1958–59 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1958–59 season
Chairman Harry Morris Jr
Manager Arthur Turner / Pat Beasley (joint appointment) until September 1958
Pat Beasley thereafter
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 9th
FA Cup Fifth round (eliminated by Nottingham Forest)
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Semi-final
Top goalscorer League: Bunny Larkin (18)
All: Bunny Larkin (23)
Highest home attendance 55,300 vs Nottingham Forest, FA Cup 5th round, 14 February 1959
Lowest home attendance 17,241 vs Blackpool, 13 December 1958
Average home league attendance 26,893

The 1958–59 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 56th in the Football League and their 32nd in the First Division. After spending the first half of the season towards the bottom of the division, they finished in 9th position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1958–59 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Nottingham Forest in the fifth round after two replays. In the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Birmingham progressed through two rounds to reach the semi-final, which was not played until the 1959–60 season.

Towards the end of the season, Birmingham and England full-back Jeff Hall contracted polio and died, only 14 days after the last match in which he played. The death of a young, fit, international footballer helped to kick-start widespread public acceptance in Britain of the need for vaccination. Though the disease was generally feared and the Salk vaccine was available, takeup had been slow. In the weeks following Hall's death, and after his widow spoke on television about her loss, demand for immunisation rocketed. Emergency vaccination clinics had to be set up and supplies of vaccine flown in from the United States to cope with the demand.[1]

In January 1958, Pat Beasley joined the club. Beasley had believed he was coming as assistant to manager Arthur Turner, but chairman Harry Morris announced to the press that he was to be appointed joint manager. Turner, who found about this arrangement not from the club but from the press, threatened to resign. He was persuaded to stay "for the time being", but finally left in September 1958, and Beasley took over as manager.[2] Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Half backs Dick Neal and Johnny Watts played in 49 and 48 of the 52 first-team matches over the season, and Bunny Larkin finished as leading goalscorer with 23 goals in all competitions, of which 18 were scored in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
23 August 1958 10th Aston Villa A D 1–1 Murphy 55,198
27 August 1958 11th West Bromwich Albion A D 2–2 Brown, Houghton 46,468
30 August 1958 14th Luton Town H L 0–1 31,943
3 September 1958 21st West Bromwich Albion A L 0–6 35,983
6 September 1958 21st Bolton Wanderers A L 0–2 24,707
10 September 1958 21st Leeds United H D 0–0 25,228
13 September 1958 19th Burnley H W 2–1 Brown, Murphy 23,926
17 September 1958 16th Leeds United A W 4–1 Brown 4 24,068
20 September 1958 18th Preston North End A L 0–3 24,257
27 September 1958 14th Leicester City H W 4–2 Gordon, Murphy, Hooper, Astall 33,323
4 October 1958 18th Everton A L 1–3 Murphy 39,408
11 October 1958 17th West Ham United A W 2–1 Hooper, Neal 29,139
18 October 1958 17th Nottingham Forest H L 0–3 31,610
25 October 1958 19th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1–3 Astall 36,156
1 November 1958 20th Portsmouth H W 2–2 Brown, Taylor 23,723
8 November 1958 19th Blackburn Rovers A L 2–3 Brown, Larkin 28,806
15 November 1958 19th Newcastle United H W 1–0 Larkin 28,752
22 November 1958 17th Tottenham Hotspur A W 4–0 Larkin 2, Hooper, Taylor 28,708
29 November 1958 19th Manchester United H L 0–4 28,658
6 December 1958 20th Chelsea A L 0–1 27,773
13 December 1958 18th Blackpool H W 4–2 Jackson, Gordon, Larkin, Astall 17,241
20 December 1958 15th Aston Villa H W 4–1 Jackson 2, Astall, Neal 31,857
26 December 1958 15th Manchester City H W 6–1 Jackson 2, Gordon, Larkin, Taylor 34,290
27 December 1958 16th Manchester City A L 1–4 Jackson 29,276
3 January 1959 13th Luton Town A W 1–0 Neal 15,538
31 January 1959 12th Burnley A W 1–0 Gordon 22,101
7 February 1959 11th Preston North End H W 5–1 Orritt, Gordon, Larkin, Taylor 21,233
21 February 1959 10th Everton H W 2–1 Larkin, Hooper 22,660
28 February 1959 8th West Ham United H W 3–0 Larkin, Neal 19,910
7 March 1959 8th Nottingham Forest A W 7–1 Stubbs 2, Gordon, Astall 2, Hooper, Watts 18,977
14 March 1959 8th Wolverhampton Wanderers H L 0–3 37,725
18 March 1959 6th Leicester City A W 4–2 Stubbs 3, Gordon 15,413
21 March 1959 6th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Larkin 18,170
8 April 1959 10th Bolton Wanderers H L 1–3 Stubbs 24,608
11 April 1959 10th Tottenham Hotspur H W 5–1 Stubbs, Gordon, Larkin, Hooper pen, Baker og 20,557
14 April 1959 9th Arsenal H W 4–1 Stubbs, Larkin 2, Astall 25,792
18 April 1959 10th Manchester United A L 0–1 43,006
20 April 1959 10th Blackpool A L 0–2 12,260
22 April 1959 10th Blackburn Rovers H W 3–0 Larkin 2, Taylor 22,958
25 April 1959 9th Chelsea H W 4–1 Gordon 2, Hooper, Taylor 19,580
29 April 1959 9th Newcastle United A D 1–1 Hooper 19,776
4 May 1959 9th Arsenal A L 1–2 Stubbs 25,953

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
7th Burnley 42 19 10 13 81 70 1.16 48
8th Blackpool 42 18 11 13 66 49 1.35 47
9th Birmingham City 42 20 6 16 84 68 1.24 46
10th Blackburn Rovers 42 17 10 15 76 70 1.09 44
11th Newcastle United 42 17 7 18 80 80 1.00 41
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: 1958–59 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 25 January 1959 Middlesbrough A W 1–0 Harris og 36,587
Fourth round 28 January 1959 Fulham H D 1–1 Jackson 42,677
Fourth round replay 4 February 1959 Fulham A W 3–2 Hooper 2, Larkin 27,521
Fifth round 14 February 1959 Nottingham Forest H D 1–1 Astall 55,300
Fifth round replay 18 February 1959 Nottingham Forest A D 1–1 Gordon 39,431
Fifth round 2nd replay 23 February 1959 Nottingham Forest Filbert Street, Leicester L 0–5 34,458

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 1st leg 14 October 1958 Cologne XI A D 2–2 Neal, Hooper 12,000
First round 2nd leg 11 November 1958 Cologne H W 2–0 Larkin, Taylor 20,266
Second round 1st leg 6 May 1959 Zagreb XI H W 1–0 Larkin 21,411
Second round 2nd leg 24 May 1959 Zagreb XI A D 3–3 Larkin 2, Hooper 50,000

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 Fairs Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Gil Merrick 34 0 6 0 2 0 42 0
GK  ENG Johnny Schofield 8 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
FB  ENG George Allen 27 0 6 0 3 0 36 0
FB  ENG Brian Farmer 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
FB  ENG Ken Green 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
FB  ENG Jeff Hall 29 0 6 0 2 0 37 0
HB  SCO Billy Hume 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB  ENG Dick Neal 39 4 6 0 4 1 49 5
HB  ENG Graham Sissons 16 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
HB  ENG Trevor Smith 27 0 6 0 2 0 35 0
HB  ENG Johnny Watts 38 1 6 0 4 0 48 1
FW  ENG Gordon Astall 26 8 5 1 1 0 32 9
FW  ENG Eddy BrownLeft club during playing season 17 8 0 0 2 0 19 8
FW  ENG Johnny Gordon 33 10 6 1 4 0 43 11
FW  ENG Mike Hellawell 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW  ENG Harry Hooper 34 8 4 3 4 2 42 13
FW  ENG Bud HoughtonLeft club during playing season 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
FW  SCO Alex JacksonLeft club during playing season 6 6 4 1 0 0 10 7
FW  ENG David Jones 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
FW  ENG Bunny Larkin 31 18 6 1 3 4 40 23
FW  ENG Peter Murphy 10 4 0 0 1 0 11 4
FW  WAL Bryan Orritt 12 1 3 0 1 0 16 1
FW  ENG Robin Stubbs 12 9 0 0 2 0 14 9
FW  ENG Brian Taylor 26 5 2 0 2 1 30 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 1958–1959: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 352–53, 473–74.
Specific
  1. ^ Gould, Tony (30 April 1995). "I thought my polio was over, but not any longer". The Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2010. "In the same month and year that I contracted the disease in Hong Kong, the international footballer Jeff Hall died of it in England. Before the end of the Second World War polio had been a comparatively rare disease in Britain. But the late Forties and early Fifties were the polio years here as elsewhere, the time when parents grew anxious as the summer approached and kept their children away from swimming pools where the disease was thought to spread. Though polio was never a killer on the scale of cancer and heart disease, it was feared because of its capacity to maim young and healthy bodies. Despite this universal fear, take-up of the Salk vaccine when it became available in this country in the mid-Fifties was sluggish. Jeff Hall's death changed that. The message finally got through to teenagers on the terraces at football matches and in the Mecca dance-halls. Emergency clinics were set up, and there was such a run on the vaccine that further supplies had to be flown in from the United States." 
    "Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK". On This Day (BBC). Retrieved 9 July 2007. "There has been a sharp rise in the demand for the vaccine following the death from the disease of Birmingham City full back Jeff Hall last month. Local health departments have been overwhelmed with applicants and have ordered an extra million doses. On 22 April daily inoculations at Manchester Town Hall were suspended because of a shortage of the vaccine." 
    Varma, Anuji (19 June 2009). "The Blues ace whose death moved a nation to beat polio" (reprint hosted at The Free Library (Farlex)). Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, p. 62.
  3. ^ "Birmingham City 1958–1959: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 27 April 2012.