2009–10 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2009–10 season
Chairman David Gold until October 2009
Vico Hui[1]
Manager Alex McLeish
Ground St Andrew's
Premier League 9th
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Cameron Jerome[2] (11)
All: Cameron Jerome (11)
Highest home attendance 28,958 vs Chelsea, 26 December 2009
Lowest home attendance 9,399 vs Nottingham Forest, FA Cup 3rd round replay, 12 January 2007[3]
Average home league attendance 25,246[4]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was Birmingham City Football Club's sixth season in the Premier League and their 56th in the first tier of English football. The side was managed by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who successfully guided the side to promotion from the Championship the previous season.

Review[edit]

Carson Yeung takeover[edit]

Following his unsuccessful attempt to purchase the club during the 2007–08 season, Carson Yeung returned to complete a deal to purchase Birmingham City.

On 20 August, Carson Yeung's Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Grandtop International placed a deposit of £3 million ahead of a new proposed takeover bid.[5] This was quickly followed by Yeung's decision to donate £5 million to the club for the purchase of Middlesbrough's Tuncay, but such a gift would have broken HKSE rules, and the player signed for Stoke City instead.[6]

The takeover date was put back from October to mid-November, because of a delay to the EGM required to approve the issue of an additional 50% shares, following his capture of a £57m bridging loan to cover the purchase of the club.[7]

Formal documents outlining Yeung's £1-per-share offer were sent out to club shareholders in mid-September.[8] By 24 September, he had acceptances on 81.7% of the shares, including the holdings of former owners David Sullivan, David Gold and Ralph Gold,[9] and by the closing date of 6 October, the takeover was complete, with acceptances in respect of 94% of the shares, a level allowing a compulsory purchase of the remainder.[10]

At a press conference on 15 October, the board and executive was named as: Yeung himself, president; Michael Wiseman, vice-president; Vico Hui, chairman; Peter Pannu and Sammy Yu, vice chairmen; and Michael Dunford, chief executive.[11] The name of the holding company was changed from Grandtop International to Birmingham International Holdings.[12]

Chronological list of events[edit]

The following is a list of all significant events to occur during the 2009–10 season. This list does not include transfers, which are listed in the transfer section, or results, which are listed in the matches section.

  • 7 July: The club broke its transfer record by signing Christian Benítez from Mexican side Santos Laguna for a fee that will rise to $12.5 million (around £7.75m).[13]
  • 7 August: Co-owner David Sullivan and managing director Karren Brady were told that no further action would be taken against them after a two-year investigation into corruption in football.[14]
  • 14 August: Vice-chairman Jack Wiseman died at the age of 92.[15]
  • 17 November: Former Aberdeen player Malky Thomson is appointed as reserve team manager.[16]
  • 8 January: Alex McLeish was awarded the manager of the month award for December.[17]
  • 3 February: Former Birmingham goalkeeper and manager Gil Merrick died at the age of 88.[18]

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season friendly match details
Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
21 July 2009 VfB Stuttgart N L 0–2 876 [19]
23 July 2009 FC Augsburg N L 0–2 c. 400 [20]
26 July 2009 Al-Hilal N L 0–3 [21]
29 July 2009 Dagenham & Redbridge A W 1–0 Bent 77' 1,022 [22]
1 August 2009 Nottingham Forest A L 1–2 Carsley 79' 6,735 [23]
4 August 2009 Crewe Alexandra A L 1–4 McFadden 18' 1,827 [24]
8 August 2009 Sporting de Gijón H D 0–0 10,360 [25]

Premier League[edit]

Match details[edit]

General sources (match reports):[3] Match content not verifiable from these sources is referenced individually.
Date League[26]
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
16 August 2009 13th Manchester United A L 0–1 75,062 [27]
19 August 2009 9th Portsmouth H W 1–0 McFadden 90+2' pen. 19,922 [28]
22 August 2009 7th Stoke City H D 0–0 21,694 [29]
29 August 2009 11th Tottenham Hotspur A L 1–2 Bowyer 75' 35,318 [30]
13 September 2009 15th Aston Villa H L 0–1 25,196 [31]
19 September 2009 11th Hull City A W 1–0 O'Connor 75' 23,759 [32]
26 September 2009 14th Bolton Wanderers H L 1–2 Phillips 84' 28,671 [33]
3 October 2009 15th Burnley A L 1–2 Larsson 90+5' 20,102 [34]
17 October 2009 16th Arsenal A L 1–3 Bowyer 38' 60,028 [35]
24 October 2009 14th Sunderland H W 2–1 Ridgewell 37', McFadden 48' 21,723 [36]
1 November 2009 14th Manchester City H D 0–0 21,462 [37]
9 November 2009 15th Liverpool A D 2–2 Benítez 26', Jerome 45+3' 42,560 [38]
21 November 2009 12th Fulham H W 1–0 Bowyer 16' 23,659 [39]
29 November 2009 11th Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 1–0 Bowyer 3' 26,668 [40]
5 December 2009 8th Wigan Athletic A W 3–2 Larsson (2) 61', 72', Benítez 66' 18,797 [41]
12 December 2009 8th West Ham United H W 1–0 Bowyer 52' 28,203 [42]
15 December 2009 6th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–1 Jerome (2) 12', 48' 23,187 [43]
20 December 2009 7th Everton A D 1–1 Larsson 22' 33,660 [44]
26 December 2009 8th Chelsea H D 0–0 28,958 [45]
28 December 2009 7th Stoke City A W 1–0 Jerome 50' 27,211 [46]
9 January 2010 8th Manchester United H D 1–1 Jerome 39' 28,907 [47]
27 January 2010 8th Chelsea A L 0–3 41,293 [48]
30 January 2010 8th Tottenham Hotspur H D 1–1 Ridgewell 90+1' 27,238 [49]
7 February 2010 8th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 2–1 Phillips (2) 80', 85' 24,165 [50]
10 February 2010 8th West Ham United A L 0–2 34,458 [51]
21 February 2010 10th Fulham A L 1–2 Baird 3' o.g. 21,758 [52]
27 February 2010 8th Wigan Athletic H W 1–0 McFadden 45+2' pen. 25,921 [53]
9 March 2010 8th Portsmouth A W 2–1 Jerome (2) 16', 42' 18,465 [54]
13 March 2010 8th Everton H D 2–2 Jerome 26', Gardner 52' 24,579 [55]
20 March 2010 9th Sunderland A L 1–3 Jerome 60' 37,962 [56]
24 March 2010 9th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–2 McFadden 55' 23,856 [57]
27 March 2010 9th Arsenal H D 1–1 Phillips 90+2' 27,039 [58]
4 April 2010 9th Liverpool H D 1–1 Ridgewell 56' 27,909 [59]
11 April 2010 9th Manchester City A L 1–5 Jerome 42' 45,209 [60]
17 April 2010 9th Hull City H D 0–0 26,669 [61]
25 April 2010 9th Aston Villa A L 0–1 42,788 [62]
1 May 2010 9th Burnley H W 2–1 Jerome 29', Benítez 41' 24,578 [2]
9 May 2010 9th Bolton Wanderers A L 1–2 McFadden 77' 22,863 [63]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Premier League table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
7th Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35 +26 63
8th Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 +11 61
9th Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 -9 50
10th Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55 -14 50
11th Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48 -14 47
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 [64]

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 13 11 14 38 47 −9 50 8 9 2 19 13 +6 5 2 12 19 34 −15

Source: [64]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Cup
FA Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 2 January 2010 Nottingham Forest A D 0–0 20,975 [65]
Third round replay 12 January 2010 Nottingham Forest H W 1–0 Ferguson 62' 9,399 [66]
Fourth round 23 January 2010 Everton A W 2–1 Benítez 7', Ferguson 40' 30,875 [67]
Fifth round 13 February 2010 Derby County A W 2–1 Dann 73', Ridgewell 90+3' 21,043 [68]
Sixth round 6 March 2010 Portsmouth A L 0–2 20,456 [69]

League Cup[edit]

Birmingham entered the 2009–10 League Cup in the second round. The draw saw them travel down to the south coast to play League One team Southampton for the second time in consecutive seasons.[3] Goals from midfielders Lee Carsley and Lee Bowyer cancelled out Adam Lallana's strike to see Birmingham progress to the next round 2–1.[70] In the third round, Birmingham visited fellow Premier League side Sunderland. An early goal from Jordan Henderson and a strike by Fraizer Campbell midway through the first half was enough to see Birmingham knocked out of the cup 2–0.[71]

League Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Second round 25 August 2009 Southampton A W 2–1 Bowyer 77', Carsley 80' 11,753 [70]
Third round 22 September 2009 Sunderland A L 0–2 20,576 [71]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Source:[72]
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.[73] Pos Nat Name League[74] FA Cup[75] League Cup[76] Total Discipline[77]
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangular card A red rectangular card
1 GK  NIR Maik Taylor 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0
2 DF  IRE Stephen Carr 35 0 4 0 1 0 39 0 10 0
3 DF  ENG David Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 MF  ENG Lee Bowyer 34 (1) 5 4 (1) 0 1 (1) 1 39 (3) 6 9 0
5Left club during playing season DF  ENG Martin Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF  ENG Liam Ridgewell 30 (1) 3 5 1 1 0 36 (1) 4 4 0
7 MF  SWE Sebastian Larsson 26 (7) 4 4 0 1 0 32 (7) 4 3 0
8 FW  SCO Garry O'Connor 5 (5) 1 0 0 1 (1) 0 6 (6) 1 2 0
9 FW  ENG Kevin Phillips 2 (17) 4 1 (3) 0 1 0 4 (20) 4 0 0
10 FW  ENG Cameron Jerome 32 11a 4 0 0 0 36 11 5 0
11 FW  ECU Christian Benítez 21 (9) 3 3 (2) 1 1 0 25 (11) 4 1 0
12 MF  SCO Barry Ferguson 37 0 5 2 1 0 43 2 9 1
13 GK  IRE Colin Doyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 DW  ENG Roger Johnson 38 0 5 0 0 0 43 0 8 0
15 DW  ENG Scott Dann 30 0 4 1 1 0 35 1 4 0
16 FW  SCO James McFadden 32 (4) 5 4 0 0 (1) 0 36 (5) 5 6 0
17Left club during playing season DF  ECU Giovanny Espinoza 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0
17 MF  ESP Míchel 3 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (6) 0 1 0
18 MF  IRE Keith Fahey 18 (16) 0 3 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 21 (19) 0 2 0
19 MF  ENG Gary McSheffrey 1 (4) 0 0 (2) 0 2 0 3 (6) 0 1 0
20 DF  FRA Franck Queudrue 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0
21 DF  ENG Stuart Parnaby 6 (2) 0 1 0 2 0 9 (2) 0 2 0
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
23 FW  ENG Marcus Bent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF  IRE Jay O'Shea 0 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
25 GK  ENG Joe Hart* 36 0 5 0 0 0 41 0 4 0
26 MF  IRE Lee Carsley 3 (4) 0 1 0 1 1 5 (4) 1 1 0
27 DF  FRA Grégory Vignal 6 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 7 (2) 0 3 0
28 MF  FIN Teemu Tainio* 5 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 5 (1) 0 0 0
29 MF  ENG Ashley Sammons 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
30 DF  ENG Dan Preston 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0
31 MF  ENG Jordon Mutch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF  ENG Jake Jervis 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
33 MF  ENG Craig Gardner 10 (3) 1 0 (2) 0 0 0 10 (5) 1 4 0
34 MF  ENG Nathan Redmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
a. Soccerbase's stats exclude Birmingham's opening goal against Burnley on 1 May, originally credited as a Brian Jensen own goal but awarded to Jerome by the Dubious Goals Panel.[2]

Transfers[edit]

Before the start of the season, Stephen Carr was given a new two-year contract and Cameron Jerome signed a five-year deal.[78] Youngsters Jacob Rowe and Shaun Timmins were given their first professional one-year contracts and Jared Wilson received a one-year extension.[79]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
12 June 2009 Scott Dann Coventry City Undisclosed [80]
24 June 2009 Giovanny Espinoza Barcelona SC Undisclosed [81]
25 June 2009 Roger Johnson Cardiff City £750,000 [82]
7 July 2009 Christian Benítez Santos Laguna Undisclosed [83]
8 July 2009 Lee Bowyer (West Ham United) Free [84]
13 July 2009 Artur Krysiak (Birmingham City) Free [85]
17 July 2009 Barry Ferguson Rangers £1.2m [86]
10 August 2009 Jay O'Shea Galway United Undisclosed [87]
13 August 2009 Grégory Vignal RC Lens Undisclosed [88]
11 January 2010 Michel Sporting de Gijón £3m [88]
26 January 2010 Craig Gardner Aston Villa £3m [89]
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
12 January 2010 Giovanny Espinoza Released (Unión Española) [90]
19 January 2010 Krystian Pearce Free Huddersfield Town [91]
29 January 2010 Martin Taylor Free Watford [92]
1 February 2010 Damien Johnson Free Plymouth Argyle [93]
30 June 2010 Lee Carsley Released (Coventry City) [94]
30 June 2010 Artur Krysiak Released (Exeter City) [94]
30 June 2010 Gary McSheffrey Released (Coventry City) [94]
30 June 2010 Franck Queudrue Released (RC Lens) [94]
30 June 2010 Jacob Rowe Released [94]
30 June 2010 Shaun Timmins Released [94]
30 June 2010 Grégory Vignal Released (Atromitos) [94]
30 June 2010 Jared Wilson Released [94]
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
24 June 2009 Joe Hart Manchester City End of season [81]
1 September 2009 Teemu Tainio Sunderland End of season [95]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
1 July 2009 Robin Shroot Burton Albion January 2010 [96]
20 July 2009 Krystian Pearce Peterborough United 11 January 2010 [97]
10 August 2009 Artur Krysiak Burton Albion End of season [98][99]
30 October 2009 Marcus Bent Middlesbrough 16 January 2011 [100]
26 November 2009 Jordon Mutch Hereford United 2 January 2011 [101]
23 December 2009 Jacob Rowe Redditch United One month [99]
26 January 2010 Jordon Mutch Doncaster Rovers One month [102]
29 January 2010 Gary McSheffrey Leeds United End of season [103]
1 February 2010 Marcus Bent Queens Park Rangers End of season [104]

Transfer notes[edit]

  • It is believed that the fee paid for Scott Dann is in the region of £3.5 million.[105]
  • Birmingham City did not mention an official cost for Giovanny Espinoza. Newspaper reports suggest that the fee was lower than €600,000 (£375,000).[106]
  • A fee and personal terms for Benítez were agreed on 3 June 2009,[107] but were later renegotiated after a problem with Benítez's knee was discovered during his medical.[108] Benítez officially joined the club on 7 July 2009.[109] The fee for Benítez is thought to be $2 million (about £1.2 million) rising to $12.5 million (about £7.75 million) with add-ons, and also includes a 'get out' clause that will see him return to Mexico at the end of the season if his knee problem becomes serious.[108]
  • It was announced on 15 May 2009 that Artur Krysiak would be released from the club when his contract expired on 30 June 2009.[110] It was later announced that the side had re-signed the Polish goalkeeper.[111]
  • Radhi Jaïdi, Stephen Kelly and Mehdi Nafti all left the club when their contracts expired. Kelly joined Fulham,[112] while Nafti joined Greek side Aris Thessaloniki.[113] Jaïdi signed for Southampton on 2 September 2009.[114]
  • Robin Shroot was originally loaned out to Burton Albion for the season, but was later cancelled, with the player returning to Birmingham on 1 January.[115]
  • Artur Krysiak's loan deal with Burton Albion was originally a one-month loan deal. This was extended until January on 1 September.[116] The deal was further extended on 24 December to cover the remainder of the season.[117]
  • Jordon Mutch's loan deal to Hereford United, and later to Doncaster Rovers, were both Football League Youth Loans. This meant he would still be eligible for Birmingham City reserve and academy fixtures, but Hereford/Doncaster fixtures would take priority if on the same day.[118][119]

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