1931–32 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1931–32 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager Leslie Knighton
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 9th
FA Cup Fourth round (eliminated by Grimsby Town)
Top goalscorer League: Joe Bradford (26)
All: Joe Bradford (28)
Highest home attendance 57,806 vs West Bromwich Albion, 26 December 1931
Lowest home attendance 5,829 vs Blackpool, 3 February 1933
Average home league attendance 19,627

The 1931–32 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 36th in the Football League and their 19th in the First Division. They finished in ninth position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1931–32 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Grimsby Town in the fourth.

Twenty-eight players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Half-back Lewis Stoker played in 41 of the 44 matches over the season, and, for the 11th successive year, Joe Bradford was leading scorer, with 28 goals, of which 26 came in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
29 August 1931 14th Everton A L 2–3 Briggs, Curtis 39,146
2 September 1931 8th Newcastle United H W 4–1 Briggs 2, Curtis, Bradford 12,313
5 September 1931 10th Arsenal H D 2–2 Bradford 2 (1 pen) 26,810
12 September 1931 15th Blackpool A D 1–1 Hicks 19,063
16 September 1931 9th Sunderland A W 3–2 Crosbie, Bradford, Briggs 20,376
19 September 1931 12th Sheffield United H L 1–3 Crosbie 22,729
23 September 1931 9th Sunderland H D 0–0 9,761
26 September 1931 10th Blackburn Rovers A W 2–1 Bradford, Jones og 11,004
3 October 1931 7th Portsmouth H W 2–1 Bradford 2 20,743
10 October 1931 9th Derby County A L 1–2 Morrall 12,126
17 October 1931 7th Grimsby Town H W 2–1 Gregg, Bradford 16,313
24 October 1931 10th Middlesbrough A L 0–2 9,226
31 October 1931 11th Bolton Wanderers H D 2–2 Bradford 2 16,163
7 November 1931 13th Sheffield Wednesday A L 1–5 Bradford 12,438
14 November 1931 11th Leicester City H W 2–0 Grosvenor, Bradford 14,225
21 November 1931 13th Aston Villa A L 2–3 Smith 2 44,948
28 November 1931 10th Huddersfield Town H W 5–0 Smith 2, Curtis, Briggs, Bradford 18,059
5 December 1931 11th Liverpool A L 3–4 Briggs, Grosvenor, Smith 19,847
12 December 1931 10th West Ham United H W 4–1 Bradford 2, Curtis 2 19,725
19 December 1931 10th Chelsea A L 1–2 Bradford 17,551
25 December 1931 10th West Bromwich Albion A W 1–0 Curtis 37,906
26 December 1931 9th West Bromwich Albion H W 1–0 Bradford 57,806
2 January 1932 9th Everton H W 4–0 Haywood, Curtis, Bradford 26,256
16 January 1932 10th Arsenal A L 0–3 37,843
30 January 1932 10th Sheffield United A L 0–1 22,459
3 February 1932 10th Blackpool H W 3–0 Curtis, Grosvenor, Bradford 5,829
6 February 1932 9th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–1 Bradford, Curtis 19,506
17 February 1932 9th Portsmouth A L 1–2 Haywood 7,994
20 February 1932 9th Derby County H D 1–1 Curtis 17,397
27 February 1932 9th Grimsby Town A D 1–1 Horsman 9,454
5 March 1932 8th Middlesbrough H W 3–0 Curtis 2 (2 pens), Crosbie 18,694
12 March 1932 8th Bolton Wanderers A L 1–5 Keating 11,003
19 March 1932 11th Sheffield Wednesday H L 1–2 Grosvenor 17,271
26 March 1932 11th Leicester City A L 1–3 Smith 15,582
28 March 1932 12th Manchester City A L 1–2 Briggs 19,804
29 March 1932 12th Manchester City H L 1–5 Bradford 12,603
2 April 1932 12th Aston Villa H D 1–1 Smith 35,671
9 April 1932 12th Huddersfield Town A D 1–1 Briggs 9,563
16 April 1932 10th Liverpool H W 3–1 Bradford, Grosvenor 9,426
23 April 1932 10th West Ham United A W 4–2 Briggs, Curtis, Smith 10,983
30 April 1932 10th Chelsea H W 4–0 Grosvenor, Smith, Briggs, Bradford 14,861
7 May 1932 9th Newcastle United A W 3–0 Bradford, Smith 10,751

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
7th Sheffield United 42 20 6 16 80 75 1.07 46
8th Portsmouth 42 19 7 16 62 62 1.00 45
9th Birmingham 42 18 8 16 78 67 1.16 44
10th Liverpool 42 19 6 17 81 93 0.87 44
11th Newcastle United 42 18 6 18 80 87 0.92 38
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: 1931–32 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
3rd 9 January 1932 Bradford City H W 1–0 Bradford 37,749
4th 23 January 1932 Grimsby Town A L 1–2 Bradford 17,980

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 36 0 2 0 38 0
Mittell, JackieJackie Mittell Goalkeeper 4 0 0 0 4 0
Tewkesbury, KenKen TewkesburyLeft club during playing season Goalkeeper 2 0 0 0 2 0
Barkas, NedNed Barkas Full back 19 0 1 0 20 0
Booton, HaroldHarold Booton Full back 15 0 1 0 16 0
Liddell, GeorgeGeorge Liddell Full back 37 0 2 0 39 0
Randle, JackJack Randle Full back 6 0 0 0 6 0
Cringan, JimmyJimmy Cringan Half back 30 0 2 0 32 0
Fillingham, TomTom Fillingham Half back 17 0 0 0 17 0
Firth, JackJack Firth Half back 9 0 0 0 9 0
Leslie, AlecAlec Leslie Half back 3 0 0 0 3 0
Morrall, GeorgeGeorge Morrall Half back 37 1 2 0 39 1
Stoker, LewisLewis Stoker Half back 39 0 2 0 41 0
Wallington, SidSid Wallington Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 37 26 2 2 39 28
Briggs, GeorgeGeorge Briggs Forward 30 11 2 0 32 11
Calladine, CharlieCharlie Calladine Forward 2 0 0 0 2 0
Crosbie, JohnnyJohnny Crosbie Forward 15 3 0 0 15 3
Curtis, ErnieErnie Curtis Forward 35 13 2 0 37 13
Gregg, BobBob Gregg Forward 16 1 0 0 16 1
Grosvenor, TomTom Grosvenor Forward 26 6 2 0 28 0
Haywood, GeorgeGeorge Haywood Forward 7 3 0 0 7 3
Hicks, GeorgeGeorge HicksLeft club during playing season Forward 1 1 0 0 1 1
Horsman, BillBill Horsman Forward 11 1 0 0 11 1
Keating, RegReg Keating Forward 5 1 0 0 5 1
Smith, SamSam Smith Forward 15 10 2 0 17 10
Smithies, GeorgeGeorge Smithies Forward 1 0 0 0 1 0
Thorogood, JackJack Thorogood Forward 5 0 0 0 5 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: DB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2. 
  • Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1931–1932: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 304–05.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1931–1932: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012.