1926–27 Birmingham F.C. season
|Manager||Billy Beer until March 1927 Bill Harvey thereafter|
|Football League First Division||17th|
|FA Cup||Fourth round (eliminated by Southampton)|
|Top goalscorer||League: Joe Bradford (22)
All: Joe Bradford (23)
|Highest home attendance||48,104 vs Aston Villa, 30 October 1926|
|Lowest home attendance||6,321 vs Bolton Wanderers, 4 April 1927|
|Average home league attendance||22,030|
The 1926–27 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 31st in the Football League and their 14th in the First Division. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1926–27 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Southampton in the fourth.
Twenty-seven players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Half-back George Liddell and forward George Briggs played in 43 of the 44 matches over the season, and Joe Bradford was leading scorer for the sixth successive year, with 23 goals, of which 22 came in the league.
Off the field, the club was in some turmoil regarding transfer policy. In early March 1927, three members of the board of directors resigned. The Sports Argus' editorial suggested that one faction were "anxious to secure talent at almost any price" and the other "desirous with 'going slow' as its motto", and believed that "the former are now in the ascendancy and that they mean business". A few days later, Billy Beer resigned as manager. The Argus was disappointed:
Managers are in a peculiar position. They have many masters to serve and to please them all is impossible. Mr. Beer has discovered this, and ... has cleared out. I am sorry, because, frankly, I thought he would make a good job of his task if given the opportunity.
It was reported later that Beer had found it impossible to work with some members of the board, so had tendered his resignation, if that was thought to be in the best interests of the club, and was less than happy with the treatment he had received.
Football League First Division
|28 August 1926||3rd||Blackburn Rovers||H||W||3–1||Briggs, Bradford 2||24,091|
|30 August 1926||11th||Leicester City||A||L||2–5||Bradford, Harris||23,883|
|4 September 1926||6th||Huddersfield Town||A||W||2–0||Bradford 2||19,893|
|11 September 1926||4th||Sunderland||H||W||2–0||Briggs 2||28,035|
|13 September 1926||4th||Sheffield Wednesday||H||D||0–0||13,676|
|18 September 1926||2nd||West Bromwich Albion||A||W||2–1||Briggs 2||26,697|
|20 September 1926||1st||Everton||H||W||1–0||Briggs||11,411|
|25 September 1926||2nd||Bury||H||D||2–2||Briggs 2||24,006|
|2 October 1926||2nd||Bolton Wanderers||A||L||0–1||20,006|
|9 October 1926||10th||Tottenham Hotspur||A||L||1–6||Bradford||29,392|
|16 October 1926||7th||Derby County||H||W||1–0||Harris||23,145|
|23 October 1926||4th||Manchester United||A||W||1–0||Harris||32,010|
|30 October 1926||7th||Aston Villa||H||L||1–2||Crosbie||48,104|
|6 November 1926||8th||Cardiff City||A||L||0–1||10,598|
|13 November 1926||6th||Burnley||H||W||1–0||Bradford||11,208|
|20 November 1926||8th||Newcastle United||A||L||1–5||Briggs||30,056|
|27 November 1926||7th||Leeds United||H||W||2–0||Harris, Bradford||19,707|
|4 December 1926||9th||Liverpool||A||L||1–2||Briggs||27,884|
|11 December 1926||9th||Arsenal||H||D||0–0||22,982|
|18 December 1926||9th||Sheffield United||A||L||3–4||Briggs, Harris, Bradford||19,093|
|25 December 1926||10th||West Ham United||A||L||0–1||27,984|
|27 December 1926||12th||West Ham United||H||L||0–2||39,204|
|1 January 1927||12th||Leicester City||H||W||2–1||Bradford 2||31,275|
|15 January 1927||15th||Blackburn Rovers||A||L||2–3||Islip, Scriven||10,176|
|22 January 1927||15th||Huddersfield Town||H||L||1–3||Thirlaway||16,779|
|5 February 1927||15th||West Bromwich Albion||H||W||1–0||Bradford||29,681|
|12 February 1927||16th||Bury||A||L||1–3||Islip||11,958|
|16 February 1927||16th||Sunderland||A||L||1–4||Briggs||10,525|
|26 February 1927||16th||Tottenham Hotspur||H||W||1–0||Cringan||21,145|
|5 March 1927||17th||Derby County||A||L||1–4||Crosbie||15,154|
|12 March 1927||16th||Manchester United||H||W||4–0||Bradford 2, Crosbie, Scriven||14,392|
|19 March 1927||18th||Aston Villa||A||L||2–4||Bond, Scriven||49,334|
|2 April 1927||18th||Burnley||A||W||2–0||Bradford, Crosbie||12,679|
|4 April 1927||13th||Bolton Wanderers||H||W||6–1||Crosbie 2, Bradford, Briggs, Scriven, Cringan||6,321|
|9 April 1927||12th||Newcastle United||H||W||2–0||Bradford, Bond||27,918|
|16 April 1927||13th||Leeds United||A||L||1–2||Bradford||18,703|
|18 April 1927||16th||Everton||A||L||1–3||Taylor og||32,880|
|19 April 1927||15th||Sheffield Wednesday||A||D||4–4||Scriven, Bradford, Liddell, Briggs||17,720|
|23 April 1927||12th||Liverpool||H||W||3–0||Briggs, Bradford, Bond||14,918|
|27 April 1927||13th||Cardiff City||H||L||1–2||Bradford||23,681|
|30 April 1927||16th||Arsenal||A||L||0–3||22,619|
|7 May 1927||17th||Sheffield United||H||L||2–3||Bradford, Briggs||10,951|
League table (part)
|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
|Third round||8 January 1927||Manchester City||H||W||4–1||Bradford, Islip, Crosbie, Briggs||39,503|
|Fourth round||29 January 1927||Southampton||A||L||1–4||Briggs||15,804|
Appearances and goals
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|Hibbs, HarryHarry Hibbs||Goalkeeper||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Owen, WilliamWilliam Owen||Goalkeeper||5||0||1||0||6||0|
|Tremelling, DanDan Tremelling||Goalkeeper||36||0||1||0||37||0|
|Barton, PercyPercy Barton||Full back||30||0||1||0||31||0|
|Bruce, HarryHarry Bruce||Full back||3||0||0||0||3||0|
|Isherwood, HarryHarry Isherwood||Full back||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Jones, JackJack Jones||Full back||14||0||2||0||16||0|
|Smith, JoeJoe Smith||Full back||17||0||0||0||17||0|
|Womack, FrankFrank Womack||Full back||26||0||2||0||28||0|
|Cringan, JimmyJimmy Cringan||Half back||35||2||2||0||37||2|
|Dale, DickieDickie Dale||Half back||29||0||1||0||30||0|
|Leslie, AlecAlec Leslie||Half back||7||0||0||0||7||0|
|Liddell, GeorgeGeorge Liddell||Half back||41||1||2||0||43||1|
|Wood, EdmundEdmund Wood||Half back||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Bond, BennyBenny Bond||Forward||19||3||1||0||20||3|
|Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford||Forward||34||22||2||1||36||23|
|Briggs, GeorgeGeorge Briggs||Forward||41||16||2||2||43||18|
|Castle, FrederickFrederick Castle||Forward||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Crosbie, JohnnyJohnny Crosbie||Forward||39||6||2||1||41||7|
|Harris, WallyWally Harris||Forward||22||5||0||0||22||5|
|Harvey, EdmundEdmund Harvey||Forward||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Islip, ErnieErnie Islip||Forward||7||2||2||1||9||3|
|Oakes, AlfAlf Oakes||Forward||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Russell, JackJack Russell||Forward||6||0||0||0||6||0|
|Scriven, AubreyAubrey Scriven||Forward||17||5||0||0||17||5|
- 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 1926–1927: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 294–95.
- 'Argus Junior' (5 March 1927). "Leaves of my Notebook". Sports Argus (Birmingham): p.1.
- 'Argus Junior' (12 March 1927). "The Sands of the Hour-Glass". Sports Argus (Birmingham): p.1.
- 'Argus Junior' (2 April 1927). "The Sands of the Hour-Glass". Sports Argus (Birmingham): p.1.
- "Birmingham City 1926–1927: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.