1932–33 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1932–33 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager Leslie Knighton
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 13th
FA Cup Sixth round (eliminated by West Ham United)
Top goalscorer League: Joe Bradford (14)
All: Joe Bradford,
Ernie Curtis (14)
Highest home attendance 31,592 vs Arsenal, 27 August 1932
Lowest home attendance 8,850 vs Leicester City, 29 April 1933
Average home league attendance 16,894

The 1932–33 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 37th in the Football League and their 20th in the First Division. They finished in 13th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1932–33 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to West Ham United in the sixth (quarter-final).

Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were nine different goalscorers. Full-back Harold Booton and forward Tom Grosvenor were ever-present over the 47-match season, and there were joint leading scorers, with 14 goals: Ernie Curtis and, for the 12th successive season, Joe Bradford. All Bradford's goals came in the league.

At the end of the season, Birmingham were unable to match the offer made by Chelsea to Leslie Knighton to become their manager.[1]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
27 August 1932 19th Arsenal H L 0–1 31,592
31 August 1932 22nd Manchester City A L 0–1 20,665
3 September 1932 22nd Everton A L 1–4 Grosvenor 27,559
7 September 1932 18th Manchester City H W 3–0 Briggs, Bradford 2 13,463
10 September 1932 14th Blackpool H W 2–1 Curtis pen, Bradford 16,048
17 September 1932 13th Derby County A D 2–2 Bradford, Briggs 16,352
24 September 1932 9th Blackburn Rovers H W 3–1 Grosvenor, Curtis, Gregg 19,883
1 October 1932 11th Leeds United A D 1–1 Thorogood 14,193
8 October 1932 8th Sheffield Wednesday H W 2–1 Thorogood, Grosvenor 14,999
15 October 1932 10th West Bromwich Albion A L 0–1 29,346
22 October 1932 12th Aston Villa A L 0–1 52,191
29 October 1932 15th Middlesbrough H L 1–4 Bradford 9,090
5 November 1932 16th Chelsea A L 2–4 Grosvenor, Curtis pen 25,619
12 November 1932 16th Huddersfield Town H L 0–2 14,223
19 November 1932 17th Sheffield United A L 1–2 Briggs 10,302
26 November 1932 19th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 0–0 22,845
3 December 1932 19th Bolton Wanderers A D 2–2 Bradford, Briggs 8,970
10 December 1932 17th Liverpool H W 3–0 Gregg 3 11,281
17 December 1932 19th Leicester City A D 2–2 Cringan, Gregg 11,979
24 December 1932 16th Portsmouth H W 4–0 Grosvenor, Bradford, Gregg 15,716
26 December 1932 17th Newcastle United A L 1–2 Curtis 41,748
27 December 1932 18th Newcastle United H L 1–2 J Richardson og 29,371
31 December 1932 19th Arsenal A L 0–3 37,800
7 January 1933 16th Everton H W 4–0 Haywood 3, Grosvenor 17,365
21 January 1933 16th Blackpool A W 1–0 Calladine 10,352
1 February 1933 14th Derby County H W 3–1 Gregg, Haywood, Curtis 9,682
4 February 1933 15th Blackburn Rovers A L 0–2 7,448
11 February 1933 15th Leeds United H W 2–1 Haywood, Curtis pen 22,157
8 March 1933 15th Aston Villa H W 3–2 Briggs, Bradford, Grosvenor 24,868
11 March 1933 15th Middlesbrough A D 2–2 Bradford, Curtis 14,646
18 March 1933 14th Chelsea H D 0–0 19,620
25 March 1933 14th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 8,609
1 April 1933 14th Sheffield United H W 4–1 Bradford 2, Curtis 2 11,074
5 April 1933 14th Sheffield Wednesday A D 1–1 Curtis 6,088
8 April 1933 14th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–1 25,267
14 April 1933 15th Sunderland A L 0–1 14,658
15 April 1933 14th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–1 Bradford 2 13,541
17 April 1933 13th Sunderland H W 2–0 Curtis, Bradford 12,596
22 April 1933 14th Liverpool A L 0–1 14,011
26 April 1933 13th West Bromwich Albion H D 1–1 Briggs 16,509
29 April 1933 13th Leicester City H L 0–4 8,850
6 May 1933 13th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Grosvenor 11,429

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
11th Everton 42 16 9 17 81 74 1.09 41
12th Sunderland 42 15 10 17 63 80 0.79 40
13th Birmingham 42 14 11 17 57 57 1.00 39
14th Liverpool 42 14 11 17 79 84 0.94 39
15th Blackburn Rovers 42 14 10 18 76 102 0.74 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 [2]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1932–33 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 14 January 1933 Preston North End H W 2–1 Gregg, Grosvenor 29,497
Fourth round 28 January 1933 Blackburn Rovers H W 3–0 Curtis 2, Haywood 25,617
Fifth round 18 February 1933 Middlesbrough A D 0–0 27,705
Fifth round replay 22 February 1933 Middlesbrough H W 3–0 Gregg, Haywood, Curtis 29,191
Sixth round 4 March 1933 West Ham United A L 0–4 44,232

Appearances and goals[edit]

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 40 0 5 0 45 0
Mittell, JackieJackie Mittell Goalkeeper 2 0 0 0 2 0
Barkas, NedNed Barkas Full back 28 0 5 0 33 0
Booton, HaroldHarold Booton Full back 42 0 5 0 47 0
Randle, JackJack Randle Full back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Smith, BernardBernard Smith Full back 9 0 0 0 9 0
Calladine, CharlieCharlie Calladine Forward 23 1 5 0 28 1
Cringan, JimmyJimmy Cringan Half back 5 1 0 0 5 1
Fillingham, TomTom Fillingham Half back 15 0 0 0 15 0
Firth, JackJack Firth Half back 5 0 0 0 5 0
Lea, IsaacIsaac Lea Half back 5 0 0 0 5 0
Morrall, GeorgeGeorge Morrall Half back 38 0 5 0 43 0
Stoker, LewisLewis Stoker Half back 38 0 5 0 43 0
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 26 14 0 0 26 14
Briggs, GeorgeGeorge Briggs Forward 35 6 5 0 40 6
Curtis, ErnieErnie Curtis Forward 36 11 5 3 41 16
Gregg, BobBob Gregg Forward 34 7 5 2 39 9
Grosvenor, TomTom Grosvenor Forward 42 9 5 1 47 10
Haywood, GeorgeGeorge Haywood Forward 11 5 5 2 16 7
Horsman, BillBill Horsman Forward 6 0 0 0 6 0
Robinson, TommyTommy Robinson Forward 2 0 0 0 2 0
Smith, SamSam Smith Forward 6 0 0 0 6 0
Thorogood, JackJack Thorogood Forward 9 2 0 0 9 2
White, FrankFrank White Forward 1 0 0 0 1 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 1932–1933: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 306–07.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews (2000), Complete Record, "Knighton, Albert Leslie", p. 130.
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1932–1933: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012.