1963–64 Birmingham City F.C. season
|Chairman||Harry Morris, Jr|
|Football League First Division||20th|
|FA Cup||Third round
(eliminated by Port Vale)
|Football League Cup||Second round
(eliminated by Norwich City)
|Top goalscorer||League: Bertie Auld (10)
All: Bertie Auld (10)
|Highest home attendance||36,847 vs Manchester United, 7 September 1963|
|Lowest home attendance||13,915 vs Fulham, 21 December 1963|
|Average home league attendance||21,996|
The 1963–64 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 61st in the Football League and their 37th in the First Division. They finished in 20th position in the 22-team division, only one point above the relegation places. They lost their opening match in each of the cup competitions, to Port Vale in the third round proper of the 1963–64 FA Cup and to Norwich City in the second round of the League Cup.
Although Birmingham maintained their First Division status, the board of directors asked Gil Merrick to resign as manager. He had been with the club for 25 years as player – he was first-choice goalkeeper for 14 years and, as of 2012[update], he held the club's appearance record – and manager, having led Birmingham to the 1961 Fairs Cup Final in his first season and to victory in the 1963 League Cup Final to win the club's first and, until 2011, only major trophy. In June, Nottingham Forest's trainer-coach Joe Mallett was brought in with responsibility for "team affairs, including team selection". He was formally appointed manager early in the 1964–65 season.
Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Forward Mike Hellawell played in 42 of the 44 first-team matches over the season, and Bertie Auld finished as leading goalscorer with 10 goals, all scored in league competition.
Football League First Division
|24 August 1963||5th||Bolton Wanderers||H||W||2–1||Lynn pen, Hellawell||24,817|
|28 August 1963||16th||Leicester City||A||L||0–1||27,694|
|31 August 1963||18th||Fulham||A||L||1–2||Lynn pen||21,260|
|4 September 1963||11th||Leicester City||H||W||2–0||Leek, Hellawell||23,851|
|7 September 1963||15th||Manchester United||H||D||1–1||Harley||36,874|
|11 September 1963||17th||West Bromwich Albion||H||L||0–1||34,666|
|14 September 1963||17th||Burnley||A||L||1–2||Harris||20,350|
|18 September 1963||18th||West Bromwich Albion||A||L||1–3||Harris||29,662|
|21 September 1963||16th||Ipswich Town||H||W||1–0||Beard||19,095|
|28 September 1963||18th||Sheffield Wednesday||A||L||1–2||Thomson||18,233|
|2 October 1963||19th||Tottenham Hotspur||A||L||1–6||Auld||37,649|
|5 October 1963||20th||Everton||H||L||0–2||23,593|
|19 October 1963||20th||Sheffield United||A||L||0–3||18,974|
|26 October 1963||20th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||D||2–2||Harley, Woodfield og||24,843|
|2 November 1963||20th||Chelsea||A||W||3–2||Harley, P. Bullock, Auld||22,974|
|5 November 1963||20th||Arsenal||A||L||1–4||Bloomfield||23,499|
|9 November 1963||20th||Blackpool||H||W||3–2||Bloomfield, Auld, Lynn||17,536|
|16 November 1963||20th||Blackburn Rovers||A||L||0–3||14,813|
|23 November 1963||20th||Nottingham Forest||H||D||3–3||Auld 2, Smith||18,161|
|30 November 1963||20th||Stoke City||A||L||1–4||Auld||27,260|
|7 December 1963||20th||West Ham United||H||W||2–1||Auld, Lynn pen||15,483|
|14 December 1963||20th||Bolton Wanderers||A||W||2–0||Leek, Hellawell||9,663|
|21 December 1963||19th||Fulham||H||D||0–0||13,915|
|28 December 1963||19th||Arsenal||H||L||1–4||Harley||23,377|
|11 January 1964||18th||Manchester United||A||W||2–1||M. Bullock, Harley||44,919|
|18 January 1964||18th||Burnley||H||D||0–0||15,917|
|1 February 1964||19th||Ipswich Town||A||L||2–3||Regan, Farmer||13,349|
|8 February 1964||19th||Sheffield Wednesday||H||L||1–2||Harley||15,479|
|18 February 1964||20th||Everton||A||L||0–1||36,252|
|22 February 1964||20th||Liverpool||A||L||1–2||Leek||41,823|
|29 February 1964||20th||Tottenham Hotspur||H||L||1–2||Thomson||28,433|
|7 March 1964||20th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||L||1–5||Harley||16,421|
|13 March 1964||20th||Blackburn Rovers||H||D||2–2||Leek, Auld||15,809|
|20 March 1964||20th||Blackpool||A||L||0–3||10,203|
|28 March 1964||20th||Chelsea||H||L||3–4||Thwaites 2, Auld||14,485|
|30 March 1964||20th||Aston Villa||A||W||3–0||Harris, Hellawell, Lynn pen||25,797|
|31 March 1964||20th||Aston Villa||H||D||3–3||Bloomfield, Leek, Lynn pen||28,069|
|4 April 1964||20th||Nottingham Forest||A||L||0–4||13,897|
|11 April 1964||21st||Stoke City||H||L||0–1||19,914|
|17 April 1964||21st||West Ham United||A||L||0–5||22,106|
|22 April 1964||21st||Liverpool||H||W||3–1||Leek, Hellawell, Lynn pen||22,630|
|25 April 1964||20th||Sheffield United||H||W||3–0||Auld, Smith, Lynn pen||26,202|
League table (part)
|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
|Third round||4 March 1964||Port Vale||H||L||1–2||Beard||21,615|
|Second round||25 September 1963||Norwich City||A||L||0–2||16,781|
Appearances and goals
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|Pos.||Nat.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
- 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 1963–1964: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 362–63.
- "Birmingham City ask Merrick to resign". The Guardian. 29 April 1964. p. 16.
Yesterday Mr W. Adams, the secretary of Birmingham City, issued the following statement: 'Mr Gil Merrick met the board this morning who notified him that changes and complete reorganisation of the club were to take place, and asked him to resign. To this Mr Merrick agreed.'
- Lewis, Peter. "Gil Merrick". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
"Birmingham City FC Club Honours". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "Sports news in brief: Association Football". The Guardian. 22 June 1964. p. 10.
J. Mallett, Nottingham Forest's trainer-coach, has been appointed to a similar position at Birmingham City. He will be in charge of team affairs, including team selection.
Matthews (1995), p. 62.
- "Birmingham City 1963–1964: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 3 April 2012.