1920–21 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1920–21 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Secretary-manager Frank Richards
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 1st (promoted)
FA Cup First round (eliminated by Luton Town)
Top goalscorer League: Harry Hampton (16)
All: Harry Hampton (16)
Highest home attendance 60,017 vs West Ham United, 27 December 1920
Lowest home attendance 12,000 vs Leicester City, 2 October 1920
Average home league attendance 32,531

The 1920–21 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 25th in the Football League and their 17th in the Second Division. Needing to beat Port Vale away on the last day of the season to maintain their position ahead of Cardiff City and clinch the division title for the second time, they did so, thus earning promotion to the First Division for the 1921–22 season. They also took part in the FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Luton Town.

Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Forward Johnny Crosbie was ever-present over the 43-match season. Harry Hampton was leading scorer with 16 goals, all of which came in the league. A 19-year-old called Joe Bradford scored on his competitive debut on Christmas Day at West Ham United; he went on to set goalscoring records for the club of 467 goals, 414 in the league, was their leading scorer for twelve consecutive seasons from 1922 to 1933, and scored seven times in twelve appearances for England.

Off the field, the club bought the freehold of the St Andrew's Ground in 1921 for around £7,000.[1]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
28 August 1920 18th South Shields A L 0–3 20,000
31 August 1920 11th Hull City H W 5–1 Crosbie 2, Barton, Lane 2 25,000
4 September 1920 9th South Shields H D 1–1 Whitehouse 35,000
6 September 1920 13th Hull City A L 0–1 13,000
11 September 1920 18th Cardiff City A L 1–2 Crosbie 30,000
18 September 1920 17th Cardiff City H D 1–1 Whitehouse 45,000
25 September 1920 19th Leicester City A L 0–3 17,000
2 October 1920 17th Leicester City H W 5–0 Lane 3, Hampton 2 12,000
9 October 1920 18th Blackpool A L 0–3 10,000
16 October 1920 17th Blackpool H W 3–0 Whitehouse 2 (1 pen), Lane 50,000
23 October 1920 15th Sheffield Wednesday A W 4–1 Whitehouse 2 25,000
30 October 1920 11th Sheffield Wednesday H W 4–0 Crosbie, Whitehouse, Hampton, Lane 30,000
6 November 1920 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 3–0 Burkinshaw, Crosbie, McClure 20,000
13 November 1920 7th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 4–1 Hampton 2, Barton, Lane 35,000
20 November 1920 4th Stoke A W 2–1 Hampton 2 20,000
27 November 1920 5th Stoke H W 3–0 Lane, Burkinshaw, Crosbie 16,000
4 December 1920 5th Coventry City H W 3–2 Whitehouse 2, Lawrence og 25,000
11 December 1920 3rd Coventry City A W 4–0 Burkinshaw, Lane, Hampton 2 22,000
18 December 1920 2nd Leeds United H W 1–0 McClure 25,000
25 December 1920 3rd West Ham United A D 1–1 Bradford 23,000
27 December 1920 3rd West Ham United H W 2–1 Hampton 2 60,017
1 January 1921 3rd Leeds United A L 0–1 22,000
15 January 1921 1st Stockport County A W 3–0 Crosbie, Lane, Whitehouse 12,000
22 January 1921 1st Stockport County H W 5–0 Lane 2, Crosbie, Whitehouse, Linley 35,000
5 February 1921 1st Notts County H W 2–1 Burkinshaw 2 40,000
12 February 1921 1st Clapton Orient A D 1–1 Burkinshaw 18,000
16 February 1921 1st Notts County A D 0–0 14,000
19 February 1921 1st Clapton Orient H D 0–0 20,000
26 February 1921 1st Bury A W 1–0 Hampton 25,000
5 March 1921 1st Bury H W 4–0 Crosbie 2, Linley, Barton 40,000
12 March 1921 1st Bristol City A W 1–0 Lane 22,000
19 March 1921 1st Bristol City H D 0–0 30,000
25 March 1921 1st Fulham A L 0–5 40,000
26 March 1921 1st Barnsley H L 1–3 Hampton 40,000
29 March 1921 1st Fulham H W 1–0 Booth 30,000
2 April 1921 1st Barnsley A D 1–1 Davies pen 19,000
9 April 1921 1st Nottingham Forest H W 3–0 Crosbie, Lane 2 30,000
16 April 1921 2nd Nottingham Forest A D 1–1 Crosbie 14,000
23 April 1921 2nd Rotherham County H W 3–2 Crosbie 2, Davies 35,127
30 April 1921 1st Rotherham County A D 1–1 Barton 17,000
2 May 1921 1st Port Vale H W 4–0 Hampton, Davies 2 (1 pen), Barton 25,000
7 May 1921 1st Port Vale A W 2–0 Hampton, Davies 10,000

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
1st Birmingham 42 24 10 8 79 38 2.08 58
2nd Cardiff City 42 24 10 8 59 32 1.84 58
3rd Bristol City 42 19 13 10 49 29 1.69 51
4th Blackpool 42 20 10 12 54 42 1.29 50
5th West Ham United 42 19 10 13 51 30 1.70 48
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: 1920–21 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 8 January 1921 Luton Town A L 1–2 Barton 12,700

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
Hauser, StanStan Hauser Goalkeeper 12 0 0 0 12 0
Tremelling, DanDan Tremelling Goalkeeper 30 0 1 0 31 0
Ball, WilliamWilliam Ball Full back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Jones, JackJack Jones Full back 37 0 1 0 38 0
White, TomTom WhiteLeft club during playing season Full back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Womack, FrankFrank Womack Full back 38 0 1 0 39 0
Barton, PercyPercy Barton Half back 41 5 1 1 42 6
Booth, BobbyBobby Booth Half back 6 1 0 0 6 1
Daws, JimmyJimmy Daws Half back 11 0 0 0 11 0
Liddell, GeorgeGeorge Liddell Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
McClure, AlecAlec McClure Half back 40 2 1 0 41 2
Millard, BertBert MillardLeft club during playing season Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Roulson, JoeJoe Roulson Half back 22 0 1 0 23 0
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 4 1 1 0 5 1
Burkinshaw, LaurieLaurie Burkinshaw Forward 35 6 1 0 36 6
Crosbie, JohnnyJohnny Crosbie Forward 42 14 1 0 43 14
Davies, GeorgeGeorge Davies Forward 10 5 0 0 10 5
Elkes, JackJack Elkes Forward 2 0 0 0 2 0
Gibson, RichardRichard Gibson Forward 7 0 0 0 7 0
Hampton, HarryHarry Hampton Forward 29 16 1 0 30 16
Lane, JoeJoe Lane Forward 34 15 0 0 34 15
Linley, TedTed Linley Forward 12 2 0 0 12 2
Morgan, BillyBilly MorganLeft club during playing season Forward 5 0 0 0 5 0
Whitehouse, JackieJackie Whitehouse Forward 33 11 1 0 34 11

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 1920–1921: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 282–83.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (2000). "Freehold". The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Britespot (Cradley Heath). p.87. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4.
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1920–1921: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 13 May 2012.