1965–66 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1965–66 season
Chairman Clifford Coombs
Manager Joe Mallett
until December 1966
Stan Cullis
from December 1966
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Leicester City)
Football League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Mansfield Town)
Top goalscorer League: Geoff Vowden (21)
All: Geoff Vowden (23)
Highest home attendance 46,680 vs Leicester City, FA Cup 4th round 12 February 1966
Lowest home attendance 7,597 vs Leyton Orient, 8 September 1965
Average home league attendance 14,398

The 1965–66 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 63rd in the Football League and their 25th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated in 1964–65. Having persuaded former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Stan Cullis out of retirement as successor to Joe Mallett, who remained with the club as Cullis's assistant,[1] they finished in tenth position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1965–66 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Leicester City in the fourth, and were beaten in their opening second-round match in the League Cup by Mansfield Town.

Twenty-two players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Jim Herriot played in all 55 first-team matches over the season; among outfield players, half-back Malcolm Beard and forward Geoff Vowden missed only one. Vowden finished as leading goalscorer with 21 goals, of which 16 came in league competition.

This season saw the introduction of substitutes into the Football League. In the third game of the season, away to Preston North End on 26 August, Brian Sharples replaced the injured Ron Wylie to become Birmingham's first Football League substitute.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1965 7th Crystal Palace H W 2–1 Thwaites 2 19,205
25 August 1965 6th Middlesbrough H D 2–2 Beard 16,772
28 August 1965 8th Preston North End A D 3–3 Vowden, Beard 2 16,397
31 August 1965 8th Middlesbrough A D 1–1 Vowden 17,300
4 September 1965 9th Charlton Athletic H D 2–2 Beard, Jackson pen 15,324
8 September 1965 10th Leyton Orient H D 2–2 Thomson, Vowden 7,597
11 September 1965 13th Plymouth Argyle A L 1–6 Vowden 10,777
13 September 1965 14th Leyton Orient A L 1–2 Thomson 7,114
18 September 1965 19th Portsmouth H L 1–3 Beard 11,790
25 September 1965 17th Bolton Wanderers A W 2–1 Thomson, Vowden 12,117
9 October 1965 12th Norwich City H W 1–0 Jackson 11,626
16 October 1965 16th Bury A L 1–5 Darrell 8,184
23 October 1965 17th Southampton H L 0–1 11,693
30 October 1965 21st Derby County A L 3–5 Bullock, Vincent, Page 12,464
6 November 1965 17th Cardiff City H W 4–2 Bullock, Thomson, Lynn pen, Jackson 10,744
13 November 1965 21st Carlisle United A L 0–1 10,243
20 November 1965 21st Coventry City H L 0–1 25,953
27 November 1965 21st Bristol City A L 0–2 13,727
4 December 1965 20th Manchester City H W 3–1 Jackson, Vowden, Thwaites 10,445
11 December 1965 17th Rotherham United A W 4–3 Vowden 3, Jackson 10,684
18 December 1965 15th Bury H W 4–0 Thomson, Thwaites 2, Fenton 10,998
28 December 1965 14th Huddersfield Town H W 2–1 Vowden, Thwaites 19,763
1 January 1966 13th Norwich City A D 2–2 Vowden, Fenton 15,297
8 January 1966 12th Carlisle United H W 2–1 Vowden, Beard 14,998
29 January 1966 13th Crystal Palace A L 0–1 14,090
5 February 1966 12th Preston North End H D 1–1 Jackson 14,054
19 February 1966 14th Charlton Athletic A L 1–2 Thwaites 13,742
26 February 1966 11th Plymouth Argyle H W 1–0 Thomson 13,117
5 March 1966 10th Southampton A W 1–0 Thwaites 18,295
12 March 1966 10th Portsmouth A W 1–0 Vowden 12,367
15 March 1966 10th Huddersfield Town A L 0–2 19,156
19 March 1966 11th Bolton Wanderers H L 0–1 13,770
26 March 1966 11th Ipswich Town A W 1–0 Beard 9,351
2 April 1966 8th Cardiff City A W 3–1 Vowden, Carver og 8,150
9 April 1966 8th Derby County H D 5–5 Vowden, Hockey, Beard 2 (1 pen), Saxton og 13,078
11 April 1966 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 Vincent, Vowden 28,902
12 April 1966 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–2 32,511
16 April 1966 10th Coventry City A L 3–4 Fenton, Vowden, Jackson 27,111
22 April 1966 11th Bristol City H L 1–3 Beard pen 11,732
30 April 1966 15th Manchester City A L 1–3 Vowden 28,409
3 May 1966 9th Ipswich Town H W 4–1 Fenton 2, Vowden, Jackson 9,331
17 May 1966 10th Rotherham United H W 3–0 Barber, Vowden, Hockey 11,469

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
8th Derby County 42 16 11 15 71 68 1.04 43
9th Bolton Wanderers 42 16 9 17 62 59 1.05 41
10th Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 70 75 0.93 41
11th Crystal Palace 42 14 13 15 47 52 0.90 41
12th Portsmouth 42 16 8 18 74 78 0.95 40
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: 1965–66 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 22 January 1966 Bristol City H W 3–2 Vowden 2, Thomson 24,340
Fourth round 12 February 1966 Leicester City H L 1–2 Thwaites 46,680

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 22 September 1965 Mansfield Town A L 1–2 Beard 9,344

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
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 League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  SCO Jim Herriot 35 0 2 0 0 0 37 0
GK  ENG Johnny Schofield 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
FB  SCO Cammie Fraser 33 (1) 0 2 0 1 0 36 (1) 0
FB  WAL Colin Green 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
FB  ENG Ray Martin 34 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
HB  ENG Malcolm Beard 36 10 2 0 1 1 39 11
HB  ENG Winston Foster 36 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
HB  WAL Terry HennesseyLeft club during playing season 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
HB  ENG Stan Lynn 5 1 0 0 1 0 6 1
HB  WAL Malcolm Page 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
HB  ENG Brian Sharples 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 0
HB  SCO Ron Wylie 38 0 2 0 1 0 41 0
FW  IRL Eric Barber 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
FW  ENG Mickey Bullock 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
FW  ENG Mick Darrell 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
FW  ENG Ron Fenton 15 (2) 5 0 0 1 0 16 (2) 5
FW  WAL Trevor Hockey 24 (1) 2 2 0 0 0 26 (1) 2
FW  ENG Alec Jackson 40 8 2 0 1 0 43 8
FW  SCO Bobby Thomson 27 (1) 6 2 1 0 0 29 (1) 7
FW  ENG Dennis Thwaites 30 8 2 1 0 0 32 9
FW  ENG Johnny Vincent 11 2 0 0 1 0 12 2
FW  ENG Geoff Vowden 38 21 2 2 0 0 40 23

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 1965–1966: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 366–67.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4. 
  2. ^ Matthews (2010), p. 366.
  3. ^ "Birmingham City 1965–1966: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 2 April 2012.