1913–14 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1913–14 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager Bob McRoberts
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 14th
FA Cup Third round (eliminated by Queens Park Rangers)
Top goalscorer League: Andy Smith (10)
All: Andy Smith (10)
Highest home attendance 25,000 (four matches)
Lowest home attendance 7,000 vs Huddersfield Town, 28 September 1913 Blackpool (14 March 1914)
Average home league attendance 17,095

The 1913–14 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 22nd in the Football League and their 14th in the Second Division. They finished in 14th position in the 20-team division. They also took part in the 1913–14 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing to Southern League club Queens Park Rangers in the third round (last 16).

No fewer than thirty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twenty different goalscorers. Full-back Frank Womack played in 39 of the 41 matches over the season; only three other players exceeded 20 appearances. Andy Smith was leading scorer with 10 goals, all of which came in the league.

In November 1913, Birmingham captain Womack was offered an inducement of £55 to fix the result of the match against Grimsby Town. A similar offer was made to West Bromwich Albion captain Jesse Pennington in relation to their match against Everton. Both men reported the matter to club officials and the police, an arrest was made, and the culprit, one Pascoe Bioletti, who was connected with a football betting service based in Switzerland,[1] was convicted and sentenced to five months' imprisonment in relation to Pennington. After his release, the charge in relation to Womack was withdrawn, as "the Football Association did not want to be vindictive as Bioletti was 68 years old."[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
3 September 1913 4th Stockport County H W 3–2 Reed 2, Hastings 13,000
6 September 1913 8th Bradford Park Avenue H L 1–2 Billy Jones 20,000
13 September 1913 13th Notts County A L 1–5 Andy Smith 12,000
20 September 1913 13th Leicester Fosse H W 1–0 Ballantyne 20,000
27 September 1913 13th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–1 20,000
4 October 1913 13th Hull City H D 1–1 Hastings 9,000
11 October 1913 13th Barnsley A D 1–1 Gibson 9,000
18 October 1913 13th Bury H W 1–0 Neilson 15,000
25 October 1913 15th Huddersfield Town A L 0–7 10,000
1 November 1913 14th Lincoln City H W 2–0 Andy Smith, Hodges 18,000
8 November 1913 13th Blackpool A D 2–2 Andy Smith, Walker 4,000
15 November 1913 12th Nottingham Forest H W 2–0 Bumphrey, Walker 15,000
22 November 1913 13th Woolwich Arsenal A L 0–1 30,000
29 November 1913 14th Grimsby Town H L 1–2 Walker 12,000
6 December 1913 15th Fulham A L 0–1 10,000
13 December 1913 14th Bristol City A W 2–1 Gibson, Walker 15,000
20 December 1913 15th Leeds City H L 0–2 15,000
25 December 1913 13th Glossop H W 6–0 Walker 2, Foster, Hall 2, Bumphrey 25,000
26 December 1913 14th Glossop A L 1–4 Walker 2,000
27 December 1913 15th Bradford Park Avenue A L 1–5 Morgan 6,000
1 January 1914 16th Stockport County A L 0–2 8,000
3 January 1914 15th Notts County H W 2–1 Morgan, Pointon 10,000
17 January 1914 13th Leicester Fosse A D 0–0 6,000
24 January 1914 12th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 4–1 Reed, Duncan, Ballantyne, Morgan 30,000
7 February 1914 12th Hull City A D 0–0 9,000
14 February 1914 13th Barnsley H D 0–0 18,000
24 February 1914 14th Bury A L 1–3 Gibson 4,116
28 February 1914 15th Huddersfield Town H L 1–4 Arthur Smith 15,000
7 March 1914 15th Lincoln City A D 1–1 Morgan 8,000
14 March 1914 15th Blackpool H D 0–0 7,000
21 March 1914 15th Nottingham Forest A L 1–3 Hall 5,000
28 March 1914 14th Woolwich Arsenal H W 2–0 Andy Smith 2 17,810
4 April 1914 14th Grimsby Town A W 2–0 Andy Smith 2 8,000
10 April 1914 13th Clapton Orient H W 2–0 Hall, Andy Smith 30,000
11 April 1914 13th Fulham H L 0–1 20,000
13 April 1914 13th Clapton Orient A D 2–2 Walker, Hall 12,000
18 April 1914 13th Bristol City H D 2–2 Wally Smith, Andy Smith 15,000
25 April 1914 14th Leeds City A L 2–3 Andy Smith, Gardner 10,000

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
12th Stockport County 38 13 10 15 77 52 0.96 36
13th Huddersfield Town 38 13 8 17 47 53 0.89 34
14th Birmingham 38 12 10 16 48 60 0.80 34
15th Grimsby Town 38 13 8 17 42 58 0.72 34
16th Blackpool 38 9 14 15 33 44 0.75 32
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 [3]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 10 January 1914 Southend United H W 2–1 Duncan 2 18,000
Second round 31 January 1914 Huddersfield Town H W 1–0 Morgan 45,000
Third round 23 February 1914 Queens Park Rangers H L 1–2 Duncan 35,000

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
Crossthwaite, BertBert Crossthwaite Goalkeeper 17 0 0 0 17 0
Evans, BobBob Evans Goalkeeper 3 0 0 0 3 0
Hauser, StanStan Hauser Goalkeeper 16 0 3 0 19 0
Robb, WilliamWilliam Robb Goalkeeper 2 0 0 0 2 0
Ball, WilliamWilliam Ball Full back 30 0 3 0 33 0
Fairman, BobBob Fairman Full back 6 0 0 0 6 0
Stanton, ArthurArthur Stanton Full back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Womack, FrankFrank Womack Full back 36 0 3 0 39 0
Barton, PercyPercy Barton Half back 16 0 3 0 19 3
Bumphrey, JamesJames Bumphrey Half back 22 3 3 0 25 3
Edwards, ErnieErnie Edwards Half back 15 0 0 0 15 0
Gardner, AlbertAlbert Gardner Half back 7 1 0 0 7 1
McClure, AlecAlec McClure Half back 16 0 2 0 18 0
Roulson, JoeJoe Roulson Half back 12 0 0 0 12 0
Smith, JosephJoseph Smith Half back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Tinkler, AlfAlf Tinkler Half back 22 0 1 0 23 1
Ballantyne, JohnJohn Ballantyne Forward 19 2 1 0 20 2
Duncan, CharlieCharlie Duncan Forward 12 1 2 3 14 4
Eyre, EdmundEdmund Eyre Forward 6 0 0 0 6 0
Foster, ArthurArthur FosterLeft club during playing season Forward 2 1 0 0 2 1
Gibson, RichardRichard Gibson Forward 18 3 2 0 20 3
Hall, JackJack Hall Forward 17 5 1 0 18 5
Hastings, BillBill Hastings Forward 11 2 3 0 14 2
Hodges, FrankFrank Hodges Forward 10 1 0 0 10 1
Jones, BillyBilly JonesLeft club during playing season Forward 9 1 0 0 9 1
Morgan, BillyBilly Morgan Forward 14 4 3 1 17 5
Neilson, PeterPeter NeilsonLeft club during playing season Forward 3 1 0 0 3 1
Pointon, TomTom PointonLeft club during playing season Forward 4 1 0 0 4 1
Reed, ArthurArthur Reed Forward 8 3 1 0 9 3
Robertson, GeorgeGeorge Robertson Forward 5 0 0 0 5 0
Smith, AndyAndy Smith Forward 18 10 0 0 18 10
Smith, ArthurArthur Smith Forward 14 1 0 0 14 1
Smith, WallyWally Smith Forward 5 1 0 0 5 1
Walker, BillyBilly Walker Forward 12 8 2 0 14 8
Windridge, JimmyJimmy Windridge Forward 3 0 0 0 3 0

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 1913–1914: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 272–73. Note that attendance figures are estimated.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews (2010), Complete Record, p.272.
    "Alleged Attempt to Bribe Football Captain". The Times (London): p.5. 12 December 1913.
    "Alleged Attempt to Bribe Football Captains". The Times (London): p.56. 31 December 1913.
  2. ^ "Charge of Football Bribery Withdrawn". The Times (London): p.5. 16 June 1914.
  3. ^ "Birmingham City 1913–1914: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 20 May 2012.