1937–38 Birmingham F.C. season

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Birmingham F.C.
1937–38 season
Chairman Howard Cant
Manager George Liddell
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 18th
FA Cup Third round (eliminated by Blackpool)
Top goalscorer League: Charlie Wilson Jones, Don Dearson (9)
All: Charlie Wilson Jones, Don Dearson (9)
Highest home attendance 40,321 vs Blackpool, FA Cup 3rd round, 8 January 1938
Lowest home attendance 14,441 vs Leicester City, 15 September 1937
Average home league attendance 24,555

The 1937–38 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 42nd in the Football League and their 25th in the First Division. They finished in 18th position in the 22-team division, only two points clear of the relegation places. They entered the 1937–38 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Blackpool in that round.

Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Half-back Norman Brunskill played in 37 of the 43 matches over the season, and full-back Cyril Trigg, half-back Dai Richards, and forwards Don Dearson and Frank White played in 36. Dearson and Charlie Wilson Jones were joint leading scorers with nine goals, all scored in the league. This was the last season under the chairmanship of Howard Cant, who first took office in 1911. He was succeeded by Harry Morris, son of the former player and director, also called Harry Morris.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
28 August 1937 11th Stoke City A D 2–2 Richards, Morris 27,656
1 September 1937 6th Middlesbrough H W 3–1 Beattie 3 19,297
4 September 1937 6th Portsmouth H D 2–2 Morris, White 28,462
8 September 1937 4th Middlesbrough A D 1–1 Jones 18,831
11 September 1937 7th Chelsea A L 0–2 34,072
15 September 1937 7th Leicester City H W 4–1 Jones 3, White 14,441
18 September 1937 9th Charlton Athletic H D 1–1 Jones 31,631
25 September 1937 13th Preston North End A L 1–2 White 25,066
2 October 1937 13th Grimsby Town H D 2–2 Jones, Morris 25,644
9 October 1937 14th Leeds United A L 0–1 20,698
16 October 1937 16th Sunderland A L 0–1 24,615
23 October 1937 14th Derby County H W 1–0 Brunskill 23,992
30 October 1937 15th Manchester City A L 0–2 16,829
6 November 1937 17th Huddersfield Town H D 2–2 Dearson 2 21,541
13 November 1937 14th Blackpool A W 3–0 Clarke 2, Morris 13,975
20 November 1937 13th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 2–0 Dearson, Kendrick 35,272
27 November 1937 14th Bolton Wanderers A D 1–1 Clarke 21,999
4 December 1937 15th Arsenal H L 1–2 Morris 18,440
11 December 1937 13th Everton A D 1–1 Morris 17,018
18 December 1937 13th Brentford H D 0–0 22,531
27 December 1937 13th Liverpool H D 2–2 Morris, Kendrick 39,563
1 January 1938 15th Stoke City H D 1–1 Jones 25,130
15 January 1938 12th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Beattie 19,482
22 January 1938 13th Chelsea H D 1–1 Jones 18,480
29 January 1938 14th Charlton Athletic A L 0–2 21,246
5 February 1938 17th Preston North End H L 0–2 24,908
12 February 1938 19th Grimsby Town A L 0–4 9,256
19 February 1938 16th Leeds United H W 3–2 Dearson 2, White 20,403
26 February 1938 16th Sunderland H D 2–2 Madden, Harris 25,960
5 March 1938 15th Derby County A D 0–0 14,533
12 March 1938 16th Manchester City H D 2–2 Harris 2 23,078
19 March 1938 19th Huddersfield Town A L 1–2 Dearson 15,365
26 March 1938 17th Blackpool H D 1–1 Harris 19,902
2 April 1938 19th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 2–3 Jones, Phillips 27,420
6 April 1938 19th Liverpool A L 2–3 Harris, Jennings 14,656
9 April 1938 19th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Harris, Phillips 19,889
15 April 1938 15th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–1 Dearson 2 34,361
16 April 1938 16th Arsenal A D 0–0 35,161
18 April 1938 17th West Bromwich Albion A L 3–4 Jennings, Phillips 2 34,406
23 April 1938 21st Everton H L 0–3 22,724
30 April 1938 18th Brentford A W 2–1 Harris, Jennings pen 14,609
7 May 1938 18th Leicester City A W 4–1 Dearson, Clarke, White 2 13,265

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
16th Leicester City 42 14 11 17 54 75 0.72 39
17th Stoke City 42 13 12 17 58 59 0.98 38
18th Birmingham 42 10 18 14 58 62 0.94 38
19th Portsmouth 42 13 12 17 62 68 0.91 38
20th Grimsby Town 42 13 12 17 51 68 0.75 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: 1937–38 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 8 January 1938 Blackpool H L 0–1 40,321

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 34 0 1 0 35 0
Clack, FrankFrank Clack Goalkeeper 8 0 0 0 8 0
Bellamy, SamuelSamuel Bellamy Full back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Hughes, BillyBilly Hughes Full back 32 0 1 0 33 0
Steel, WillieWillie Steel Full back 16 0 0 0 16 0
Trigg, CyrilCyril Trigg Full back 35 0 1 0 36 0
Brunskill, NormanNorman Brunskill Half back 36 1 1 0 37 1
Butler, DickDick Butler Half back 5 0 1 0 6 0
Fillingham, TomTom Fillingham Half back 31 0 0 0 31 0
Parr, HarryHarry Parr Half back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Richards, DaiDai Richards Half back 35 1 1 0 36 1
Stoker, LewisLewis Stoker Half back 13 0 0 0 13 0
Beattie, JackJack BeattieLeft club during playing season Forward 19 4 0 0 19 4
Clarke, AlbertAlbert Clarke Forward 17 4 0 0 17 4
Dearson, DonDon Dearson Forward 35 9 1 0 36 9
Harris, FredFred Harris Forward 19 7 1 0 20 7
Jennings, DennisDennis Jennings Forward 18 3 1 0 19 3
Jones, Charlie WilsonCharlie Wilson Jones Forward 18 9 1 0 19 9
Kelly, JackJack Kelly Forward 8 0 0 0 8 0
Kendrick, KennyKenny Kendrick Forward 7 2 0 0 7 2
Madden, OwenOwen Madden Forward 7 1 0 0 7 1
Morris, SeymourSeymour Morris Forward 22 7 0 0 22 7
Phillips, CharlieCharlie Phillips Forward 9 4 0 0 9 4
Shaw, RayRay Shaw Forward 2 0 0 0 2 0
White, FrankFrank White Forward 35 6 1 0 36 6

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 1937–1938: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 316–17.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1937–1938: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 8 May 2012.