local pub.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner was serenaded by fans at The Royal George outside St Andrew's Stadium in Birmingham on Saturday.
The 46-year-old recently became a minority owner and chairman of the club's advisory board.
Blues fans said his appearance at the pub, ahead of a home game against Leeds United, had "made everyone's day."
"Tom Brady is here and he's perfect," tweeted Kelsea Ravenhill.
She said the retired quarterback had entered the pub alongside his bodyguards before he had introduced himself to fans.
"The place is rocking, completely changed the atmosphere, he is just a sports legend," she added.
"It's made everyone's day, was a pleasure to meet him and I just hope we can get the three points for him later now."
Birmingham City went on to beat Leeds 1-0.
Brady tweeted on Saturday morning: "Any plans before kick off guys? See you at St. Andrew's", before he also made an appearance at the stadium, where he was pictured signing autographs.
The former American football player retired in February after 23 seasons in the NFL, before entering a partnership with Knighthead Capital Management LLC.
A subsidiary of the group, Shelby Companies Limited completed its takeover of Birmingham City, the Championship's longest-serving club, in July this year.
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Birmingham City isn't exactly a glamour club either. They're not even the biggest club in Birmingham. That would be Prince William's beloved Aston Villa who are in the Premier League.
Ever since Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought non-league Wrexham and saw them promoted back into the EFL League 2 (the fourth and lowest professional tier) it seems to have become something of an 'in thing' for US celebrities to get involved with soccer clubs in the UK.
Brady probably wouldn't have needed any security around the Birmingham fans. The Leeds United fans on the other hand...