1948–49 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1948–49 season
Chairman Harry Morris Jr
Manager Harry Storer until November 1948
Walter Taylor caretaker manager
Bob Brocklebank from January 1949
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 17th
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Leicester City)
Top goalscorer League: Jackie Stewart (11)
All: Jackie Stewart (11)
Highest home attendance 52,129 vs Derby County, 30 October 1948
Lowest home attendance 20,730 vs Bolton Wanderers, 5 March 1949
Average home league attendance 38,453

The 1948–49 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 46th in the Football League and their 27th in the First Division, having been promoted as Second Division champions in 1947–48. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division, having both scored fewer and conceded fewer goals than any other team in the division.[1] They entered the 1948–49 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Leicester City in that round after two replays.

In November 1948, Harry Storer resigned as team manager. The club's chief scout, Walter Taylor, was appointed as assistant team manager shortly afterwards and acted as caretaker manager until Bob Brocklebank's appointment in January 1949.[2]

Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Full-back Ken Green missed only one game of the 45-game season, and Jackie Stewart was leading goalscorer with eleven goals, all scored in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
22 August 1948 7th Wolverhampton Wanderers A D 2–2 Bodle, Trigg 54,361
25 August 1948 10th Middlesbrough H D 0–0 37,864
28 August 1948 5th Chelsea H W 1–0 Stewart 48,264
1 September 1948 6th Middlesbrough A D 1–1 Garrett 34,016
4 September 1948 4th Everton A W 5–0 Trigg 2, Stewart 2, Garrett 49,199
8 September 1948 6th Manchester City A L 0–1 29,956
11 September 1948 3rd Preston North End H W 1–0 Garrett 43,499
15 September 1948 3rd Manchester City H W 4–1 Stewart 4 35,593
18 September 1948 3rd Burnley A D 2–2 Trigg, Bodle 34,081
25 September 1948 3rd Stoke City H W 2–1 Harris, Dougall 48,896
2 October 1948 3rd Charlton Athletic A D 1–1 Garrett 56,294
9 October 1948 3rd Bolton Wanderers A D 0–0 45,494
16 October 1948 4th Liverpool H L 0–1 42,331
23 October 1948 7th Blackpool A L 0–1 25,126
30 October 1948 9th Derby County H L 0–1 52,129
6 November 1948 12th Arsenal A L 0–2 61,571
13 November 1948 9th Huddersfield Town H W 1–0 Hepplewhite og 35,207
20 November 1948 12th Manchester United A L 0–3 48,325
27 November 1948 14th Sheffield United H L 1–2 Hall 32,857
4 December 1948 14th Aston Villa A W 3–0 Stewart 2, Bodle 62,424
11 December 1948 12th Sunderland H D 0–0 28,249
18 December 1948 12th Wolverhampton Wanderers H L 0–1 39,657
25 December 1948 2nd Newcastle United H W 2–0 Trigg, Roberts 42,111
27 December 1948 12th Newcastle United A L 0–1 49,457
1 January 1949 14th Chelsea A L 0–2 28,850
22 January 1949 15th Preston North End A D 0–0 31,894
5 February 1949 14th Burnley H D 0–0 34,003
12 February 1949 14th Everton H D 0–0 35,098
19 February 1949 15th Stoke City A L 1–2 Harris 25,975
26 February 1949 13th Charlton Athletic H W 1–0 Stewart 35,502
5 March 1949 11th Bolton Wanderers H D 0–0 20,730
12 March 1949 13th Liverpool A L 0–1 43,753
19 March 1949 12th Manchester United H W 1–0 Boyd 46,819
26 March 1949 14th Sheffield United A L 0–4 25,761
2 April 1949 13th Arsenal H D 1–1 Jordan 38,868
9 April 1949 14th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 18,856
15 April 1949 14th Portsmouth A L 1–3 Dorman 38,456
16 April 1949 15th Blackpool H D 1–1 Jordan 34,726
18 April 1949 11th Portsmouth H W 3–0 Badham, Stewart, Hindmarsh og 29,983
23 April 1949 16th Derby County A L 0–1 25,548
30 April 1949 16th Aston Villa H L 0–1 45,120
7 May 1949 17th Sunderland A D 1–1 Roberts 28,007

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
15th Burnley 42 12 14 16 43 50 0.86 38
16th Blackpool 42 11 16 15 54 67 0.81 38
17th Birmingham City 42 11 15 16 36 38 0.95 37
18th Everton 42 13 11 18 41 63 0.65 37
19th Middlesbrough 42 11 12 19 46 57 0.81 34
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: 1948–49 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 8 January 1949 Leicester City H D 1–1 Roberts 41,292
Third round replay 15 January 1949 Leicester City A D 1–1
aet
Bodle 35,367
Third round 2nd replay 17 January 1949 Leicester City H L 1–2 Dorman 31,609

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
Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Gil Merrick 41 0 2 0 43 0
GK  ENG Bill Robertson 1 0 1 0 2 0
FB  ENG Ken Green 41 0 3 0 44 0
FB  ENG Dennis Jennings 30 0 0 0 30 0
FB  ENG Wally QuintonLeft club during playing season 0 0 1 0 1 0
FB  ENG Jack Southam 0 0 2 0 2 0
HB  ENG Jack Badham 18 1 1 0 19 1
HB  ENG Len Boyd 9 1 0 0 9 1
HB  ENG Ted Duckhouse 39 0 3 0 42 0
HB  NIR Ray Ferris 11 0 0 0 11 0
HB  ENG Fred Harris 36 2 3 0 39 2
HB  ENG Martin McDonnell 9 0 0 0 9 0
HB  SCO Frank McKee 11 0 2 0 13 0
HB  ENG Frank MitchellLeft club during playing season 11 0 0 0 11 0
FW  ENG Johnny Berry 16 0 3 0 19 0
FW  ENG Harold BodleLeft club during playing season 19 3 2 1 21 4
FW  SCO Jimmy Dailey 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW  ENG Don Dorman 10 1 2 1 12 2
FW  SCO Neil DougallLeft club during playing season 24 1 1 0 25 5
FW  WAL George EdwardsLeft club during playing season 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW  WAL Hugh Evans 2 0 2 0 4 0
FW  SCO Archie GarrettLeft club during playing season 10 4 0 0 10 4
FW  ENG Jackie GoodwinLeft club during playing season 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW  ENG Fred Hall 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW  ENG John Hughes 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW  ENG Johnny Jordan 9 2 0 0 9 2
FW  SCO Bobby Laing 14 0 0 0 14 0
FW  ENG Harold Roberts 17 2 3 1 20 3
FW  ENG Fred Slater 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW  SCO Jackie Stewart 37 11 0 0 37 11
FW  ENG Cyril Trigg 23 5 2 0 25 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 1948–1949: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 332–33.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Birmingham City 1948–1949: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Managership of B'ham City". Birmingham Mail. 1 December 1948. p. 4.