1906–07 Birmingham F.C. season
|Chairman||Walter W. Hart|
|Ground||Coventry Road until 22 December 1906
St Andrew's Ground from 26 December 1906
|Football League First Division||9th|
|FA Cup||First round (eliminated by Liverpool)|
|Top goalscorer||League: Billy Jones (15)
All: Billy Jones (15)
|Highest home attendance||60,000 vs Aston Villa, 19 January 1907|
|Lowest home attendance||6,000 vs Bury, 22 December 1906|
|Average home league attendance||16,684|
The 1906–07 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 15th in the Football League and their 7th in the First Division. They finished in ninth place in the 20-team league. They also took part in the 1906–07 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Liverpool.
Twenty-six players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Forwards Benny Green and Billy Jones were ever-present over the 39-match season; full-back Frank Stokes and half-backs Billy Beer and Walter Wigmore missed only one, and three other players exceeded 30 appearances. Billy Jones was leading scorer with 15 goals, all of which came in the league.
The last league match at the Coventry Road ground, which no longer met the club's needs, was played on 22 December 1906. Birmingham beat Bury 3–1. The last goal was scored by Arthur Mounteney, and the Birmingham Daily Post described how
At the conclusion of the match the band played "Auld Lang Syne", and the crowd silently left the ground which has been the home of the club for so many years and the scene of many brilliant victories and many heartbreaking defeats, and of an uphill struggle from which the club, thanks to the courage of the directors, has at length emerged triumphant.
Within months the ground had been demolished and the land cleared for housing.
Construction of the St Andrew's Ground, in the Bordesley district some three-quarters of a mile (1 km) closer to the city centre, had taken less than a year from leasing the land to official opening on Boxing Day 1906. Heavy overnight snowfall put the ceremony, and the scheduled match against Middlesbrough, at risk. Dozens of volunteers, including members of the club's board, worked all morning to clear the pitch. The game finally kicked off an hour late, finishing goalless in front of 32,000 spectators. The Birmingham Daily Post editorial next day suggested that "the fact that so many spectators attended under such adverse conditions augurs well for the step that the directors have taken", and that the directors were "to be congratulated in having provided their supporters with a ground second to none in the country". The Football Association chose the ground to host the FA Cup semi-final in March 1907 between Sheffield Wednesday and Woolwich Arsenal.
Football League First Division
|1 September 1906||18th||Preston North End||A||L||0–2||12,000|
|3 September 1906||15th||Bristol City||H||D||2–2||Green, Mounteney||12,000|
|8 September 1906||17th||Newcastle United||H||L||2–4||W.H. Jones, Beer||20,000|
|15 September 1906||17th||Aston Villa||A||L||1–4||Mounteney||45,000|
|22 September 1906||14th||Liverpool||H||W||2–1||W.H. Jones, Mounteney||10,000|
|29 September 1906||16th||Bristol City||A||D||0–0||15,000|
|6 October 1906||14th||Notts County||H||W||2–0||Stokes, Kearns||10,000|
|13 October 1906||15th||Sheffield United||A||L||0–2||10,000|
|20 October 1906||12th||Bolton Wanderers||H||W||4–2||W.H. Jones, Beer pen, Anderson||15,000|
|27 October 1906||15th||Manchester United||A||L||1–2||W.H. Jones||12,000|
|3 November 1906||14th||Stoke||H||W||2–1||W.H. Jones 2||8,000|
|10 November 1906||14th||Blackburn Rovers||A||L||0–1||12,000|
|17 November 1906||12th||Sunderland||H||W||2–0||W.H. Jones, Tickle||10,000|
|24 November 1906||10th||Derby County||H||W||2–1||Anderson, Wigmore||10,000|
|1 December 1906||13th||Everton||A||L||0–3||14,000|
|8 December 1906||11th||Woolwich Arsenal||H||W||5–1||Green 2, W.H. Jones 2, Beer||19,000|
|15 December 1906||10th||Sheffield Wednesday||A||W||1–0||Beer||10,000|
|22 December 1906||9th||Bury||H||W||3–1||Mounteney 2, Wigmore||6,000|
|25 December 1906||8th||Manchester City||A||L||0–1||14,000|
|26 December 1906||9th||Middlesbrough||H||D||0–0||32,000|
|29 December 1906||7th||Preston North End||H||W||3–0||Green 2, W.H. Jones||25,000|
|1 January 1907||8th||Middlesbrough||A||L||0–1||20,000|
|5 January 1907||10th||Newcastle United||A||L||0–2||28,000|
|19 January 1907||9th||Aston Villa||H||W||3–2||Glover, Mounteney, Green||60,000|
|26 January 1907||10th||Liverpool||A||L||0–2||14,000|
|9 February 1907||9th||Notts County||A||D||2–2||W.H. Jones 2||10,000|
|16 February 1907||9th||Sheffield United||H||D||0–0||12,000|
|2 March 1907||9th||Manchester United||H||D||1–1||Morris||20,000|
|9 March 1907||10th||Stoke||A||L||0–3||3,000|
|11 March 1907||9th||Bolton Wanderers||A||W||3–2||Tickle, Green, Anderson||5,000|
|16 March 1907||8th||Blackburn Rovers||H||W||2–0||W.H. Jones, Tickle||10,000|
|23 March 1907||8th||Sunderland||A||L||1–4||Anderson||15,000|
|29 March 1907||8th||Manchester City||H||W||4–0||Green, Gooch, Anderson, W.H. Jones||16,000|
|30 March 1907||8th||Derby County||A||D||1–1||Wigmore||5,000|
|6 April 1907||9th||Everton||H||W||1–0||Green||12,000|
|13 April 1907||9th||Woolwich Arsenal||A||L||1–2||Glover||15,000|
|25 April 1907||9th||Sheffield Wednesday||H||D||1–1||Morris||10,000|
|27 April 1907||9th||Bury||A||L||0–1||5,000|
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; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
|First round||12 January 1907||Liverpool||A||L||1–2||Green pen||20,000|
Appearances and goals
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|Dorrington, JackJack Dorrington||Goalkeeper||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|Robinson, NatNat Robinson||Goalkeeper||36||0||1||0||37||0|
|Glover, JohnJohn Glover||Full back||33||2||1||0||34||2|
|Kearns, JohnJohn Kearns||Full back||9||1||0||0||10||1|
|Stokes, FrankFrank Stokes||Full back||37||1||1||0||38||1|
|Beer, BillyBilly Beer||Half back||38||4||1||0||38||4|
|Cornan, FrankFrank Cornan||Half back||13||0||0||0||13||0|
|Dougherty, JimJim Dougherty||Half back||26||0||1||0||27||0|
|Hallworth, ArthurArthur Hallworth||Half back||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Hartwell, AmbroseAmbrose Hartwell||Half back||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Harvey, CharlesCharles Harvey||Half back||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Wigmore, WalterWalter Wigmore||Half back||37||3||1||0||38||3|
|Anderson, GeorgeGeorge Anderson||Forward||31||5||1||0||32||5|
|Eyre, EdmundEdmund Eyre||Forward||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|Gooch, PercyPercy Gooch||Forward||3||1||0||0||3||1|
|Green, BennyBenny Green||Forward||38||9||1||1||39||10|
|Jones, AaronAaron Jones||Forward||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Jones, BillyBilly Jones||Forward||38||15||1||0||39||15|
|Kirby, ConyersConyers Kirby||Forward||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|McCafferty, BillBill McCafferty||Forward||4||0||0||0||4||0|
|Morris, ArthurArthur Morris||Forward||3||2||0||0||3||2|
|Mounteney, ArthurArthur Mounteney||Forward||25||6||1||0||26||6|
|Southall, GeorgeGeorge Southall||Forward||9||0||0||0||9||0|
|Tickle, CharlieCharlie Tickle||Forward||19||3||0||0||19||3|
- Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
- Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. DB Publishing (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2.
- Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1906–1907: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 258–59. Note that attendance figures are estimated.
- "Birmingham Again Victorious". Birmingham Daily Post. 24 December 1905.
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- Inglis, p. 45.
- "News Summary". Birmingham Daily Post. p. 4. 27 December 1906.
- "Birmingham City 1906–1907: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 22 May 2012.