1976–77 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1976–77 season
Chairman Keith Coombs
Manager Willie Bell
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 13th
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Leeds United)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Blackpool)
Top goalscorer League: Trevor Francis (21)
All: Trevor Francis (21)
Highest home attendance 43,721 vs Aston Villa, 10 May 1977
Lowest home attendance 19,554 vs Stoke City, 16 April 1976
Average home league attendance 28,338

The 1976–77 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 74th in the Football League and their 43rd in the First Division. They finished in 13th position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1976–77 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost in the fourth to Leeds United, and lost to Blackpool in their opening second-round match in the League Cup.

Twenty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Midfielder Terry Hibbitt and forward Trevor Francis played in all 45 first-team matches over the season, and the leading goalscorer was Francis with 21 goals, all scored in the league. Kenny Burns scored 20, of which 19 came in league competition.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1976 7th Manchester United A D 2–2 Burns, Styles 58,898
24 August 1976 8th Leeds United H D 0–0 35,519
28 August 1976 6th Liverpool H W 2–1 Francis, Gallagher 33,228
4 September 1976 12th Norwich City A L 0–1 18,506
11 September 1976 18th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 39,450
18 September 1976 12th Aston Villa A W 2–1 Burns, Connolly 50,084
25 September 1976 15th Coventry City A L 1–2 Burns 26,371
2 October 1976 12th Derby County H W 5–1 Burns 4, Connolly 29,190
16 October 1976 12th Middlesbrough H W 3–1 Gallagher, Burns, Francis pen 27,740
20 October 1976 12th Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–1 20,193
23 October 1976 15th Newcastle United A L 2–3 Gallagher, Francis pen 31,711
26 October 1976 9th Bristol City A W 1–0 Burns 21,474
30 October 1976 9th Queens Park Rangers H W 2–1 Burns, Francis 31,471
6 November 1976 11th Arsenal A L 0–4 23,063
20 November 1976 14th Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–1 21,488
27 November 1976 13th Manchester City H D 0–0 29,722
4 December 1976 8th Leicester City A W 6–2 Emmanuel, Francis, Burns 3, Rofe og 20,388
7 December 1976 9th Ipswich Town H L 2–4 Connolly, Burns 31,161
11 December 1976 7th Sunderland H W 2–0 Jones, Francis 24,597
18 December 1976 8th Everton A D 2–2 Francis, Hibbitt 32,532
27 December 1976 8th West Ham United H D 0–0 39,978
18 January 1977 9th Arsenal H D 3–3 Francis 3 23,247
22 January 1977 10th Manchester United H L 2–3 Francis, Emmanuel 35,316
2 February 1977 12th Leeds United A L 0–1 22,805
5 February 1977 14th Liverpool A L 1–4 Burns 41,072
12 February 1977 11th Norwich City H W 3–2 Burns 2, Broadhurst 21,801
28 February 1977 13th West Bromwich Albion A L 1–3 Francis 28,639
5 March 1977 12th Coventry City H W 3–1 Francis, Connolly, Emmanuel 22,607
12 March 1977 13th Derby County A D 0–0 25,256
19 March 1977 13th Tottenham Hotspur H L 1–2 Connolly 23,398
22 March 1977 11th Middlesbrough A D 2–2 Francis 2 16,439
2 April 1977 13th Newcastle United H L 1–2 Fox 20,283
8 April 1977 13th West Ham United A D 2–2 Gallagher, Francis 28,167
9 April 1977 12th Bristol City H W 3–0 Francis 3 (2 pens) 19,626
11 April 1977 12th Ipswich Town A L 0–1 29,026
16 April 1977 12th Stoke City H W 2–0 Francis, Burns 19,554
19 April 1977 12th Manchester City A L 1–2 Burns 36,203
30 April 1977 13th Leicester City H D 1–1 Kendall 20,836
7 May 1977 14th Sunderland A L 0–1 34,189
10 May 1977 12th Aston Villa H W 2–1 Hibbitt, Francis pen 43,721
14 May 1977 12th Everton H D 1–1 Kendall 22,660
23 May 1977 13th Queens Park Rangers A D 2–2 Kendall, McDonough 14,976

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
11th Leicester City 42 12 18 12 47 60 −3 42
12th Middlesbrough 42 14 13 15 40 45 −5 41
13th Birmingham City 42 13 12 17 63 61 2 38
14th Queens Park Rangers 42 13 12 17 47 52 −5 38
15th Derby County 42 9 19 14 50 55 −5 37
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [1]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1976–77 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 8 January 1977 Portsmouth H W 1–0 Kendall 31,598
Fourth round 29 January 1977 Leeds United H L 1–2 Burns 38,663

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 31 August 1976 Blackpool A L 1–2 Pendrey 12,203

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  ENG Dave Latchford 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0
GK  ENG Jimmy Montgomery 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
DF  ENG Joe Gallagher 37 4 2 0 1 0 40 4
DF  WAL Malcolm Page 31 0 2 0 1 0 34 0
DF  ENG Garry Pendrey 24 (3) 0 0 0 1 1 25 (3) 1
DF  ENG Mick Rathbone 13 (3) 0 2 0 1 0 16 (3) 0
DF  SCO Ricky Sbragia 8 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 8 (1) 0
DF  ENG Archie Styles 24 1 2 0 0 0 26 1
DF  ENG Tony Want 29 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 30 (1) 0
MF  ENG Kevan Broadhurst 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
MF  SCO Jimmy Calderwood 22 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 22 (4) 0
MF  SCO John Connolly 37 5 2 0 0 0 39 5
MF  WAL Gary Emmanuel 10 (6) 3 0 0 0 0 10 (6) 3
MF  ENG Steve Fox 3 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1
MF  ENG Terry Hibbitt 42 2 2 0 1 0 45 2
MF  ENG Gary Jones 30 1 2 0 0 0 32 1
MF  ENG Howard Kendall 25 3 2 0 1 0 28 3
FW  SCO Kenny Burns 36 19 2 1 1 0 39 20
FW  ENG Trevor Francis 42 21 2 0 1 0 45 21
FW  ENG Roy McDonough 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
FW  ENG Peter WitheLeft club during playing season 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 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 1976–1977 : Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 388–89.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham City 1976–1977 : English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 17 February 2012.