1969–70 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1969–70 season
Chairman Clifford Coombs
Manager Stan Cullis until 18 March 1970
Freddie Goodwin from 29 May
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 18th
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Chelsea)
Football League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Brighton & Hove Albion)
Top goalscorer League: Phil Summerill (13)
All: Phil Summerill (13)
Highest home attendance 41,696 vs Aston Villa, 30 March 1970
Lowest home attendance 13,530 vs Hull City, 4 April 1970
Average home league attendance 24,028 (League matches only)

The 1969–70 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 67th in the Football League and their 29th in the Second Division. They finished in 18th position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1969–70 FA Cup in the third round proper and the League Cup in the second round; they lost their opening match in each competition, to Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively.

Stan Cullis resigned as manager and retired from football in March 1970,[1] and chief scout Don Dorman and coach Bill Shorthouse finished the playing season as caretaker managers.[2] After unsuccessful approaches were made to Don Revie, Brian Clough and Ronnie Allen, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Freddie Goodwin took on the job at the end of May.[3]

Twenty players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Defenders Ray Martin and Bobby Thomson played in all 44 first-team matches over the season. Phil Summerill finished as leading goalscorer for the second successive season, with 13 goals, all of which came in league competition.

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
9 August 1969 16th Leicester City A L 1–3 Summerill 35,168
16 August 1969 20th Oxford United H L 1–3 Summerill 27,067
19 August 1969 19th Portsmouth H D 1–1 Summerill 24,976
23 August 1969 21st Blackpool A L 0–2 17,495
27 August 1969 19th Hull City A D 0–0 12,242
30 August 1969 17th Queens Park Rangers H W 3–0 Murray 3 32,660
6 September 1969 18th Bolton Wanderers A L 0–2 11,303
13 September 1969 17th Sheffield United H W 3–1 Vincent, Murray 27,201
16 September 1969 14th Norwich City H W 2–1 Murray, Summerill 2 26,408
20 September 1969 12th Charlton Athletic A W 1–0 Hateley 13,999
27 September 1969 11th Carlisle United H D 1–1 Summerill 28,781
4 October 1969 13th Bristol City A L 0–2 18,694
8 October 1969 15th Oxford United A L 0–2 12,621
11 October 1969 13th Blackburn Rovers H W 3–0 Vowden 2, Summerill 25,602
18 October 1969 12th Aston Villa A D 0–0 54,405
25 October 1969 13th Cardiff City H D 1–1 Hateley 28,287
1 November 1969 11th Watford A W 3–2 Vincent, Vowden, Murray 17,436
8 November 1969 11th Swindon Town H W 2–0 Vowden, Murray 28,391
12 November 1969 8th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Murray 16,508
15 November 1969 12th Preston North End A L 1–4 Hateley 9,692
22 November 1969 10th Millwall H W 2–0 Hateley, Vincent 22,564
6 December 1969 11th Huddersfield Town H D 2–2 Vowden, Murray 24,956
13 December 1969 12th Sheffield United A L 0–6 17,332
16 December 1969 12th Middlesbrough A L 2–4 Hateley, Murray 17,020
26 December 1969 12th Blackpool H L 2–3 James og, Hateley 29,548
27 December 1969 12th Queens Park Rangers A L 1–2 Page 15,688
10 January 1969 12th Charlton Athletic H W 3–0 Vincent, Beard, Johnston 18,031
17 January 1970 12th Carlisle United A L 3–4 Summerill 3 7,912
31 January 1970 13th Bristol City H D 2–2 Vincent, Summerill 20,421
14 February 1969 16th Leicester City H L 0–1 28,232
21 February 1970 18th Cardiff City A L 1–3 Bell og 21,887
24 February 1970 15th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Vincent, Summerill 19,489
28 February 1970 15th Watford H D 0–0 22,796
4 March 1970 15th Blackburn Rovers A D 1–1 Mulvaney og 8,639
11 March 1970 17th Millwall A L 2–6 Hockey, Murray 7,825
14 March 1970 15th Middlesbrough H D 0–0 17,974
21 March 1970 17th Huddersfield Town A L 0–2 18,502
28 March 1970 16th Preston North End H W 1–0 Vowden 16,469
30 March 1970 17th Aston Villa H L 0–2 41,696
31 March 1970 17th Swindon Town A L 1–4 Summerill 21,098
4 April 1970 18th Hull City H L 2–4 R. Latchford, Martin 13,530
15 April 1970 18th Norwich City A L 0–6 12,134

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
16th Bolton Wanderers 42 12 12 18 54 61 0.89 36
17th Portsmouth 42 13 9 20 66 80 0.82 35
18th Birmingham City 42 11 11 20 51 78 0.65 33
19th Watford 42 9 13 20 44 57 0.77 31
20th Charlton Athletic 42 7 17 18 35 76 0.46 31
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: 1969–70 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 3 January 1970 Chelsea A L 0–1 45,088

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 3 September 1969 Brighton & Hove Albion A L 0–2 24,232

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 with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Birmingham.
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 26 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
GK  ENG Dave Latchford 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
DF  ENG Ray Martin 42 1 1 0 1 0 44 1
DF  ENG Garry Pendrey 27 0 0 0 1 0 28 0
DF  ENG Dave Robinson 33 0 1 0 1 0 35 0
DF  ENG John Sleeuwenhoek 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
DF  ENG Bobby Thomson 42 0 1 0 1 0 44 0
MF  ENG Malcolm Beard 38 1 1 0 1 0 40 1
MF  WAL Trevor Hockey 41 1 1 0 1 0 43 1
MF  WAL Malcolm Page 17 (1) 1 1 0 1 0 18 (1) 1
MF  ENG Johnny Vincent 36 6 1 0 1 0 38 6
MF  ENG Ron Wylie 1 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 0
FW  ENG Mick Darrell 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
FW  ENG Tony Hateley 26 6 1 0 0 0 27 6
FW  SCO George Johnston 6 (3) 1 0 0 0 0 6 (3) 1
FW  ENG Bob Latchford 10 1 0 0 1 0 11 1
FW  ENG Bert Murray 33 (1) 11 1 0 1 0 35 (1) 11
FW  ENG Phil Summerill 30 (4) 13 0 0 0 0 30 (4) 13
FW  ENG Dennis Thwaites 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW  ENG Geoff Vowden 29 (3) 6 1 0 0 0 30 (3) 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 (2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4. 
  • 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 1969–1970: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 374–75.
Specific
  1. ^ Matthews (2000), p. 63.
  2. ^ "Managers". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 10 April 2003. 
  3. ^ Matthews (2000), pp. 147–48.
  4. ^ "Birmingham City 1969–1970: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 March 2012.