List of Birmingham City F.C. seasons

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Small Heath F.C., champions of the inaugural Football League Second Division 1892–93

Birmingham City Football Club, an association football club based in Birmingham, England, was founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance. For the first thirteen years of their existence, there was no league football, so matches were arranged on an ad hoc basis, supplemented by cup competitions organised at local and national level. Small Heath first entered the FA Cup in the 1881–82 season, and won their first trophy, the Walsall Cup, the following season.[1] During the 1880s, they played between 20 and 30 matches each season.[2]

In 1888, the club became a limited company under the name of Small Heath F.C. Ltd,[3] and 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.[4] Small Heath were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889–90, and three years later were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. They topped the table in their first season, failing to win promotion via the test match system then in operation, but reached the top flight for the first time in 1894.[5] They were renamed Birmingham in 1905, finally becoming Birmingham City in 1943.[6]

The club's official history rated 1955–56 as their best season to date.[7] The newly promoted club achieved their highest ever finishing position of sixth in the First Division, reached the 1956 FA Cup Final, and became the first English club side to participate in European competition when they played their opening game in the group stages of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.[a] Their only major trophy is the League Cup, which they won in 1963 and 2011; they reached the FA Cup final twice and the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice. During the 1990s, they twice won the Associate Members Cup, a competition open to clubs in the third and fourth tiers of English football.

As at the end of the 2012–13 season, the club's first team had spent 57 seasons in the top division of English football, 49 in the second, and 4 in the third. The table details their achievements in first-team competitions, and records their top goalscorer and average home league attendance, for each completed season since their first appearance in the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1878–79.

Key[edit]

Details of abandoned competitions – The Combination in 1888–89 and the 1939–40 Football League – are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons[edit]

Season Division[e] P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup [10][f] League Cup[12][g] Competition Result Name Goals Average[h] attendance
League[4][5][17][9] Other[18][12][19] Top scorer[i]
1878–79 &
&
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 n/a
1879–80 &
&
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 n/a
1880–81 &
&
Birmingham Senior Cup R4 n/a
1881–82 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Slater, BillyBilly Slater[j] 2
1882–83 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Slater, BillyBilly Slater 2
1883–84 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R3 James, ArthurArthur James 2
1884–85 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 No goalscorer
1885–86 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Stanley, EddyEddy Stanley 7
1886–87 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup SF Price, JackJack Price 1
1887–88 R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Dixon, WalterWalter Dixon
Austin Smith
2
1888–89 Combination[b] 11 6 3 2 24 17 15 6th R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Devey, WillWill Devey[k] 5
1889–90 Alliance 22 6 5 11 44 67 17 10th R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Devey, WillWill Devey 27 01,068
1890–91 Alliance 22 7 2 13 58 66 16 10th DQ[l] &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Devey, WillWill Devey
Charlie Short
17 02,545
1891–92 Alliance 22 12 5 5 53 36 29 3rd R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Wheldon, FredFred Wheldon 29 02,100
1892–93 Division 2[m] 22 17 2 3 90 35 36 1st[n] R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup SF Wheldon, FredFred Wheldon[o] 26 ♦ 02,181
1893–94
Division 2 promoted

United[d]
28

6
21

2
0

1
7

3
103

14
44

14
42

5

3rd
R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Mobley, FrankFrank Mobley[q] 25 ♦ 02,928
1894–95 Division 1 30 9 7 14 50 74 25 12th R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup SF Mobley, FrankFrank Mobley 13 06,440
1895–96 Division 1 relegated 30 8 4 18 39 79 20 15th[r] R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Mobley, FrankFrank Mobley 11 06,233
1896–97 Division 2 30 16 5 9 69 47 37 4th R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Inglis, JimmyJimmy Inglis 16 04,526
1897–98 Division 2 30 16 4 10 58 50 36 6th[s] QR3 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Abbott, WalterWalter Abbott 19 05,633
1898–99 Division 2 34 17 7 10 85 50 41 8th R2 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R2 Abbott, WalterWalter Abbott[t] 42 ♦ 05,588
1899–1900 Division 2 34 20 6 8 78 38 46 3rd QR5 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 McRoberts, BobBob McRoberts 24 05,176
1900–01 Division 2 promoted 34 19 10 5 57 24 48 2nd QF &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 McRoberts, BobBob McRoberts 17 05,558
1901–02 Division 1 relegated 34 11 8 15 47 45 30 17th IntR &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 McRoberts, BobBob McRoberts 11 13,058
1902–03 Division 2 promoted 34 24 3 7 74 36 51 2nd R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Leonard, ArthurArthur Leonard 16 07,411
1903–04 Division 1 34 11 8 15 39 52 30 11th IntR &
Birmingham Senior Cup R1 Jones, BillyBilly Jones
Freddie Wilcox
8 11,386
1904–05 Division 1 34 17 5 12 54 38 39 7th R1 &
Birmingham Senior Cup W Jones, BillyBilly Jones 16 14,441
1905–06 Division 1 38 17 7 14 65 59 41 7th QF &
&
Jones, BillyBilly Jones 24 11,868
1906–07 Division 1 38 15 8 15 52 52 38 9th R1 &
&
Jones, BillyBilly Jones 15 15,315
1907–08 Division 1 relegated 38 9 12 17 40 60 30 20th R1 &
&
Eyre, EdmundEdmund Eyre 9 15,473
1908–09 Division 2 38 14 9 15 58 61 37 11th R1 &
&
Beer, BillyBilly Beer
Frederick Chapple
8 10,607
1909–10 Division 2 38 8 7 23 42 78 23 20th[u] R1 &
&
Freeman, WalterWalter Freeman 10 08,921
1910–11 Division 2 38 12 8 18 42 64 32 16th R1 &
&
Hall, JackJack Hall 14 13,764
1911–12 Division 2 38 14 6 18 55 59 34 12th R1 &
&
Hall, JackJack Hall 21 13,052
1912–13 Division 2 38 18 10 10 59 44 46 3rd R1 &
&
Jones, BillyBilly Jones 16 15,157
1913–14 Division 2 38 12 10 16 48 60 34 14th R3 &
&
Smith, AndyAndy Smith 10 17,411
1914–15 Division 2 38 17 9 12 62 39 43 6th R3 &
&
Smith, AndyAndy Smith 24 11,315
1915–19 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.[v]
& & & & & & & & & é & é &
1919–20 Division 2 42 24 8 10 85 34 56 3rd R3 &
&
Millard, BertBert Millard 15 22,880
1920–21 Division 2 promoted 42 24 10 8 79 38 58 1st R1 &
&
Hampton, HarryHarry Hampton 16 31,244
1921–22 Division 1 42 15 7 20 48 60 37 18th DNE[w] &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford
Johnny Crosbie
10 27,967
1922–23 Division 1 42 13 11 18 41 57 37 17th R1 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 19 25,328
1923–24 Division 1 42 13 13 16 41 49 39 14th R1 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 24 20,395
1924–25 Division 1 42 17 12 13 49 53 46 8th R3 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford
George Briggs
Ernie Islip
11 22,547
1925–26 Division 1 42 16 8 18 66 81 40 14th R4 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 27 21,649
1926–27 Division 1 42 17 4 21 64 73 38 17th R4 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 23 24,372
1927–28 Division 1 42 13 15 14 70 75 41 11th R5 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 32 21,646
1928–29 Division 1 42 15 10 17 68 77 40 15th R4 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 24 23,406
1929–30 Division 1 42 16 9 17 67 62 41 11th R4 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 23 22,193
1930–31 Division 1 42 13 10 19 55 70 36 19th F[x] &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 22 21,275
1931–32 Division 1 42 18 8 16 78 67 44 9th R4 &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford 28 23,380
1932–33 Division 1 42 14 11 17 57 57 39 13th QF &
&
Bradford, JoeJoe Bradford
Ernie Curtis
14 20,044
1933–34 Division 1 42 12 12 18 54 56 36 20th R5 &
&
Roberts, FredFred Roberts 8 24,718
1934–35 Division 1 42 13 10 19 63 81 36 19th QF &
&
Jones, WilsonWilson Jones 17 22,795
1935–36 Division 1 42 15 11 16 61 63 41 12th R3 &
&
Jones, WilsonWilson Jones 20 22,955
1936–37 Division 1 42 13 15 14 64 60 41 11th R3 &
&
Morris, SeymourSeymour Morris 16 25,452
1937–38 Division 1 42 10 18 14 58 62 38 18th R3 &
&
Dearson, DonDon Dearson
Wilson Jones
9 26,434
1938–39 Division 1 relegated 42 12 8 22 62 84 32 21st R5 &
&
Harris, FredFred Harris 17 22,432
1939–40 Division 2 3 2 1 0 5 1 5 2nd[y] &
&
&
Brown, JackieJackie Brown
Don Dearson
Ted Duckhouse
Tom Farrage
[z]
1
1939–45 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.[aa]
& & & & & & & & & é & é &
1945–46 [ab] SF[ac] &
&
Mulraney, JockJock Mulraney[k] 7
1946–47 Division 2 42 25 5 12 74 33 55 3rd QF &
&
Trigg, CyrilCyril Trigg 19 32,462
1947–48 Division 2 promoted 42 22 15 5 55 24 59 1st R3 &
&
Bodle, HaroldHarold Bodle 14 36,467
1948–49 Division 1 42 11 15 16 36 38 37 17th R3 &
&
Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart 11 38,821
1949–50 Division 1 relegated 42 7 14 21 31 67 28 22nd R3 &
&
Dailey, JimmyJimmy Dailey 9 34,310
1950–51 Division 2 42 20 9 13 64 53 49 4th SF &
&
Trigg, CyrilCyril Trigg 19 24,728
1951–52 Division 2 42 21 9 12 67 56 51 3rd R4 &
&
Briggs, TommyTommy Briggs 19 24,570
1952–53 Division 2 42 19 10 13 71 66 48 6th QF &
&
Murphy, PeterPeter Murphy 26 20,046
1953–54 Division 2 42 18 11 13 78 58 47 7th R4 &
&
Purdon, TedTed Purdon 15 22,594
1954–55 Division 2 promoted 42 22 10 10 92 47 54 1st QF &
&
Murphy, PeterPeter Murphy 20 21,002
1955–56 Division 1 42 18 9 15 75 57 45 6th[ad] F[ae] &
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[a] &
Brown, EddyEddy Brown 29 33,828
1956–57 Division 1 42 15 9 18 69 69 39 12th=[af] SF &
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup &
Govan, AlexAlex Govan 30 32,582
1957–58 Division 1 42 14 11 17 76 89 39 13th R3 &
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup SF Murphy, PeterPeter Murphy 23 29,647
1958–59 Division 1 42 20 6 16 84 68 46 9th R5 &
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup &
Larkin, BunnyBunny Larkin 23 26,893
1959–60 Division 1 42 13 10 19 63 80 36 19th R3 &
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[ag] F Gordon, JohnnyJohnny Gordon 19 26,880
1960–61 Division 1 42 14 6 22 62 84 34 19th R5 R3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[ah] F Harris, JimmyJimmy Harris 17 25,751
1961–62 Division 1 42 14 10 18 65 81 38 17th R3 R1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R2 Harris, JimmyJimmy Harris
Ken Leek
20 23,587
1962–63 Division 1 42 10 13 19 63 90 33 20th R3 W[ai] &
Leek, KenKen Leek 29 22,559
1963–64 Division 1 42 11 7 24 54 92 29 20th R3 R2 &
Auld, BertieBertie Auld 10 21,996
1964–65 Division 1 relegated 42 8 11 23 64 96 27 22nd R3 R2 &
Lynn, StanStan Lynn
Geoff Vowden
10 19,714
1965–66 Division 2 42 16 9 17 70 75 41 10th R4 R2 &
Vowden, GeoffGeoff Vowden 23 14,398
1966–67 Division 2 42 16 8 18 70 66 40 10th QF SF &
Vowden, GeoffGeoff Vowden 21 19,798
1967–68 Division 2 42 19 14 9 83 51 52 4th SF R3 &
Bridges, BarryBarry Bridges 28 28,083
1968–69 Division 2 42 18 8 16 73 59 44 7th R5 R2 &
Pickering, FredFred Pickering
Phil Summerill
17 26,008
1969–70 Division 2 42 11 11 20 51 78 33 18th R3 R2 &
Summerill, PhilPhil Summerill 13 24,028
1970–71 Division 2 42 17 12 13 58 48 46 9th R3 R4 &
Summerill, PhilPhil Summerill 21 24,164
1971–72 Division 2 promoted 42 19 18 5 60 31 56 2nd P3rd[aj] R2 Anglo-Italian Cup Group Latchford, BobBob Latchford[ak] 30 ♦ 32,337
1972–73 Division 1 42 15 12 15 53 54 42 10th R3 R4 &
Latchford, BobBob Latchford 20 36,663
1973–74 Division 1 42 12 13 17 52 64 37 19th R4 QF Texaco Cup[al] QF Hatton, BobBob Hatton 20 33,048
1974–75 Division 1 42 14 9 19 53 61 37 17th SF R2 Texaco Cup SF Hatton, BobBob Hatton 18 30,854
1975–76 Division 1 42 13 7 22 57 75 33 19th R3 R3 &
Francis, TrevorTrevor Francis 18 28,002
1976–77 Division 1 42 13 12 17 63 61 38 13th R4 R2 &
Francis, TrevorTrevor Francis 21 28,338
1977–78 Division 1 42 16 9 17 55 60 41 11th R4 R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup Group Francis, TrevorTrevor Francis 29 23,910
1978–79 Division 1 relegated 42 6 10 26 37 64 22 21st R3 R2 &
Buckley, AlanAlan Buckley 8 20,164
1979–80 Division 2 promoted 42 21 11 10 58 38 53 3rd[am] R5 R3 Anglo-Scottish Cup Group Bertschin, KeithKeith Bertschin 18 20,427
1980–81 Division 1 42 13 12 17 50 61 38 13th R4 QF &
Worthington, FrankFrank Worthington 18 19,248
1981–82 Division 1[an] 42 10 14 18 53 61 44 16th R3 R2 &
Evans, TonyTony Evans 16 17,116
1982–83 Division 1 42 12 14 16 40 55 50 17th R4 R4 &
Ferguson, MickMick Ferguson 8 15,880
1983–84 Division 1 relegated 42 12 12 18 39 50 48 20th QF R4 &
Harford, MickMick Harford 15 14,106
1984–85 Division 2 promoted 42 25 7 10 59 33 82 2nd R3 R3 &
Clarke, WayneWayne Clarke 19 12,522
1985–86 Division 1 relegated 42 8 5 29 30 73 29 21st R3 R3 &
Kennedy, AndyAndy Kennedy 8 10,899
1986–87 Division 2 42 11 17 14 47 59 50 19th R4 R3 Full Members Cup R2 Clarke, WayneWayne Clarke 19 07,426
1987–88 Division 2 44 11 15 18 41 66 48 19th R5 R1 Full Members Cup R1 Whitton, SteveSteve Whitton 16 08,576
1988–89 Division 2[ao] relegated 46 8 11 27 31 76 35 23rd R3 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Whitton, SteveSteve Whitton 6 06,289
1989–90 Division 3 46 18 12 16 60 59 66 7th R3 R2 Associate Members Cup Group Bailey, DennisDennis Bailey 20 08,558
1990–91 Division 3 46 16 17 13 45 49 65 12th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup[ap] W Gayle, JohnJohn Gayle
Simon Sturridge
10 07,030
1991–92 Division 3 promoted 46 23 12 11 69 52 81 2nd R1 R3 Associate Members Cup Group Gleghorn, NigelNigel Gleghorn 22 12,399
1992–93 Division 1[aq] 46 13 12 21 50 72 51 19th R1 R1 Anglo-Italian Cup R1 Frain, JohnJohn Frain 8 12,328
1993–94 Division 1 relegated 46 13 12 21 52 69 51 22nd R3 R2 Anglo-Italian Cup Prelim Peschisolido, PaulPaul Peschisolido
Andy Saville
10 14,378
1994–95 Division 2 promoted 46 25 14 7 84 37 89 1st R3 R2 Football League Trophy[ar] W Claridge, SteveSteve Claridge 25 16,941
1995–96 Division 1 46 15 13 18 61 64 58 15th R3 SF Anglo-Italian Cup QF Hunt, JonathanJonathan Hunt 15 18,098
1996–97 Division 1 46 17 15 14 52 48 66 10th R5 R2 &
Devlin, PaulPaul Devlin 19 17,732
1997–98 Division 1 46 19 17 10 60 35 74 7th[as] R5 R3 &
Furlong, PaulPaul Furlong 19 18,751
1998–99 Division 1 46 23 12 11 66 37 81 4th[at] R3 R3 &
Adebola, DeleDele Adebola 17 20,794
1999–2000 Division 1 46 22 11 13 65 44 77 5th[au] R4 R4 &
Furlong, PaulPaul Furlong 11 21,895
2000–01 Division 1 46 23 9 14 59 48 78 5th[av] R3 F[aw] &
Horsfield, GeoffGeoff Horsfield 12 21,283
2001–02 Division 1 promoted 46 21 13 12 70 49 76 5th[ax] R3 R3 &
Mooney, TommyTommy Mooney 15 21,978
2002–03 Premier League 38 13 9 16 41 49 48 13th R3 R3 &
John, SternStern John 9 28,831
2003–04 Premier League 38 12 14 12 43 48 50 10th R5 R2 &
Forssell, MikaelMikael Forssell 19 29,078
2004–05 Premier League 38 11 12 15 40 46 45 12th R4 R3 &
Heskey, EmileEmile Heskey 11 28,760
2005–06 Premier League relegated 38 8 10 20 28 50 34 18th QF QF &
Forssell, MikaelMikael Forssell
Jiří Jarošík
8 27,392
2006–07 Championship[ay] promoted 46 26 8 12 67 42 86 2nd R4 R4 &
McSheffrey, GaryGary McSheffrey 16 22,273
2007–08 Premier League relegated 38 8 11 19 46 62 35 19th R3 R3 &
Forssell, MikaelMikael Forssell 9 26,181
2008–09 Championship promoted 46 23 14 9 54 37 83 2nd R3 R2 &
Phillips, KevinKevin Phillips 14 19,081
2009–10 Premier League 38 13 11 14 38 47 50 9th QF R3 &
Jerome, CameronCameron Jerome 11 25,246
2010–11 Premier League relegated 38 8 15 15 37 58 39 18th QF W[az] &
Gardner, CraigCraig Gardner 10 25,461
2011–12 Championship 46 20 16 10 78 51 76 4th[ba] R5 R3 UEFA Europa League[bb] Group King, MarlonMarlon King 18 19,126
2012–13 Championship 46 15 16 15 63 69 61 12th R3 R2 &
King, MarlonMarlon King 14 16,702

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birmingham City became the first English club side to take part in European competition when they played their first group game in the 1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 15 May 1956, a goalless draw away at Inter Milan. The competition lasted over three English seasons with the final not played until 1958. The London XI, a representative side made up of players from several London clubs, were the first English team when they played their first group game in 1955.[38]
  2. ^ a b An attempt was made to set up a league called The Combination involving clubs not invited to join the Football League. Lack of proper organisation meant it was wound up in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding. Small Heath played 11 of their full 16 fixtures.[4]
  3. ^ Founder member of the Football Alliance, which started a year after the Football League.[5]
  4. ^ a b The United League (or United Midland Counties League) was one of several short-lived leagues of similar name. This one was established in 1894, involving ten teams from the Midlands of England, to be played as a supplementary competition to fill vacant dates in the season without the trouble and expense of arranging friendly matches.[8] Small Heath finished third in their four-team section in the 1893–94 season,[9] and did not participate again.
  5. ^ Divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system at the time.
  6. ^ Beginning with the 1925–26 season, the FA Cup was structured so that the third round proper contained 64 teams. Prior to that date, the structure had varied, so rounds are not directly comparable to the round of the same name after 1925. For example, in 1892–93, Small Heath's first season in the Football League, there were only three rounds proper before the semifinal, as compared with the current six.[10][11]
  7. ^ The Football League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.[13]
  8. ^ League matches only (including Football Alliance, Football League and Premier League, but excluding test matches and play-offs). Sourced from Matthews (1995), Complete Record up to and including the 1994–95 season, from European Football Statistics[14] from 1995–96 to 2001–02 inclusive, and from the Football League[15] and ESPN FC (for Premier League attendances)[16] websites as appropriate thereafter. Select season required via dropdown menus.
  9. ^ Includes goals scored in the Football Alliance, the Football League, including test matches and play-offs, Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Europa League, Associate Members' Cup / Football League Trophy, Anglo-Italian Cup, Texaco Cup, Anglo-Scottish Cup and Full Members' Cup. Goals scored in seasons from 1881–82 to 1888–89 sourced to Matthews (1995),[20] from 1889–90 to 2009–10 sourced to Matthews (2010), [21] and from 2010–11 onwards sourced to Soccerbase.[22]
  10. ^ The first of Slater's two goals in the FA Cup first round tie against Derby Town, a 4–1 win played at the Coventry Road ground on 17 October 1881, was the club's first goal in national competitive football.[20]
  11. ^ a b FA Cup goals only.
  12. ^ Disqualified for fielding an improperly registered player, after eliminating Hednesford Town and Wednesbury Old Athletic in the qualifying rounds.[3]
  13. ^ The Football League expanded its membership at the end of this season by forming a Second Division. 11 of the 12 Football Alliance teams accepted invitations to join.[23]
  14. ^ Promotion and relegation decided by test matches, in which third bottom in First Division played third in Second Division, second bottom in First Division played second in Second Division, and bottom club in First Division played top club from Second Division, in one-off games at neutral venues, winners to play in the following season's First Division. Small Heath drew 1–1 with Newton Heath but lost the replay 5–2, so were not promoted despite winning the division.[24]
  15. ^ The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) list Wheldon as having scored a divisional best 24 goals in Division Two,[25] but Matthews (2010) assigns him 25.[26]
  16. ^ Promoted via test match, beating Darwen 3–1.[12]
  17. ^ Scored 24 goals in Division Two,[25]
  18. ^ Promotion and relegation decided by test match system in which bottom two clubs in First Division and top two clubs in Second Division played a mini-league of home and away matches against the two clubs in the other division, top two in mini-league to play in following season's First Division. Small Heath finished third in the mini-league so were relegated.[27]
  19. ^ The final test match left the two clubs involved needing to draw for them both to win promotion, which unsurprisingly is what happened. The Football League decided to expand each division by two places, and the existing clubs voted for two clubs to take the two new places in the First Division. Candidates were the losers from the two test match series plus teams placed third to sixth in the Second Division. Small Heath came fourth in the vote, so remained in the Second Division. From then on the League adopted promotion and relegation directly dependent on league position (two up, two down).[28]
  20. ^ Abbott's 34 Second Division goals and 42 total goals in a season are club records.[29]
  21. ^ There was no automatic relegation from the Football League until 1987.[13] The bottom two clubs in the League applied for re-election, together with candidates from outside the League. Each current League club had a vote. Small Heath were re-elected.[30]
  22. ^ The club played 106 competitive games in regional football, the Midland Section Principal and Subsidiary Competitions, over three seasons from 1916 to 1919. Guest players were permitted, and results and records from this period are not included in official statistics.[31]
  23. ^ Club did not enter FA Cup because secretary Frank Richards forgot to submit the entry form in time.[32]
  24. ^ Birmingham's first appearance in the Cup Final was a 2–1 defeat to Second Division West Bromwich Albion.[12]
  25. ^ When the Second World War began, the 1939–40 Football League season was abandoned with three matches played and Birmingham in second position.[33]
  26. ^ Plus one own goal.[34]
  27. ^ The club played 215 competitive games in regional league and cup football between 1939 and 1946. Guest players were permitted, and results and records from this period are not included in official statistics.[31]
  28. ^ This was the only full season played in the wartime Football League North and South regionalised competitions. These leagues included Football League First and Second Division clubs divided geographically, playing each other home and away. Birmingham won the Southern section on goal average from Aston Villa.[35]
  29. ^ From the first round proper to the sixth round of the 1945–46 FA Cup, matches were played over two legs. In the semifinal, Birmingham drew with Derby County at Hillsborough, Sheffield, in front of 65,000 spectators. The replay at Maine Road, Manchester, which attracted a crowd of over 80,000, went goalless into extra time, when defender Ted Duckhouse broke his leg trying to stop Derby's first goal. No substitutes were allowed, and Birmingham went on to lose 4–0.[35]
  30. ^ Club's highest League finish.
  31. ^ Reached the 1956 FA Cup Final without being drawn at home in any round, the first club so to do.[36] Lost 3–1 to Manchester City in the game remembered for City's goalkeeper Bert Trautmann playing the last 15 minutes of the game with a broken bone in his neck.[37]
  32. ^ Equal with Chelsea on goal average; number of goals scored was not taken into account.[17]
  33. ^ Birmingham became the first English club side to reach the final of a European competition, losing on aggregate to Barcelona (0–0 at home, 1–4 away). The London XI, consisting of players from several London clubs, were the first English team when they reached the final of the 1955–58 Fairs Cup.[39]
  34. ^ Lost on aggregate to A.S. Roma (2–2 at home, 0–2 away).[40]
  35. ^ Beat Aston Villa 3–1 on aggregate (3–1 at home, 0–0 away) to win club's first major trophy.[12]
  36. ^ Between 1969–70 and 1973–74 the losing FA Cup semi-finalists took part in a third-place play-off.[41] Birmingham beat Stoke City on penalties after a goalless draw, the first time an FA Cup match had been decided by a penalty shootout.[42]
  37. ^ Scored 23 goals in Division Two.[25]
  38. ^ The home leg of the quarter final match against Newcastle United finished 1–1. Despite use of floodlights being banned due to the fuel crisis, the League refused to allow an earlier kickoff time for the away leg. The match was abandoned at 1–1 after 10 minutes of extra time in almost total darkness. When the match was replayed, Birmingham lost 3–1.[43]
  39. ^ Number of teams promoted to and relegated from the First Division changed from two to three in 1973.[13]
  40. ^ This season saw the introduction of three points for a win instead of two.[13]
  41. ^ Relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time.
  42. ^ Beat Tranmere Rovers 3–2 in the final of what was better known by its sponsored name of the Leyland DAF Cup at Wembley.[12]
  43. ^ The Second Division was renamed Division One after the FA Premiership broke away from the Football League.[13]
  44. ^ Beat Carlisle United 1–0 in the final of what was better known by its sponsored name of the Auto Windscreens Shield at Wembley in front of a crowd of 76,663. The goal was scored by Paul Tait in sudden-death extra time. This was the first time a major tournament in England was decided on a golden goal.[44]
  45. ^ Missed out on a play-off place to Sheffield United by virtue of goals scored, which took precedence over goal difference from the 1992–93 to the 1998–99 Football League seasons.[45]
  46. ^ Lost in the play-off semifinal to Watford on penalties.[46]
  47. ^ Lost in the play-off semifinal to Barnsley on aggregate.[47]
  48. ^ Lost in the play-off semifinal to Preston North End on penalties.[48]
  49. ^ Lost to Liverpool on penalties after the game had finished 1–1 after extra time, in the first English final to be settled by a penalty shootout,[49] and the first English football final to be held at the Millennium Stadium while the new Wembley Stadium was being built.[50]
  50. ^ Promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs, beating Millwall 2–1 on aggregate in the semifinal[51] and Norwich City on penalties in the final after the game had finished 1–1 after extra time.[52]
  51. ^ Division One was renamed The Championship from the 2004–05 season.[53]
  52. ^ Beat favourites Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium to win League Cup for the second time.[54]
  53. ^ Lost in the play-off semifinal to Blackpool 3–2 on aggregate.[55]
  54. ^ Appearing in European competition for the first time in 50 years, courtesy of the 2011 League Cup win, Birmingham beat Nacional of Portugal in the 2011–12 Europa League play-off round to progress to the group stage. They finished third in Group H, one point behind Braga and Club Brugge, having beaten Brugge away and NK Maribor home and away.[56]

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General

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  • Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: Derby Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4. 

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