2004–05 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2004–05 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Steve Bruce
Ground St Andrew's
Premier League 12th
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Chelsea)
League Cup Third round
(eliminated by Fulham)
Top goalscorer League: Emile Heskey (10)
All: Emile Heskey (11)
Highest home attendance 29,382 vs Aston Villa, 20 March 2005
Lowest home attendance 15,363 vs Lincoln City, League Cup 2nd round, 21 September 2004
Average home league attendance 28,760[1]

The 2004–05 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 102nd season in the English football league system, their third season in the Premier League and their 53rd in the top tier of English football. It ran from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. Under the management of former Birmingham City player Steve Bruce, the team finished in 12th place, two places lower than the season before. They reached the fourth round of the FA Cup and the third round of the League Cup. The top scorer for the season was England forward Emile Heskey with eleven goals in all competitions, of which ten were scored in the League.

Premier League[edit]

Season review[edit]

August[edit]

Birmingham opened the season with an away trip to Portsmouth. Steve Bruce was able to name four new signings, Emile Heskey, Mario Melchiot Muzzy Izzet and Jesper Gronkjaer, in the first team, with Julian Gray on the bench. A quick paced game fired into life in the tenth minute as Damien Johnson was fouled just outside the Portsmouth box, and Robbie Savage stepped up to curl the free kick into the top corner of Shaka Hislop's goal. Only five minutes later Portsmouth were level, after Steve Stone was pushed in the area, and a penalty was awarded. Defender David Unsworth made no mistake as he sent keeper Maik Taylor the wrong way. There was chances for both teams to take the points at Fratton Park, but none were taken and the team left the south coast with a creditable 1–1 draw.

Big spending Chelsea were next up at St Andrew's, where Birmingham put in an impressive performance, but lost out to a second half Joe Cole goal. The first half saw chances spurned at both ends, with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba missing perhaps the easiest chance of the half, but it was Birmingham who were doing to pressing towards the end of the first half, and almost took the lead through both Emile Heskey and Julian Gray chances. On the 68th minute Chelsea took the lead, as Cole was given to much time in the Blues half, and he raced forward before beating Taylor at his near post. Cole had only come off the bench five minutes before his goal.

The first mid-week fixture of the season saw Manchester City come to St Andrew's. An eighth-minute goal from Emile Heskey was enough to snatch the points, and Birmingham ended a run of 11 Premier League games without victory. Australian Stan Lazaridis managed to find room on the left to cross the ball into Heskey who finished with a powerful header from 10 yards (9.1 m). Manchester City dominated large parts of the game, but the Birmingham defence stayed strong to secure their first three points of the season.

After a bright start at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur, the team found themselves pinned into their own half as Tottenham started to dominate the play. The only goal of the game was scored in the 34th minute as Jermain Defoe managed to turn Kenny Cunningham, before cutting inside Matthew Upson and hitting an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.

September[edit]

Deadline day signing Dwight Yorke made his debut at the Riverside Stadium as Birmingham took on Middlesbrough but could not prevent Mark Viduka taking the points. In the 27th minute, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink found Viduka, who controlled the ball and slotted it past Taylor. Birmingham equalised in the 42nd minute, as Heskey flicked the ball on to Forssell, who returned the ball for Heskey to smash home after a neat run into the area. Just after half time, Viduka got his second of the game. After a poor clearance from a Middlesbrough corner, Boudewijn Zenden got a cross into the area, which was flicked on by Gareth Southgate for Viduka to score from close range.

Yorke had more luck in Birmingham's next game, against Charlton Athletic. A weak cross from Jonatan Johansson was fumbled by Taylor, and Luke Young pounced to give Charlton the lead in the 49th minute. This got worse in the 57th minute, as Damien Johnson was sent off for a second booking after upending Johansson on the halfway line. Manager Steve Bruce decided to act, and in the 61st minute, be brought on Yorke and David Dunn, who was making his first start of the season after injury. Seven minutes later, an Izzet corner was met with a bullet header from Yorke, that left Dean Kiely no chance, and level the game.

Birmingham's next game was against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. A free kick by Iván Campo was cleared poorly by Upson, and the ball fell to Radhi Jaidi who controlled the ball before volleying past Taylor to give Bolton the lead. A better start to the second half saw Birmingham bounce back as Gronkjaer found room in the area before flicking the ball inside for Izzet to hit a first time shot in off the bar.

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
14 August 2004 5th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Savage 10' 20,021 [2]
21 August 2004 19th Chelsea H L 0–1 28,559 [2]
24 August 2004 7th Manchester City H W 1–0 Heskey 8' 28,551 [2]
28 August 2004 13th Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–1 35,290 [2]
11 September 2004 14th Middlesbrough A L 1–2 Heskey 42' 30,252 [2]
18 September 2004 14th Charlton Athletic H D 1–1 Yorke 68' 27,400 [2]
25 September 2004 15th Manchester United A D 1–1 Izzet 49' 23,692 [2]
3 October 2004 15th Newcastle United H D 2–2 Yorke 23', Upson 57' 29,021 [2]
16 October 2005 14th Manchester United H D 0–0 29,221 [2]
24 October 2004 14th Southampton A L 0–0 27,568 [2]
30 October 2004 16th Crystal Palace H L 0–1 28,916 [2]
6 November 2004 14th Liverpool A W 1–0 Anderton 77' 42,669 [2]
13 November 2004 15th Everton H L 0–1 28,388 [2]
21 November 2004 14th Blackburn Rovers A D 3–3 Anderton 17', Savage 38', Dunn 45' 20,290 [2]
27 November 2004 13th Norwich City H D 1–1 Morrison 9' 29,120 [2]
4 December 2004 15th Arsenal A L 0–3 38,064 [2]
12 December 2004 14th Aston Villa H W 2–1 Morrison 9', Dunn 18' 41,329 [2]
18 December 2004 14th West Bromwich Albion H W 4–0 Savage 4' pen., Morrison 23', Heskey 30' 28,880 [2]
26 December 2004 12th Middlesbrough H W 2–0 Morrison 10', Heskey 45' 29,082 [2]
28 December 2004 9th Fulham A W 3–2 Heskey 25', Carter 41', Savage 53' 18,706 [2]
1 January 2005 12th Newcastle United A L 1–2 Heskey 64' 52,222 [2]
4 January 2005 13th Bolton Wanderers H L 1–2 Upson 66' 27,177 [2]
15 January 2005 14th Charlton Athletic A L 1–3 Melchiot 55' 26,111 [2]
22 January 2005 15th Fulham H W 3–0 Volz 51' o.g. 28,512 [2]
2 February 2005 14th Southampton H W 2–1 Pandiani 12', Blake 41' pen. 28,797 [2]
5 February 2005 14th Manchester United A L 0–2 67,838 [2]
12 February 2005 12th Liverpool H W 2–0 Pandiani 38' pen., Gray 45' 29,318 [2]
26 February 2005 12th Crystal Palace A L 0–2 23,376 [2]
6 March 2005 13th West Bromwich Albion A L 0–2 25,749 [2]
20 March 2005 13th Aston Villa H W 2–0 Heskey 52', Gray 89' 29,382 [2]
2 April 2005 13th Tottenham Hotspur H D 1–1 Carter 66' 29,304 [2]
9 April 2005 13th Chelsea A D 1–1 Pandiani 65' 42,031 [2]
16 April 2005 12th Portsmouth H D 0–0 28,883 [2]
20 April 2005 13th Manchester City A L 0–3 42,453 [2]
23 April 2005 13th Everton A D 1–1 Heskey 5' 36,828 [2]
30 April 2005 12th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–1 Blake 61', Heskey 8' 28,621 [2]
7 May 2005 13th Norwich City A L 0–1 25,477 [2]
15 May 2005 12th Arsenal H W 2–1 Pandiani 80', Heskey 90' 29,302 [2]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Premier League table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
10th Aston Villa 38 12 11 15 45 52 −7 47
11th Charlton Athletic 38 12 10 16 52 48 4 46
12th Birmingham City 38 11 12 15 40 46 −6 45
13th Fulham 38 12 8 18 52 60 −8 44
14th Newcastle United 38 10 14 14 47 57 −10 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 [3]

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
38 11 12 15 40 46 −6 45 8 6 5 24 15 +9 3 6 10 16 31 −15

Source: [3]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 8 January 2005 Leeds United H W 3–0 Heskey 11', Carter (2) 21', 65' 25,159 [2]
Fourth round 30 January 2005 Chelsea A L 0–2 40,379 [2]

League Cup[edit]

Birmingham lost in the second round of the 2003–04 League Cup to Blackpool of Division Two.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Second round 3 October 2004 Lincoln City H W 3–1 Grønkjær 64', Morrison 77', Savage 80' pen. 15,363 [2]
Third round 27 October 2004 Fulham L 0–1 26,371 [2]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
18 May 2004 Emile Heskey Liverpool £6.25m [4]
23 June 2004 Julian Gray (Crystal Palace) Free [5]
1 July 2004 Muzzy Izzet (Leicester City) Free [6]
9 July 2004 Mario Melchiot (Chelsea) Free [7]
12 July 2004 Jesper Grønkjær Chelsea £2.2m [8]
10 August 2004 Darren Anderton (Tottenham Hotspur) Free [9]
31 August 2004 Dwight Yorke Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed [10]
1 January 2005 Njazi Kuqi FC Lahti £400,000 [11]
5 January 2005 Robbie Blake Burnley £1.25m [12]
25 January 2005 Alex Bruce Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed [13]
dagger Brackets round club names denote the player's contract with that club expired before he joined Birmingham City.

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
6 August 2004 Aliou Cissé £300,000 Portsmouth [14]
14 September 2004 Stern John £200,000 Coventry City [15]
1 January 2005 Jesper Grønkjær Undisclosed Atlético Madrid [16]
19 January 2005 Robbie Savage £3m Blackburn Rovers [17]
30 June 2005 Ian Bennett Free (Leeds United) [18]
25 April 2004 Dwight Yorke Cancelled (Sydney FC) [19]
dagger Brackets round club names denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
1 July 2004 Mikael Forssell Chelsea End of season [20]
18 January 2005 Salif Diao Liverpool End of season [21]
31 January 2005 Mehdi Nafti Racing Santander End of season [22]
31 January 2005 Walter Pandiani Deportivo La Coruña End of season [23]
31 January 2005 Jermaine Pennant Arsenal End of season [24]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
2 August 2004 Andrew Barrowman Blackpool Three weeks [25]
16 September 2004 Darren Carter Sunderland 6 December 2004 [26]
22 October 2004 Colin Doyle Chester City One month [27]
18 November 2004 Neil Kilkenny Oldham Athletic End of season [28]
4 December 2004 Colin Doyle Nottingham Forest End of season [29]
9 December 2004 Ian Bennett Sheffield United One month [30]
16 February 2005 Ian Bennett Coventry City One month [31]
11 March 2005 Alex Bruce Sheffield Wednesday End of season [32]

Appearances and goals[edit]

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 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
No. Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals! A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  NIR Maik Taylor 38 0 2 0 2 0 42 0 0 0
2 DF  CIV Olivier Tebily 9 (6) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 9 (8) 0 2 0
3 DF  ENG Jamie Clapham 18 (9) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 20 (11) 0 0 0
4 DF  IRE Kenny Cunningham 36 0 1 0 1 0 38 0 3 0
5 DF  ENG Matthew Upson 36 2 2 0 2 0 40 2 7 0
6 MF  TUR Muzzy Izzet 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1 3 1
7Left club during playing season MF  DEN Jesper Grønkjær 13 (3) 0 0 0 2 1 15 (3) 1 1 0
7 FW  ENG Robbie Blake 2 (9) 2 1 (1) 0 0 0 3 (10) 2 0 0
8Left club during playing season MF  WAL Robbie Savage 18 4 0 0 1 1 19 5 6 0
8 MF  ENG Jermaine Pennant 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 3 0
9Left club during playing season FW  FIN Mikael Forssell* 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
9 FW  URU Walter Pandiani* 13 (1) 4 0 0 0 0 13 (1) 4 2 0
10 MF  ENG David Dunn 9 (2) 2 0 0 0 (1) 0 9 (3) 2 4 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 15 (5) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 16 (6) 0 1 0
12 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14Left club during playing season FW  TRI Stern John 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (3) 0 0 0
14 FW  FIN Njazi Kuqi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF  ENG Martin Taylor 4 (3) 0 1 0 1 0 6 (3) 0 1 0
16 FW  ENG Emile Heskey 34 10 2 1 2 0 38 11 6 0
18 GK  BEL Nico Vaesen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW  IRE Clinton Morrison 13 (13) 4 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 1 14 (15) 5 5 0
20Left club during playing season MF  SEN Salif Diao* 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
21 MF  ENG Julian Gray 18 (14) 2 2 0 2 0 22 (14) 2 0 0
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson 36 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 36 (1) 0 8 2
24 MF  ENG Darren Carter 12 (3) 2 2 2 0 0 14 (3) 4 1 0
25 MF  ENG Stephen Clemence 13 (9) 0 2 0 2 0 17 (9) 0 3 0
29 DF  NED Mario Melchiot 33 1 2 0 2 0 37 1 3 0
32 MF  ENG Darren Anderton 9 (11) 3 2 0 2 0 13 (11) 3 2 0
33 FW  TRI Dwight Yorke 4 (9) 2 0 (1) 0 2 0 6 (10) 2 1 0
36 MF  TUN Mehdi Nafti* 7 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 7 (3) 0 4 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name
13 GK  IRE Colin Doyle
17 FW  ENG Neil Kilkenny
20Left club during playing season DF  ENG Martin Grainger
23 DF  ENG Mat Sadler
26 DF  ENG Chris Cottrill
27 FW  SCO Andrew Barrowman
28 MF  ENG Carl Motteram
30 DF  ENG Sam Oji
31 DF  ENG Sam Alsop
34 MF  ENG Peter Till
35 DF  IRE Alex Bruce

References[edit]

General

Specific

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