2012–13 Birmingham City F.C. season
|Acting chairman||Peter Pannu|
|Football League Championship||12th|
|FA Cup||Third round
(eliminated by Leeds United)
|Football League Cup||Second round
(eliminated by Coventry City)
|Top goalscorer||League: Marlon King (13)
All: Marlon King (14)
|Highest home attendance||19,630 (vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1 April 2013)|
|Lowest home attendance||8,962 (vs Leeds United, FA Cup 3rd round replay, 15 January 2013)|
|Average home league attendance||16,702|
The 2012–13 season is Birmingham City Football Club's 110th season in the English football league system and second consecutive season in the Football League Championship. It ran from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
Under the management of Lee Clark, who succeeded Chris Hughton in June 2012 with the club in financial turmoil and a transfer embargo in place, Birmingham finished the season in 12th place in the Championship, seven points clear of relegation and seven points outside the playoff positions. In the 2012–13 League Cup, they were eliminated in the second round by Coventry City, and they lost to Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup after a replay.
Thirty-six players made at least one appearance in first-team competition, and there were seventeen different goalscorers. Wade Elliott appeared in 47 of the 50 matches over the season; Jack Butland played every minute of the 46 Championship matches. Despite injury forcing him to miss the last quarter of the season, Marlon King was again leading scorer; all but one of his 14 goals were scored in league games.
- 1 Background and pre-season
- 2 Championship
- 3 League Cup
- 4 FA Cup
- 5 Transfers
- 6 Appearances and goals
- 7 References
Background and pre-season
The first team squad began training in Westendorf, Austria, on 15 July 2012. They ended their stay on the continent with a friendly match on 21 July, before returning to England to face Shrewsbury Town on 24 July.
|21 July 2012||Borussia Mönchengladbach||N||D||2–2||Davies 51', Asante 81'||1,400|||
|24 July 2012||Shrewsbury Town||A||W||2–1||Hancox 39', Žigić 72'||3,202|||
|28 July 2012||Cheltenham Town||A||L||0–1||2,636|||
|31 July 2012||Bury||A||W||5–1||Hughes 2' o.g., Løvenkrands (2) 15', 23', Burke 39', King 42'||807|||
|4 August 2012||Plymouth Argyle||A||W||5–0||Redmond (2) 35', 41', Burke 55', Løvenkrands (2) 59', 64'||2,778|||
|11 August 2012||Royal Antwerp||H||L||1–3||Morrison 24'||5,408|||
Jack Butland made his Birmingham debut – three days after his first game for England – as Birmingham opened their League campaign at home to Charlton Athletic with a 1–1 draw via a 94th-minute equaliser from substitute Nikola Žigić. At Sheffield Wednesday, he let a cross go through his hands onto Réda Johnson's head to open the scoring. Half-time substitute Žigić made the score 2–1, but Wednesday scored on the break, and Marlon King's late penalty was little consolation. Manager Lee Clark took responsibility for the defeat, blaming his use of a 4–3–3 starting formation. Žigić started alongside King at Watford, and loanee Ben Gordon made his debut in place of the injured David Murphy, but Steven Caldwell gave away a penalty in the third minute, Birmingham conceded a second goal after 17, and a poor performance was only enlivened when Morgaro Gomis came into the game with 25 minutes left.
With Curtis Davies, Žigić and Darren Ambrose added to the injury list, Birmingham went into the home match against pointless Peterborough United with five teenagers on the substitutes' bench. A farcical own goal by goalkeeper Robert Olejnik, whose attempted punch of Wade Elliott's free kick went back over his head and bounced over a defender on the line, gave Birmingham their first league win of the season; the goal was later awarded to Elliott. Transfer deadline signing Paul Caddis, making his debut at right back, was named man of the match. Birmingham's first away point of the season came at Nottingham Forest. Substitute Elliott set up King, whose shot was parried to Hayden Mullins who volleyed home from just inside the penalty area, and Nathan Redmond avoided two tackles to cross for King who doubled the lead after 71 minutes. Simon Cox controlled a long aerial ball with one touch and lobbed Butland with a second, and with four minutes remaining, man-of-the-match Pablo Ibáñez deflected the ball into his own net.
Loanee Leroy Lita opened the scoring on his home debut in Birmingham's second league win, against Bolton Wanderers, but only days after Stephen Carr was sidelined for six months by knee surgery, Caddis dislocated a shoulder, leaving the team without a recognised right back. The attendance, of 14,693, was their lowest home league crowd for 15 years; according to the Birmingham Mail, fans blamed high ticket prices and financial uncertainty surrounding the club's ownership. Eight hundred fewer attended the visit of Barnsley, in which Murphy and Pablo went off injured, and Birmingham fan Craig Davies contributed four of the visitors' five goals in a 23-minute second-half spell to inflict Birmingham's worst home league defeat for 25 years. Lee Clark issued a public apology for the "embarrassing performance". Because Murphy's torn hamstring and Pablo's chipped bone in the foot were expected to keep them out for a month, reducing the club to two fit senior defenders, left-back Paul Robinson signed for a month as a free agent. He made a strong debut as Birmingham successfully defended a 1–0 lead, via Chris Burke's first goal of the season, a 25-yard (23 m) volley, at league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion. The second half was delayed for 25 minutes by floodlight failure.
October began with a 2–1 defeat at Cardiff City. Lita neatly touched Elliott's free kick home, but Cardiff's goals came from defensive errors: Packwood played them onside for the first, and failure to deal with a corner allowed Mark Hudson to score the winner. New loanee James Hurst made his debut as a second-half substitute. Courtesy of half-price ticket offers, more than 18,000 saw Birmingham lose 1–0 to Huddersfield Town; Žigić was sent off for a high tackle and Mitch Hancox made his competitive debut as substitute for the injured Davies. Clark accused the players of failing to take responsibility, making it clear that he was "not sitting in the dressing room telling them not to tackle, to pussyfoot around, telling them to mis-place passes. They can't just hide behind me all the time, they've got to come out fighting." Butland produced what he described as the best performance of his career and Ravel Morrison, selected for the first time since August after problems with his attitude to training led Clark to consider terminating his loan, was influential as Birmingham narrowly failed to beat league leaders Leicester City. Away to Millwall, Birmingham went 3–0 down in an seven-minute spell in the first half, two of the three scored by former loanee Chris Wood, before Marlon King scored the first hat-trick of his senior career to secure the draw. On his 40th birthday, Lee Clark selected the same starting eleven away at Leeds United, where Lita scored the only goal of the game from 30 yards (27 m).
After Redmond gave the ball away in midfield, former Birmingham striker DJ Campbell scored the only goal of a dull meeting with Ipswich Town. Žigić, returning from suspension as a second-half substitute, missed two clear chances, with a free header and when one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Recalled to the starting eleven, Burke scored his second of the season three days later at home to Bristol City. Žigić made an assist for King, but his own profligacy continued, and he was clearly annoyed by Peter Løvenkrands' insistence on taking, and then missing, a stoppage-time penalty. A slow start at Blackburn Rovers was punished by Ruben Rochina's penalty after he was fouled by Murphy, but King equalised after Žigić hit the post. Robinson, deputising at centre half for the injured Davies, cleared off the line from Jordan Rhodes. For the third time this season, Birmingham went three goals behind, this time at home to Hull City where former Birmingham trainee Sone Aluko scored twice and took the corner that led to the third. Morrison's first goal for the club, a "spectacular volley" from Žigić's knockdown, began the attempted fightback, which continued immediately after the break when Žigić headed on Murphy's long ball to King who wrong-footed the goalkeeper to score his tenth of the season. Terry McDermott said afterwards that "to concede three goals at home and in the manner in which we did it is not acceptable to anybody."
The Birmingham Mail's Colin Tattum described the visit to Derby County as "a microcosm of what we've witnessed from Blues this campaign". An ineffective first half, in which they went one goal down, was followed by a lively second period, in which debutant loanee Rob Hall won a penalty, converted by King, and Løvenkrands headed a second goal, but the defence was unable to stop Derby regaining the lead. Davies's second-half header from a corner earned Birmingham a point at Blackpool, before November ended with the televised visit of third-placed Middlesbrough. Birmingham conceded after 15 minutes, but in first-half stoppage time, King was fouled by André Bikey for a penalty from which he equalised. Pablo's defensive hesitancy allowed Middlesbrough to regain the lead before Elliott chested down a defensive clearance on the edge of the penalty area and hit a dipping volley above the goalkeeper's hands. With ten minutes left, Løvenkrands picked up a loose ball in midfield and played a through ball that King ran onto and placed a "clinical finish" across the goalkeeper.
King's 14th goal of the season came when he sliced a clearance into his own net to gift Wolverhampton Wanderers a win. Crystal Palace took a two-goal lead, and Løvenkrands was booked for diving in the penalty area, before substitute Žigić scored a well-placed header with his first touch before Papa Bouba Diop, on his first start, equalised with a powerful header from a corner. Teenage midfielder Callum Reilly made his league debut. Seven teenagers started the match, and Žigić played as a lone striker after Løvenkrands was injured during the pre-match warm-up, at home to Burnley. Davies opened the scoring with a header before Charlie Austin's headed equaliser was disallowed when the referee called play back for a foul on the player who had crossed the ball. Burnley took the lead in a two-minute spell in the second half before Žigić shot under the goalkeeper to equalise in the 89th minute. Two headed goals by Davies gave Birmingham a win at Barnsley to take them seven points clear of the relegation zone, though they were fortunate that Craig Davies, who scored four of Barnsley's five in the reverse fixture, missed a penalty. In what Clark thought "was our most inept performance for many, many weeks", at Bolton Wanderers, Žigić scored early but after Bolton secured a two-goal lead, his frustration got the better of him and he was booked twice in quick succession.
With no senior striker available, Mullins injured in the warmup, and his replacement, Reilly, injured half an hour into the match, Birmingham lost at home to league leaders Cardiff City by a single goal, tapped in by Joe Mason after Butland failed to deal with a long-range shot. Reilly's first senior goal gave Birmingham the lead as Clark returned to the club that sacked him less than a year earlier, but a 93rd-minute equaliser secured Huddersfield Town a share of the points. Caldwell's header from Hall's corner opened the scoring at home to Brighton & Hove Albion; Brighton took the lead, but in stoppage time, goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak appeared to have substitute Žigić's header under control but allowed it drop into the net. Davies opened the scoring away at Burnley, again from Hall's corner, then Robinson conceded a penalty from which Ross Wallace equalised. After Dean Marney was sent off, Birmingham had more of the game. Žigić should have scored when his late header hit the post, but he compensated with a flick-on that King volleyed home.
Former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish had tried to buy Chris Burke for Nottingham Forest during the January transfer window. Burke showed him what they were missing by scoring twice as Birmingham beat Forest 2–1, "a glorious left-foot effort off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area" and a second-half tap-in. On a poor pitch at Charlton Athletic, the home side took the lead after 88 minutes, but Elliott converted Burke's cross for a 94th-minute equaliser. Clark criticised Žigić for producing "possibly the worst training session in terms of a professional footballer I have ever come across", and dropped him for the visit of Watford. Birmingham were overrun, losing 4–0. Žigić's response was clearly acceptable to Clark, for he returned to the starting lineup for a goalless draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham's first clean sheet for three months, in which he failed to take several chances. February ended with a visit to Peterborough United. Žigić opened the scoring, Reilly hit the bar from distance, and a deflected Burke shot completed a 2–0 win, although Butland made what Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson called an "unbelievable double save", no penalty was awarded when Hancox appeared to foul Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, and Reilly was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for a "cynical trip" on Kane Ferdinand. Clark substituted Reilly immediately after the incident.
Clark's relief at George Boyd's leaving Peterborough lasted one match. Now at Hull City, Boyd took advantage of weak defending to tear Birmingham apart; Hull manager Steve Bruce claimed he "didn't know he was that good." Hancox was able to restrict the influence of Blackpool's Tom Ince, but a combination of bad luck, when a shot by Løvenkrands struck the inside of a goalpost, rolled along the line and came out, and a bad miss by Elliott late in the game restricted Birmingham to a draw. Redmond's first goal of the season, and loanee Wes Thomas's first two, took Birmingham above opponents Derby County and seven points clear of the relegation zone, and Žigić converted Shane Ferguson's cross at Middlesbrough to take them into the top half of the table for the first time since mid-September. March ended with an unexpected and emphatic 4–0 win at Crystal Palace, orchestrated by youngsters Redmond – according to Clark, "a super footballer, he plays high-tempo, he can beat people" – and Morrison – "a very, very talented young man ... he's like a kid in the park playing with his mates" – both of whom scored. Under pressure from Žigić, Damien Delaney turned the ball into his own net, and the fourth goal was a "sumptuous 30-yard free-kick" by Ferguson after Morrison was fouled.
In complete contrast, Birmingham went three goals down in the first half at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Elliott scored twice late in the game from the penalty spot – the second from the rebound after the penalty was saved – and 17-year-old Koby Arthur made his debut. According to Clark, "quite simply, without the ball in the first half we were rubbish". The visitors' Chris Taylor was the centre of attention as Birmingham drew with Millwall. He was booked for diving when it seemed that Caddis had fouled him, then his goal-bound shot was touched in by teammate Richard Chaplow. Initially disallowed for offside, the referee then awarded a goal because he thought the ball had crossed the line unassisted; when the fourth official informed him that Chaplow had indeed got a touch, he disallowed the goal again. In the second half, Taylor scored the equaliser. A point was gained at Leicester City when Burke converted a stoppage-time penalty awarded when Thomas was fouled outside the area. A 1–0 win at Bristol City confirmed that club's relegation, and Mullins' second goal of the season at home to Leeds United left Birmingham in 10th place, still mathematically within reach of the play-off positions and finally safe from relegation.
In the last away match of the season, Ipswich Town scored three times and had two disallowed in the first hour, a flat, uncompetitive defeat summed up by Clark as "I'm three stone overweight and even I could have gone out and played at that tempo." At home to Blackburn Rovers, they attacked from the start, but without reward until the 42nd minute, when Morrison received a pass from Gomis, slipped past two defenders, and shot from 20 yards (18 m) low into the corner of the net. Jordan Rhodes tied the scores in the second half, and despite Birmingham's greater possession and number of shots, they needed Robinson's late block of Cameron Stewart's shot to avoid another defeat.
Clark said that he envisaged keeping "three or four" senior players for the next season, but his priority would be "building a young vibrant squad". He confirmed that the club would be unable to pay transfer fees, and the budget would be sharply reduced, "so players coming in will not be getting the same salaries as they have in the past."
- General source (match reports): Match content not verifiable from these sources is referenced individually.
|18 August 2012||12th||Charlton Athletic||H||D||1–1||Žigić 90+4'||18,210|
|21 August 2012||19th||Sheffield Wednesday||A||L||2–3||Žigić 78', King 90+5' pen.||25,379|
|25 August 2012||22nd||Watford||A||L||0–2||11,022|||
|1 September 2012||21st||Peterborough United||H||W||1–0||Elliott 29'||14,929|||
|15 September 2012||21st||Nottingham Forest||A||D||2–2||Mullins 69', King 71'||22,738|||
|18 September 2012||11th||Bolton Wanderers||H||W||2–1||Lita 16', King 48' pen.||14,693|||
|22 September 2012||19th||Barnsley||H||L||0–5||13,893|||
|29 September 2012||13th||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||W||1–0||Burke 27'||26,121|
|2 October 2012||18th||Cardiff City||A||L||1–2||Lita 54'||20,278|||
|6 October 2012||21st||Huddersfield Town||H||L||0–1||18,437|||
|20 October 2012||20th||Leicester City||H||D||1–1||Løvenkrands 45+2'||18,271|||
|23 October 2012||20th||Millwall||A||D||3–3||King (3) 45+1', 49', 63'||9,258|||
|27 October 2012||17th||Leeds United||A||W||1–0||Lita 76'||22,152|
|3 November 2012||18th||Ipswich Town||H||L||0–1||18,063|
|6 November 2012||18th||Bristol City||H||W||2–0||Burke 59', King 73'||14,380|||
|10 November 2012||18th||Blackburn Rovers||A||D||1–1||King 17'||14,919|||
|17 November 2012||19th||Hull City||H||L||2–3||Morrison 38', King 46'||17,363|||
|24 November 2012||19th||Derby County||A||L||2–3||King 73' pen., Løvenkrands 82'||21,505|||
|27 November 2012||19th||Blackpool||A||D||1–1||Davies 48'||13,111|
|30 November 2012||18th||Middlesbrough||H||W||3–2||King (2) 45+3' pen., 81', Elliott 66'||15,322|||
|8 December 2012||19th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||L||0–1||21,339|||
|15 December 2012||19th||Crystal Palace||H||D||2–2||Žigić 66', Diop 82'||17,158|
|22 December 2012||19th||Burnley||H||D||2–2||Davies 30', Žigić 89'||17,284|
|26 December 2012||19th||Barnsley||A||W||2–1||Davies 35', 38'||9,191|||
|29 December 2012||20th||Bolton Wanderers||A||L||1–3||Žigić 11'||17,068|||
|1 January 2013||20th||Cardiff City||H||L||0–1||17,493|||
|12 January 2013||20th||Huddersfield Town||H||D||1–1||Reilly 45+1'||14,214|||
|19 January 2013||20th||Brighton & Hove Albion||H||D||2–2||Caldwell 18', Žigić 90+2'||15,299|||
|26 January 2013||17th||Burnley||A||W||2–1||Davies 21', King 90'||11,576|||
|2 February 2013||16th||Nottingham Forest||H||W||2–1||Burke 45+1', 80'||17,738|||
|9 February 2013||16th||Charlton Athletic||A||D||1–1||Elliott 90+4'||17,269|
|16 February 2013||17th||Watford||H||L||0–4||18,933|
|19 February 2013||17th||Sheffield Wednesday||H||D||0–0||15,738|||
|23 February 2013||16th||Peterborough United||A||W||2–0||Žigić 34', Burke 80'||8,350|||
|2 March 2013||17th||Hull City||A||L||2–5||Løvenkrands 83', Burke 87'||17,146|||
|5 March 2013||18th||Blackpool||H||D||1–1||Davies 45'||13,532|||
|9 March 2013||14th||Derby County||H||W||3–1||Thomas (2) 67', 90+2', Redmond 75'||15,850|||
|16 March 2013||11th||Middlesbrough||H||W||1–0||Žigić 81'||14,348|||
|29 March 2013||10th||Crystal Palace||A||W||4–0||Redmond 24', Delaney 32' o.g., Morrison 64', Ferguson 69'||17,189|||
|1 April 2013||11th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||L||2–3||Elliott (2) 55' pen., 90+6'||19,630|||
|6 April 2013||13th||Millwall||H||D||1–1||Thomas 49'||15,302|||
|12 April 2013||13th||Leicester City||A||D||2–2||Žigić 61', Burke 90+1' pen.||25,554|||
|16 April 2013||12th||Bristol City||A||W||1–0||Elliott 16'||12,093|||
|20 April 2013||10th||Leeds United||H||W||1–0||Mullins 71'||17,666|
|27 April 2013||10th||Ipswich Town||A||L||1–3||Burke 90'||21,921|||
|4 May 2013||12th||Blackburn Rovers||H||D||1–1||Morrison 42'||18,979|||
League table (part)
|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
Birmingham entered the League Cup in the first round, in which they beat League Two club Barnet at home by five goals to one. Will Packwood made his first-team debut, Steven Caldwell scored his first goal for the club, and new signings Darren Ambrose and Peter Løvenkrands both scored. In the second round, they visited Coventry City of League One, who had just sacked their manager and were under joint caretakers Richard Shaw and former Birmingham captain Lee Carsley. After Løvenkrands' header gave them an early lead and Chris Burke hit the bar, they fell behind midway through the first half. Jonathan Spector equalised just before half time with his first goal for the club, but the hosts took control, and Carl Baker scored Coventry's winner during extra time when the defence failed to deal with a cross.
|First round||14 August 2012||Barnet||H||W||5–1||King 38' pen., Caldwell 49', Ambrose 54', Løvenkrands 90+1', Elliott 90+4'||9,905|||
|Second round||28 August 2012||Coventry City||H||L||2–3||Løvenkrands 4', Spector 44'||10,859|
Birmingham entered the FA Cup in the third round, together with all other clubs in the top two divisions. Drawn away to fellow Championship side Leeds United, they prepared for the match by giving squad numbers to several youth players. Colin Doyle made his second appearance of the season in goal, and, with all senior strikers missing through injury or suspension, Ravel Morrison and Nathan Redmond played up front. Morrison's running put pressure on the Leeds defence, who were punished when Wade Elliott ran from deep before unleashing a "stunning long-range shot" to take the lead. After Birmingham failed to take advantage of their first-half superiority, Curtis Davies was robbed of the ball, leading to Luciano Becchio's equaliser on the hour. Shortly afterwards, Will Packwood broke his left tibia and fibula when landing awkwardly from an apparently innocuous aerial collision with Becchio. The 17-year-old Reece Hales made a late debut, and the game finished 1–1. Butland was left out of the team for the replay, to avoiding his becoming cup-tied and jeopardising a potential sale, and Becchio was absent ill. On a cold night, in front of only 7,400 home fans, Elliott gave Birmingham a first-half lead. Ross McCormack tied the scores in the second half, and six minutes later, the referee adjudged Paul Robinson to have handled the ball inside the penalty area, and El Hadji Diouf scored with a chipped penalty.
|Third round||5 January 2013||Leeds United||A||D||1–1||Elliott 32'||11,447|||
|Third round replay||15 January 2013||Leeds United||H||L||1–2||Elliott 36'||8,962|
At the end of the 2011–12 season, Birmingham released first-team players Caleb Folan, Luke Hubbins, Cian Hughton, Ashley Sammons and Enric Vallès. In late June, goalkeeper Ben Foster's loan at West Bromwich Albion was made permanent and midfielder Jordon Mutch joined Cardiff City, both for undisclosed fees. Following publication of the 2011 accounts, and reflecting increased financial prudence and revenue raised from player sales, the Football League lifted the club's transfer embargo in early July. In the next few days, they signed three players on free transfers – Denmark international forward Peter Løvenkrands, veteran goalkeeper David Lucas, and midfielder Hayden Mullins – and paid an undisclosed fee for Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose. Lucas signed a one-year deal and the others signed for two years. Before the transfer window closed, they added two loan signings: attacking midfielder Ravel Morrison from West Ham United for the season, and Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon until January. Despite rumours linking Žigić with Real Mallorca and Butland with Everton, the only movement on deadline day was a loan swap bringing Swindon Town full-back Paul Caddis in for the season with Adam Rooney going the other way.
When the loan window opened, Leroy Lita arrived on a three-month loan from Swansea City to replace Rooney. At the end of September, with the club reduced to two fit senior defenders, experienced left-back Paul Robinson joined as a free agent on a one-month contract and young West Bromwich Albion right-back James Hurst signed on a month's loan. Veteran midfielder Pape Bouba Diop joined as a free agent for a month in October.
The first departure of the January 2013 transfer window was third-choice goalkeeper David Lucas, who joined Fleetwood Town as goalkeeping coach. Fringe striker Jake Jervis left for Elazığspor, near the bottom of the Turkish Süper Lig, for a fee reported as €50,000; he scored on his debut away at Fenerbahçe. Diop was released in January when his monthly contract expired. After a potential sale of the club fell through in December, the chairman confirmed that player sales would be needed in the transfer window to relieve the financial difficulties: "no one is for sale and everyone is available". The only departure on deadline day was Jack Butland, who had made it clear that he was not prepared to leave for a club where he would not be playing regular first-team football. and was reported to have rejected the chance to speak to Chelsea about a possible transfer. He signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League club Stoke City, and returned to Birmingham on loan for the rest of the season. According to Stoke, the fee was an initial £3.3 million, rising to £3.5m. This freed up wages for the arrival on loan of AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas.
|9 July 2012||Peter Løvenkrands||(Newcastle United)||Free|||
|10 July 2012||David Lucas||(Rochdale)||Free|||
|12 July 2012||Hayden Mullins||Portsmouth||Free|||
|13 July 2012||Darren Ambrose||Crystal Palace||Undisclosed|||
|25 September 2012||Paul Robinson||(Bolton Wanderers)||Free|||
|19 October 2012||Papa Bouba Diop||(West Ham United)||Free|||
- Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.
|6 August 2012||Ravel Morrison||West Ham United||End of season|||
|10 August 2012||Ben Gordon||Chelsea||7 January 2013|||
|31 August 2012||Paul Caddis||Swindon Town||End of season|||
|8 September 2012||Leroy Lita||Swansea City||12 November 2012|||
|1 October 2012||James Hurst||West Bromwich Albion||28 October 2012|||
|22 November 2012||Rob Hall||West Ham United||16 March 2013|||
|31 January 2013||Jack Butland||Stoke City||End of season|||
|31 January 2013||Wes Thomas||AFC Bournemouth||End of season|||
|28 February 2013||Shane Ferguson||Newcastle United||4 May 2013|||
|21 March 2013||Oliver Lee||Barnet||End of season|||
|22 June 2012||Jordon Mutch||Undisclosed||Cardiff City|||
|29 June 2012||Ben Foster||Undisclosed||West Bromwich Albion|||
|1 January 2013||David Lucas||Free||Fleetwood Town|||
|16 January 2013||Jake Jervis||Undisclosed||Elazığspor|||
|17 January 2013||Papa Bouba Diop||Released|||
|31 January 2013||Jack Butland||£3.5m||Stoke City|||
|30 June 2013||Jack Deaman||Released||(Eastbourne Borough)|||
|30 June 2013||Graham Hutchison||Released||(Worcester City)|||
|30 June 2013||Fraser Kerr||Released||(Motherwell)|||
- Brackets round club names indicate the player joined that club after his contract with Birmingham expired.
|30 July 2012||Graham Hutchison||Lincoln City||13 November 2012|||
|10 August 2012||Fraser Kerr||Motherwell||End of season|||
|22 August 2012||Jake Jervis||Carlisle United||22 September 2012|||
|31 August 2012||Adam Rooney||Swindon Town||End of season|||
|20 October 2012||Jake Jervis||Tranmere Rovers||One month|||
|22 November 2012||Jake Jervis||Portsmouth||23 December 2012|||
|8 December 2012||Graham Hutchison||Worcester City||7 January 2013|||
|28 March 2013||Akwasi Asante||Shrewsbury Town||End of season|||
|28 March 2013||Jack Deaman||Cheltenham Town||End of season|||
Appearances and goals
- Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
- Players with squad numbers struck through and marked 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 listed with no appearances have been in the matchday squad but only as unused substitutes.
|No.||Pos.||Nat.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total||Discipline|
|4||DF||SCO||Steven Caldwell||33 (1)||1||2||0||2||1||37 (1)||2||3||0|
|5||DF||ESP||Pablo Ibáñez||6||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||6 (1)||0||0||0|
|6||DF||ENG||Curtis Davies||40 (1)||6||2||0||2||0||44 (1)||6||4||0|
|7||MF||SCO||Chris Burke||29 (12)||8||2||0||2||0||33 (12)||8||2||0|
|8||MF||ENG||Hayden Mullins||22 (6)||2||0||0||2||0||24 (6)||2||5||0|
|9||FW||JAM||Marlon King||22 (4)||13||1||0||2||1||25 (4)||14||0||0|
|10||MF||ENG||Darren Ambrose||3 (3)||0||0||0||2||1||5 (3)||1||0||0|
|11||MF||DEN||Peter Løvenkrands||13 (9)||3||0 (1)||0||2||2||15 (10)||5||3||0|
|12||MF||ENG||Ravel Morrison*||23 (4)||3||2||0||1||0||26 (4)||3||5||0|
|14||MF||SEN||Morgaro Gomis||9 (6)||0||2||0||1 (1)||0||12 (7)||0||4||0|
|15||MF||ENG||Wade Elliott||38 (6)||6||2||2||0 (1)||1||40 (7)||9||7||0|
|16||MF||GHA||Koby Arthur||0 (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0 (2)||0||0||0|
|17||FW||IRE||Adam Rooney||0||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||0 (1)||0||0||0|
|18||MF||IRE||Keith Fahey||5 (4)||0||0||0||0||0||5 (4)||0||0||0|
|19||FW||SRB||Nikola Žigić||23 (12)||9||0 (1)||0||0||0||23 (13)||9||6||2|
|FW||ENG||Jake Jervis||0 (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0 (2)||0||1||0|
|20||FW||ENG||Wes Thomas*||5 (6)||3||0||0||0||0||5 (6)||3||0||0|
|22||MF||ENG||Nathan Redmond||22 (16)||2||2||0||0 (2)||0||24 (18)||2||2||0|
|23||DF||USA||Jonathan Spector||25 (4)||0||0||0||1||1||26 (4)||1||4||1|
|27||DF||ENG||Mitch Hancox||14 (5)||0||0 (1)||0||0||0||14 (6)||0||2||0|
|FW||ENG||Leroy Lita*||9 (1)||3||0||0||0||0||9 (1)||3||0||0|
|FW||ENG||Rob Hall*||11 (2)||0||0||0||0||0||11 (2)||0||0||0|
|30||DF||ENG||Paul Robinson||34 (1)||0||2||0||0||0||36 (1)||0||7||0|
|DF||ENG||James Hurst*||2 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||2 (1)||0||1||0|
|MF||SEN||Papa Bouba Diop||1 (1)||1||0||0||0||0||1 (1)||1||1||0|
|32||MF||NIR||Shane Ferguson||10 (1)||1||0||0||0||0||10 (1)||1||1||0|
|33||MF||IRE||Callum Reilly||14 (4)||1||1||0||0||0||15 (4)||1||3||0|
|35||FW||ENG||Reece Hales||0||0||0 (1)||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||0||0|
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