1922–23 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1922–23 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Secretary-manager Frank Richards
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 17th
FA Cup First round (eliminated by Huddersfield Town)
Top goalscorer League: Joe Bradford (18)
All: Joe Bradford (19)
Highest home attendance 50,000 vs Aston Villa, 17 March 1923
Lowest home attendance 8,542 vs Oldham Athletic, 10 February 1923
Average home league attendance 27,233

The 1922–23 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 27th in the Football League and their 10th in the First Division. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division, and set an unwanted record sequence of eight league defeats, since equalled but as of 2012 not beaten.[1] They also competed in the 1922–23 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing to Huddersfield Town in that round.

Twenty-six players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Full-back Jack Jones played in 41 matches over the 43-match season; goalkeeper Dan Tremelling and forward Joe Bradford appeared in one fewer. Bradford was leading scorer for the second year running, with 19 goals, of which 18 came in the league.

Off the field, the club made a £13,000 saving on wages and general expenses to end the season with a profit of £3,000.[2] This was Frank Richards' last season as secretary-manager. He was succeeded by Billy Beer, who as a player made 250 appearances for the club in the 1900s.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
26 August 1922 9th Chelsea A D 1–1 Bradford 40,000
28 August 1922 17th Newcastle United H L 0–2 35,000
2 September 1922 22nd Chelsea H L 0–1 35,000
6 September 1922 21st Newcastle United A D 0–0 35,000
9 September 1922 15th Manchester City A W 1–0 Bradford 25,000
13 September 1922 8th Stoke H W 2–0 Bradford 2 20,000
16 September 1922 13th Manchester City H L 0–1 30,000
23 September 1922 19th Bolton Wanderers A L 0–3 17,680
30 September 1922 14th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Bradford 2 25,000
7 October 1922 13th Blackburn Rovers A D 1–1 Bradford 25,000
14 October 1922 15th Blackburn Rovers H D 1–1 Whitehouse 30,000
21 October 1922 17th Middlesbrough A L 1–2 Whitehouse 15,000
28 October 1922 13th Middlesbrough H W 2–0 Bradford, Foxall 25,000
4 November 1922 14th Cardiff City H D 0–0 30,000
11 November 1922 13th Cardiff City A D 1–1 Watkins 25,000
18 November 1922 9th Nottingham Forest H W 2–0 Bradford, Linley 30,000
25 November 1922 9th Nottingham Forest A D 1–1 Bradford 15,000
2 December 1922 7th Arsenal H W 3–2 Foxall, Linley 29,772
9 December 1922 10th Arsenal A L 0–1 30,000
16 December 1922 9th Everton H D 1–1 Foxall 20,000
23 December 1922 11th Everton A L 1–2 Bradford 20,000
25 December 1922 11th Huddersfield Town H D 0–0 20,000
26 December 1922 12th Huddersfield Town A L 0–4 20,000
30 December 1922 14th Sunderland A L 3–5 Bradford, Whitehouse 2 12,000
6 January 1923 16th Sunderland H L 1–2 Barratt 30,000
20 January 1923 18th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–2 32,180
27 January 1923 19th West Bromwich Albion A L 0–1 25,123
3 February 1923 20th Oldham Athletic A L 0–2 9,000
10 February 1923 21st Oldham Athletic H L 2–3 Bradford 2 8,542
17 February 1923 21st Sheffield United A L 1–7 Rawson 12,000
3 March 1923 21st Preston North End A W 3–2 Rawson, Bradford, Crosbie 12,000
10 March 1923 19th Preston North End H W 1–0 Rawson 30,000
12 March 1923 19th Sheffield United H W 4–2 Rawson 2, Daws, Bradford 12,000
17 March 1923 17th Aston Villa H W 1–0 Rawson 50,000
24 March 1923 18th Aston Villa A L 0–3 40,000
31 March 1923 19th Liverpool H L 0–1 35,000
2 April 1923 19th Stoke A D 0–0 22,000
7 April 1923 18th Liverpool A D 0–0 28,000
14 April 1923 18th Tottenham Hotspur H W 2–1 Rawson, McClure 25,000
21 April 1923 20th Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–2 16,355
28 April 1923 19th Burnley H W 1–0 Bradford 19,405
5 May 1923 17th Burnley A W 2–0 Bradford, Rawson 10,000

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
15th Burnley 42 16 6 20 58 59 0.98 38
16th Preston North End 42 13 11 18 60 64 0.94 37
17th Birmingham 42 13 11 18 41 57 0.72 37
18th Middlesbrough 42 13 10 19 57 63 0.91 36
19th Chelsea 42 9 18 15 45 53 0.85 36
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]

Main article: 1922–23 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 13 January 1923 Huddersfield Town A L 1–2 Joe Bradford 27,300

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
Samson, ArthurArthur Samson Goalkeeper 2 0 0 0 2 0
Tremelling, DanDan Tremelling Goalkeeper 40 0 1 0 40 0
Ashurst, EliEli Ashurst Full back 16 0 1 0 16 0
Jones, JackJack Jones Full back 41 0 1 0 41 0
Womack, FrankFrank Womack Full back 27 0 0 0 27 0
Barton, PercyPercy Barton Half back 31 0 1 0 32 0
Dale, DickieDickie Dale Half back 22 0 1 0 23 0
Daws, JimmyJimmy Daws Half back 15 1 0 0 15 1
Hunter, BillBill Hunter Half back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Liddell, GeorgeGeorge Liddell Half back 19 0 0 0 19 0
McClure, AlecAlec McClure Half back 38 1 1 0 39 1
Waddell, GeorgeGeorge Waddell Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Barratt, JoeJoe Barratt Forward 18 1 1 0 19 1
Bosbury, CharlieCharlie Bosbury Forward 15 0 0 0 15 0
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 39 18 1 1 40 19
Clark, WallyWally Clark Forward 7 0 0 0 7 0
Crosbie, JohnnyJohnny Crosbie Forward 32 1 1 0 33 1
Foxall, FredFred Foxall Forward 17 3 0 0 17 3
Harvey, BillBill Harvey Forward 9 0 0 0 9 0
Lane, MosesMoses Lane Forward 2 0 0 0 2 0
Linley, TedTed Linley Forward 26 3 1 0 27 3
Rawson, AlbertAlbert Rawson Forward 13 8 0 0 13 8
Sharp, FrankFrank SharpLeft club during playing season Forward 5 0 0 0 5 0
Thompson, LeonardLeonard Thompson Forward 1 0 0 0 1 0
Watkins, ErnieErnie Watkins Forward 8 1 0 0 8 1
Whitehouse, JackieJackie Whitehouse Forward 16 4 1 0 17 4

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 1922–1923: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 286–87.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City: Records". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Other sport in brief". Daily Mirror (London). 5 September 1923. p. 14. Birmingham F.C. made a profit of £3,000 on last season's working. There was a saving in wages and general expenses of £13,000 to procure this result. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham City 1922–1923: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 13 May 2012.