1993–94 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1993–94 season
Chairman Jack Wiseman
Manager Terry Cooper until December 1993
Barry Fry thereafter
Ground St Andrew's
Division One 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Kidderminster Harriers)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Aston Villa)
Anglo-Italian Cup Preliminary round
Top goalscorer League: Andy Saville (9)
All: Paul Peschisolido, Andy Saville (10)
Highest home attendance 28,288 vs West Bromwich Albion, 28 December 1993
Lowest home attendance 2,710 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Anglo-Italian Cup prelim round, 14 September 1993
Average home league attendance 14,378

The 1993–94 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 91st in the Football League. They finished in 22nd position in the 24-team Division One, so were relegated to the third tier for 1994–95. They entered the 1993–94 FA Cup at the third-round stage, and lost their opening match to non-League club Kidderminster Harriers, and entered the League Cup in the first round, losing in the second to fellow Birmingham-based club Aston Villa. They were eliminated in the preliminary group of the Anglo-Italian Cup.[1]

After a poor start to the season, manager Terry Cooper resigned, believing that new owner David Sullivan wanted to bring in his own man.[2] He was replaced by Southend United manager Barry Fry, at the cost of a record Football League fine of £130,000 after being found guilty of poaching Fry and his staff.[3] At the end of the season, the Kop and Tilton Road terraces of the St Andrew's ground were demolished, to be re-opened the following season as all-seater stands.

The club's top scorer in league matches was Andy Saville with nine goals; Saville and Paul Peschisolido scored ten in all competitions.

Football League Division One[edit]

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
14 August 1993 23rd Charlton Athletic A L 0–1 7,788
22 August 1993 21st Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 Peschisolido, Saville 15,117
28 August 1993 13th Barnsley A W 3–2 Smith 2, Shutt 7,241
31 August 1993 11th Crystal Palace H L 2–4 Peschisolido 2 13,856
4 September 1993 7th Derby County H W 3–0 Saville 2, Frain 15,992
12 September 1993 8th Leicester City A D 1–1 Peschisolido 10,366
18 September 1993 11th Grimsby Town H D 1–1 Donowa 12,108
25 September 1993 12th Luton Town H D 1–1 Shutt 11,801
2 October 1993 11th Middlesbrough A D 2–2 Peschisolido 13,801
9 October 1993 15th Sunderland A L 0–1 19,265
16 October 1993 12th Watford H L 1–0 Wallace 12,823
19 October 1993 8th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–1 Shutt, Phillips og 12,071
23 October 1993 10th Peterborough United A L 0–1 7,575
31 October 1993 8th Millwall H W 1–0 Shutt 9,377
2 November 1993 10th Bristol City A L 0–3 9,192
6 November 1993 12th Nottingham Forest H L 0–3 16,996
20 November 1993 16th Portsmouth H L 0–1 11,896
27 November 1993 18th Tranmere Rovers H L 0–3 9,915
4 December 1993 18th Nottingham Forest A L 0–1 22,061
11 December 1993 20th Crystal Palace A L 1–2 Saville 11,935
18 December 1993 17th Charlton Athletic H W 1–0 Lowe 13,714
26 December 1993 17th Stoke City A L 1–2 Peschisolido 16,563
28 December 1993 17th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–0 Saville pen, Peschisolido 28,228
1 January 1994 19th Southend United A L 1–3 Peschisolido 10,731
3 January 1994 17th Oxford United H D 1–1 Donowa 15,142
11 January 1994 17th Notts County A L 1–2 Cooper 7,212
15 January 1994 20th Watford A L 2–5 Willis, McGavin 7,636
22 January 1994 20th Sunderland H D 0–0 15,884
5 February 1994 21st Peterborough United H D 0–0 15,140
12 February 1994 22nd Millwall A L 1–2 Saville 9,538
19 February 1994 22nd Notts County H L 2–3 Frain pen., Saville 12,913
22 February 1994 22nd Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 0–3 24,931
25 February 1994 22nd Derby County A D 1–1 Claridge 16,624
5 March 1994 23rd Barnsley H L 0–2 15,382
12 March 1994 23rd Grimsby Town A L 0–1 5,405
15 March 1994 24th Leicester City H L 0–3 14,681
19 March 1994 24th Luton Town A D 1–1 Claridge 7,690
26 March 1994 24th Middlesbrough H W 1–0 Saville 12,409
29 March 1994 24th Oxford United A L 0–2 8,393
2 April 1994 23rd Stoke City H W 3–1 Claridge, Ward, Willis 13,568
9 April 1994 23rd Southend United H W 3–1 Doherty, Saville, Willis 14,307
16 April 1994 23rd Bristol City H D 2–2 Claridge pen, Donowa 20,316
23 April 1994 22nd Portsmouth A W 2–0 Willis, Claridge pen. 11,101
27 April 1994 21st West Bromwich Albion A W 4–2 Claridge 2, Donowa, Saville 20,316
30 April 1994 22nd Bolton Wanderers A D 1–1 Willis 13,602
8 May 1994 22nd Tranmere Rovers A W 2–1 Donowa, Garnett o.g. 15,210


League table (part)[edit]

Final Division One table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
20th Luton Town 46 14 11 21 56 60 −4 53
21st West Bromwich Albion 46 13 12 21 60 69 −9 51
22nd Birmingham City 46 13 12 21 52 69 −17 51
23rd Oxford United 46 13 10 23 54 75 −21 49
24th Peterborough United 46 8 13 25 48 76 −28 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 [4]

Note that goals scored took precedence over goal difference as a tiebreaker in the Football League.[4]


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 13 12 21 52 69 −17 51 9 7 7 28 29 −1 4 5 14 24 40 −16

Source: [4]


FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Third round 8 January 1994 Kidderminster Harriers H L 1–2 Harding 19,668


League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 1st leg 17 August 1993 Plymouth Argyle H W 3–0 Parris, Frain, Peschisolido 9,304
First round 2nd leg 24 August 1993 Plymouth Argyle A L 0–2
3–2 agg.
3,659
Second round 1st leg 21 September 1993 Aston Villa H L 0–1 27,815
Second round 2nd leg 6 October 1993 Aston Villa A L 0–1
0–2 agg.
35,856


Anglo-Italian Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Preliminary round 15 September 1993 Stoke City A L 0–2 8,633
Preliminary round 29 September 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 Wratten 2 2,710


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 included in matchday squads
Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup Anglo-Italian Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Ian Bennett 22 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
GK  ENG Kevin Miller 24 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 30 0
DF  ENG Dave Barnett 8 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 (1) 0
DF  ENG Ian Clarkson Left club during playing season 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF  ENG Gary Cooper 16 (2) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 (2) 1
DF  IRE Liam Daish 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
DF  ENG Richard Dryden 34 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 39 0
DF  CAN Paul Fenwick 6 (3) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 2 0 9 (4) 0
DF  ENG John Frain 26 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 30 3
DF  ENG Martin Hicks Left club during playing season 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF  ENG Scott Hiley 28 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 33 0
DF  ENG Richard Huxford * 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
DF  ENG George Parris 22 (2) 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 25 (2) 1
DF  ENG Graham Potter Left club during playing season 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
DF  ENG Darren Rogers 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
DF  ENG Richard Scott 5 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 6 (2) 0
DF  ENG Chris Whyte 33 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 39 0
DF  ENG Ian Wratten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 2 0 (1) 2
MF  ENG Neil Doherty 12 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 (1) 1
MF  POR José Dominguez 3 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (2) 0
MF  ENG Louie Donowa 14 (7) 5 1 0 2 (1) 0 1 0 18 (8) 5
MF  ENG Keith Downing 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
MF  ENG Paul Harding 14 (2) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 15 (2) 1
MF  CAN Lyndon Hooper 1 (4) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 (4) 0
MF  WAL Leigh Jenkinson * 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0
MF  ENG Kenny Lowe 10 (2) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 (2) 1
MF  ENG Paul Mardon Left club during playing season 5 (3) 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 2 0 9 (4) 0
MF  SCO Ted McMinn Left club during playing season 19 (3) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 22 (4) 0
MF  ENG Dean Peer Left club during playing season 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF  ENG Steve Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0
MF  ENG Peter Shearer 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF  ENG Carl Shutt 18 (8) 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 21 (8) 4
MF  ENG Paul Tait 9 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 12 (1) 0
MF  ENG Danny Wallace 8 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 (2) 1
MF  ENG Mark Ward 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
FW  ENG Simon Black 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 3 (1) 0
FW  ENG Steve Claridge 17 (1) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 (1) 7
FW  ENG Miguel de Souza 1 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (6) 0
FW  ENG Steve McGavin 6 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 1
FW  ENG Trevor Morgan Left club during playing season 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0
FW  ENG Paul Moulden 5 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 (2) 0
FW  CAN Paul Peschisolido 21 (3) 9 0 0 2 1 0 0 23 (3) 10
FW  ENG Andy Saville 38 (1) 10 1 0 3 0 0 0 42 (1) 10
FW  ENG David Smith Left club during playing season 22 (3) 2 0 (1) 0 4 0 1 0 27 (4) 2
FW  ENG Roger Willis 11 (5) 5 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 11 (6) 5

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 1993–1994: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 422–23, 477.

Specific

  1. ^ Matthews (1995), Complete Record, p. 244.
  2. ^ Walker, Andy (17 October 2007). "Cooper: Stay put Brucey". Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Phil (18 February 1994). "Sullivan stung for £130,000 over Fry: Birmingham's blues". The Independent (London). Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Birmingham City 1993–1994 : English Division One Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 15 October 2011.