1922–23 Birmingham F.C. season
|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[update] not beaten. 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. 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
|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)
|16th||Preston North End||42||13||11||18||60||64||0.94||37|
|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
|First round||13 January 1923||Huddersfield Town||A||L||1–2||Joe Bradford||27,300|
Appearances and goals
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|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|
|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|
- 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.
- "Birmingham City: Records". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- "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.
- "Birmingham City 1922–1923: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 13 May 2012.