1983–84 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1983–84 season
Chairman Keith Coombs
Manager Ron Saunders
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Sixth round
(eliminated by Watford)
League Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Liverpool)
Top goalscorer League: Mick Harford, Howard Gayle (8)
All: Mick Harford (15)
Highest home attendance 40,220 vs Watford, FA Cup 6th round, 10 March 1984
Lowest home attendance 7,786 vs Derby County, League Cup 2nd round, 25 October 1983
Average home league attendance 14,106

The 1983–84 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 81st in the Football League and their 49th in the First Division. They finished in 20th position in the 22-team division, so were relegated to the Second Division for 1984–85. They entered the 1983–84 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Watford in the quarter-final. In the League Cup, after defeating Notts County in the third round only after three replays, they lost to Liverpool in the fourth round after a replay.

Mick Harford was the club's top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions; if only league games are counted, Harford and Howard Gayle were joint leaders with 8. The highest attendance, of 40,220 against Watford in the FA Cup sixth round, was the last 40,000 crowd seen at St Andrew's, as of 2012; the ground capacity was reduced to around 30,000 when the stadium was converted to all-seater in the 1990s.[1]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
27 August 1983 21st West Ham United A L 0–4 19,729
30 August 1983 22nd Notts County A L 1–2 Harford 11,031
3 September 1983 17th Watford H W 2–0 Hopkins, Halsall 11,931
6 September 1983 11th Stoke City H W 1–0 Blake pen 13,728
10 September 1983 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers A D 1–1 Wright pen 15,933
17 September 1983 10th Ipswich Town H W 1–0 Gayle 13,159
24 September 1983 12th Everton A D 1–1 Gayle 15,254
1 October 1983 8th Leicester City H W 2–1 Rees, Harford 15,212
15 October 1983 12th Aston Villa A L 0–1 39,318
22 October 1983 15th Tottenham Hotspur H L 0–1 18,937
29 October 1983 13th West Bromwich Albion A W 2–1 Gayle, Harford 20,109
5 November 1983 14th Coventry City H L 1–2 Blake 16,169
12 November 1983 14th Luton Town A D 1–1 Hopkins 11,111
19 November 1983 15th Queens Park Rangers A L 1–2 Harford 10,824
26 November 1983 16th Sunderland H L 0–1 11,948
3 December 1983 17th Liverpool A L 0–1 24,791
10 December 1983 17th Norwich City H L 0–1 9,971
17 December 1983 17th Southampton A L 1–2 Stevenson 15,248
26 December 1983 19th Nottingham Forest H L 1–2 Rogers 14,482
27 December 1983 19th Arsenal A D 1–1 Hopkins 25,642
31 December 1983 19th Watford A L 0–1 14,403
2 January 1984 19th Everton H L 0–2 10,004
14 January 1984 19th West Ham United H W 3–2 Hopkins, Halsall, Harford 10,334
21 January 1984 19th Ipswich Town A W 2–1 Harford, Butcher og 12,884
4 February 1984 19th Leicester City A W 3–2 Peake og, Gayle, Wright pen 13,776
7 February 1984 19th Manchester United H D 2–2 Hopkins, Wright pen 19,957
11 February 1984 18th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 0–0 14,319
25 February 1984 15th Tottenham Hotspur A W 1–0 Harford 23,564
28 February 1984 14th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–1 Rees, Broadhurst 16,780
3 March 1984 14th Coventry City A W 1–0 Gayle 13,696
17 March 1984 15th Stoke City A L 1–2 Gayle 13,506
20 March 1984 15th Luton Town H D 1–1 Wright pen 9,592
24 March 1984 13th Notts County H D 0–0 9,040
31 March 1984 12th Aston Villa H W 2–1 Stevenson, Gayle 23,993
7 April 1984 15th Manchester United A L 0–1 39,896
14 April 1984 15th Queens Park Rangers H L 0–2 10,255
21 April 1984 17th Nottingham Forest A L 1–5 Harford 15,323
23 April 1984 17th Arsenal H D 1–1 Kuhl 11,164
28 April 1984 18th Sunderland A L 1–2 Wright pen 13,061
5 May 1984 19th Liverpool H D 0–0 18,817
7 May 1984 18th Norwich City A D 1–1 Gayle 12,111
12 May 1984 20th Southampton H D 0–0 16,445

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
18th Stoke City 42 13 11 18 44 63 −19 50
19th Coventry City 42 13 11 18 57 77 −20 50
20th Birmingham City 42 12 12 18 39 50 −11 48
21st Notts County 42 10 11 21 50 72 −22 41
22nd Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 6 11 25 27 80 −53 29
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 [2]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1983–84 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 7 January 1984 Sheffield United A D 1–1 Wright pen 17,202
Third round replay 10 January 1984 Sheffield United H W 2–0 Harford, Wright pen 10,888
Fourth round 28 January 1984 Sunderland A W 2–1 Kuhl, Harford 21,226
Fifth round 18 February 1984 West Ham United H W 3–0 Hopkins, Rees, Wright pen 29,570
Sixth round 10 March 1984 Watford H L 1–3 Terry og 40,220

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 1st leg 5 October 1983 Derby County A W 3–0 Watson og, Rees, Gayle 13,114
Second round 2nd leg 25 October 1983 Derby County H W 4–0 Harford 3, Gayle 7,786
Third round 8 November 1983 Notts County H D 2–2 Handysides, Phillips 10,484
Third round replay 22 November 1983 Notts County A D 0–0
aet
8,268
Third round 2nd replay 29 November 1983 Notts County H D 0–0
aet
9,678
Third round 3rd replay 5 December 1983 Notts County A W 3–1 Hopkins 2, Harford 7,361
Fourth round 20 December 1983 Liverpool H D 1–1 Harford 17,405
Fourth round replay 22 December 1983 Liverpool A L 0–3 11,638

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 Tony Coton 41 0 5 0 8 0 54 0
GK  ENG Mark Kendall 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF  ENG Noel Blake 39 2 5 0 8 0 52 2
DF  ENG Kevan Broadhurst 22 (1) 1 5 0 0 0 27 (1) 1
DF  NIR Jim Hagan 30 (3) 0 0 0 8 0 39 (3) 0
DF  ENG Mark McCarrick 12 (3) 0 3 0 0 (1) 0 15 (4) 0
DF  ENG Wayne Mumford 3 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (2) 0
DF  ENG Brian Roberts 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
DF  WAL Pat Van Den Hauwe 42 0 5 0 8 0 55 0
DF  ENG Billy Wright 40 5 5 3 8 0 53 8
MF  ENG Mick Halsall 21 2 3 0 4 (1) 0 28 (1) 2
MF  ENG Ian HandysidesLeft club during playing season 4 (1) 0 0 0 1 1 5 (1) 1
MF  ENG Robert Hopkins 32 5 5 1 7 2 44 8
MF  ENG Martin Kuhl 20 (2) 1 5 1 3 0 24 (2) 2
MF  ENG Ivor LintonLeft club during playing season 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 0
MF  ENG Les PhillipsLeft club during playing season 18 (2) 0 0 0 8 1 26 (3) 1
MF  ENG Kevin Rogers 8 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 8 (1) 1
MF  WAL Byron Stevenson 21 (4) 2 4 0 6 (1) 0 31 (5) 2
FW  ENG Howard Gayle 32 (1) 8 4 0 8 2 44 (1) 10
FW  ENG Mick Harford 39 8 5 2 7 5 51 15
FW  ENG Ian MuirLeft club during playing season 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW  WAL Tony Rees 22 (3) 2 1 1 3 1 25 (3) 4

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, league positions and results: "Birmingham City 1983–1984 : Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 402–03.

Specific

  1. ^ Matthews (2010), Complete Record, p. 402.
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1983–1984 : English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 9 February 2012.