1930–31 Birmingham F.C. season
|Football League First Division||19th|
|FA Cup||Runner-up (eliminated by West Bromwich Albion)|
League: George Briggs (15)|
All: Joe Bradford (22)
|Highest home attendance||55,298 vs Chelsea, FA Cup 6th round, 28 February 1931|
|Lowest home attendance||6,535 vs Portsmouth, 28 January 1931|
|Average home league attendance||18,175|
The 1930–31 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 35th in the Football League and their 18th in the First Division. They finished in 19th position in the 22-team division, five points clear of the relegation places. They also competed in the 1930–31 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and reaching the final for the first time in the club's history. They lost 2–1 to Second Division club West Bromwich Albion.
Twenty-seven players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Forward Ernie Curtis played in 47 of the 49 matches over the season, and, for the 10th successive year, Joe Bradford was leading scorer, with 22 goals in all competitions, of which 14 came in the league. George Briggs scored more league goals, with 15.
Football League First Division
|30 August 1930||4th||Sheffield United||H||W||3–1||Morrall, Briggs, Bradford||20,641|
|1 September 1930||7th||Leicester City||A||L||1–2||Briggs||14,391|
|6 September 1930||8th||Derby County||A||D||0–0||15,681|
|10 September 1930||10th||Newcastle United||H||D||1–1||Bradford||13,893|
|13 September 1930||6th||Manchester City||H||W||3–2||Briggs 2, Bradford||11,148|
|17 September 1930||6th||Newcastle United||A||D||2–2||Briggs, Morrall||19,902|
|20 September 1930||8th||Portsmouth||A||D||2–2||Hicks, Briggs||16,002|
|27 September 1930||11th||Arsenal||H||L||2–4||Briggs, Roberts og||31,693|
|4 October 1930||14th||Blackburn Rovers||A||L||1–2||Horsman||14,728|
|11 October 1930||15th||Blackpool||H||D||1–1||Curtis||23,453|
|18 October 1930||13th||Aston Villa||A||D||1–1||Briggs||55,482|
|25 October 1930||12th||Chelsea||H||W||6–2||Bradford 2, Curtis, Briggs 2, Crosbie||17,277|
|1 November 1930||12th||Manchester United||A||L||0–2||11,479|
|8 November 1930||15th||West Ham United||A||L||0–2||20,171|
|15 November 1930||13th||Middlesbrough||A||D||1–1||Curtis||11,883|
|22 November 1930||12th||Grimsby Town||H||W||4–1||Fillingham, Firth 3||13,637|
|29 November 1930||15th||Bolton Wanderers||A||L||0–2||15,361|
|6 December 1930||13th||Huddersfield Town||H||W||2–0||Bradford, Curtis||16,036|
|13 December 1930||15th||Sheffield Wednesday||A||L||1–9||Briggs||21,226|
|20 December 1930||15th||Liverpool||H||W||2–0||Briggs 2||16,165|
|25 December 1930||15th||Leeds United||H||L||0–1||24,991|
|26 December 1930||16th||Leeds United||A||L||1–3||Curtis||12,381|
|27 December 1930||18th||Sheffield United||A||L||1–2||Cringan||24,208|
|3 January 1931||19th||Derby County||H||L||1–2||Curtis||14,555|
|17 January 1931||19th||Manchester City||A||L||2–4||Briggs, Gregg||19,918|
|28 January 1931||19th||Portsmouth||H||W||2–1||Briggs, Bradford||6,535|
|31 January 1931||17th||Arsenal||A||D||1–1||Bradford||30,913|
|7 February 1931||17th||Blackburn Rovers||H||W||4–1||Bradford 4||23,642|
|18 February 1931||17th||Blackpool||A||W||1–0||Crosbie||10,136|
|21 February 1931||18th||Aston Villa||H||L||0–4||49,619|
|7 March 1931||18th||Manchester United||H||D||0–0||17,678|
|16 March 1931||17th||West Ham United||A||W||2–1||Firth, Bradford||8,521|
|21 March 1931||17th||Middlesbrough||H||L||1–2||Jarvis og||20,311|
|25 March 1931||18th||Chelsea||A||L||0–1||12,968|
|28 March 1931||18th||Grimsby Town||A||L||1–4||Fillingham||10,994|
|3 April 1931||20th||Sunderland||A||L||0–1||18,180|
|4 April 1931||20th||Bolton Wanderers||H||L||0–2||18,083|
|6 April 1931||19th||Sunderland||H||W||1–0||Gregg||11,207|
|11 April 1931||19th||Huddersfield Town||A||L||0–1||10,920|
|15 April 1931||19th||Liverpool||A||D||0–0||6,045|
|18 April 1931||19th||Sheffield Wednesday||H||W||2–0||Gregg, Curtis||16,411|
|2 May 1931||19th||Leicester City||H||W||2–1||Curtis, Bradford||14,704|
League table (part)
|18th||West Ham United||42||14||8||20||79||94||0.84||36|
|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
Birmingham "won finely" at Anfield to defeat Liverpool 2–0, then eliminated Port Vale and, with Ernie Curtis "in magnificent form", Watford, to reach the sixth round in which they played Chelsea. Playing in a blizzard at St Andrew's, Chelsea took the lead and had a second goal disallowed before the change of ends brought a change of fortunes. George Briggs crossed for Joe Bradford's header, then Briggs and Bradford combined for Curtis to put Birmingham ahead. With ten minutes left, a misplaced clearance by Bob Gregg allowed Jackie Crawford to equalise. The replay at Stamford Bridge, before a ground-record crowd of 74,365 with thousands more locked out, remained goalless until Chelsea half-backs John Townrow and Syd Bishop were injured. With no substitutes permitted, Birmingham took advantage, winning the tie 3–0 with goals from Jack Firth and two from Bradford. Curtis opened the scoring half an hour into the semi-final against First Division Sunderland. Sunderland's players thought they should have had a penalty, they failed to take numerous chances, and Harry Hibbs made some fine saves, but three minutes from time, Curtis had a shot blocked, Bradford "rushed in to help his colleague and between them they scored the second goal".
After six minutes of the final, Bob Gregg's header from Jimmy Cringan's free kick was ruled offside; newspaper reports suggest the decision was incorrect. After 24 minutes, Ned Barkas deflected W. G. Richardson's shot away from Hibbs and Richardson steered it home. Chances were missed by both sides before Joe Bradford equalised with a 25-yard (23 m) shot. But straight from the restart, Albion ran the ball down the field, George Liddell sliced his clearance to Richardson's feet, and the forward scored from close range.
|Third round||10 January 1931||Liverpool||A||W||2–0||Curtis, Bradford||40,500|
|Fourth round||24 January 1931||Port Vale||H||W||2–0||Bradford 2||44,119|
|Fifth round||14 February 1931||Watford||H||W||3–0||Bradford, Curtis 2||49,757|
|Sixth round||28 February 1931||Chelsea||H||D||2–2||Bradford, Curtis||55,298|
|Sixth round replay||4 March 1931||Chelsea||A||W||3–0||Firth, Bradford 2||74,365|
|Semi-final||14 March 1931||Sunderland||Elland Road, Leeds||W||2–0||Curtis 2||43,570|
|Final||25 April 1931||West Bromwich Albion||Wembley Stadium||L||1–2||Bradford||90,368|
Appearances and goals
- 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 1930–1931: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record: pp. 302–03.
- Source for kit: "Birmingham City". Historical Football Kits. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Birmingham City: Records" Archived 9 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "Birmingham City 1930–1931: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Other F.A. Cup Matches". The Times (London): p.5. 12 January 1931.
- "F.A. Cup. Draw For Sixth Round". The Times (London): p.6. 17 February 1931.
- "Drawn Match At Birmingham". The Times (London): p.6. 2 March 1931.
- "Chelsea Beaten. A Day Of Misfortunes". The Times (London): p.7. 5 March 1931.
- "Birmingham's Fine Defence. Sunderland Miss Their Chances". The Times (London): p.6. 16 March 1931.
- "The Cup. Victory Of West Bromwich, A Triumph Of Youth." The Times (London): p.5. 27 April 1931.
The Daily Mail match report, reproduced in Thraves, Andrew, ed. (1994). The History of the Wembley FA Cup Final. Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London): pp.24–25. ISBN 978-0-297-83407-6.
"Albion's Cup". Birmingham Mail: p.12. 25 April 1931.
Matthews (1995), Complete Record. p.19.