1984–85 Birmingham City F.C. season
|Football League Second Division||2nd (promoted)|
|FA Cup||Third round
(eliminated by Norwich City)
|League Cup||Third round
(eliminated by West Bromwich Albion)
|Top goalscorer||League: Wayne Clarke (17)
All: Wayne Clarke (19)
|Highest home attendance||24,871 vs Leeds United, 11 May 1985|
|Lowest home attendance||7,964 vs Plymouth Argyle, League Cup 2nd round, 25 September 1984|
|Average home league attendance||12,522|
The 1984–85 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 82nd in the Football League and their 33rd in the Second Division, to which they were relegated in 1983–84. They finished in second position in the 22-team division, so were promoted back to the First Division after only one season. They entered the 1984–85 FA Cup in the third round proper, and lost to Norwich City in that round after three replays. They were eliminated from the League Cup by West Bromwich Albion in the third round after a replay.
Wayne Clarke was the club's top scorer, with 19 goals in all competitions, of which 17 were scored in the league.
The last home game of the season, a 1–0 win against Leeds United in front of a season-high crowd of nearly 25,000 that confirmed promotion back to the top flight, was marred by rioting in which 500 people were injured and a 15-year-old boy died when a wall collapsed. The match took place on the same day as the Bradford City stadium fire, and both formed part of the remit of Mr Justice Popplewell's inquiry into safety at sports grounds. According to his report, the events at St Andrew's "more resembled the battle of Agincourt than a football match".
Football League First Division
|25 August 1984||6th||Oldham Athletic||A||W||1–0||Clements og||5,307|
|1 September 1984||4th||Wimbledon||H||W||4–2||Clarke 2, Ferguson, Hopkins||10,445|
|4 September 1984||2nd||Fulham||A||W||1–0||Clarke||6,031|
|8 September 1984||2nd||Crystal Palace||A||W||2–0||Clarke, Hopkins||6,523|
|15 September 1984||1st||Carlisle United||H||W||2–0||Clarke, Harford||11,740|
|18 September 1984||1st||Portsmouth||H||L||0–1||18,046|
|22 September 1984||1st||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||W||2–0||Hopkins, Kuhl||16,698|
|29 September 1984||1st||Huddersfield Town||H||W||1–0||Hopkins||11,480|
|6 October 1984||1st||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||L||0–2||13,695|
|13 October 1984||4th||Blackburn Rovers||H||L||0–2||12,758|
|20 October 1984||4th||Notts County||A||W||3–1||Clarke 2, Harford||5,788|
|27 October 1984||2nd||Oxford United||H||D||0–0||20,421|
|3 November 1984||3rd||Shrewsbury Town||H||D||0–0||9,807|
|10 November 1984||4th||Manchester City||A||L||0–1||25,369|
|17 November 1984||6th||Charlton Athletic||A||L||1–2||Morley||4,850|
|24 November 1984||5th||Barnsley||H||D||0–0||9,505|
|1 December 1984||5th||Cardiff City||A||W||2–1||Morley 2||5,057|
|8 December 1984||5th||Middlesbrough||H||W||3–2||Saxby og, Rees, Wright pen||8,004|
|15 December 1984||4th||Leeds United||A||W||1–0||Clarke||15,859|
|22 December 1984||3rd||Wimbledon||A||W||2–1||Geddis 2||3,674|
|26 December 1984||2nd||Grimsby Town||H||W||2–1||Geddis, Platnauer||14,180|
|29 December 1984||3rd||Fulham||H||D||2–2||Clarke, Hopkins||11,833|
|1 January 1985||3rd||Sheffield United||A||W||4–3||Hopkins, Geddis, Clarke, West og||16,571|
|2 February 1985||4th||Huddersfield Town||A||W||1–0||Geddis||7,460|
|23 February 1985||4th||Shrewsbury Town||A||L||0–1||7,177|
|2 March 1985||3rd||Oxford United||A||W||3–0||Clarke 2, Geddis||11,584|
|5 March 1985||3rd||Oldham Athletic||H||L||0–1||10,489|
|9 March 1985||2nd||Notts County||H||W||2–1||Clarke, Hopkins||9,071|
|12 March 1985||2nd||Carlisle United||A||L||1–2||Clarke||4,099|
|16 March 1985||5th||Blackburn Rovers||A||L||1–2||Rees||10,595|
|19 March 1985||4th||Manchester City||H||D||0–0||18,004|
|23 March 1985||4th||Brighton & Hove Albion||H||D||1–1||Hopkins||8,986|
|30 March 1985||3rd||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||W||1–0||Geddis||10,236|
|5 April 1985||4th||Grimsby Town||A||L||0–1||6,939|
|8 April 1985||4th||Sheffield United||H||W||4–1||Clarke 2, Daly, Kennedy||10,235|
|13 April 1985||2nd||Portsmouth||A||W||3–1||Geddis 3||23,983|
|16 April 1985||2nd||Crystal Palace||H||W||3–0||Clarke, Geddis, Kennedy||10,727|
|20 April 1985||2nd||Charlton Athletic||H||W||2–1||Kennedy, Wright pen||10,697|
|27 April 1985||2nd||Barnsley||A||W||1–0||Geddis||6,757|
|4 May 1985||2nd||Cardiff City||H||W||2–0||Hopkins, Kennedy||15,868|
|6 May 1985||2nd||Middlesbrough||A||D||0–0||7,840|
|11 May 1985||2nd||Leeds United||H||W||1–0||Kuhl||24,871|
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; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
|Third round||5 January 1985||Norwich City||H||D||0–0||12,941|
|Third round replay||23 January 1985||Norwich City||A||D||1–1
|Third round 2nd replay||26 January 1985||Norwich City||H||D||1–1
|Third round 3rd replay||28 January 1985||Norwich City||A||L||0–1||12,396|
|Second round 1st leg||25 September 1984||Plymouth Argyle||H||W||4–1||Clarke, Hopkins, Harford, Rees||7,964|
|Second round 2nd leg||9 October 1984||Plymouth Argyle||A||W||1–0||Clarke||4,650|
|Third round||30 October 1984||West Bromwich Albion||H||D||0–0||17,616|
|Third round replay||7 November 1984||West Bromwich Albion||A||L||1–3||Shearer||16,717|
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||NIR||Jim Hagan||21 (8)||0||1 (2)||0||4||0||26 (10)||0|
|MF||IRL||Gerry Daly||29 (1)||1||4||0||2||0||35 (1)||1|
|MF||ENG||2 (1)||0||0||0||2||0||4 (1)||0|
|MF||ENG||Mark Jones||9 (1)||0||0||0||1 (1)||0||10 (2)||0|
|MF||ENG||Martin Kuhl||25 (2)||2||0||0||4||0||31 (2)||2|
|FW||ENG||Ian Brown||0||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||0 (1)||0|
|FW||SCO||Andy Kennedy||4 (3)||4||0||0||0||0||4 (3)||4|
|FW||ENG||John Linford*||1 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||1 (1)||0|
|FW||WAL||Tony Rees||5 (4)||2||0||0||1 (1)||1||6 (5)||3|
|FW||ENG||Peter Shearer||2 (2)||0||0||0||1||1||3 (2)||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, league positions and results: "Birmingham City 1984–1985: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 404–05.
- Webster, Philip (25 July 1985). "Ban on visiting fans urged in judge's football safety report". The Times. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Birmingham City 1984–1985 : English Division Two (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 9 February 2012.