1988–89 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1988–89 season
Chairman Ken Wheldon until April 1989
Samesh Kumar thereafter
Manager Garry Pendrey until April 1989
Dave Mackay thereafter
Ground St Andrew's
Football League Second Division 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Wimbledon)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Aston Villa)
Full Members Cup First round
(eliminated by Aston Villa)
Top goalscorer League: Steve Whitton
Colin Robinson (5)
All: Steve Whitton (6)
Highest home attendance 21,177 vs Aston Villa, League Cup 2nd round, 27 September 1988
Lowest home attendance 4,026 vs Swindon Town, 18 April 1989
Average home league attendance 6,289

The 1988–89 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 86th in the Football League and their 26th in the Second Division. They finished in 23rd position in the division, expanded for this season to 24 teams as part of a restructuring process, so were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in the club's history. They entered the 1988–89 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Wimbledon in that round, were eliminated at the second-round stage of the League Cup by local rivals Aston Villa 7–0 over two legs, and lost in the first round of the Full Members Cup, again to Aston Villa, this time by six goals to nil.

The top scorers in league matches were Steve Whitton and Colin Robinson with five goals apiece; Whitton scored six, if goals scored in all competitions are counted. The average attendance, of 6,289, was the lowest ever at St Andrew's.[1]

In April 1989, Ken Wheldon sold the club to the Kumar brothers, owners of a Manchester-based fashion and leisurewear company. Dave Mackay was brought in as general manager, previous manager Garry Pendrey refused to stay on as part of Mackay's staff, and Wheldon retained a seat on the board while Samesh Kumar became chairman.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
27 August 1988 22nd Watford A L 0–1 12,656
3 September 1988 22nd Leicester City H L 2–3 Walsh og, Robinson 7,932
10 September 1988 24th Oldham Athletic A L 0–4 5,810
17 September 1988 20th Sunderland H W 3–2 Childs, Atkins, Robinson 6,871
20 September 1988 22nd Walsall A L 0–5 8,780
24 September 1988 23rd Blackburn Rovers A L 0–3 7,562
1 October 1988 24th Barnsley H L 3–5 Atkins, Robinson, Langley 4,892
4 October 1988 24th Plymouth Argyle H L 0–1 4,435
8 October 1988 22nd AFC Bournemouth A W 1–0 Frain 6,186
15 October 1988 22nd West Bromwich Albion H L 1–4 Bremner 10,453
22 October 1988 24th Manchester City A D 0–0 20,205
25 October 1988 24th Stoke City H L 0–1 6,262
29 October 1988 24th Swindon Town A L 1–2 Atkins pen 6,937
5 November 1988 24th Portsmouth H D 0–0 5,866
12 November 1988 24th Oxford United A L 0–3 5,600
19 November 1988 24th Hull City A D 1–1 Langley 5,134
22 November 1988 24th Leeds United H D 0–0 6,168
26 November 1988 24th Ipswich Town H W 1–0 Whitton 5,932
3 December 1988 24th Bradford City A D 2–2 Whitton, Richards 9,503
10 December 1988 24th Crystal Palace H L 0–1 6,523
16 December 1988 24th Chelsea H L 1–4 Whitton 7,897
26 December 1988 23rd Shrewsbury Town A D 0–0 7,347
31 December 1988 23rd Brighton & Hove Albion A L 0–4 9,324
2 January 1988 23rd Oldham Athletic H D 0–0 5,998
14 January 1989 23rd Leeds United A L 0–1 21,843
21 January 1989 23rd Watford H L 2–3 Whitton 2 (1 pen) 6,396
4 February 1989 23rd Plymouth Argyle A W 1–0 Robinson 7,721
11 February 1989 23rd AFC Bournemouth H L 0–1 6,444
18 February 1989 23rd Manchester City H L 0–2 11,707
25 February 1989 23rd West Bromwich Albion A D 0–0 16,148
28 February 1989 24th Stoke City A L 0–1 7,904
4 March 1989 24th Oxford United H D 0–0 Whitton 4,954
11 March 1989 24th Portsmouth A L 0–1 8,110
18 March 1989 23rd Walsall H W 1–0 Wigley 6,558
25 March 1989 24th Leicester City A L 0–2 9,464
27 March 1989 24th Shrewsbury Town H L 1–2 Sturridge 4,964
1 April 1989 24th Sunderland A D 2–2 Frain, Yates 10,927
4 April 1989 24th Chelsea A L 1–3 Richards 14,796
8 April 1989 24th Brighton & Hove Albion H L 1–2 Sturridge 4,579
15 April 1989 24th Barnsley A D 0–0 6,464
18 April 1989 24th Swindon Town H L 1–2 Peer 4,026
22 April 1989 24th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–0 Robinson, Yates 5,813
29 April 1989 24th Ipswich Town A L 0–4 9,998
1 May 1989 23rd Bradford City H W 1–0 Frain 4,735
6 May 1989 23rd Hull City H W 1–0 Yates 4,686
13 May 1989 23rd Crystal Palace A L 1–4 Sturridge 17,581

League table (part)[edit]

Final Second Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
20th Portsmouth 46 13 12 21 53 62 −9 51
21st Hull City 46 11 14 21 52 68 −16 47
22nd Shrewsbury Town 46 8 18 20 40 67 −27 42
23rd Birmingham City 46 8 11 27 31 76 −45 35
24th Walsall 46 5 16 25 41 80 −39 31
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 [3]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988–89 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 7 January 1989 Wimbledon H L 0–1 10,431

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 1st leg 30 August 1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 2–3 Thompson og, Bird 11,007
First round 2nd leg 6 September 1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 1–0 Whitton 8,981
Second round 1st leg 27 September 1988 Aston Villa H L 0–2 21,177
Second round 2nd leg 12 October 1988 Aston Villa A L 0–5 19,753

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 9 November 1988 Aston Villa A L 0–6 8,324

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 Tony ElliottLeft club during playing season 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK  ENG Tony Godden 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
GK  ENG Roger Hansbury 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
GK  WAL Martin Thomas 36 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 37 0
DF  ENG Kevin Ashley 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
DF  ENG Adrian Bird 11 (1) 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 14 (1) 1
DF  ENG Ian Clarkson 9 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 (1) 0
DF  ENG Matthew Fox 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF  ENG Vince Overson 41 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 45 0
DF  ENG Ray RansonLeft club during playing season 17 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 21 0
DF  ENG Brian Roberts 41 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 46 0
DF  ENG John TrewickLeft club during playing season 10 (1) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 (1) 0
MF  ENG Ian Atkins 43 3 0 0 4 0 1 0 48 3
MF  SCO Des Bremner 28 (1) 1 1 0 1 (2) 0 1 0 31 (3) 1
MF  ENG Micky Burton 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0
MF  ENG Gary Childs 16 (7) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 17 (8) 1
MF  ENG John Frain 28 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 32 3
MF  ENG Robert Hopkins 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
MF  ENG Kevin Langley 34 (2) 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 39 (2) 2
MF  ENG Ronnie Morris 3 (7) 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 5 (9) 0
MF  ENG Dean Peer 15 (2) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 17 (2) 1
MF  ENG Paul Tait 6 (4) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 (4) 0
MF  ENG Steve WigleyLeft club during playing season 33 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 39 1
MF  ENG Mark Yates 16 (3) 3 0 (1) 0 1 0 1 0 18 (4) 3
FW  ENG Carl Richards 18 (1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 (1) 2
FW  ENG Colin Robinson 31 (2) 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 36 (2) 5
FW  ENG Guy RussellLeft club during playing season 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
FW  ENG Simon Sturridge 13 (8) 3 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 14 (9) 3
FW  ENG Steve WhittonLeft club during playing season 23 5 1 0 2 (1) 1 0 0 26 (1) 6

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 1988–1989: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 412–13, 480.

Specific

  1. ^ Matthews (2010), Complete Record, p. 412.
  2. ^ Matthews (1995), Complete Record, pp. 44–46.
  3. ^ "English Division Two (old) 1988–1989 : Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 January 2012.