2018–19 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2018–19 season
OwnerTrillion Trophy Asia[1]
ManagerGarry Monk[2]
StadiumSt Andrew's
EFL Championship12th (after matches played 10 November 2018)
FA CupThird round
EFL CupFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague: Lukas Jutkiewicz (9)
All: Lukas Jutkiewicz (9)
Highest home attendance23,659 (vs Sheffield Wednesday, 27 October 2018)
Lowest home attendance19,795 (vs Rotherham United, 6 October 2018)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2018–19 season is Birmingham City Football Club's 116th season in the English football league system and eighth consecutive season in the second-tier Championship.[3] As with all English Football League clubs, the first team will also compete in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

The season covers the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Background and pre-season[edit]

After a 2016–17 season in which the club had three different managers and avoided relegation on the final day, Birmingham repeated the process in 2017–18.[4][5][6] Garry Monk, appointed in March, vowed to change the pattern: he would be "relentless, and whoever is not on board with that won't be here. The ones who are will be here. It has to be like that. We have to raise the mentality of the club. That goes for everyone at the club."[7] Apart from assistant manager Pep Clotet, the remainder of his backroom staff, including first-team coach James Beattie and goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan,[2] were those he had worked with before Middlesbrough sacked him some months earlier. That club had then placed his staff on gardening leave and included a clause preventing their working together or with Monk for a rival club for the next 12 months. After they joined Monk at Birmingham, Middlesbrough sought an injunction to enforce that clause, but the matter was settled out of court after a counter-claim for damages.[8][9]

For sponsorship reasons, and in the light of Financial Fair Play (FFP), the club's owners agreed a three-year naming rights package under which St Andrew's was renamed St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium and the Wast Hills training ground became the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.[10] It emerged in early July that the EFL had refused to register Birmingham's first signing of the summer window – Danish left-back Kristian Pedersen – because of failure to comply with FFP requirements and had placed the club under a transfer embargo.[11] On 30 July, BBC Sport quoted an EFL spokesperson confirming they had "been in regular contact with the club throughout the summer and set out on 13 July [their] requirements in respect of the basis upon which the club would be able to make additions to Garry Monk's squad."[12] The club then issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the continuing embargo despite their best efforts to comply, and their understanding of and empathy with supporters' frustrations.[13]

However, "after consideration of the legal position as between the Club, Player and the EFL" and despite the EFL being "exceptionally disappointed" at the club's attitude, a deal was reached. The club agreed to a business plan aimed at restricting expenditure, Pedersen was registered, and the club could make a further five signings under strict conditions,[14] reported by the Birmingham Mail as meaning loans and free transfers only and a salary cap pitched at a "debilitating" level.[15] The club faced further punishment, including possible points deductions, from an EFL commission to meet later in the year.[16]

Birmingham made four signings: three loans – winger Connor Mahoney from AFC Bournemouth,[17] striker Omar Bogle from Cardiff City,[18] and midfielder Gary Gardner – younger brother of Craig Gardner – from Aston Villa,[19] and one free transfer, goalkeeper Lee Camp, also from Cardiff City.[20] They cancelled Diego Fabbrini's contract,[21] loaned out Nicolai Brock-Madsen,[22] Jonathan Grounds,[23] Cheick Keita,[24] Cheikh Ndoye[25] and Greg Stewart,[26] and tried unsuccessfully to offload high-earning goalkeepers David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak.[27]

The home kit consists of a blue shirt with white trim on the shoulders and upper chest and white stripes down the side seams, white shorts with blue trim and blue stripes down the side seams, and blue socks with white trim at the turnover. The away kit has a yellow shirt with three blue stripes on the shoulders, blue shorts with yellow stripes down the side seams, and yellow socks with blue trim. The kits are supplied by Adidas and bear the logo of the club's principal sponsor, online bookmaker 888sport.[28]

After a training camp based in Bad Häring, Austria, which included friendly matches against Akhmat Grozny of the Russian Premier League and German fourth-tier club SSV Ulm, Birmingham City's first-team pre-season programme continued with matches against Doncaster Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Las Palmas and Brighton & Hove Albion.[29]

Pre-season match details
Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
12 July 2018 Akhmat Grozny N L 0–1 [30]
14 July 2018 SSV Ulm N D 1–1 Jota 61' [31]
20 July 2018 Doncaster Rovers N W 1–0 Adams 87' [32]
21 July 2018 Cheltenham Town A W 3–0 Lakin 26', Lubala 52', Ndoye 89' pen. 2,234 [33]
27 July 2018 Las Palmas N L 1–4 Scarr 45' [34]
28 July 2018 Brighton & Hove Albion H D 1–1 Kieftenbeld 31' 3,434 [35]

EFL Championship[edit]

August–September[edit]

Birmingham City opened their 2018–19 EFL Championship season with a home match against Norwich City.[36]

Match results[edit]

General source:[36] Match content not verifiable from these sources is referenced individually.

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
4 August 2018 7th Norwich City H D 2–2 Maghoma 56', Solomon-Otabor 89' 22,677 [37]
11 August 2018 19th Middlesbrough A L 0–1 23,748 [38]
17 August 2018 17th Swansea City H D 0–0 20,083 [39]
22 August 2018 20th Bolton Wanderers A L 0–1 13,821 [40]
25 August 2018 20th Nottingham Forest A D 2–2 Jutkiewicz 21', Adams 72' 26,799 [41]
1 September 2018 19th Queens Park Rangers H D 0–0 21,155 [42]
14 September 2018 17th West Bromwich Albion H D 1–1 Jota 26' 22,715 [43]
19 September 2018 20th Sheffield United A D 0–0 23,525 [44]
22 September 2018 17th Leeds United A W 2–1 Adams 8', 29' 34,800 [45]
29 September 2018 16th Ipswich Town H D 2–2 Jutkiewicz 48', 68' 21,612 [46]
2 October 2018 18th Brentford A D 1–1 Morrison 26' 9,715 [47]
6 October 2018 17th Rotherham United H W 3–1 Jutkiewicz 20', 23', 68' 19,795 [48]
20 October 2018 14th Stoke City A W 1–0 Adams 81' 28,160 [49]
23 October 2018 9th Reading H W 2–1 G. Gardner 49', Jutkiewicz 70' 22,126 [50]
27 October 2018 9th Sheffield Wednesday H W 3–1 Mahoney 43', Jutkiewicz 80', Adams 84' 23,659 [51]
3 November 2018 10th Derby County A L 1–3 Jutkiewicz 28,114 [52]
10 November 2018 12th Hull City H D 3–3 Adams 21', 45+4', 84' 21,468 [53]

Current league table (part)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 8 2 7 18 22 −4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 6 6 5 27 23 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 5 9 3 23 20 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 6 4 7 20 19 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 5 7 5 19 20 −1 22
Updated to match(es) played on 10 November 2018. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results [54]

Result summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
17 5 9 3 23 20  +3 24 3 6 0 16 11  +5 2 3 3 7 9  −2

Last updated: match played 10 November 2018.
Source: [55]

FA Cup[edit]

EFL Cup[edit]

In the first round of the EFL Cup, Birmingham were drawn away to another Championship team, Reading. With a televised Championship fixture three days later, Monk made eleven changes from the team that started the previous Saturday, with debuts for Lee Camp, Dan Scarr and Gary Gardner and first starts for Connor Mahoney, Beryly Lubala and Omar Bogle. Reading fielded a full-strength side and were rarely tested.[56]

EFL Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Refs
First round 14 August 2018 Reading A L 0–2 6,934 [56]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
25 June 2018 Kristian Pedersen Union Berlin Undisclosed [57]
8 August 2018 Lee Camp Cardiff City Free [20]
15 August 2018 Francis Amartey FAB Academy [a]
15 August 2018 Danny Lupano Solihull Moors [a]
15 August 2018 Michael Luyambula (Borussia Dortmund) Free [a]
15 August 2018 Cameron McGilp (Melbourne Victory) Free [a]
dagger Brackets round a club's name indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.
  1. ^ a b c d Player signed specifically for the U23 team under the club's transfer restrictions.[58]

Out[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
3 September 2018 Diego Fabbrini FC Botoșani Mutual consent [21]
dagger Brackets round a club's name denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
7 August 2018 Connor Mahoney AFC Bournemouth End of season [17]
7 August 2018 Omar Bogle Cardiff City End of season [18]
9 August 2018 Gary Gardner Aston Villa End of season [19]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
3 January 2018[a] Ronan Hale Derry City 5 November 2018 [59]
28 June 2018 Cheick Keita Eupen End of season [24]
2 July 2018 Luke Maxwell Solihull Moors 5 January 2019 [60]
24 July 2018 Dominic Bernard Aldershot Town January 2019 [61]
26 July 2018 Leo Brown Sutton Coldfield Town End of August [62]
26 July 2018 Jack Concannon Sutton Coldfield Town End of August [62]
26 July 2018 Kieron Dawes Sutton Coldfield Town End of August [62]
9 August 2018 Nicolai Brock-Madsen St Mirren 1 January 2019[b] [22]
13 August 2018 Jonathan Grounds Bolton Wanderers End of season [23]
16 August 2018 Cheikh Ndoye Angers End of season [25]
17 August 2018 Corey O'Keeffe Solihull Moors 17 February 2019 [63]
28 August 2018 Greg Stewart Kilmarnock 9 June 2019 [26]
30 August 2018 Steve Seddon Stevenage 15 January 2019 [64]
8 September 2018 David Stockdale Southend United 28 September 2018 [65]
21 September 2018 Ben McLean AFC Totton 20 October 2018 [66]
21 September 2018 Adam Siviter AFC Totton 20 October 2018 [66]
28 September 2018 Jake Weaver Hungerford Town 28 December 2018 [67]
5 October 2018 Michael Luyambula Hungerford Town 1 November 2018 [68]
26 October 2018 Francis Amartey Sutton Coldfield Town 12 January 2019 [69]
26 October 2018 Josh Martin Hungerford Town 27 January 2019 [69]
9 November 2018 Odin Bailey Gloucester City One month [70]
  1. ^ Hale was loaned to Derry City in January 2018 with initial expiry date of 30 June; the loan was then extended to the end of that club's season.[59]
  2. ^ After Brock-Madsen was told he was not in the plans of St Mirren's new manager, he returned to Birmingham in mid-October to train, but was not eligible to play for them until the original expiry date of the loan.[22]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Sources:[71][72][73]
Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with name and squad number struck through and marked Left club during playing season 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.
Players listed with no appearances have been in the matchday squad but only as unused substitutes.
Key to positions: GK – Goalkeeper; DF – Defender; MF – Midfielder; FW – Forward
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup EFL Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  NIR Lee Camp 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0 1 0
3 DF  DEN Kristian Pedersen 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 4 0
4 DF  ENG Marc Roberts 0 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (3) 0 0 0
5 DF  FRA Maxime Colin 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
6 MF  NED Maikel Kieftenbeld 13 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 14 (2) 0 3 0[a]
7 MF  ENG Connor Mahoney 4 (7) 1 0 0 1 0 5 (7) 1 0 0
8 MF  ENG Craig Gardner 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 1
9 FW  ENG Che Adams 14 (3) 8 0 0 0 (1) 0 14 (4) 8 0 0
10 FW  ENG Lukas Jutkiewicz 17 9 0 0 0 0 17 9 1 0
12 DF  ENG Harlee Dean 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 2 0
14 FW  ENG Omar Bogle 3 (6) 0 0 0 1 0 4 (6) 0 0 0
17 MF  SEN Cheikh Ndoye 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 1 0
19 MF  COD Jacques Maghoma 13 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 13 (1) 1 2 0
20 MF  ENG Gary Gardner 14 1 0 0 1 0 15 1 6 0
22 MF  ENG Viv Solomon-Otabor 0 (8) 1 0 0 1 0 1 (8) 1 0 0
23 FW  ESP Jota 17 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 17 (1) 1 2 0
24 DF  ENG Dan Scarr 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
25 DF  ENG Josh Dacres-Cogley 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
27 GK  ENG Connal Trueman 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 DF  ENG Michael Morrison 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1 4 0
30 FW  COD Beryly Lubala 0 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (3) 0 0 0
31 MF  ENG Charlie Lakin 4 (3) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 4 (4) 0 0 0
32 DF  ENG Steve Seddon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK  ENG Jake Weaver 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 DF  ENG Wes Harding 0 (7) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (7) 0 0 0
  1. ^ Kieftenbeld was sent off against Brentford on 2 October, but the decision was reversed on appeal.[47][74]
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
11 FW  ENG Isaac Vassell
26 MF  ENG David Davis

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