1987–88 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1987–88 season
Chairman Ken Wheldon
Manager Garry Pendrey
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 19th
FA Cup Fifth round
(eliminated by Nottingham Forest)
League Cup First round
(eliminated by Mansfield Town)
Full Members Cup First round
(eliminated by Derby County)
Top goalscorer League: Steve Whitton (14)
All: Steve Whitton (16)
Highest home attendance 34,494 vs Nottingham Forest, FA Cup 5th round, 20 February 1988
Lowest home attendance 5,878 vs Millwall, 9 February 1988
Average home league attendance 8,576

The 1987–88 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 85th in the Football League and their 35th in the Second Division. They finished in 19th position in the division, expanded for this season to 23 teams as part of a restructuring process, and again avoided relegation only by two points. They entered the 1987–88 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost in the fifth round to Nottingham Forest, and were beaten by Mansfield Town over two legs in the first round of the League Cup and by Derby County in the first round of the Full Members Cup.

Football League Second Division[edit]

The league programme did not end on the same day for all clubs. Although Birmingham were in 18th place after their last match, on 6 May, the last Second Division fixture was played the following day, when they were overtaken by Shrewsbury Town, so finished 19th.[1][2]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
15 August 1987 1st Stoke City H W 2–0 Rees 2 13,137
22 August 1987 1st Aston Villa A W 2–0 Handysides, Rees 30,870
29 August 1987 3rd AFC Bournemouth H D 1–1 Kennedy 8,284
1 September 1987 5th Millwall A L 1–3 Rees 6,758
5 September 1987 14th Crystal Palace H L 0–6 7,011
12 September 1987 10th Swindon Town A W 2–0 Handysides, Whitton 9,128
15 September 1987 6th Blackburn Rovers H W 1–0 Whitton 6,032
19 September 1987 5th Shrewsbury Town H D 0–0 7,183
26 September 1987 8th Plymouth Argyle A D 1–1 McElhinney og 8,912
30 September 1987 8th West Bromwich Albion A L 1–2 Kennedy 15,399
3 October 1987 7th Huddersfield Town H W 2–0 Whitton 2 6,282
10 October 1987 8th Reading H D 2–1 Whitton, Kennedy 6,147
17 October 1987 9th Bradford City A L 0–4 12,256
20 October 1987 7th Sheffield United A W 2–0 Withe 2 9,287
24 October 1987 9th Middlesbrough H D 0–0 7,404
31 October 1987 6th Oldham Athletic A W 2–1 Frain, Whitton pen 5,486
3 November 1987 6th Barnsley H W 2–0 Whitton 2 6,622
7 November 1987 7th Hull City A L 0–2 7,901
14 November 1987 8th Leicester City H D 2–2 Whitton 2 8,666
21 November 1987 10th Manchester City A L 0–3 22,690
28 November 1987 9th Ipswich Town H W 1–0 Frain 6,718
5 December 1987 10th Leeds United A L 1–4 Kennedy 15,987
12 December 1987 10th Aston Villa H L 1–2 Kennedy 27,789
19 December 1987 12th Blackburn Rovers A L 0–2 8,542
26 December 1987 15th Plymouth Argyle H L 0–1 9,166
28 December 1987 14th Shrewsbury Town A D 0–0 6,367
1 January 1988 14th AFC Bournemouth A L 2–4 Dicks, Wigley 7,963
2 January 1988 15th Swindon Town H D 1–1 Childs 7,829
16 January 1988 15th Stoke City A L 1–3 Kennedy 10,076
6 February 1988 16th Crystal Palace A L 0–3 8,809
9 February 1988 16th Millwall H W 1–0 Whitton 5,878
27 February 1988 16th Huddersfield Town A D 2–2 Robinson, Whitton 5,441
5 March 1988 17th Bradford City H D 1–1 Whitton 8,101
8 March 1988 17th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 12,331
12 March 1988 17th Reading A D 1–1 Handysides 6,598
19 March 1988 17th Oldham Athletic H L 1–3 Wigley 6,012
26 March 1988 17th Middlesbrough A D 1–1 Atkins 15,465
2 April 1988 17th Hull City H D 1–1 Williams 7,059
5 April 1988 18th Leicester City A L 0–2 13,541
9 April 1988 17th Sheffield United H W 1–0 Kennedy 7,046
23 April 1988 17th Barnsley A D 2–2 Whitton pen, Jeffels og 4,949
30 April 1988 17th Manchester City H L 0–3 8,014
2 May 1988 18th Ipswich Town A L 0–1 11,127
6 May 1988 18th Leeds United H D 0–0 6,024

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
17th AFC Bournemouth 44 13 10 21 56 68 −12 49
18th Shrewsbury Town 44 11 16 17 42 54 −12 49
19th Birmingham City 44 11 15 18 41 66 −25 48
20th West Bromwich Albion 44 12 11 21 50 69 −19 47
21st Sheffield United 44 13 7 24 45 74 −29 46
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: 1987–88 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 9 January 1988 Gillingham A W 3–0 Greenall og, Williams, Handysides 9,267
Fourth round 30 January 1988 Barnsley A W 2–0 Rees, Wigley 13,219
Fifth round 20 February 1988 Nottingham Forest H L 0–1 34,494

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 1st leg 18 August 1987 Mansfield Town A D 2–2 Whitton, Handysides 4,425
First round 2nd leg 25 August 1987 Mansfield Town H L 0–1 6,054

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 25 November 1987 Derby County A L 1–3 Whitton 8,277

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 League Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Roger Hansbury 22 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
GK  ENG Tony Godden 22 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
DF  ENG Kevin Ashley 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 0
DF  ENG Adrian Bird 6 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8 (3) 0
DF  ENG Julian DicksLeft club during playing season 32 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 1
DF  ENG Vince Overson 37 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 0
DF  ENG Ray Ranson 38 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 42 0
DF  ENG Brian Roberts 26 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 1
DF  SCO Tommy Williams 33 1 3 1 2 0 1 0 39 2
MF  ENG Ian Atkins 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
MF  SCO Des Bremner 37 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 42 0
MF  ENG Gary Childs 23 (9) 1 3 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 27 (10) 1
MF  ENG John Frain 12 (2) 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 (2) 2
MF  ENG Ian Handysides 28 (2) 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 33 (2) 5
MF  ENG Kevin Langley 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
MF  ENG Ronnie Morris 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF  ENG Paul Tait 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF  ENG John Trewick 25 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 28 (2) 0
MF  ENG Steve Wigley 43 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 49 3
MF  ENG Mark Yates 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (2) 0
FW  SCO Andy Kennedy 15 (13) 7 1 0 2 0 1 0 19 (13) 7
FW  WAL Tony ReesLeft club during playing season 17 (6) 4 2 1 2 0 0 (1) 0 21 (7) 5
FW  ENG Colin Robinson 3 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1
FW  ENG Guy Russell 6 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (3) 0
FW  ENG Neil Sproston 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
FW  ENG Phil Starbuck 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
FW  ENG Steve Whitton 32 (1) 14 2 0 2 1 1 1 37 (1) 16
FW  ENG Peter Withe* 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2

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 1987–1988: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  • Source for line-ups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 410–11, 480.

Specific

  1. ^ "English Division Two (old) 1987–1988: Table: 6 May 1988". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "English Division Two (old) 1987–1988: Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013.