2000–01 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2000–01 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Trevor Francis
Stadium St Andrew's
First Division 5th
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Geoff Horsfield
Marcelo (7)
All: Geoff Horsfield (12)
Highest home attendance 29,150 (14 March 2001 vs Blackburn Rovers, First Division)
Lowest home attendance 8,960 (26 September 2000 vs Wycombe Wanderers, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 21,283

The 2000–01 season was Birmingham City Football Club '​s 98th season in the English football league system. It ran from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001.

Led by manager Trevor Francis, the team repeated the previous season's fifth place finish in the Football League First Division to qualify for the play-offs for a second consecutive season, but suffered another semi-final defeat, this time to Preston North End, losing 4–2 on penalties after drawing 2–2 over two legs. They were eliminated in the third round of the FA Cup, and reached the Football League Cup final for the first time since 1963, facing Liverpool. Liverpool took the lead in the 30th minute through Robbie Fowler, but Birmingham equalised in the last minute of normal time with a Darren Purse penalty. No further goals were scored in extra time, so the match was settled in a penalty shoot-out; Martin Grainger's and Andrew Johnson's penalties were saved, and Liverpool won 5–4 on penalties.

The top scorer for the season was Geoff Horsfield, with twelve goals in all competitions, of which seven were in the League; Marcelo also scored seven league goals.

Kit[edit]

French apparel manufacturers Le Coq Sportif remained Birmingham's kit suppliers for the third season in a row, and introduced a new kit for the season. Auto Windscreens remained the kit sponsors, also for the third consecutive season.[1]

Football League First Division[edit]

Match details[edit]

General sources:[2] Match content not verifiable from these sources is referenced individually.
Date League[3]
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
12 August 2000 11th Queens Park Rangers A D 0–0 13,926
18 August 2000 16th Fulham H L 1–3 Sonner 36' 21,659
26 August 2000 14th Nottingham Forest A W 2–1 Marcelo 16', Eaden 45' 18,820
28 August 2000 5th Barnsley H W 4–1 Ndlovu 9', Grainger 35' pen., Holdsworth 51', Hughes 90' 17,160
9 September 2000 6th Sheffield United H W 1–0 O'Connor 9' pen. 21,493
12 September 2000 4th Preston North End H W 3–1 Ndlovu 58', A. Johnson 65', O'Connor 78' pen. 16,484
17 September 2000 4th West Bromwich Albion A D 1–1 Horsfield 61' 19,858
23 September 2000 4th Tranmere Rovers H W 2–0 Grainger 73', Horsfield 90' 17,640
1 October 2000 5th Watford A L 0–2 12,355
8 October 2000 4th Crewe Alexandra A W 2–0 Hughes 54', Marcelo 81' 6,829
14 October 2000 4th Crystal Palace H W 2–1 Burchill 72', Adebola 85' 17,191
17 October 2000 3rd Stockport County H W 4–0 Horsfield 13', Grainger 70' pen., Burchill (2) 80', 87' 15,579
22 October 2000 3rd Sheffield Wednesday A L 0–1 14,695
25 October 2000 3rd Gillingham H W 1–0 Marcelo 90' 26,044
28 October 2000 3rd Portsmouth A D 1–1 Eaden 48' 15,218
4 November 2000 3rd Bolton Wanderers H D 1–1 Grainger 50' pen. 20,043
7 November 2000 3rd Norwich City A L 0–1 13,900
18 November 2000 4th Burnley H W 3–2 Adebola 48', O'Connor 50', Burchill 86' 19,641
25 November 2000 3rd Huddersfield Town H W 2–1 Lazaridis 26', Horsfield 45' 22,120
2 December 2000 2nd Gillingham A W 2–1 M. Johnson 78', Horsfield 90' 9,247
9 December 2000 3rd Wimbledon H L 0–3 16,778
17 December 2000 3rd Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 1–0 Adebola 32' 19,938
23 December 2000 3rd Queens Park Rangers H D 0–0 24,311
26 December 2000 4th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–2 Purse 88' 24,899
1 January 2001 6th Nottingham Forest H L 0–2 20,034
13 January 2001 6th Barnsley A W 3–2 Marcelo 16', M. Johnson 40', Lazaridis 48' 13,631
27 January 2001 5th Fulham A W 1–0 Grainger 47' 15,482
3 February 2001 5th Norwich City H W 2–1 Hughes 9', Purse 62' pen. 18,551
10 February 2001 6th Sheffield United A L 1–3 Horsfield 89' 19,313
17 February 2001 4th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–1 Adebola 36', O'Connor 57' 25,025
20 February 2001 4th Preston North End A W 2–0 Grainger 11', A. Johnson 71' 14,864
2 March 2001 4th Watford H W 2–0 Eaden 45', Hughes 79' 20,724
6 March 2001 4th Crystal Palace A W 2–1 Upson 48' o.g., Adebola 59' 13,987
10 March 2001 3rd Crewe Alexandra H W 2–0 Purse 61' pen., A. Johnson 77' 28,042
14 March 2001 4th Blackburn Rovers H L 0–2 29,150
17 March 2001 4th Stockport County A L 0–2 7,176
20 March 2001 4th Grimsby Town A D 1–1 A. Johnson 10' 4,843
24 March 2001 4th Sheffield Wednesday H L 1–2 Horsfield 60' 19,733
1 April 2001 4th Wolverhampton Wanderers H L 0–1 24,003
7 April 2001 4th Wimbledon A L 1–3 Marcelo 86' 6,619
10 April 2001 5th Tranmere Rovers A L 0–1 8,004
13 April 2001 4th Bolton Wanderers A D 2–2 O'Connor 14', Marcelo 57' 15,025
16 April 2001 4th Portsmouth H D 0–0 23,304
21 April 2001 5th Burnley A D 0–0 17,057
28 April 2001 5th Grimsby Town H W 1–0 Marcelo 64' 24,822
6 May 2001 5th Huddersfield Town A W 2–1 Woodhouse (2) 21', 45' 19,290

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
3rd Bolton Wanderers 46 24 15 7 76 45 31 87
4th Preston North End 46 23 9 14 64 52 12 78
5th Birmingham City 46 23 9 14 59 48 11 78
6th West Bromwich Albion 46 21 11 14 60 52 8 74
7th Burnley 46 21 9 16 50 54 −4 72
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]

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 23 9 14 59 48 +11 78 14 3 6 34 22 +12 9 6 8 25 26 −1

Source: [4]

Play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
Semifinal 1st leg 13 May 2001 Preston North End H W 1–0 Eaden 54' 29,072 [5]
Semifinal 2nd leg 17 May 2001 Preston North End A L 1–2 a.e.t.
2–4 pens.
Horsfield 58' 16,928 [6]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2000–01 FA Cup
FA Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
Third round 6 January 2001 Manchester City A L 2–3 Grainger 57', Adebola 61' 19,380 [2]

League Cup[edit]

General sources:[2] Match content not verifiable from these sources is referenced individually.
League Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
First round first leg 22 August 2000 Southend United A W 5–0 Eaden 5', Marcelo 10', M. Johnson 28', Adebola 74', Hughes 85' 3,694
First round second leg 5 September 2000 Southend United H D 0–0
5–0 agg.
9,507
Second round first leg 19 September 2000 Wycombe Wanderers A W 4–3 Horsfield (2) 3', 22', A. Johnson (2) 24', 87' 2,537
Second round second leg 26 September 2000 Wycombe Wanderers H W 1–0
5–3 agg.
Ndlovu 66' 8,960
Third round 31 October 2000 Tottenham Hotspur A W 3–1 Adebola (2) 15', 28', Burchill 45' 27,096
Fourth round 29 November 2000 Newcastle United H W 2–1 Adebola 31', M. Johnson 90' 18,520
Quarter-final 12 December 2000 Sheffield Wednesday H W 2–0 Sonner 28', Adebola 57' 22,911
Semi-final first leg 9 January 2001 Ipswich Town A L 0–1 21,684
Semi-final second leg 31 January 2001 Ipswich Town H W 4–1 a.e.t
4–2 agg.
Grainger 43', Horsfield (2) 56', 103', A. Johnson 117' 28,624

Final[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
1 July 2000 David Burrows (Coventry City) Free [8]
5 July 2000 Nicky Eaden (Barnsley) Free [9]
10 July 2000 Geoff Horsfield Fulham £2.25m [10]
3 August 2000 Danny Sonner (Sheffield Wednesday) Free [11]
2 February 2001 Curtis Woodhouse Sheffield United £1m [12]
dagger Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
28 June 2000 Gary Rowett £3m Leicester City [13]
January 2001 Jimmy Haarhoff Free Chester City [14]
2 February 2001 Peter Ndlovu Released (Sheffield United) [12]
9 February 2001 Steve Robinson Undisclosed Swindon Town [15]
10 April 2001 Simon Marsh Released (Tamworth) [16]
30 June 2001 Jon Bass Released (Hartlepool United) [17][18]
30 June 2001 James Dyson Released (Hednesford Town) [17][19]
30 June 2001 Kevin Poole Released (Birmingham City) [20]
dagger Brackets round a club denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
15 September 2000 Gary Charles West Ham United One month [21]
22 September 2000 Mark Burchill Celtic Three months [22]
13 November 2000 Richard Edghill Manchester City One month [23]
14 December 2000 Steve Jenkins Huddersfield Town One month [24]
9 February 2001 Carl Tiler Charlton Athletic 21 February 2001 [25]
13 February 2001 Peter Atherton Bradford City Three months [26]
16 March 2001 Jamie Pollock Crystal Palace 17 May 2001 [27]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
7 August 2000 Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers Two months [28]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Source:[29][30]
Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangular card A red rectangular card
1 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 45 0 1 0 10 0 2 0 58 0 2 0
2 DF  ENG Nicky Eaden 44 (1) 3 1 0 10 1 1 (1) 1 56 (2) 5 4 0
3 DF  ENG Martin Grainger 35 6 1 1 10 1 1 0 47 8 4 1
4 DF  ENG David Burrows 8 (5) 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 8 (7) 0 1 0
5 DF  ENG Darren Purse 34 (3) 3 1 0 8 (1) 1 2 0 45 (4) 4 9 1
6 DF  ENG David Holdsworth 24 (5) 1 0 0 4 0 0 (1) 0 28 (6) 1 8 1
7 MF  NIR Jon McCarthy 7 (8) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 9 (9) 0 1 0
8 FW  BRA Marcelo 16 (15) 7 0 (1) 0 2 (3) 1 2 0 20 (19) 8 3 0
9 FW  ENG Geoff Horsfield 25 (9) 7 0 (1) 0 5 (1) 4 2 1 32 (11) 12 8 0
10 MF  ENG Bryan Hughes 38 (7) 4 0 (1) 0 6 (3) 1 0 (2) 0 44 (13) 5 4 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 26 (5) 2 1 0 5 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 33 (8) 2 3 0
12 MF  CAY Martin O'Connor 28 (2) 5 1 0 9 0 2 0 40 (2) 5 8 0
13 GK  ENG Kevin Poole 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
14 MF  ENG Graham Hyde 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 (3) 0 1 0
15 DF  ENG Jerry Gill 21 (8) 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 29 (8) 0 4 0
17 DF  JAM Michael Johnson 39 2 1 0 8 2 2 0 50 4 4 0
18Left club during playing season MF  ENG Steve Robinson 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 (6) 0 0 0
18Left club during playing season MF  ENG Jamie Pollock 4 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (1) 0 1 0
19 FW  ENG Andrew Johnson 20 (14) 4 0 0 1 (6) 3 0 0 21 (20) 7 4 0
19Left club during playing season DF  ENG Gary Charles 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
20 MF  ENG Jacques Williams 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 (3) 0 0 0
21 MF  COD Trésor Luntala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22Left club during playing season DF  WAL Steve Jenkins 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0
23 DF  ENG Jon Bass 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
24 FW  NGA Dele Adebola 16 (15) 5 1 1 6 (2) 5 0 0 23 (17) 11 1 0
25 FW  ENG Paul Furlong 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0 0 0
26Left club during playing season FW  ZIM Peter Ndlovu 10 (2) 2 1 0 5 (1) 1 0 0 16 (3) 3 1 0
27 DF  NIR Tony Capaldi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29Left club during playing season DF  ENG Carl Tiler 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 DF  ENG Peter Atherton 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 0 0 0
29Left club during playing season DF  ENG Richard Edghill 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
30 MF  ENG Curtis Woodhouse 17 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 19 2 4 0
30Left club during playing season FW  SCO Mark Burchill 4 (9) 4 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1 7 (10) 5 0 0
32 MF  NIR Danny Sonner 22 (4) 1 1 0 9 1 2 0 34 (4) 2 6 0
33 GK  ENG Neil Barnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
16 DF  ENG James Dyson
22 DF  ENG Simon Marsh
28Left club during playing season MF  NIR Jimmy Haarhoff
28 DF  ENG Joey Hutchinson
31 MF  FRA Mickael Sabathier
31Left club during playing season GK  ENG Darren Horrigan

References[edit]

General
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