2006–07 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2006–07 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Steve Bruce
Ground St Andrew's
The Championship 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Reading)
League Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Liverpool)
Top goalscorer League: Gary McSheffrey (13)
All: Gary McSheffrey (16)
Highest home attendance 29,431 vs Queens Park Rangers, 26 December 2006
Lowest home attendance 10,491 vs Wrexham, League Cup 2nd round, 19 September 2006
Average home league attendance 22,273[1]

The 2006–07 season season was Birmingham City Football Club's 104th consecutive season played in the English football league system, their 46th in the second tier of English football, and their first season at that level under the name of the Football League Championship. Managed by Steve Bruce, Birmingham were promoted back to the Premier League after just one season in the Championship. They reached the fourth round of both the 2006–07 FA Cup and League Cup. The 2006–07 season also marked the 100th anniversary of the first match held at their St Andrew's stadium.

Gary McSheffrey was top scorer with 16 goals, of which 13 were scored in the league.


Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
8 July 2006 Burton Albion A W 5–1 Campbell (4) 6' 86' 88' 90', Jerome 48' [2][3]
22 July 2006 Tottenham Hotspur H L 0–2 [4]
29 July 2006 AS Nancy H D 1–1 Forssell [5]

Season review[edit]

Birmingham returned straight back to the Premier League by finishing second in The Championship thereby gaining automatic promotion.[6] The team had started the season inconsistently leaving them in ninth position after the 0–1 defeat to Norwich City on 17 November. This led to supporters calling for the sacking of manager Steve Bruce, but the board held firm and the team pulled themselves around; the year finished with Birmingham topping the table by nine points after dropping only seven points in 15 games since the defeat against Norwich.

Boxing Day saw the centenary of the opening of St Andrew's. Queens Park Rangers were the team to visit on the historic day, and Birmingham marked the occasion by defeating their rivals by 2–1. Many fans also hoped that the 'curse of the gypsies' would finally be dispelled from the stadium, and at last the team could make their mark on English football.[7]

The FA Cup saw Birmingham overturn Newcastle United away from home that was undoubtedly the result of the season. Goals from Gary McSheffrey, Bruno N'Gotty, Sebastian Larsson, DJ Campbell, and an own goal by former Aston Villa midfielder Nolberto Solano gave Birmingham a 5–1 victory at St James' Park. Blues went on to lose in the next round to Reading.

Birmingham once again returned to some inconsistent form, but a run of good results after the Easter games against Burnley and Barnsley saw them climb back to the top of the table with one game to go, and after Crystal Palace beat Derby County, promotion was secured. The only thing left to be sorted out was who would win the league, Birmingham or Sunderland? Blues had a one point lead, but after a defeat to Preston North End and a victory for Sunderland, Blues were confined to finishing second. But promotion back to the big time was secured.

The end of season awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, saw Stephen Clemence win the player of the season and players' player of the season awards. Fabrice Muamba was chosen young player of the season,[8] and Krystian Pearce was the Academy player of the season. Sebastian Larsson's goal against Sheffield Wednesday on 28 April was chosen goal of the season, and the breakthrough award, sponsored by the local radio station, went to goalkeeper Colin Doyle, whose penalty save against Wolverhampton Wanderers in April earned him the "magic moment" award.[9]

The Championship[edit]

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
5 August 2006 4th Colchester United H W 2–1 Campbell 30', Bendtner 79' 24,238 [10]
9 August 2006 4th Sunderland A W 1–0 Forssell 40' pen. 26,668 [10]
12 August 2006 4th Stoke City A D 0–0 12,347 [10]
19 August 2006 1st Crystal Palace H W 2–1 Bendtner 23', Larsson 90' 20,223 [10]
26 August 2006 4th Cardiff City A L 0–2 20,109 [10]
9 September 2006 2nd Hull City H W 2–1 Campbell 16', Bendtner 53' 19,228 [10]
12 September 2006 1st Queens Park Rangers A W 2–0 N'Gotty 23', Jerome 90' 10,936 [10]
16 September 2006 2nd Ipswich Town H D 2–2 Campbell 74', Dunn 86' 20,841 [10]
23 September 2006 2nd Leeds United A L 2–3 Warner 13' o.g., Bendtner 74' 18,898 [10]
30 September 2006 2nd Leicester City H D 1–1 McSheffrey 58' 18,002 [10]
14 October 2006 6th Luton Town A L 2–3 Campbell 14' Danns 66' 9,275 [10]
17 October 2006 9th Norwich City H L 0–1 20,537 [10]
21 October 2006 8th Derby County A W 1–0 Clemence 84' 25,673 [10]
28 October 2006 6th West Bromwich Albion H W 2–0 McSheffrey (2) 19', 90' 21,009 [10]
31 October 2006 4th Coventry City A W 1–0 Bendtner 26' 27,212 [10]
4 November 2006 4th Plymouth Argyle A W 1–0 Jaïdi 75' 17,008 [10]
11 November 2006 3rd Barnsley H W 2–0 McSheffrey 35', Danns 90' 19,344 [10]
18 November 2006 3rd Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 1–1 McSheffrey 30' 22,256 [10]
25 November 2006 3rd Burnley A W 2–1 Bendtner 15', Campbell 83' 12,889 [10]
29 November 2006 3rd Southampton A W 1–0 Jerome 68', Bendtner 72', Jaïdi 90' 21,889 [10]
2 December 2006 1st Plymouth Argyle H W 3–0 Bendtner 21', Upson 30', McSheffrey 41' 22,592 [10]
9 December 2006 1st Preston North End H W 3–1 McSheffrey (3) 32', 40', 89' pen. 23,159 [10]
16 December 2006 1st Sheffield Wednesday A W 3–0 Clemence 42', McSheffrey 65', Jerome 90' 26,083 [10]
23 December 2006 1st Southend United A W 4–0 Campbell 8', Clemence 38', McSheffrey 54', Jaïdi 84' 9,781 [10]
26 December 2006 1st Queens Park Rangers H W 2–1 Upson 22', Jerome 62' 29,431 [10]
29 December 2006 1st Luton Town H D 2–2 McSheffrey 31', Danns 90' 24,642 [10]
1 January 2007 1st Ipswich Town A L 0–1 22,436 [10]
30 January 2007 2nd Southend United H L 1–3 Clarke 9' o.g. 19,177 [10]
3 February 2007 4th Colchester United A D 1–1 Clemence 66' 5,918 [10]
11 February 2007 2nd Stoke City H W 1–0 McSheffrey 71' 15,854 [10]
17 February 2007 2nd Crystal Palace A W 1–0 Jerome 34' 17,233 [10]
20 February 2007 3rd Sunderland H D 1–1 Campbell 90' 20,941 [10]
24 February 2007 3rd Hull City A L 0–2 18,811 [10]
27 February 2007 1st Leeds United H W 1–0 Bendtner 15' 18,363 [10]
4 March 2007 1st Cardiff City H W 1–0 Larsson 56' 28,223 [10]
9 March 2007 1st Derby County H W 1–0 Vine 45' 20,962 [10]
13 March 2007 1st Norwich City A L 0–1 23,504 [10]
18 March 2007 2nd West Bromwich Albion A D 1–1 D. Johnson 86' 21,434 [10]
1 April 2007 2nd Coventry City H W 3–0 Jaïdi 13', Campbell (2) 65', 78' 25,424 [10]
7 April 2007 3rd Burnley H L 0–1 28,777 [10]
9 April 2007 3rd Barnsley A L 0–1 15,857 [10]
14 April 2007 3rd Southampton H W 2–1 Jaïdi 13', Bendtner 79' 19,754 [10]
17 April 2007 2nd Leicester City A W 2–1 Jaïdi 13', Larsson 19' 24,290 [10]
22 April 2007 1st Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 3–2 Cole 54', Bendtner 77', Jerome 88' 22,754 [10]
28 April 2007 1st Coventry City H W 2–0 Jerome 74', Larsson 84' 28,317 [10]
6 May 2007 2nd Preston North End A L 0–1 16,837 [10]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Championship table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1st Sunderland 46 27 7 12 76 47 +29 88
2nd Birmingham City 46 26 8 12 67 42 +25 86
3rd Derby County 46 25 9 12 62 46 +16 84
4th West Bromwich Albion 46 22 10 14 81 55 +26 76
5th Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 59 56 +3 76
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 [11]

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 26 8 12 67 42 +25 86 15 5 3 37 18 +19 11 3 9 30 24 +6

Source: [11]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Cup

Birmingham reached the fourth round of the 2006–07 FA Cup before losing to Reading of the Premier League.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 6 January 2007 Newcastle United H D 2–2 Campbell 15', Larsson 86' 16,444 [10]
Third round replay 17 January 2007 Newcastle United A W 5–1 McSheffrey 5', Solano 45' o.g., N'Gotty 59', Larsson 83', Campbell 89' 26,099 [10]
Fourth round 27 January 2007 Reading H L 2–3 Martin Taylor 47', Larsson 90' 20,041 [10]

League Cup[edit]

Birmingham reached the fourth round of the 2006–07 League Cup before losing to Liverpool of the Premier League.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
First round 22 August 2006 Shrewsbury Town H W 1–0 Larsson 83' 12,428 [10]
Second round 19 September 2006 Wrexham H W 4–1
a.e.t.
Jerome 41', McSheffrey (2) 102', 113', Bendtner 117' 10,491 [10]
Third round 24 October 2006 Sheffield United A W 4–2 Campbell 41, Bendtner 70', Jerome 79', Larsson 90' 10,584 [10]
Third round 8 November 2006 Liverpool H L 0–1 23,061 [10]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
31 May 2006 Cameron Jerome Cardiff City £3m [12]
20 June 2006 Neil Danns Colchester United £500,000 [13]
28 June 2006 Stephen Kelly Tottenham Hotspur £750,000 [14]
6 July 2006 Bruno N'Gotty (Bolton Wanderers) Free [15]
4 August 2006 Radhi Jaïdi Bolton Wanderers £2m [16]
16 August 2006 Gary McSheffrey Coventry City £4m [17]
31 August 2006 Artur Krysiak UKS SMS Łódź Undisclosed [18]
11 January 2007 Rowan Vine Luton Town £2.5m [19]
31 January 2007 Patrick Kavanagh (UCD) Free [20]
31 January 2007 Sebastian Larsson Arsenal £1m [21]
dagger Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
3 August 2006 Fabrice Muamba Arsenal End of season [22]
4 August 2006 Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal End of season [23][24]
4 August 2006 Sebastian Larsson Arsenal 31 January 2007 [21][23]
31 January 2007 Gary Dicker UCD End of season [25]
21 March 2007 Andy Cole Portsmouth End of season [26]

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
7 July 2006 Emile Heskey £5.5m Wigan Athletic [27]
26 July 2006 Jermaine Pennant £6.7m Liverpool [28]
3 August 2006 Alex Bruce Free Ipswich Town [29]
5 January 2007 Peter Till Free Grimsby Town [30]
11 January 2007 Oliver Allen Released (Barnet) [31]
17 January 2007 David Dunn £5.5m Blackburn Rovers [32]
25 January 2007 James Blake Released (Redditch United) [33]
31 January 2007 Marcos Painter £25,000 Swansea City [34]
31 January 2007 Matthew Upson £6m West Ham United [35]
30 June 2007 Mathew Birley Released (Bromsgrove Rovers) [36]
30 June 2007 Julian Gray Released (Coventry City) [37]
30 June 2007 Mark Hall Released [36]
30 June 2007 Patrick Kavanagh Released (Bray Wanderers) [36]
30 June 2007 Jake Meredith Released (Team Bath) [36]
30 June 2007 Bruno N'Gotty Free (Leicester City) [37]
30 June 2007 Jamie Price Released (Gloucester City) [36]
30 June 2007 Nick Wright Released (Halesowen Town) [38]
dagger Brackets round club names denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
6 October 2006 Peter Till Leyton Orient One month [30]
12 October 2006 Nick Wright Bristol City One month [39]
27 October 2006 Adam Legzdins Oldham Athletic January 2007 [40]
14 November 2006 Marcos Painter Swansea City 31 January 2007 [34][41]
23 November 2006 Mathew Birley Lincoln City One month [42]
23 November 2006 Nick Wright Northampton Town One month [43]
23 November 2006 Peter Till Grimsby Town 5 January 2007 [30]
4 January 2007 Jamie Price Tamworth One month [44]
12 January 2007 Adam Legzdins Macclesfield Town One month [40]
16 February 2007 Sam Oji Bristol Rovers Two months [45]
30 March 2007 Asa Hall Ashford Town (Kent) End of season [46]
30 March 2007 Nick Wright Ashford Town (Kent) End of season [46]

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.[47] 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 27 0 3 0 1 0 31 0 0 0
2 DF  IRE Stephen Kelly 35 (1) 0 1 0 3 (1) 0 39 (2) 0 5 0
3 DF  ENG Mat Sadler 36 0 3 0 2 0 41 0 3 0
4 DF  ENG Martin Taylor 29 (2) 0 2 (1) 1 4 0 35 (3) 1 1 0
5Left club during playing season DF  ENG Matthew Upson 8 (1) 2 3 0 0 0 11 (1) 2 2 0
6 MF  ENG Stephen Clemence 31 (3) 4 0 0 1 0 32 (3) 4 6 0
7 MF  SWE Sebastian Larsson 27 (16) 4 3 3 4 2 34 (16) 9 9 0
8Left club during playing season MF  ENG David Dunn 9 (2) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 9 (3) 1 3 0
8 FW  ENG Andrew Cole* 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0
9 FW  FIN Mikael Forssell 3 (5) 1 0 0 2 0 5 (5) 1 0 0
10 FW  ENG Cameron Jerome 20 (18a) 7 2 0 4 2 26 (18) 9 4 1
11 MF  ENG Julian Gray 2 (5) 0 0 0 3 0 5 (5) 0 2 1
12 MF  TUN Mehdi Nafti 18 (14) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 19 (15) 0 7 0
13 GK  IRE Colin Doyle 19 0 0 0 3 0 22 0 0 0
14 FW  ENG DJ Campbell 15 (17) 9 3 2 2 (2) 1 20 (19) 12 1 0
15 MF  AUS Neil Kilkenny 0 (8) 0 0 (3) 0 2 (1) 0 2 (12) 0 0 0
16 DF  CIV Olivier Tébily 5 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 6 (1) 0 1 0
17 MF  ENG Neil Danns 11 (18) 3 0 (3) 0 3 0 14 (21) 3 3 0
19 FW  ENG Rowan Vine 10 (7) 1 0 0 0 0 10 (7) 1 0 0
20Left club during playing season DF  IRE Marcos Painter 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
21 DF  FRA Bruno N'Gotty 25 1 2 1 0 0 27 2 2 1
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson 24 (2a) 1 3 0 0 0 27 (2) 1 2 1
24 DF  TUN Radhi Jaïdi 38 6 1 0 3 0 42 6 2 2
26 MF  ENG Fabrice Muamba* 30 (4) 0 3 0 3 (1) 0 36 (5) 0 9 1
27 FW  DEN Nicklas Bendtner* 38 (4) 11 1 (1) 0 0 (4) 2 39 (9) 13 5 1
28 FW  ENG Gary McSheffrey 40 13 3 1 1 (1) 2 44 (1) 16 6 1
29 GK  ENG Adam Legzdins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
a. Soccerbase's stats for the match between Derby County and Birmingham City on 9 March 2007 omit substitute appearances by Jerome and Johnson.[48]
Players not included in matchday squads
No.[47] Pos Nat Name
18 DF  ENG Sam Oji
25 FW  ENG Sone Aluko
23Left club during playing season MF  ENG Mathew Birley
19Left club during playing season MF  ENG Peter Till

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