1954–55 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1954–55 season
Chairman Harry Morris Jr
Manager Bob Brocklebank until October 1954
Arthur Turner thereafter
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 1st
FA Cup Sixth round
(eliminated by Manchester City)
Top goalscorer League: Peter Murphy (20)
All: Peter Murphy (20)
Highest home attendance 57,960 vs Manchester City, FA Cup 6th round, 20 April 1955
Lowest home attendance 6,441 vs Doncaster Rovers, 16 March 1955
Average home league attendance 20,973

The 1954–55 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 52nd in the Football League and their 24th in the Second Division. They finished top of the 22-team division on goal average, thus winning the Second Division title for the fourth time and gaining promotion to the First Division for 1955–56. They entered the 1954–55 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Manchester City in the sixth round (quarter-final).

Bob Brocklebank and chief scout Walter Taylor laid the foundations for the club's successes of the 1950s, introducing future England internationals Trevor Smith and Jeff Hall to the side, and bringing in the likes of Peter Murphy, Eddy Brown, Roy Warhurst and Alex Govan.[1] Arthur Turner took over from Brocklebank as manager in November 1954 with the club mid-table in the Second Division, having gained only one point away from home. By the end of the season they had scored 92 goals,[2] inflicted Liverpool's record defeat, by nine goals to one,[3] which was also Birmingham's widest margin of victory in a league match since the 19th century, and, needing five points from the last three games, all away from home, to be sure of promotion, confirmed themselves as champions with a 5–1 win in the last game of the season away at Doncaster Rovers.[2]

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Half-back Len Boyd played in 43 of the 46 first-team matches over the season, and Peter Murphy was leading goalscorer with 20 goals, all scored in league competition. All five first-choice forwards – Gordon Astall, Noel Kinsey, Brown, Murphy and Govan – reached double figures.

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1954 17th Stoke City A L 1–2 Warhurst 27,820
25 August 1954 7th Bristol Rovers H L 2–1 Kinsey, Rowley 25,890
28 August 1954 3rd Rotherham United H W 3–1 Govan 2, Warhurst 27,260
30 August 1954 6th Bristol Rovers A D 1–1 Warhurst 26,218
4 September 1954 11th Luton Town A L 0–1 16,347
8 September 1954 8th Ipswich Town H W 4–0 Kinsey, Warmington, Astall 21,238
11 September 1954 7th Hull City H D 0–0 23,846
15 September 1954 6th Ipswich Town A W 2–1 Warmington, Murphy 16,746
18 September 1954 6th Lincoln City A D 1–1 Kinsey 14,581
25 September 1954 10th Bury H L 1–3 Lane 21,242
2 October 1954 11th Leeds United A L 0–1 21,200
9 October 1954 12th Fulham A L 1–2 Astall 30,293
16 October 1954 12th Swansea Town H W 2–0 Murphy 2 19,998
30 October 1954 14th Derby County H D 1–1 Brown 20,568
6 November 1954 13th West Ham United A D 2–2 Murphy 2 25,366
13 November 1954 11th Blackburn Rovers H W 3–1 Brown, Astall, Govan 23,829
20 November 1954 12th Plymouth Argyle A L 0–1 19,204
27 November 1954 10th Port Vale H W 7–2 Brown, Murphy 3, Kinsey 2, Govan 16,352
4 December 1954 14th Notts County A L 2–3 Murphy, Govan 13,477
11 December 1954 13th Liverpool H W 9–1 Brown 3, Lane, Murphy 2, Astall, Govan 17,067
18 December 1954 11th Stoke City H W 2–0 Brown, Govan 22,427
25 December 1954 12th Nottingham Forest H L 0–1 33,007
27 December 1954 10th Nottingham Forest A W 2–0 Murphy, Burkitt og 25,875
1 January 1955 8th Rotherham United A W 2–0 Kinsey, Govan 17,166
5 February 1955 10th Lincoln City H D 3–3 Murphy 2, Kinsey 20,313
12 February 1955 9th Bury A W 1–0 Brown 12,547
2 March 1955 7th Leeds United H W 2–0 Lane, Govan 10,774
5 March 1955 6th Swansea Town A W 3–0 Lane, Kinsey, Boyd 22,565
16 March 1955 5th Doncaster Rovers H W 4–1 Kinsey, Murphy, Astall, Warhurst 6,441
19 March 1955 7th Derby County A D 0–0 19,489
26 March 1955 7th West Ham United H L 1–2 Brown 9,132
30 March 1955 5th Fulham H W 3–2 Lane, Astall 2 9,686
2 April 1955 6th Blackburn Rovers A D 3–3 Lane, Murphy, Kinsey 27,673
8 April 1955 5th Middlesbrough A W 5–2 Lane, Brown 2, Govan 2 32,519
9 April 1955 4th Plymouth Argyle H W 3–1 Kinsey, Lane, Govan 25,078
11 April 1955 4th Middlesbrough H W 3–0 Kinsey, Murphy, Govan 23,657
16 April 1955 5th Port Vale A L 0–2 24,036
20 April 1955 3rd Luton Town H W 2–1 Murphy 2 34,612
23 April 1955 5th Notts County H D 1–1 Brown 28,018
25 April 1955 3rd Hull City A W 3–0 Bradbury, Govan 12,848
30 April 1955 3rd Liverpool A D 2–2 Brown, Astall 38,060
4 May 1955 1st Doncaster Rovers A W 5–1 Brown, Murphy, Astall 2, Govan 21,305

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
1st Birmingham City 42 22 10 10 92 49 1.96 54
2nd Luton Town 42 23 8 11 88 53 1.66 54
3rd Rotherham United 42 25 4 13 94 64 1.47 54
4th Leeds United 42 23 7 12 70 57 1.32 53
5th Stoke City 42 21 10 11 69 46 1.50 52
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 [4]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1954–55 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 8 January 1955 Hull City A W 2–0 Kinsey, Brown 25,920
Fourth round 29 January 1955 Bolton Wanderers H W 2–1 Govan, Wheeler og 56,852
Fifth round 19 February 1955 Doncaster Rovers H W 2–1 Brown 2 57,800
Sixth round 12 March 1955 Manchester City H L 0–1 57,960

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 27 0 4 0 31 0
GK  ENG Johnny Schofield 15 0 0 0 15 0
FB  ENG George Allen 13 0 0 0 13 0
FB  ENG Jack Badham 11 0 0 0 11 0
FB  ENG Ken Green 29 0 4 0 33 0
FB  ENG Jeff Hall 32 0 4 0 36 0
FB  SCO Roy Martin 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB  ENG Len Boyd 39 1 4 0 43 1
HB  ENG John James 0 0 1 0 1 0
HB  ENG Johnny Newman 17 0 0 0 17 0
HB  ENG Trevor Smith 24 0 4 0 28 0
HB  ENG Roy Warhurst 34 4 3 0 37 4
HB  ENG Johnny Watts 10 0 0 0 10 0
FW  ENG Gordon Astall 33 11 4 0 37 11
FW  ENG Bill Bradbury 2 2 0 0 2 2
FW  ENG Eddy Brown 28 14 4 3 32 17
FW  ENG Geoff Cox 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW  SCO Alex Govan 37 15 4 1 41 16
FW  ENG Dennis Hill 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW  WAL Noel Kinsey 35 13 4 1 39 14
FW  ENG Jackie Lane 22 8 0 0 22 8
FW  ENG Peter Murphy 37 20 4 0 41 20
FW  ENG Ken RowleyLeft club during playing season 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW  SCO Jackie StewartLeft club during playing season 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW  ENG Peter Warmington 5 2 0 0 5 2

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 1954–1955: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 344–45.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, p. 61.
  2. ^ a b Matthews (1995), pp. 25–27.
  3. ^ "LFC Records". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham City 1954–1955: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 3 May 2012.