1973–74 Birmingham City F.C. season
|Football League First Division||19th|
|FA Cup||Fourth round
(eliminated by Queens Park Rangers)
|League Cup||Fifth round
(eliminated by Plymouth Argyle)
|Texaco Cup||Second round
(eliminated by Newcastle United)
|Top goalscorer||League: Bob Hatton (14)
All: Bob Hatton (20)
|Highest home attendance||50,451 vs Leeds United, 29 December 1973|
|Lowest home attendance||12,422 vs Newcastle United, Texaco Cup 2nd round, 22 October 1973|
|Average home league attendance||33,048|
The 1973–74 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 71st in the Football League and their 40th in the First Division. After spending most of the season in the relegation positions, they finished in 19th place in the 22-team division, avoiding relegation by just one point. They entered the 1973–74 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Queens Park Rangers in the fourth, and were eliminated from the League Cup in the fifth round by Plymouth Argyle. They lost in the second round of the Texaco Cup on aggregate, after the first attempt to play the second leg of their match against Newcastle United had to be abandoned after 100 minutes when it became too dark to play.
Thirty players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Forward Bob Hatton played in 51 of the 54 first-team matches over the season, and the leading goalscorer was Hatton with 20 goals, of which 14 came in league competition.
In February 1974, by which time he had already scored 18 goals for Birmingham, centre-forward Bob Latchford signed for Everton in part-exchange for Howard Kendall, Archie Styles, and £80,000. The whole package was valued at a British record transfer fee of £350,000.
Football League First Division
|25 August 1973||15th||Manchester City||A||L||1–3||Hatton||35,881|
|28 August 1973||17th||Tottenham Hotspur||H||L||1–2||Hatton||37,754|
|1 September 1973||20th||Derby County||H||D||0–0||34,899|
|5 September 1973||22nd||Chelsea||A||L||1–3||Page||25,660|
|8 September 1973||22nd||Leeds United||A||L||0–3||39,746|
|11 September 1973||22nd||Chelsea||H||L||2–4||Hatton, Taylor||30,252|
|15 September 1973||22nd||Liverpool||H||D||1–1||R. Latchford||35,719|
|22 September 1973||22nd||Queens Park Rangers||A||D||2–2||R. Latchford, Burns||18,701|
|29 September 1973||22nd||Ipswich Town||H||L||0–3||26,919|
|6 October 1973||22nd||Arsenal||A||L||0–1||23,915|
|13 October 1973||21st||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||W||2–1||Francis pen, Burns||34,977|
|20 October 1973||22nd||Manchester United||A||L||0–1||48,937|
|27 October 1973||22nd||Everton||H||L||0–2||31,181|
|3 November 1973||22nd||Sheffield United||A||D||1–1||Hynd||19,339|
|10 November 1973||22nd||Southampton||H||D||1–1||Hatton||25,297|
|17 November 1973||22nd||Stoke City||A||L||2–5||Hynd, R. Latchford||19,179|
|24 November 1973||22nd||Leicester City||H||W||3–0||R. Latchford 3||27,719|
|8 December 1973||21st||Newcastle United||H||W||1–0||Burns||25,428|
|15 December 1973||20th||West Ham United||H||W||3–1||Burns, Hatton||23,767|
|22 December 1973||20th||Ipswich Town||A||L||0–3||15,457|
|26 December 1973||19th||Coventry City||H||W||1–0||R. Latchford||33,423|
|29 December 1973||20th||Leeds United||H||D||1–1||R. Latchford||50,451|
|1 January 1973||19th||Derby County||A||D||1–1||Hatton||31,189|
|12 January 1974||20th||Liverpool||A||L||2–3||R. Latchford||39,094|
|19 January 1974||20th||Manchester City||H||D||1–1||R. Latchford||31,401|
|2 February 1974||20th||West Ham United||A||D||0–0||27,948|
|6 February 1974||20th||Tottenham Hotspur||A||L||2–4||England og, Phillips||14,345|
|16 February 1974||20th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||L||0–1||33,821|
|23 February 1974||20th||Arsenal||H||W||3–1||Gallagher, Hatton, Francis||29,828|
|2 March 1974||20th||Coventry City||A||W||1–0||Hatton||27,863|
|9 March 1974||20th||Everton||A||L||1–4||Hatton||33,944|
|16 March 1974||20th||Manchester United||H||W||1–0||Gallagher||37,768|
|20 March 1974||20th||Norwich City||A||L||1–2||Styles||18,309|
|23 March 1974||20th||Southampton||A||W||2–0||Burns, Francis||23,349|
|30 March 1974||20th||Sheffield United||H||W||1–0||Hatton||27,877|
|6 April 1974||20th||Leicester City||A||D||3–3||Burns 3||28,486|
|12 April 1974||20th||Burnley||A||L||1–2||Campbell||17,038|
|13 April 1974||20th||Stoke City||H||D||0–0||29,467|
|16 April 1974||20th||Burnley||H||D||2–2||Hatton 2||36,548|
|20 April 1974||20th||Newcastle United||A||D||1–1||Francis||34,066|
|23 April 1974||19th||Queens Park Rangers||H||W||4–0||Taylor, Francis 2, Kendall||39,160|
|27 April 1974||19th||Norwich City||H||W||2–1||Hatton, Burns||44,182|
League table (part)
|18th||West Ham United||42||11||15||16||55||60||0.92||37|
|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||5 January 1974||Cardiff City||H||W||5–2||Francis, R. Latchford 2, Hatton 2||22,435|
|Fourth round||26 January 1974||Queens Park Rangers||A||L||0–2||23,367|
|Second round||9 October 1973||Blackpool||A||D||1–1||Burns||7,943|
|Second round replay||16 October 1973||Blackpool||H||W||4–2||Burns, Hatton 3||16,880|
|Third round||7 September 1973||Newcastle United||H||D||2–2||R. Latchford 2||13,025|
|Third round replay||7 September 1973||Newcastle United||A||W||1–0
|Fourth round||7 September 1973||Ipswich Town||A||W||3–1||R. Latchford 3||12,241|
|Fifth round||7 September 1973||Plymouth Argyle||H||L||1–2||Hatton||15,273|
The home leg of the quarter final match against Newcastle United finished as a 1–1 draw. Despite the ban on use of floodlights because of the fuel crisis, the League refused to allow an earlier kickoff time for the away leg on 28 November 1973. The match was abandoned at 1–1 after 10 minutes of extra time in almost total darkness. Keith Bowker scored Birmingham's goal, in his only appearance of the season and last outing for the club; neither appearance nor goal count towards his statistics. When the match was replayed, Birmingham lost 3–1 after Newcastle's Jimmy Smith was sent off in the first two minutes for a tackle that broke both bones in Tony Want's lower leg.
|First round 1st leg||19 September 1973||Stoke City||A||D||0–0||9,530|
|First round 2nd leg||2 October 1973||Stoke City||H||D||0–0
|Second round 1st leg||22 October 1973||Newcastle United||H||D||1–1||R. Latchford||12,422|
|Second round 2nd leg||5 December 1973||Newcastle United||A||L||1–3||Francis||9,762|
Appearances and goals
- Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
- Players with name 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.
|Pos.||Nat.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Texaco Cup||Total|
|GK||ENG||Ritchie Blackmore||0||0||0||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||0 (1)||0|
|GK||ENG||Mike Kelly||1||0||0||0||1||0||1 (1)||0||3 (1)||0|
|DF||ENG||Dennis Clarke||11||0||1||0||3||0||1 (1)||0||16 (1)||0|
|DF||ENG||Joe Gallagher||21 (5)||2||2||0||4||0||4||0||31 (5)||2|
|DF||SCO||Roger Hynd||34 (2)||2||1||0||5||0||2||0||42 (2)||2|
|DF||ENG||Garry Pendrey||38 (2)||0||2||0||6||0||2||0||48 (2)||0|
|DF||WAL||John Roberts||28 (2)||0||1||0||5||0||2||0||36 (2)||0|
|DF||ENG||Archie Styles||3 (2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3 (2)||1|
|MF||SCO||Jimmy Calderwood||7 (2)||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||8 (2)||0|
|MF||SCO||Alan Campbell||32 (3)||1||2||0||3||0||2||0||35 (3)||1|
|MF||WAL||Gary Emmanuel||0||0||0||0||0||0||0 (2)||0||0 (2)||0|
|MF||ENG||Gordon Taylor||33 (2)||2||2||0||4 (1)||0||1||0||40 (3)||2|
|FW||SCO||Kenny Burns||36 (1)||10||1||0||6||2||3||0||46 (1)||12|
|FW||SCO||Bobby Hope||6||0||0||0||0||0||1 (1)||0||7 (1)||0|
|FW||ENG||25 (1)||10||2||2||4 (1)||5||2||1||33 (2)||18|
|FW||ENG||Steve Phillips||1 (3)||1||0||0||0 (2)||0||2||0||3 (5)||1|
- 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 1973–1974 : Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 382–83, 478–89.
- Corbett, James (5 March 2006). "Bob Latchford". Observer Sport Monthly. London. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- "Birmingham City 1973–1974: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
- "Season 1973/74". Toonarama. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008.
- Matthews (1995), pp. 74, 209.