1965–66 Birmingham City F.C. season
until December 1966
from December 1966
|Football League Second Division||10th|
|FA Cup||Fourth round
(eliminated by Leicester City)
|Football League Cup||Second round
(eliminated by Mansfield Town)
|Top goalscorer||League: Geoff Vowden (21)
All: Geoff Vowden (23)
|Highest home attendance||46,680 vs Leicester City, FA Cup 4th round 12 February 1966|
|Lowest home attendance||7,597 vs Leyton Orient, 8 September 1965|
|Average home league attendance||14,398|
The 1965–66 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 63rd in the Football League and their 25th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated in 1964–65. Having persuaded former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Stan Cullis out of retirement as successor to Joe Mallett, who remained with the club as Cullis's assistant, they finished in tenth position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1965–66 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Leicester City in the fourth, and were beaten in their opening second-round match in the League Cup by Mansfield Town.
Twenty-two players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Jim Herriot played in all 55 first-team matches over the season; among outfield players, half-back Malcolm Beard and forward Geoff Vowden missed only one. Vowden finished as leading goalscorer with 21 goals, of which 16 came in league competition.
This season saw the introduction of substitutes into the Football League. In the third game of the season, away to Preston North End on 26 August, Brian Sharples replaced the injured Ron Wylie to become Birmingham's first Football League substitute.
Football League Second Division
|21 August 1965||7th||Crystal Palace||H||W||2–1||Thwaites 2||19,205|
|25 August 1965||6th||Middlesbrough||H||D||2–2||Beard||16,772|
|28 August 1965||8th||Preston North End||A||D||3–3||Vowden, Beard 2||16,397|
|31 August 1965||8th||Middlesbrough||A||D||1–1||Vowden||17,300|
|4 September 1965||9th||Charlton Athletic||H||D||2–2||Beard, Jackson pen||15,324|
|8 September 1965||10th||Leyton Orient||H||D||2–2||Thomson, Vowden||7,597|
|11 September 1965||13th||Plymouth Argyle||A||L||1–6||Vowden||10,777|
|13 September 1965||14th||Leyton Orient||A||L||1–2||Thomson||7,114|
|18 September 1965||19th||Portsmouth||H||L||1–3||Beard||11,790|
|25 September 1965||17th||Bolton Wanderers||A||W||2–1||Thomson, Vowden||12,117|
|9 October 1965||12th||Norwich City||H||W||1–0||Jackson||11,626|
|16 October 1965||16th||Bury||A||L||1–5||Darrell||8,184|
|23 October 1965||17th||Southampton||H||L||0–1||11,693|
|30 October 1965||21st||Derby County||A||L||3–5||Bullock, Vincent, Page||12,464|
|6 November 1965||17th||Cardiff City||H||W||4–2||Bullock, Thomson, Lynn pen, Jackson||10,744|
|13 November 1965||21st||Carlisle United||A||L||0–1||10,243|
|20 November 1965||21st||Coventry City||H||L||0–1||25,953|
|27 November 1965||21st||Bristol City||A||L||0–2||13,727|
|4 December 1965||20th||Manchester City||H||W||3–1||Jackson, Vowden, Thwaites||10,445|
|11 December 1965||17th||Rotherham United||A||W||4–3||Vowden 3, Jackson||10,684|
|18 December 1965||15th||Bury||H||W||4–0||Thomson, Thwaites 2, Fenton||10,998|
|28 December 1965||14th||Huddersfield Town||H||W||2–1||Vowden, Thwaites||19,763|
|1 January 1966||13th||Norwich City||A||D||2–2||Vowden, Fenton||15,297|
|8 January 1966||12th||Carlisle United||H||W||2–1||Vowden, Beard||14,998|
|29 January 1966||13th||Crystal Palace||A||L||0–1||14,090|
|5 February 1966||12th||Preston North End||H||D||1–1||Jackson||14,054|
|19 February 1966||14th||Charlton Athletic||A||L||1–2||Thwaites||13,742|
|26 February 1966||11th||Plymouth Argyle||H||W||1–0||Thomson||13,117|
|5 March 1966||10th||Southampton||A||W||1–0||Thwaites||18,295|
|12 March 1966||10th||Portsmouth||A||W||1–0||Vowden||12,367|
|15 March 1966||10th||Huddersfield Town||A||L||0–2||19,156|
|19 March 1966||11th||Bolton Wanderers||H||L||0–1||13,770|
|26 March 1966||11th||Ipswich Town||A||W||1–0||Beard||9,351|
|2 April 1966||8th||Cardiff City||A||W||3–1||Vowden, Carver og||8,150|
|9 April 1966||8th||Derby County||H||D||5–5||Vowden, Hockey, Beard 2 (1 pen), Saxton og||13,078|
|11 April 1966||10th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||D||2–2||Vincent, Vowden||28,902|
|12 April 1966||10th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||L||0–2||32,511|
|16 April 1966||10th||Coventry City||A||L||3–4||Fenton, Vowden, Jackson||27,111|
|22 April 1966||11th||Bristol City||H||L||1–3||Beard pen||11,732|
|30 April 1966||15th||Manchester City||A||L||1–3||Vowden||28,409|
|3 May 1966||9th||Ipswich Town||H||W||4–1||Fenton 2, Vowden, Jackson||9,331|
|17 May 1966||10th||Rotherham United||H||W||3–0||Barber, Vowden, Hockey||11,469|
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
|Third round||22 January 1966||Bristol City||H||W||3–2||Vowden 2, Thomson||24,340|
|Fourth round||12 February 1966||Leicester City||H||L||1–2||Thwaites||46,680|
|Second round||22 September 1965||Mansfield Town||A||L||1–2||Beard||9,344|
Appearances and goals
- Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|Pos.||Nat.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|FB||SCO||Cammie Fraser||33 (1)||0||2||0||1||0||36 (1)||0|
|HB||ENG||Brian Sharples||3 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||3 (1)||0|
|FW||ENG||Ron Fenton||15 (2)||5||0||0||1||0||16 (2)||5|
|FW||WAL||Trevor Hockey||24 (1)||2||2||0||0||0||26 (1)||2|
|FW||SCO||Bobby Thomson||27 (1)||6||2||1||0||0||29 (1)||7|
- Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
- Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: DB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2.
- Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1965–1966: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 366–67.
- Matthews, Tony (2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4.
- Matthews (2010), p. 366.
- "Birmingham City 1965–1966: English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 2 April 2012.