1933–34 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1933–34 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager George Liddell
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 20th
FA Cup Fifth round (eliminated by Leicester City)
Top goalscorer League: Fred Roberts (8)
All: Fred Roberts (8)
Highest home attendance 48,561 vs Leicester City, 17 February 1934
Lowest home attendance 7,846 vs Leicester City, 28 March 1934
Average home league attendance 22,197

The 1933–34 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 38th in the Football League and their 21st in the First Division. They finished in 20th position in the 22-team division, two points above the relegation places. They also competed in the 1933–34 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Leicester City in the fifth.

Twenty-nine players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were nineteen different goalscorers. Half-backs Charlie Calladine was ever-present over the 45-match season, and Fred Roberts was leading scorer with just 8 goals, all of which came in the league.

At the end of the 1932–33 season, Leslie Knighton left the club to become manager of Chelsea, who had made him an offer that Birmingham were unable to match. Former Birmingham defender George Liddell, a schoolteacher by profession, was appointed to succeed him.[1] Liddell kept up his Saturday evening radio broadcast, This Week's Sport in the Midlands, but only on days when Birmingham were not playing away from home.[2]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
26 August 1933 11th Arsenal A D 1–1 Bradford 44,662
30 August 1933 17th Manchester City H L 0–1 20,084
2 September 1933 16th Everton H D 2–2 Haywood, Grosvenor 25,250
6 September 1933 20th Manchester City A L 0–1 19,388
9 September 1933 13th Middlesbrough A W 3–0 Horsman, Bradford 2 11,501
16 September 1933 9th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–0 Smith, Curtis pen 20,779
23 September 1933 8th Newcastle United A D 0–0 21,667
30 September 1933 4th Leeds United H W 4–0 Bradford, Grosvenor, Smith, Curtis 21,566
7 October 1933 12th Derby County A L 0–4 17,400
14 October 1933 17th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 29,961
21 October 1933 15th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 0–0 31,980
28 October 1933 15th Stoke City A D 1–1 Roberts 17,668
4 November 1933 17th Liverpool H L 1–2 Roberts 17,998
11 November 1933 12th Portsmouth A W 2–0 White, Fillingham 16,962
15 November 1933 13th Sunderland H D 1–1 Lea 15,277
25 November 1933 13th Chelsea A D 1–1 White 17,843
2 December 1933 12th Aston Villa H D 0–0 34,718
9 December 1933 14th Tottenham Hotspur A L 2–3 Roberts, White 26,142
23 December 1933 17th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 9,777
25 December 1933 18th Sheffield United A L 1–2 Roberts 25,637
26 December 1933 16th Sheffield United H W 4–2 White, Robertson, Roberts, Bradford 28,904
30 December 1933 16th Arsenal H D 0–0 34,771
2 January 1934 17th Sheffield Wednesday A L 1–2 McGurk 12,754
6 January 1934 17th Everton A L 0–2 20,582
20 January 1934 17th Middlesbrough H D 0–0 20,310
29 January 1934 18th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–3 McGurk 5,949
3 February 1934 19th Newcastle United H L 1–2 McGurk 16,366
10 February 1934 20th Leeds United A L 0–1 14,753
21 February 1934 18th Derby County H W 2–1 Smith, Mangnall 12,396
24 February 1934 19th West Bromwich Albion A W 2–1 Roberts, White 24,525
3 March 1934 20th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–2 27,350
10 March 1934 20th Stoke City H L 0–1 21,968
17 March 1934 21st Liverpool A L 1–4 Moffat 30,536
24 March 1934 20th Portsmouth H W 3–1 Barkas pen, Guest, Mangnall 13,479
28 March 1934 19th Leicester City H W 3–0 Sharman og, Moffat, Mangnall 7,846
31 March 1934 20th Sunderland A L 1–4 Booton pen 14,158
3 April 1934 19th Sheffield Wednesday H W 3–0 Catlin og, Roberts, Guest 24,021
7 April 1934 21st Chelsea H L 0–3 29,104
14 April 1934 20th Aston Villa A D 1–1 Calladine 34,196
21 April 1934 19th Tottenham Hotspur H W 2–0 Whatley og, Calladine 24,576
28 April 1934 18th Leicester City A W 7–3 Moffat, Guest 3, Mangnall, Roberts, Jones og 16,981
5 May 1934 20th Huddersfield Town H L 1–3 Barkas pen 14,785

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
18th Liverpool 42 14 10 18 79 87 0.91 38
19th Chelsea 42 14 8 20 67 69 0.97 36
20th Birmingham 42 12 12 18 54 56 0.96 36
21st Newcastle United 42 10 14 18 68 77 0.88 34
22nd Sheffield United 42 12 7 23 58 101 0.57 31
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 [3]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1933–34 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 13 January 1934 Sheffield United H W 2–1 Robertson, Haywood 33,177
Fourth round 27 January 1934 Charlton Athletic H W 1–0 Morrall 30,203
Fifth round 17 February 1934 Leicester City H L 1–2 Haywood 48,561

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
Clack, FrankFrank Clack Goalkeeper 9 0 1 0 10 0
Evans, LenLen Evans Goalkeeper 2 0 0 0 2 0
Hibbs, HarryHarry Hibbs Goalkeeper 31 0 2 0 33 0
Barkas, NedNed Barkas Full back 36 2 3 0 39 2
Booton, HaroldHarold Booton Full back 39 1 3 0 42 1
Cringan, JimmyJimmy Cringan Full back 3 0 0 0 3 0
Smith, BernardBernard Smith Full back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Calladine, CharlieCharlie Calladine Half back 42 2 3 0 45 2
Fillingham, TomTom Fillingham Half back 22 1 0 0 23 1
Lea, IsaacIsaac Lea Half back 6 1 0 0 6 1
Morrall, GeorgeGeorge Morrall Half back 28 0 3 1 31 1
Stoker, LewisLewis Stoker Half back 39 0 3 0 42 0
Sykes, JackJack Sykes Half back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford Forward 31 5 2 0 33 5
Curtis, ErnieErnie CurtisLeft club during playing season Forward 8 2 0 0 8 2
Gregg, BobBob GreggLeft club during playing season Forward 1 0 0 0 1 0
Grosvenor, TomTom Grosvenor Forward 18 2 0 0 18 2
Guest, BillyBilly Guest Forward 16 5 2 0 18 5
Haywood, GeorgeGeorge Haywood Forward 4 1 2 2 6 3
Horsman, BillBill Horsman Forward 17 1 3 0 20 1
McGurk, FrancisFrancis McGurk Forward 18 3 0 0 18 3
Mangnall, DaveDave Mangnall Forward 12 4 0 0 12 4
Moffat, SidSid Moffat Forward 8 3 0 0 8 3
Roberts, FredFred Roberts Forward 28 8 2 0 30 2
Robertson, JimmyJimmy Robertson Forward 6 1 2 1 8 2
Shaw, FredFred Shaw Forward 6 0 0 0 6 0
Smith, SamSam Smith Forward 10 3 0 0 10 3
Thorogood, JackJack Thorogood Forward 2 0 1 0 3 0
White, FrankFrank White Forward 17 5 1 0 17 5

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 1933–1934: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 308–09.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews (2000), Complete Record, "Knighton, Albert Leslie", p. 130.
  2. ^ "Broadcasting. Home Stations. Midland Regional". The Times (London). 2 December 1933. p. 8.
  3. ^ "Birmingham City 1933–1934: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 May 2012.