1928–29 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1928–29 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager Leslie Knighton
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 15th
FA Cup Fourth round (eliminated by Chelsea)
Top goalscorer League: Joe Bradford (22)
All: Joe Bradford (24)
Highest home attendance 36,261 vs Aston Villa, 27 October 1928
Lowest home attendance 11,001 vs Arsenal, 13 March 1928
Average home league attendance 20,646

The 1928–29 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 33rd in the Football League and their 16th in the First Division. They finished in 15th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1928–29 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Chelsea in the fourth. Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic manager Leslie Knighton succeeded Bill Harvey at the start of this season.

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Full-back Jack Randle played in 43 of the 44 matches over the season, and Joe Bradford was leading scorer for the eighth successive year, with 24 goals, or which 22 came in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
25 August 1928 5th Manchester City H W 4–1 Bond, Bradford, Ellis, Briggs 26,911
27 August 1928 11th Leicester City A L 3–5 Briggs, Crosbie, Ellis 22,589
1 September 1928 10th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 19,897
8 September 1928 15th Everton H L 1–3 Briggs 36,069
10 September 1928 10th Leicester City H W 1–0 Briggs 11,449
15 September 1928 12th Arsenal A D 0–0 30,118
22 September 1928 7th Blackburn Rovers H W 4–0 Bradford 2, Briggs 2 23,047
29 September 1928 4th Sunderland A W 4–3 Bradford 3, Bond 26,986
6 October 1928 8th Derby County H L 1–4 Bond pen 27,029
13 October 1928 12th Sheffield Wednesday A L 0–3 21,677
20 October 1928 15th Manchester United A L 0–1 17,552
27 October 1928 16th Aston Villa H L 2–4 Cringan, Bradford 36,261
3 November 1928 14th Liverpool A W 2–1 Curtis, Bradford 33,647
10 November 1928 15th West Ham United H D 2–2 Bradford, Hicks 17,323
17 November 1928 17th Newcastle United A L 0–1 29,566
24 November 1928 18th Burnley H L 3–6 Briggs, Bradford, Hicks 13,071
1 December 1928 15th Cardiff City A W 4–1 Hicks 2, Firth, Crosbie 13,691
8 December 1928 15th Sheffield United H D 2–2 Bradford 2 17,760
22 December 1928 14th Leeds United H W 5–1 Bradford 3, Liddell, Hicks 16,057
25 December 1928 15th Bolton Wanderers H L 0–2 31,358
26 December 1928 18th Bolton Wanderers A L 2–6 Pike, Bradford 22,117
29 December 1928 15th Manchester City A W 3–2 Pike 2, Bradford 28,365
5 January 1929 17th Huddersfield Town H L 1–2 Barkas pen 20,042
19 January 1929 15th Everton A W 2–0 Hicks 2 26,273
2 February 1929 18th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–4 Ellis 13,387
9 February 1929 18th Sunderland H W 1–0 Pike 17,022
16 February 1929 17th Derby County A D 2–2 Bond, Mills 12,522
23 February 1929 15th Sheffield Wednesday H W 4–1 Bond, Mills, Hicks, Bradford 28,599
2 March 1929 15th Manchester United H D 1–1 Hicks 16,738
9 March 1929 13th Aston Villa A W 2–1 Mills, Crosbie 56,528
13 March 1929 11th Arsenal H D 1–1 Hicks 11,001
16 March 1929 12th Liverpool H D 0–0 20,612
20 March 1929 12th Bury A L 1–3 Bradford 7,296
23 March 1929 12th West Ham United A L 1–2 Firth 15,257
29 March 1929 15th Portsmouth A L 1–3 Ellis 25,136
30 March 1929 15th Newcastle United H D 0–0 21,052
1 April 1929 13th Portsmouth H W 1–0 Bradford 16,266
6 April 1929 16th Burnley A L 0–4 13,730
13 April 1929 14th Cardiff City H D 0–0 12,997
20 April 1929 17th Sheffield United A L 2–3 Hicks 2 14,382
27 April 1929 14th Bury H W 3–2 Crosbie, Bradford 2 12,905
4 May 1929 15th Leeds United A W 1–0 Briggs 8,151

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
13th Leeds United 42 16 9 17 71 84 0.84 41
14th Bolton Wanderers 42 14 12 16 73 78 0.91 40
15th Birmingham 42 15 10 17 68 77 0.88 40
16th Huddersfield Town 42 14 11 17 70 61 1.15 39
17th West Ham United 42 15 9 18 86 96 0.90 39
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 [1]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1928–29 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 12 January 1929 Manchester City H W 3–1 Briggs, Bradford 2 25,005
Fourth round 26 January 1929 Chelsea A L 0–1 56,953

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
Hibbs, HarryHarry Hibbs Goalkeeper 18 0 2 0 20 0
Tremelling, DanDan Tremelling Goalkeeper 24 0 0 0 24 0
Barkas, NedNed Barkas Full back 18 1 2 0 20 1
Birch, JoeJoe Birch Full back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Randle, JackJack Randle Full back 41 0 2 0 43 0
Smith, JoeJoe Smith Full back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Barton, PercyPercy Barton Half back 5 0 0 0 5 0
Coxford, JackJack Coxford Half back 7 0 0 0 7 0
Cringan, JimmyJimmy Cringan Half back 22 1 2 0 24 1
Dale, DickieDickie DaleLeft club during playing season Half back 7 0 0 0 7 0
Leslie, AlecAlec Leslie Half back 38 0 1 0 39 0
Liddell, GeorgeGeorge Liddell Half back 40 0 1 0 41 0
Morrall, GeorgeGeorge Morrall Half back 19 0 1 0 20 0
Bond, BennyBenny Bond Forward 22 5 1 0 23 5
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 32 22 2 2 34 24
Briggs, GeorgeGeorge Briggs Forward 35 8 1 1 36 9
Crosbie, JohnnyJohnny Crosbie Forward 38 4 2 0 40 4
Curtis, ErnieErnie Curtis Forward 10 1 0 0 10 1
Ellis, BillyBilly Ellis Forward 12 4 0 0 12 4
Firth, JackJack Firth Forward 12 2 0 0 12 2
Hicks, GeorgeGeorge Hicks Forward 30 12 2 0 32 12
Horsman, BillBill Horsman Forward 3 0 0 0 3 0
Mills, PaddyPaddy Mills Forward 11 3 0 0 11 3
Pike, TotTot Pike Forward 12 4 2 0 14 4
Riley, HaroldHarold Riley Forward 1 0 0 0 1 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 1928–1929: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 298–99.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1928–1929: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.