1949–50 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1949–50 season
Chairman Harry Morris Jr
Manager Bob Brocklebank
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 22nd
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Swansea Town)
Top goalscorer League: Jimmy Dailey (9)
All: Jimmy Dailey (9)
Highest home attendance 46,945 vs West Bromwich Albion, 24 August 1950
Lowest home attendance 20,168 vs Fulham, 19 November 1950
Average home league attendance 34,511

The 1949–50 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 47th in the Football League and their 28th in the First Division. They were bottom of the 22-team division by the end of August, a position which they retained for all but three weeks of the season, so were relegated to the Second Division for 1950–51. They entered the 1949–50 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost in that round to Swansea Town.

Twenty-nine players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were nine different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick was ever-present in the 43-game season, and Jimmy Dailey was leading goalscorer with only nine goals, all scored in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Note that not all teams completed their playing season on the same day. Birmingham had been in the promotion positions since 22 March and were in second position after their last game of the season, on 26 April, but by the time the last game was played, on 3 May, Cardiff City had beaten Leeds United in their last game of the season to finish level on points with Birmingham but with a better goal average.

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
20 August 1949 17th Chelsea H L 0–3 45,068
24 August 1949 13th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–0 Dailey 2 46,945
27 August 1949 20th Stoke City A L 1–3 Capel 28,119
31 August 1949 22nd West Bromwich Albion A L 0–3 50,365
3 September 1949 22nd Burnley H L 0–1 36,341
10 September 1949 22nd Sunderland A D 1–1 Dailey 48,552
14 September 1949 22nd Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 1–1 Dailey 46,433
17 September 1949 22nd Liverpool H L 2–3 Brennan, Dailey 37,859
24 September 1949 22nd Arsenal A L 2–4 Berry 2 50,850
1 October 1949 22nd Bolton Wanderers H D 0–0 33,142
8 October 1949 22nd Portsmouth H L 0–3 37,944
15 October 1949 22nd Huddersfield Town A L 0–1 22,872
22 October 1949 22nd Everton H D 0–0 32,209
29 October 1949 22nd Middlesbrough A L 0–1 33,214
5 November 1949 22nd Blackpool H L 0–2 34,045
12 November 1949 22nd Newcastle United A L 1–3 Slater 30,113
19 November 1949 22nd Fulham H D 1–1 Brennan 20,168
26 November 1949 22nd Manchester City A L 0–4 30,617
3 December 1949 22nd Charlton Athletic H W 2–0 Stewart, Berry 28,489
10 December 1949 22nd Aston Villa A D 1–1 Brennan 45,008
17 December 1949 22nd Chelsea A L 0–3 28,672
24 December 1949 22nd Stoke City H W 1–0 Higgins 28,728
26 December 1949 22nd Derby County H D 2–2 Capel, Stewart 45,477
27 December 1949 22nd Derby County A L 1–4 Brennan 36,459
31 December 1949 22nd Burnley A D 1–1 Dailey 25,473
14 January 1950 22nd Sunderland H L 1–2 Dailey 32,095
21 January 1950 22nd Liverpool A L 0–2 37,668
4 February 1950 22nd Arsenal H W 2–1 Dailey, Brennan 34,031
18 February 1950 22nd Bolton Wanderers A L 0–1 30,383
25 February 1950 22nd Portsmouth A L 0–2 28,051
4 March 1950 22nd Huddersfield Town H W 2–1 Dailey, Brennan 26,230
11 March 1950 22nd Fulham A D 0–0 24,975
18 March 1950 22nd Manchester City H W 1–0 Brennan 29,967
25 March 1950 21st Blackpool A D 1–1 Stewart 20,733
1 April 1950 21st Newcastle United H L 0–1 37,249
7 April 1950 21st Manchester United A W 2–0 Stewart, Berry 48,991
8 April 1950 21st Everton A D 0–0 46,828
10 April 1950 21st Manchester United H D 0–0 35,868
15 April 1950 22nd Middlesbrough H D 0–0 31,579
22 April 1950 22nd Charlton Athletic A L 0–2 42,424
29 April 1950 22nd Aston Villa H D 2–2 Trigg 2 24,866
6 May 1950 22nd Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1–6 Trigg 42,935

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
18th Everton 42 10 14 18 42 66 0.66 34
19th Stoke City 42 11 12 19 47 75 0.64 34
20th Charlton Athletic 42 13 6 23 53 65 0.81 32
21st Manchester City 42 8 13 21 36 68 0.53 29
22nd Birmingham City 42 7 14 21 31 67 0.46 28
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: 1949–50 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 7 January 1950 Swansea Town A L 0–3 18,990

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 42 0 1 0 43 0
FB  ENG Jack Badham 28 1 0 0 28 1
FB  ENG Tony Blake 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB  ENG Ken Green 29 0 1 0 30 0
FB  ENG Dennis Jennings 25 0 1 0 26 0
HB  ENG Arthur Atkins 20 0 0 0 20 0
HB  ENG Len Boyd 27 0 0 0 27 0
HB  ENG Derek Carr 3 0 1 0 4 0
HB  ENG Don Dorman 16 0 1 0 17 0
HB  ENG Ted Duckhouse 15 0 0 0 15 0
HB  NIR Ray Ferris 25 0 0 0 25 0
HB  ENG Fred Harris 12 0 0 0 12 0
HB  ENG Martin McDonnellLeft club during playing season 10 0 0 0 10 0
FW  ENG Johnny Berry 39 4 1 0 40 4
FW  NIR Bobby Brennan 39 7 1 0 40 7
FW  ENG Tommy CapelLeft club during playing season 8 2 0 0 8 2
FW  SCO Jimmy Dailey 23 9 1 0 24 9
FW  WAL Hugh Evans 9 0 0 0 9 0
FW  ZAF Willie Havenga 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW  IRL Jim Higgins 8 1 0 0 8 1
FW  ENG Johnny Jordan 15 0 0 0 15 0
FW  SCO Bobby Laing 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW  SCO Frank McKee 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW  IRL Eddie O'Hara 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW  ENG Harold Roberts 7 0 1 0 8 0
FW  ENG Fred Slater 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW  SCO Jackie Stewart 31 4 0 0 1 4
FW  ENG Cyril Trigg 12 3 0 0 12 3
FW  ENG Roy Warhurst 3 0 0 0 3 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 1949–1950: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 334–35.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1949–1950: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 6 May 2012.