Birmingham City F.C. league record by opponent

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A faded photograph of a posed group of men, outdoors. At the front are six men sitting on benches and two seated on the ground, each dressed in sports clothing, a light-coloured shirt with darker trim, white shorts, dark socks and boots. Standing at the back are eight men, some bearded, wearing hats and coats, and three men in sports clothing. In front of the men is a large trophy in the form of a shield.
Small Heath F.C. pictured in 1893 with the Football League Second Division trophy

Birmingham City Football Club, an English association football club based in the city of Birmingham, was founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance. For their first thirteen years, there was no league football, so matches were arranged on an occasional basis, supplemented by cup competitions organised at both local and national level. In 1888, Small Heath joined the Combination, a league set up to provide organised football for those clubs not invited to join the Football League which was to start the same year. However, the Combination was not well organised, and folded in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding.[1] Small Heath were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889, and three years later were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. They topped the table in their first season, though failed to win promotion via the test match system then in operation, but reached the top flight for the first time in 1894.[2] Since that time, they have not fallen below the third tier of the English football league system, and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time for the 2002–03 season.

Birmingham's first team have competed in a number of nationally contested leagues, and their record against each club faced in those competitions is summarised below. The opening match of the 1889–90 Football Alliance season pitted them against near neighbours Birmingham St George's,[3] their first Football League match was against Burslem Port Vale,[4] and they met their 107th and most recent different league opponent, Yeovil Town, for the first time in the 2013–14 Football League season. The team that Birmingham have played most in league competition is Manchester City, whom they first met as Ardwick in the 1891–92 Football Alliance season; the 60 defeats from 134 meetings is more than Birmingham have lost against any other club. Everton have drawn 35 league encounters with Birmingham, more than any other club. Birmingham have recorded more league victories against Leicester City than against any other club, having beaten them 50 times out of 124 attempts.

All statistics are correct up to and including the match played against Norwich City on 20 September 2014.

Key[edit]

  • The table includes results of matches played by Birmingham City (under that name and under former names Birmingham and Small Heath) in the Football Alliance, the Football League and the Premier League. Matches from uncompleted competitions – the abandoned 1939–40 Football League season and the unfinished 1888–89 season in the Combination – are excluded, as are test matches, Football League play-offs, and matches in the various wartime competitions.
  • The name used for each opponent is the name they had when Birmingham City most recently played a league match against them. Results against each opponent include results against that club under any former name. For example, results against Leyton Orient include matches played against Orient (1966–1987) and Clapton Orient (before 1945).
  • The columns headed "First" and "Last" contain the first and most recent seasons in which Birmingham City played league matches against each opponent.
  • P = matches played; W = matches won; D = matches drawn; L = matches lost; Win% = percentage of total matches won
  •        divisional rivals Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are Birmingham City's divisional rivals in the current season, the 2014–15 Football League Championship.
  •        defunct Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are defunct.

All-time league record[edit]

Birmingham City F.C. league record by opponent
Opponent P W D L P W D L P W D L Win% First Last Notes
Home Away Total
Arsenal 62 30 15 17 62 4 18 40 124 34 33 57 27.42 1893–94 2010–11 [A]
Aston Villa 55 22 14 19 55 14 15 26 110 36 29 45 32.73 1894–95 2010–11
Barnsley 35 19 9 7 35 16 8 11 70 35 17 18 50.00 1898–99 2013–14
Birmingham St George's defunct 3 1 1 1 3 0 0 3 6 1 1 4 16.67 1889–90 1891–92
Blackburn Rovers divisional rivals 55 33 14 8 55 8 13 34 110 41 27 42 37.27 1894–95 2013–14
Blackpool divisional rivals 42 22 10 10 42 9 10 23 84 31 20 33 36.90 1896–97 2013–14
Bolton Wanderers divisional rivals 60 32 14 14 60 7 19 34 120 39 33 48 32.50 1894–95 2013–14
Bootle defunct 4 3 1 0 4 2 1 1 8 5 2 1 62.50 1889–90 1892–93
AFC Bournemouth divisional rivals 6 0 2 4 6 3 0 3 12 3 2 7 25.00 1987–88 2013–14
Bradford City 11 7 4 0 11 4 4 3 22 11 8 3 50.00 1921–22 2001–02
Bradford Park Avenue 8 4 1 3 8 2 4 2 16 6 5 5 37.50 1908–09 1947–48
Brentford divisional rivals 14 7 3 4 15 8 3 4 29 15 6 8 51.72 1935–36 2014–15
Brighton & Hove Albion divisional rivals 11 4 5 2 10 2 3 5 21 6 8 7 28.57 1980–81 2014–15
Bristol City 26 13 9 4 26 10 5 11 52 23 14 15 44.23 1902–03 2012–13
Bristol Rovers 6 3 3 0 6 0 5 1 12 3 8 1 25.00 1953–54 1994–95
Burnley 45 23 9 13 45 8 11 26 90 31 20 39 34.44 1894–95 2013–14
Burton Swifts defunct 8 7 0 1 8 6 1 1 16 13 1 2 81.25 1891–92 1900–01
Burton United defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1902–03 1902–03
Burton Wanderers defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1896–97 1896–97
Bury 32 16 5 11 32 10 4 18 64 26 9 29 40.63 1895–96 1998–99
Cambridge United 4 1 1 2 4 2 0 2 8 3 1 4 37.50 1979–80 1994–95
Cardiff City divisional rivals 31 16 10 5 31 10 2 19 62 26 12 24 41.94 1920–21 2012–13
Carlisle United 9 6 1 2 9 2 2 5 18 8 3 7 44.44 1965–66 1984–85
Charlton Athletic divisional rivals 29 14 9 6 29 4 10 15 58 18 19 21 31.03 1936–37 2013–14
Chelsea 41 14 12 15 41 6 12 23 82 20 24 38 24.39 1907–08 2010–11
Chester City defunct 4 3 1 0 4 3 0 1 8 6 1 1 75.00 1989–90 1994–95
Chesterfield 7 4 3 0 7 2 4 1 14 6 7 1 42.86 1899–1900 1950–51 [B]
Colchester United 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 2006–07 2006–07
Coventry City 24 12 7 5 24 8 7 9 48 20 14 14 41.67 1919–20 2011–12
Crewe Alexandra 13 10 0 3 13 7 3 3 26 17 3 6 65.38 1889–90 2001–02
Crystal Palace 22 14 3 5 22 6 11 5 44 20 14 10 45.45 1965–66 2012–13
Darlington 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1991–92 1991–92
Darwen 6 5 1 0 6 0 3 3 8 4 2 2 50.00 1889–90 1898–99
Derby County divisional rivals 50 25 13 12 50 8 18 24 100 33 31 36 33.00 1894–95 2013–14
Doncaster Rovers 10 6 2 2 10 6 1 3 20 12 3 5 60.00 1902–03 2013–14
Everton 59 18 18 23 59 6 17 36 118 24 35 59 20.34 1894–95 2010–11
Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1990–91 1991–92
Fulham divisional rivals 37 16 12 9 37 11 12 14 74 27 24 23 36.49 1908–09 2010–11
Gainsborough Trinity 10 6 4 0 10 4 3 3 20 10 7 3 50.00 1896–97 1911–12
Gillingham 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 0 75.00 2000–01 2001–02
Glossop 10 5 3 2 10 3 1 6 20 8 4 8 40.00 1898–99 1914–15
Grimsby Town 38 20 9 9 38 8 9 21 76 28 18 30 36.84 1889–90 2001–02
Hartlepool United 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 50.00 1991–92 1991–92
Huddersfield Town divisional rivals 48 24 8 16 48 10 19 19 96 34 27 35 35.42 1910–11 2013–14
Hull City 29 14 11 4 29 9 6 14 58 23 17 18 39.66 1908–09 2012–13
Ipswich Town divisional rivals 33 13 12 8 32 8 2 22 65 21 14 30 32.31 1954–55 2014–15
Leeds City defunct 7 4 1 2 7 0 2 5 14 4 3 7 28.57 1908–09 1914–15
Leeds United divisional rivals 45 26 12 7 44 9 12 23 89 35 24 30 39.33 1920–21 2014–15
Leicester City 62 32 11 19 62 18 12 32 124 50 23 51 40.32 1896–97 2013–14 [C]
Leyton Orient 18 10 6 2 18 7 7 4 36 17 13 6 47.22 1908–09 1994–95 [D]
Lincoln City 18 14 2 2 18 9 7 2 36 23 9 4 63.89 1891–92 1954–55
Liverpool 50 21 14 15 50 7 11 32 100 28 25 47 28.00 1893–94 2010–11
Long Eaton Rangers defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1889–90 1889–90
Loughborough defunct 4 4 0 0 4 2 1 1 8 6 1 1 75.00 1896–97 1899–1900
Luton Town 26 14 8 4 26 11 8 7 52 25 16 11 48.08 1897–98 2006–07
Manchester City 67 40 12 15 67 9 13 45 134 49 25 60 36.57 1891–92 2010–11 [E]
Manchester United 50 17 20 13 50 9 9 32 100 26 29 45 26.00 1889–90 2010–11 [F]
Mansfield Town 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1989–90 1990–91
Middlesbrough divisional rivals 49 27 14 8 50 11 15 24 99 38 29 32 38.38 1899–1900 2014–15
Middlesbrough Ironopolis defunct 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1893–94 1893–94
Millwall divisional rivals 17 11 4 2 17 5 5 7 34 16 9 9 47.06 1946–47 2013–14
New Brighton Tower defunct 3 3 0 0 3 0 2 1 6 3 2 1 50.00 1898–99 1900–01
Newcastle United 47 21 11 15 47 8 14 25 94 29 25 40 30.85 1893–94 2010–11
Newport County 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1946–47 1946–47
Northampton Town 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1966–67 1989–90
Northwich Victoria 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 4 0 0 100.000 1892–93 1893–94
Norwich City divisional rivals 26 14 6 6 27 4 11 12 53 18 17 18 33.96 1965–66 2014–15
Nottingham Forest divisional rivals 49 20 11 18 49 14 16 19 98 34 27 37 34.69 1889–90 2013–14
Notts County 26 15 6 5 26 5 8 13 52 20 14 18 38.46 1893–94 1993–94
Oldham Athletic 12 4 4 4 12 4 3 5 24 8 7 9 33.33 1908–09 1996–97
Oxford United 13 4 6 3 13 6 3 4 26 10 9 7 38.46 1968–69 1998–99
Peterborough United 6 3 3 0 6 2 2 2 12 5 5 2 41.67 1991–92 2012–13
Plymouth Argyle 14 8 4 2 14 7 4 3 28 15 8 5 53.57 1946–47 2008–09
Portsmouth 43 26 9 8 43 12 14 17 86 38 23 25 44.19 1927–28 2011–12
Port Vale 14 11 1 2 14 6 2 6 28 17 3 8 60.71 1892–93 1999–2000 [G]
Preston North End 40 24 8 8 40 5 11 24 80 29 19 32 36.25 1894–95 2008–09
Queens Park Rangers 23 16 5 2 23 5 8 10 46 21 13 12 45.65 1950–51 2013–14
Reading divisional rivals 12 4 4 4 12 3 5 4 24 7 9 8 29.17 1986–87 2013–14
Rotherham Town defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1893–94 1893–94
Rotherham County defunct 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 0 50.00 1919–20 1920–21
Rotherham United divisional rivals 11 8 1 2 11 3 5 3 22 11 6 5 50.00 1951–52 2001–02
Sheffield United 49 28 9 12 49 11 8 30 98 39 17 42 39.80 1892–93 2008–09
Sheffield Wednesday divisional rivals 45 22 17 6 44 10 8 26 89 32 25 32 35.96 1889–90 2014–15
Shrewsbury Town 9 3 2 4 9 1 3 5 18 4 5 9 22.22 1979–80 1994–95
Southampton 20 9 7 4 20 5 3 12 40 14 10 16 35.00 1946–47 2011–12
Southend United 6 4 1 1 6 1 1 4 12 5 2 5 41.67 1990–91 2006–07
South Shields 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 4 1 1 2 25.00 1919–20 1920–21
Stockport County 18 14 2 2 18 5 3 10 36 19 5 12 52.78 1900–01 2001–02
Stoke City 44 23 10 11 44 7 9 28 88 30 19 39 34.09 1890–91 2010–11 [H]
Sunderland 53 26 13 14 53 10 8 35 106 36 21 49 33.96 1894–95 2010–11
Sunderland Albion defunct 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 4 00.00 1889–90 1890–91
Swansea City 14 8 4 2 14 7 3 4 28 15 7 6 53.57 1946–47 2008–09 [I]
Swindon Town 10 5 3 2 10 4 3 3 20 9 6 5 45.00 1969–70 1999–2000
Torquay United 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1991–92 1991–92
Tottenham Hotspur 41 18 10 13 41 8 6 27 82 26 16 40 31.71 1908–09 2010–11
Tranmere Rovers 10 5 4 1 10 3 1 6 20 8 5 7 40.00 1989–90 2000–01
Walsall 14 11 1 2 14 7 2 5 28 18 3 7 64.29 1889–90 2001–02 [J]
Watford divisional rivals 18 10 3 5 18 3 4 11 36 13 7 16 36.11 1969–70 2013–14
West Bromwich Albion 58 20 15 23 58 14 18 26 116 34 33 49 29.31 1894–95 2010–11
West Ham United 43 23 10 10 43 15 11 17 86 38 21 27 44.19 1919–20 2011–12
Wigan Athletic divisional rivals 8 3 4 1 9 1 3 5 17 4 7 6 23.53 1989–90 2014–15
Wimbledon defunct 3 1 0 2 3 1 0 2 6 2 0 4 33.33 1984–85 2001–02 [K]
Wolverhampton Wanderers divisional rivals 61 22 20 19 61 14 8 39 122 36 28 58 29.51 1894–95 2012–13
Wrexham 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1979–80 1994–95
Wycombe Wanderers 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 50.00 1994–95 1994–95
Yeovil Town 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 50.00 2013–14 2013–14
York City 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 50.00 1994–95 1994–95

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Arsenal statistics include matches played against Woolwich Arsenal.
  2. ^ Chesterfield statistics include matches played against Chesterfield Town.
  3. ^ Leicester City statistics include matches played against Leicester Fosse.
  4. ^ Leyton Orient statistics include matches played against Clapton Orient and Orient.
  5. ^ Manchester City statistics include matches played against Ardwick.
  6. ^ Manchester United statistics include matches played against Newton Heath.
  7. ^ Port Vale statistics include matches played against Burslem Port Vale.
  8. ^ Stoke City statistics include matches played against Stoke.
  9. ^ Swansea City statistics include matches played against Swansea Town.
  10. ^ Walsall statistics include matches played against Walsall Town Swifts.
  11. ^ Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003, and were rebranded as Milton Keynes Dons F.C. a year later. That club renounced all claims to Wimbledon's history in 2007, since when it has regarded itself as a new club founded in 2004.[5]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Shury, Alan & Landamore, Brian (2005). The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. (2nd ed.). Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 11. ISBN 1899468161. 
  2. ^ "Small Heath". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Matthews (2010), p. 224.
  4. ^ "Birmingham City 1892–1893: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon become MK Dons FC". guardian.co.uk. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
    "History and Honours of Wimbledon FC returned to Merton". Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association. 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012.