1986–87 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1986–87 season
Chairman Ken Wheldon
Manager John Bond
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 19th
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Walsall)
League Cup Third round
(eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur)
Full Members Cup Second round
(eliminated by Charlton Athletic)
Top goalscorer League: Wayne Clarke (16)
All: Wayne Clarke (19)
Highest home attendance 12,209 vs Derby County, 30 August 1986
Lowest home attendance 3,794 vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Full Members Cup 1st round, 1 October 1986
Average home league attendance 7,426

The 1986–87 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 84th in the Football League and their 34th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated in 1985–86. They finished in 19th position in the 22-team division, and avoided a second successive relegation only by two points. They entered the 1986–87 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Walsall in the fourth, and were eliminated from the League Cup in the third round by Tottenham Hotspur. They entered the second season of the Full Members Cup, a competition created for teams in the top two divisions after English clubs were banned from UEFA competitions following the Heysel disaster, and lost in the second round away to Charlton Athletic in front of a crowd of only 821.

The top scorer was Wayne Clarke with 19 goals, of which 16 were scored in league matches. The average attendance, of under 7,500, was a record low for a season at St Andrew's.[1]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
23 August 1986 1st Stoke City A W 2–0 Hemming og, Whitton 11,548
25 August 1986 1st Bradford City H W 2–1 Mortimer 7,003
30 August 1986 1st Derby County H D 1–1 Clarke 12,209
3 September 1986 3rd Brighton & Hove Albion A L 0–2 9,955
6 September 1986 5th Sheffield United H D 1–1 Bremner 10,297
13 September 1986 7th Huddersfield Town H D 1–1 Clarke 6,934
20 September 1986 11th Hull City A L 2–3 Clarke 2 6,851
27 September 1986 12th Ipswich Town H D 2–2 Clarke 2 7,227
4 October 1986 12th Barnsley H D 1–1 Kennedy 6,427
11 October 1986 17th Portsmouth A L 0–2 11,252
18 October 1986 12th Crystal Palace H W 4–1 Bremner, Overson, Whitton, Clarke 5,987
25 October 1986 14th Sunderland A L 0–2 15,553
1 November 1986 17th West Bromwich Albion A L 2–3 Lynex, Clarke 15,029
8 November 1986 18th Oldham Athletic H L 1–3 Clarke pen 6,082
15 November 1986 16th Millwall A W 2–0 Clarke, Rees 4,795
22 November 1986 11th Leeds United H W 2–1 Clarke, Bremner 7,863
29 November 1986 9th Grimsby Town A W 1–0 Whitton 4,734
6 December 1986 10th Blackburn Rovers H D 1–1 Clarke 6,428
13 December 1986 13th Shrewsbury Town A L 0–1 4,797
19 December 1986 9th Sheffield United H W 2–1 Clarke 2 (1 pen) 5,007
26 December 1986 12th Reading A D 2–2 Lynex, Clarke 7,662
29 December 1986 13th Millwall H D 1–1 Mortimer 8,006
1 January 1987 11th Plymouth Argyle H W 3–2 Kuhl, Clarke, Mortimer 8,696
3 January 1987 11th Bradford City A D 0–0 8,679
24 January 1987 11th Stoke City H D 0–0 10,643
7 February 1987 10th Derby County A D 2–2 Bremner, Whitton 16,836
14 February 1987 8th Brighton & Hove Albion H W 2–0 Rees 2 6,439
21 February 1987 9th Ipswich Town A L 0–3 10,169
28 February 1987 11th Hull City H D 0–0 6,858
3 March 1987 9th Huddersfield Town A D 2–2 Whitton, Rees 5,177
14 March 1987 13th Crystal Palace A L 0–6 6,171
21 March 1987 13th Portsmouth H L 0–1 9,823
28 March 1987 13th Barnsley A D 2–2 Whitton, Wigley 4,688
31 March 1987 10th Sunderland H W 2–0 North, Whitton 5,563
4 April 1987 10th Oldham Athletic A D 2–2 Whitton, Linighan og 6,555
11 April 1987 11th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 11,158
18 April 1987 12th Plymouth Argyle A D 0–0 13,372
20 April 1987 12th Reading H D 1–1 Frain 5,427
25 April 1987 15th Leeds United A L 0–4 19,133
2 May 1987 15th Grimsby Town H W 1–0 Whitton 4,457
5 May 1987 16th Blackburn Rovers A L 0–1 5,622
9 May 1987 19th Shrewsbury Town H L 0–2 7,724

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
17th Huddersfield Town 42 13 12 17 54 61 −7 51
18th Shrewsbury Town 42 15 6 21 41 53 −12 51
19th Birmingham City 42 11 17 14 47 59 −12 50
20th Sunderland 42 12 12 18 49 59 −10 48
21st Grimsby Town 42 10 14 18 39 59 −20 44
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: 1986–87 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 10 January 1987 Ipswich Town A W 1–0 Mortimer 11,616
Fourth round 31 January 1987 Walsall A L 0–1 14,810

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Second round 1st leg 23 September 1986 Middlesbrough A D 2–2 Whitton, Mortimer 9,412
Second round 2nd leg 7 October 1986 Middlesbrough H W 3–2
aet
Clarke 2, Whitton 4,978
Third round 29 October 1986 Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–5 15,542

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 1 October 1986 Brighton & Hove Albion A W 3–0 Clarke, Kuhl, O'Regan og 3,794
Fourth round 4 November 1986 Charlton Athletic A L 2–3 Geddis, Shirtliff og 821

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 Full Members Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Roger Hansbury 31 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 38 0
GK  ENG Paul Tomlinson* 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
DF  ENG Kevin Ashley 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
DF  ENG Adrian Bird 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
DF  ENG Julian Dicks 33 (1) 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 38 (1) 0
DF  NIR Jim Hagan 12 0 0 0 3 0 1 (1) 0 16 (1) 0
DF  ENG Paul Hart 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF  ENG Mark JonesLeft club during playing season 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
DF  ENG Vince Overson 34 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 40 0
DF  ENG Ray Ranson 16 (1) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 21 (1) 0
DF  ENG Brian Roberts 23 (1) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 26 (1) 0
DF  SCO Tommy Williams 29 0 2 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 33 (1) 0
MF  SCO Des Bremner 40 4 3 0 3 0 2 0 47 4
MF  ENG Richard Cooke* 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
MF  ENG John Frain 2 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 1
MF  ENG Ian Handysides 19 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 (1) 0
MF  ENG Robert HopkinsLeft club during playing season 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
MF  ENG Martin KuhlLeft club during playing season 23 1 2 0 3 0 1 (1) 1 29 (1) 2
MF  ENG Steve Lynex* 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 2
MF  ENG Dennis Mortimer 33 4 2 1 1 1 1 0 37 6
MF  ENG Dean Peer 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0
MF  IRL Martin Russell* 3 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 (2) 0
MF  ENG Stuart StorerLeft club during playing season 3 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 (3) 0
MF  ENG Steve Wigley 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
FW  ENG Wayne ClarkeLeft club during playing season 24 16 1 0 3 2 2 1 30 19
FW  ENG David GeddisLeft club during playing season 2 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 1 1 3 (2) 1
FW  SCO Andy Kennedy 5 (4) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 (4) 1
FW  ENG Marc North* 4 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (1) 1
FW  WAL Tony Rees 27 (3) 4 2 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 31 (4) 4
FW  ENG Steve Whitton 39 9 2 0 3 2 2 0 46 11

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 1986–1987: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 408–09, 419.

Specific

  1. ^ Matthews (1995), Complete Record, p. 44.
  2. ^ "English Division Two (old) 1986–1987 : Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 January 2012.