1968–69 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1968–69 season
Chairman Clifford Coombs
Manager Stan Cullis
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 7th
FA Cup Fifth round
(eliminated by Manchester United)
Football League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Chelsea)
Top goalscorer League: Phil Summerill (16)
All: Fred Pickering,
Phil Summerill (17)
Highest home attendance 51,685 vs Manchester United, FA Cup 5th round, 11 February 1969
Lowest home attendance 18,958 vs Bristol City, 14 December 1968
Average home league attendance 26,008 (League matches only)

The 1969–70 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 66th in the Football League and their 28th in the Second Division. They made a poor start, suffering seven defeats in the first nine matches, but an improved second half of the season led to a seventh-place finish in the 22-team division. They entered the 1969–70 FA Cup in the third round proper, reaching the fifth round in which they lost to Manchester United after a replay, and were beaten by Chelsea in their opening second-round match in the League Cup.

Twenty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Midfielder Johnny Vincent played in 46 of the 48 first-team matches over the season. Fred Pickering and Phil Summerill finished as joint leading goalscorers with 17 goals in all competitions; the best goal return in League competition was Summerill's 16.

Football League Second Division[edit]

On 7 September 1968, the home match against Huddersfield Town saw Geoff Vowden become the first substitute to score a hat-trick in a Football League match.[1]

  • Note that Birmingham were in sixth place in the division after their last match of the season, played on 19 April,[2] but not every team completed their fixtures on that date. By the time all matches had been played, on 30 April, they had dropped to seventh.[3]
Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
10 August 1968 17th Norwich City H L 1–2 Pickering 27,715
27 August 1968 20th Crystal Palace A L 2–3 Vowden, Vincent 17,679
20 August 1968 22nd Charlton Athletic A L 1–3 Vincent 14,220
24 August 1968 17th Portsmouth H W 5–2 Pickering 2, Vowden, Summerill, Tindall og 23,915
28 August 1968 21st Cardiff City A L 0–4 14,967
31 August 1968 22nd Preston North End A L 1–4 Greenhoff 13,112
7 September 1968 19th Huddersfield Town H W 5–1 Greenhoff, Pickering, Vowden 3 25,001
14 September 1968 21st Middlesbrough A L 1–3 Vincent 17,398
17 September 1968 21st Bury H L 1–3 Greenhoff 24,178
21 September 1968 20th Aston Villa H W 4–0 Vowden, Greenhoff, Vincent, Summerill 40,527
28 September 1968 18th Carlisle United A W 3–2 Greenhoff, Summerill, Green 7,623
5 October 1968 17th Fulham H W 5–4 Greenhoff 4, Vincent 28,448
8 October 1968 15th Cardiff City H W 2–0 Greenhoff, Vincent 28,238
12 October 1968 15th Bristol City A D 0–0 19,578
19 October 1968 15th Millwall H L 1–2 Greenhoff pen 29,770
26 October 1968 17th Derby County A L 0–1 34,218
2 November 1968 18th Oxford United H L 0–1 23,466
9 November 1968 19th Blackburn Rovers A L 2–3 Pickering 2 11,721
16 November 1968 17th Blackpool H W 1–0 Summerill 22,206
23 November 1968 17th Bolton Wanderers A D 0–0 7,175
30 November 1968 16th Hull City H W 5–2 Pickering, Greenhoff, Summerill 3 21,352
7 December 1968 17th Sheffield United A L 0–2 14,339
14 December 1968 17th Bristol City H W 2–0 Pickering 2 18,958
21 December 1968 16th Millwall A W 3–1 Pickering, Vincent, Darrell 12,652
26 December 1968 17th Fulham A L 0–2 13,192
11 January 1968 15th Oxford United A W 2–1 Pickering, Summerill 11,587
14 January 1969 14th Derby County H D 1–1 Pickering 39,977
18 January 1969 12th Blackburn Rovers H W 3–1 Pickering, Robinson pen, Coddington og 27,161
1 February 1969 14th Blackpool A L 1–2 James og 11,294
1 March 1969 17th Norwich City A D 1–1 Vowden 15,894
4 March 1969 16th Sheffield United H D 2–2 Pickering, Beard 25,123
8 March 1969 16th Crystal Palace H L 0–1 25,298
15 March 1969 15th Portsmouth A D 0–0 15,556
22 March 1969 13th Preston North End H W 3–1 R. Latchford 2, Summerill 22,020
25 March 1969 11th Bolton Wanderers H W 5–0 Vincent, Summerill 3, Beard 20,454
29 March 1969 11th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 8,105
5 April 1969 11th Carlisle United H W 3–0 Greenhoff 2, Hockey 22,397
7 April 1969 11th Charlton Athletic H D 0–0 25,884
8 April 1969 9th Bury A W 2–1 Summerill 2 5,819
12 April 1969 10th Aston Villa A L 0–1 53,647
15 April 1969 8th Hull City A W 2–1 Vincent, Hockey 8,702
19 April 1969 6th Middlesbrough H W 3–1 Summerill 2, G. Smith og 25,899

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
5th Cardiff City 42 20 7 15 67 54 1.24 47
6th Huddersfield Town 42 17 12 13 53 46 1.15 46
7th Birmingham City 42 18 8 16 73 59 1.24 44
8th Blackpool 42 14 15 13 51 41 1.24 43
9th Sheffield United 42 16 11 15 61 50 1.22 43
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: 1968–69 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 4 January 1969 Lincoln City H W 2–1 Pickering, Robinson 31,429
Fourth round 25 January 1969 Sheffield Wednesday A D 2–2 Pickering, Thwaites 52,062
Fourth round replay 28 January 1969 Sheffield Wednesday H W 2–1 Pickering, Beard 51,463
Fifth round 11 February 1969 Manchester United H D 2–2 Beard, Robinson 51,685
Fifth round replay 24 February 1969 Manchester United A L 2–6 Greenhoff, Summerill 61,934

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 3 September 1968 Chelsea H L 0–1 31,530

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 38 0 5 0 1 0 44 0
GK  ENG Dave Latchford 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
DF  ENG Winston Foster 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
DF  WAL Colin Green 28 1 5 0 1 0 34 1
DF  ENG Ray Martin 31 (1) 0 5 0 0 (1) 0 36 (2) 0
DF  ENG Bert Murray 8 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 9 (2) 0
DF  ENG Garry Pendrey 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
DF  ENG Dave Robinson 29 1 5 2 0 0 34 3
DF  ENG Brian Sharples 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF  ENG John Sleeuwenhoek 7 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 8 (2) 0
MF  ENG Malcolm Beard 32 2 3 (1) 2 1 0 36 (1) 4
MF  WAL Malcolm Page 33 (1) 0 5 0 1 0 39 (1) 0
MF  SCO Ron Wylie 26 0 3 0 1 0 30 0
FW  ENG Barry BridgesLeft club during playing season 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW  ENG Mick Darrell 4 (1) 1 1 0 0 0 5 (1) 1
FW  ENG Jimmy Greenhoff 31 14 5 1 0 0 36 15
FW  WAL Trevor Hockey 37 2 5 0 0 0 42 2
FW  ENG Bob Latchford 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
FW  ENG Fred Pickering 32 14 5 3 2 0 40 17
FW  ENG Phil Summerill 28 (2) 16 1 (1) 1 1 0 30 (3) 17
FW  ENG Dennis Thwaites 2 0 3 1 0 0 5 1
FW  ENG Johnny Vincent 40 (1) 9 4 0 1 0 45 (1) 9
FW  ENG Geoff Vowden 22 (4) 7 0 0 1 0 23 (4) 7

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 1968–1969: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 372–73.
Specific
  1. ^ Thomson, Doug (2 September 2006). "Caught in time 1968" (reprint hosted at The Free Library (Farlex)). Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1968–1969: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Birmingham City 1968–1969: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 March 2012.