1981–82 Birmingham City F.C. season
|Manager||Jim Smith to February 1982
Ron Saunders thereafter
|Football League First Division||16th|
|FA Cup||Third round
(eliminated by Ipswich Town)
|League Cup||Second round
(eliminated by Nottingham Forest)
|Top goalscorer||League: Tony Evans (15)
All: Tony Evans (16)
|Highest home attendance||32,817 vs Aston Villa, 20 February 1982|
|Lowest home attendance||10,715 vs Middlesbrough, 6 February 1982|
|Average home league attendance||17,116|
The 1981–82 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 79th in the Football League and their 47th in the First Division. They finished in 16th position in the 22-team division. They lost in their opening match in both cup competitions: to Ipswich Town in the third round proper of the 1981–82 FA Cup and to Nottingham Forest in the second round of the League Cup.
Twenty-four players appeared in at least one first-team game, and Dutch international midfielder Toine van Mierlo made most appearances, with 43 of the possible 45. There were 14 different goalscorers; Tony Evans was the club's leading scorer with 16 goals, of which 15 were scored in the league.
Football League First Division
|29 August 1981||20th||Everton||A||L||1–3||Van Mierlo||33,550|
|1 September 1981||17th||Ipswich Town||H||D||1–1||Evans||17,328|
|5 September 1981||12th||Nottingham Forest||H||W||4–3||Broadhurst, Evans, Whatmore 2||19,035|
|12 September 1981||18th||Middlesbrough||A||L||1–2||Whatmore||13,167|
|19 September 1981||8th||Manchester City||H||W||3–0||Evans 3||20,109|
|22 September 1981||13th||Arsenal||A||L||0–1||19,588|
|26 September 1981||14th||Aston Villa||A||D||0–0||41,098|
|3 October 1981||15th||West Ham United||H||D||2–2||Langan, Dillon||22,290|
|10 October 1981||11th||Southampton||H||W||4–0||Worthington 2, Whatmore 2||16,938|
|17 October 1981||11th||Manchester United||A||D||1–1||Worthington pen||48,800|
|24 October 1981||14th||Stoke City||A||L||0–1||15,399|
|31 October 1981||15th||West Bromwich Albion||H||D||3–3||Gemmill, Evans, Worthington pen||21,601|
|7 November 1981||13th||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||D||1–1||Evans||18,409|
|21 November 1981||15th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||L||0–3||18,671|
|28 November 1981||20th||Swansea City||H||L||0–1||15,096|
|5 December 1981||19th||Notts County||H||W||2–1||Evans 2 (1 pen)||11,914|
|5 January 1982||19th||Ipswich Town||A||L||2–3||Van Mierlo, Broadhurst||19,336|
|9 January 1982||19th||Nottingham Forest||A||L||1–2||Worthington||15,906|
|26 January 1982||19th||Coventry City||H||D||3–3||Broadhurst, Evans 2||13,023|
|30 January 1982||19th||Manchester City||A||L||2–4||Worthington 2||28,438|
|6 February 1982||19th||Middlesbrough||H||D||0–0||10,715|
|13 February 1982||19th||West Ham United||A||D||2–2||Whatmore, Van Mierlo||22,512|
|16 February 1982||17th||Sunderland||H||W||2–0||Van Mierlo, Worthington||10,863|
|20 February 1982||17th||Aston Villa||H||L||0–1||32,817|
|27 February 1982||17th||Southampton||A||L||1–3||Worthington pen||20,620|
|6 March 1982||17th||Manchester United||H||L||0–1||19,637|
|13 March 1982||17th||Stoke City||H||W||2–1||Curbishley, Hawker||12,018|
|20 March 1982||18th||West Bromwich Albion||A||D||1–1||Evans||20,936|
|23 March 1982||18th||Tottenham Hotspur||H||D||0–0||17,708|
|27 March 1982||17th||Brighton & Hove Albion||H||W||1–0||Harford||13,234|
|30 March 1982||17th||Liverpool||A||L||1–3||Harford||24,224|
|6 April 1982||17th||Everton||H||L||0–2||12,273|
|10 April 1982||19th||Leeds United||H||L||0–1||14,497|
|12 April 1982||20th||Sunderland||A||L||0–2||14,821|
|17 April 1982||20th||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||D||1–1||Harford||18,964|
|24 April 1982||17th||Swansea City||A||W||2–1||Broadhurst, Harford||14,973|
|28 April 1982||16th||Tottenham Hotspur||A||D||1–1||Phillips, Evans 2, Harford||25,470|
|1 May 1982||16th||Notts County||A||W||4–1||Harford||10,704|
|4 May 1982||17th||Arsenal||H||L||0–1||13,428|
|8 May 1982||18th||Liverpool||H||L||0–1||26,381|
|12 May 1982||16th||Leeds United||A||D||3–3||Harford 2, Evans||18,583|
|15 May 1982||16th||Coventry City||A||W||1–0||Harford||15,925|
League table (part)
Three points for a win were first awarded in the Football League in 1981–82.
|17th||West Bromwich Albion||42||11||11||20||46||57||−11||44|
|Key||Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
|Third round||2 January 1982||Ipswich Town||H||L||2–3||Worthington pen, Curbishley||17,236|
|Second round 1st leg||6 October 1981||Nottingham Forest||H||L||2–3||Whatmore, Worthington||14,330|
|Second round 2nd leg||28 October 1981||Nottingham Forest||A||L||1–2||Evans||16,316|
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||Total|
|DF||ENG||Phil Hawker||19 (1)||1||0||0||1||0||20 (1)||1|
|DF||ENG||Geoff Scott||14 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||14 (1)||0|
|DF||WAL||Pat Van Den Hauwe||30 (1)||0||0||1||0||0||31 (1)||0|
|MF||ENG||Kevin Dillon||35 (1)||1||1||0||2||0||38 (1)||1|
|MF||ENG||Dave Linney||0 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0 (1)||0|
|MF||ENG||Ian Handysides||8 (12)||0||0 (1)||0||0 (1)||0||8 (14)||0|
|MF||NED||Toine van Mierlo||40||4||1||0||2||0||43||4|
|MF||ENG||Les Phillips||7 (4)||1||0||0||0||0||7 (4)||1|
|FW||ENG||Neil Whatmore||22 (2)||6||0||0||1||1||23 (2)||7|
|FW||ENG||18 (2)||9||1||1||2||1||21 (2)||11|
- 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, league positions and results: "Birmingham City 1981–1982 : Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 398–99.
- "Birmingham City 1981–1982 : English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 10 February 2012.