1974–75 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1974–75 season
Chairman Clifford Coombs
Manager Freddie Goodwin
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 17th
FA Cup Semi-final
(eliminated by Fulham)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Crewe Alexandra)
Texaco Cup Semi-final
(eliminated by Newcastle United)
Top goalscorer League: Bob Hatton (14)
All: Bob Hatton (18)
Highest home attendance 47,260 vs Middlesbrough, FA Cup 6th round, 8 March 1975
Lowest home attendance 12,327 vs Ayr United, Texaco Cup 2nd round, 17 September 1974
Average home league attendance 30,854

The 1974–75 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 72nd in the Football League and their 41st in the First Division. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division, four points above the relegation positions. They entered the 1974–75 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Fulham in the last minute of the semi-final replay, lost to Crewe Alexandra in their opening match of the League Cup in the second round, and reached the semi-final of the Texaco Cup.

Twenty-eight players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Dave Latchford and forward Bob Hatton played in 53 of the 56 first-team matches over the season, and the leading goalscorer was Hatton with 18 goals, of which 14 came in league competition.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
17 August 1974 17th Middlesbrough H L 0–3 32,105
20 August 1974 18th Leicester City H L 3–4 Burns, Francis 2 (1 pen) 27,663
24 August 1974 21st Leeds United A L 0–1 30,820
28 August 1974 21st Leicester City A D 1–1 Francis 24,018
31 August 1974 21st Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 1–1 Burns 33,785
7 September 1974 17th Queens Park Rangers A W 1–0 Gallagher 16,058
14 September 1974 15th Derby County H W 3–2 Hatton, Francis 2 (2 pens) 27,345
21 September 1974 18th Carlisle United A L 0–1 12,691
25 September 1974 21st West Ham United A L 0–3 25,495
28 September 1974 14th Arsenal H W 3–1 Burns, Hatton 3 25,584
5 October 1974 19th Coventry City H L 1–2 Francis pen 30,282
12 October 1974 14th Luton Town A W 3–1 Francis 3 15,097
15 October 1974 13th Leeds United H W 1–0 Francis 36,513
19 October 1974 11th Newcastle United H W 3–0 Burns, Styles, Hatton 33,339
26 October 1974 12th Sheffield United A L 2–3 Hatton, Styles 21,639
2 November 1974 11th Chelsea H W 2–0 Hatton, Kendall 30,764
9 November 1974 11th Burnley A D 2–2 Rodaway og, Taylor 16,075
16 November 1974 11th Manchester City H W 4–0 Kendall, Hatton 2, Burns 35,143
23 November 1974 9th Tottenham Hotspur A D 0–0 27,761
30 November 1974 11th Everton A L 1–4 Calderwood 38,369
7 December 1974 13th Stoke City H L 0–3 33,999
14 December 1974 14th Middlesbrough A L 0–3 23,737
21 December 1974 14th Liverpool H W 3–1 Taylor, Kendall pen, Hatton 26,608
26 December 1974 15th Derby County A L 1–2 Hatton 26,121
28 December 1974 16th Ipswich Town H L 0–1 30,266
11 January 1975 17th Stoke City A D 0–0 26,157
18 January 1975 18th Everton H L 0–3 32,284
1 February 1975 17th Burnley H D 1–1 Emmanuel 24,990
8 February 1975 18th Chelsea A L 1–2 Hatton 18,144
18 February 1975 16th Tottenham Hotspur H W 1–0 Hatton 24,240
22 February 1975 17th Manchester City A L 1–3 Taylor 33,240
1 March 1975 16th Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 1–0 Hendrie 28,256
15 March 1975 16th Arsenal A D 1–1 Burns 17,845
18 March 1975 16th West Ham United H D 1–1 Bryant 34,000
22 March 1975 16th Queens Park Rangers H W 4–1 Francis, Campbell, Hatton, Calderwood 32,832
25 March 1975 13th Carlisle United H W 2–0 Francis, Burns 33,761
29 March 1975 15th Liverpool A L 0–1 49,454
1 April 1975 15th Ipswich Town A L 2–3 Burns, Hatton 27,417
12 April 1975 18th Coventry City A L 0–1 24,163
19 April 1975 18th Luton Town H L 1–4 Francis 28,755
26 April 1975 17th Newcastle United A W 2–1 Kendall, Pendrey 24,787
29 April 1975 17th Sheffield United H D 0–0 33,677

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
15th Newcastle United 42 15 9 18 59 72 0.87 39
16th Arsenal 42 13 11 18 47 49 0.96 37
17th Birmingham City 42 14 9 19 53 61 0.87 37
18th Leicester City 42 12 12 18 46 60 0.77 36
19th Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 8 21 52 63 0.82 34
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 [1]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1974–75 FA Cup

For the third time in seven seasons, Birmingham reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. This time, they drew with Fulham at Hillsborough so the tie went to a replay, played at Maine Road, Manchester. Goalless through normal time and all but a few seconds of extra time – an announcement had already been made that the second replay would be at Highbury the following Monday[2] – a long ball towards Birmingham's penalty area was struck by John Mitchell straight into goalkeeper Dave Latchford's face. The ball rebounded onto Mitchell's chest and back towards the goal to bobble over the line.[3]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 4 January 1975 Luton Town A W 1–0 Kendall 17,543
Fourth round 25 January 1975 Chelsea A W 1–0 Burns 36,650
Fifth round 15 February 1975 Walsall H W 2–1 Hatton, Burns 45,881
Sixth round 8 March 1975 Middlesbrough H W 1–0 Hatton 47,260
Semi-final 5 April 1975 Fulham Hillsborough, Sheffield D 1–1 Gallagher 54,166
Semi-final replay 9 April 1975 Fulham Maine Road, Manchester L 0–1
aet
35,205

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 11 September 1974 Crewe Alexandra A L 1–2 Gallagher 7,194

Texaco Cup[edit]

Main article: Texaco Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Group 1 3 August 1974 West Bromwich Albion A D 0–0 18,643
Group 1 7 August 1974 Peterborough United A D 1–1 Taylor 8,915
Group 1 10 August 1974 Norwich City H W 3–1 Campbell, Francis, Hatton 14,847
Second round 1st leg 17 September 1974 Ayr United H W 3–0 Burns 2, Calderwood 12,327
Second round 2nd leg 2 October 1974 Ayr United A D 0–0 4,992
Semi-final 1st leg 23 October 1974 Newcastle United A D 1–1 Hatton 20,556
Semi-final 2nd leg 6 November 1974 Newcastle United H L 1–4 Burns 17,754

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 Texaco Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Mike Kelly 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK  ENG Dave Latchford 39 0 6 0 1 0 7 0 53 0
GK  WAL Gary Sprake 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 2 (2) 0
DF  ENG Steve Bryant 15 (1) 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 19 (1) 1
DF  ENG Dennis Clarke 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
DF  ENG Joe Gallagher 38 1 6 1 1 1 5 0 50 3
DF  SCO Roger Hynd 6 (6) 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 10 (6) 0
DF  ENG Ray Martin 21 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 26 (1) 0
DF  ENG Garry Pendrey 27 (3) 1 5 0 0 (1) 0 7 0 39 (4) 1
DF  WAL John Roberts 7 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 12 (1) 0
DF  SCO Ricky Sbragia 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 2 (1) 0
DF  ENG Archie Styles 23 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 28 2
DF  ENG Tony Want 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0
MF  SCO Jimmy Calderwood 25 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 30 2
MF  SCO Alan Campbell 28 1 1 (1) 0 1 0 5 1 35 (1) 2
MF  WAL Gary Emmanuel 9 1 4 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 13 (1) 1
MF  SCO Paul Hendrie 9 (2) 1 3 0 1 0 3 (1) 0 16 (3) 1
MF  SCO Bobby Hope 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 (2) 0
MF  ENG Howard Kendall 39 4 6 1 1 0 6 0 50 5
MF  ENG Roy Morton 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
MF  WAL Malcolm Page 28 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
MF  ENG Gordon Taylor 34 (1) 3 6 0 1 0 4 (1) 1 45 (2) 4
FW  ENG Gary Allen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW  SCO Kenny Burns 39 8 6 2 1 0 6 3 52 13
FW  ENG Trevor Francis 23 13 2 0 1 0 2 1 28 14
FW  ENG Bob Hatton 41 14 5 2 0 0 7 2 53 18
FW  ENG Steve Phillips 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 (1) 0
FW  SCO Ian Smith 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0

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 1974–1975 : Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 384–85, 479.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1974–1975 : English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (11 November 1998). "Football: Hendrie senses new Cup glory with Tamworth". The Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  3. ^ German, Tom (10 April 1975). "Fulham leave it extremely late" (reprint hosted at Fulham F.C. website). The Times. p. 12. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
    Clarke, Nigel (10 April 1975). "Gor-blimey!" (PDF). Daily Mirror. p. 32. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
    Tattum, Colin (3 May 2008). "Latchford: It's time for some payback!" (reprint hosted at The Free Library (Farlex)). Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 March 2012.