1921–22 Birmingham F.C. season
|Football League First Division||18th|
|FA Cup||Did not enter|
|Top goalscorer||Johnny Crosbie, Joe Bradford (10)|
|Highest home attendance||44,505 vs West Bromwich Albion, 27 December 1921|
|Lowest home attendance||10,000 vs Liverpool, 4 February 1922|
|Average home league attendance||27,526|
The 1921–22 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 26th in the Football League and their 9th in the First Division, having been promoted as Second Division champions in 1920–21. They retained their First Division status, finishing in 18th position in the 22-team division.
They did not take part in the 1921–22 FA Cup. Secretary-manager Frank Richards failed to submit their entry form in time to be granted exemption from qualifying, and the Football Association refused to bend the rules in their favour. Although that decision did not preclude their entering the competition in the qualifying rounds, the directors chose not to do so.
Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Dan Tremelling played in 39 matches over the 42-match season; among outfield players, half-back Alec McClure appeared in 35. Joe Bradford and Johnny Crosbie were joint leading scorers with 10 goals.
Football League First Division
|27 August 1921||16th||Burnley||H||L||2–3||Elkes 2||40,000|
|29 August 1921||10th||Chelsea||A||W||2–1||Elkes, Hampton||25,000|
|3 September 1921||16th||Burnley||A||L||1–3||Elkes||35,000|
|5 September 1921||10th||Chelsea||H||W||5–1||Whitehouse 2, Elkes 2, Crosbie||30,000|
|10 September 1921||15th||Everton||A||L||1–2||Crosbie||30,000|
|17 September 1921||15th||Everton||H||D||1–1||Whitehouse||30,000|
|24 September 1921||17th||Sunderland||A||L||1–2||Whitehouse||30,000|
|1 October 1921||14th||Sunderland||H||W||1–0||Whitehouse||30,000|
|8 October 1921||16th||Huddersfield Town||H||L||0–2||40,113|
|15 October 1921||19th||Huddersfield Town||A||L||0–1||15,000|
|22 October 1921||19th||Bolton Wanderers||H||D||1–1||Crosbie||20,000|
|29 October 1921||16th||Bolton Wanderers||A||W||2–1||Bradford 2||21,567|
|5 November 1921||18th||Arsenal||H||L||0–1||30,000|
|12 November 1921||19th||Arsenal||A||L||2–5||Whitehouse, Bradford||30,000|
|19 November 1921||18th||Blackburn Rovers||A||D||1–1||Bradford||25,000|
|26 November 1921||17th||Blackburn Rovers||H||W||1–0||Burkinshaw||20,000|
|3 December 1921||14th||Oldham Athletic||A||W||1–0||Cameron||14,000|
|10 December 1921||12th||Oldham Athletic||H||W||3–0||Whitehouse, Liddell, Crosbie||30,000|
|17 December 1921||11th||Sheffield United||H||W||2–1||Elkes, Whitehouse||30,000|
|24 December 1921||10th||Sheffield United||A||W||2–1||Whitehouse, Lane||25,000|
|26 December 1921||11th||West Bromwich Albion||A||L||0–1||49,488|
|27 December 1921||11th||West Bromwich Albion||H||L||0–2||44,505|
|31 December 1921||14th||Cardiff City||H||L||0–1||30,000|
|14 January 1922||17th||Cardiff City||A||L||1–3||Crosbie||35,000|
|21 January 1922||19th||Newcastle United||H||L||0–4||15,000|
|4 February 1922||20th||Liverpool||H||L||0–2||10,000|
|8 February 1922||18th||Newcastle United||A||W||1–0||Harvey||22,000|
|11 February 1922||19th||Liverpool||A||L||0–1||30,000|
|18 February 1922||19th||Manchester United||H||L||0–1||20,000|
|25 February 1922||17th||Manchester United||A||D||1–1||Bradford||40,000|
|11 March 1922||19th||Aston Villa||A||D||1–1||Liddell||52,345|
|15 March 1922||18th||Aston Villa||H||W||1–0||Crosbie||34,190|
|18 March 1922||18th||Middlesbrough||A||D||1–1||Crosbie||20,000|
|25 March 1922||16th||Middlesbrough||H||W||4–3||Bradford 2, Crosbie, Hampton||15,000|
|1 April 1922||17th||Tottenham Hotspur||H||L||0–3||34,230|
|8 April 1922||17th||Tottenham Hotspur||A||L||1–2||Hampton||19,638|
|14 April 1922||19th||Manchester City||A||L||0–1||35,000|
|15 April 1922||17th||Bradford City||A||W||2–1||Bradford 2||25,000|
|18 April 1922||16th||Manchester City||H||W||3–1||McClure, Bradford, Hampton||30,000|
|22 April 1922||15th||Bradford City||H||W||1–0||Foxall||25,000|
|1 May 1922||16th||Preston North End||A||D||2–2||Crosbie 2||10,000|
|6 May 1922||18th||Preston North End||H||L||0–2||20,000|
League table (part)
|16th||Preston North End||42||13||12||17||42||65||0.65||38|
|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
Appearances and goals
- Players with name struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
|Eli Ashurst||Full back||9||0|
|David Dixon||Full back||2||0|
|Bill Hunter||Full back||9||0|
|Jack Jones||Full back||33||0|
|Frank Womack||Full back||30||0|
|Percy Barton||Half back||29||0|
|Bobby Booth||Half back||2||0|
|Jimmy Daws||Half back||12||0|
|George Liddell||Half back||20||2|
|Alec McClure||Half back||35||1|
|Vincent White||Half back||2||0|
- 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 1921–1922: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 284–85.
- Matthews (1995), Complete Record, p. 164.
- "Association Football: The qualifying rounds of the Cup competition". Manchester Guardian. 23 April 1921. p. 11.
- "Birmingham not to play for English Cup next year". Evening Telegraph (Dundee). 27 April 1921. p. 7. – via British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)
- "Birmingham City 1921–1922: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 13 May 2012.