1903–04 Small Heath F.C. season

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Small Heath F.C.
1903–04 season
Chairman Walter W. Hart
Secretary-manager Alf Jones
Ground Coventry Road
Football League First Division 11th
FA Cup Intermediate round (eliminated by Manchester United)
Birmingham Senior Cup First round (eliminated by Aston Villa)
Top goalscorer League: Billy Jones, Freddie Wilcox (8)
All: Billy Jones, Freddie Wilcox (8)
Highest home attendance 25,000 vs Aston Villa, (19 September 1903)
Lowest home attendance 5,000 vs Stoke, (5 December 1903)
Average home league attendance 11,915

The 1903–04 Football League season was Small Heath Football Club's 12th in the Football League and their 4th in the First Division, having been promoted from the Second Division as runners-up in 1902–03. After spending much of the season in the relegation places, they won six of the last nine matches to finish in 11th place in the 18-team league. They also took part in the 1903–04 FA Cup, entering at the intermediate round (between the qualifying rounds and the rounds proper) and losing in that round to Manchester United after three replays. In locally organised competition, they lost to Aston Villa in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[1]

Twenty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Forward Charlie Athersmith played in 37 matches over the 38-match season. Billy Jones and Freddie Wilcox were joint leading scorers with eight goals, all of which came in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
1 September 1903 6th Derby County A L 1–4 Leonard 5,000
5 September 1903 16th Sheffield United H L 1–3 Wilcox 12,000
7 September 1903 11th Nottingham Forest H D 3–3 Leonard, Wilcox, Athersmith 9,000
12 September 1903 15th Newcastle United H L 1–3 Wilcox 6,000
19 September 1903 14th Aston Villa H D 2–2 Wilcox, Robertson 25,000
26 September 1903 17th Middlesbrough A L 1–3 Howard 20,000
3 October 1903 18th Liverpool H L 1–2 Wigmore 10,000
10 October 1903 18th Bury A L 0–1 4,000
17 October 1903 17th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–1 Windridge 2 10,000
24 October 1903 15th Nottingham Forest A W 1–0 Wilcox 7,000
31 October 1903 15th Sheffield Wednesday H D 0–0 12,000
7 November 1903 17th Sunderland A L 1–3 Wigmore 14,000
14 November 1903 17th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 12,563
21 November 1903 17th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–1 7,000
28 November 1903 18th Everton A L 1–5 Leonard 5,000
5 December 1903 17th Stoke H W 1–0 Robertson 5,000
19 December 1903 18th Manchester City H L 0–3 15,000
26 December 1903 18th Notts County A L 0–2 12,000
2 January 1904 18th Sheffield United A D 1–1 Jones 12,000
9 January 1904 17th Newcastle United H W 3–0 Beer 2, Jones 8,000
16 January 1904 18th Aston Villa A D 1–1 Green 20,000
23 January 1904 18th Middlesbrough H D 2–2 Athersmith, Field 11,000
30 January 1904 16th Liverpool A W 2–0 Jones, Wilcox 20,000
13 February 1904 16th Blackburn Rovers A D 1–1 Jones 2,000
27 February 1904 18th Sheffield Wednesday A L 2–3 Jones 2 7,000
5 March 1904 16th Sunderland H W 2–1 Beer 2 12,000
12 March 1904 15th West Bromwich Albion A W 1–0 Green 22,760
19 March 1904 14th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 3–0 Green, Beer, Wilcox 12,000
26 March 1904 13th Everton H D 1–1 Beer 12,000
2 April 1904 15th Stoke A L 0–1 6,000
4 April 1904 14th Bury H W 1–0 Wilcox 15,000
9 April 1904 13th Derby County H W 1–0 Jones 8,000
16 April 1904 14th Manchester City A L 0–4 15,000
23 April 1904 11th Notts County H W 2–0 Green, Jones 8,000

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
9th Nottingham Forest 34 11 9 14 57 57 1.00 31
10th Middlesbrough 34 9 12 13 46 47 0.98 30
11th Small Heath 34 11 8 15 39 52 0.75 30
12th Bury 34 7 15 12 40 53 0.76 29
13th Notts County 34 12 5 17 37 61 0.61 33
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
Source [2]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1903–04 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Intermediate round 12 December 1903 Manchester United A D 1–1 Wassell 10,000
Int. round replay 16 December 1903 Manchester United H D 1–1
a.e.t
Leonard 4,000
Int. round second replay 21 December 1903 Manchester United Bramall Lane, Sheffield D 1–1
a.e.t
Field 5,000
Int. round third replay 11 January 1904 Manchester United Hyde Road, Manchester L 1–3 Athersmith 9,372

Appearances and goals[edit]

  • Players with name struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players having played at least one first-team match
Name Position Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
League FA Cup Total
Dorrington, JackJack Dorrington Goalkeeper 3 0 0 0 3 0
Robinson, NatNat Robinson Goalkeeper 31 0 4 0 35 0
Bidmead, BillBill Bidmead Full back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Glover, JohnJohn Glover Full back 14 0 0 0 14 0
Goldie, ArchieArchie Goldie Full back 10 0 0 0 10 0
Stokes, FrankFrank Stokes Full back 26 0 4 0 30 0
Wassell, HaroldHarold Wassell Full back 16 0 3 1 19 1
Beer, BillyBilly Beer Half back 23 6 4 0 27 6
Chaplin, FredFred Chaplin Half back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Dougherty, JimJim Dougherty Half back 9 0 1 0 10 0
Hartwell, AmbroseAmbrose Hartwell Half back 4 0 1 0 5 0
Hirons, JohnJohn Hirons Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Howard, HarryHarry Howard Half back 28 1 3 0 31 1
Wigmore, WalterWalter Wigmore Half back 31 2 4 0 35 2
Athersmith, CharlieCharlie Athersmith Forward 33 2 4 1 37 3
Field, OakeyOakey Field Forward 22 1 2 1 24 2
Green, BennyBenny Green Forward 23 4 3 0 26 4
Jones, BillyBilly Jones Forward 21 8 2 0 23 8
Leonard, ArthurArthur LeonardLeft club during playing season Forward 16 3 2 1 18 4
McRoberts, BobBob McRoberts Forward 14 0 0 0 14 0
Robertson, JimmyJimmy Robertson Forward 6 2 1 0 7 2
Wilcox, FreddieFreddie Wilcox Forward 28 8 4 0 32 8
Windridge, JimmyJimmy Windridge Forward 9 2 2 0 11 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  • Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. DB Publishing (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2.
  • Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1903–1904: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 252–53. Note that attendance figures are estimated.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham Senior Cup". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 14 May 2005. 
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1903–1904: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 23 May 2012.