Birmingham City F.C. league record by opponent

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A faded photograph of a posed group of men, outdoors. At the front are six men sitting on benches and two seated on the ground, each dressed in sports clothing, a light-coloured shirt with darker trim, white shorts, dark socks and boots. Standing at the back are eight men, some bearded, wearing hats and coats, and three men in sports clothing. In front of the men is a large trophy in the form of a shield.
Small Heath F.C. pictured in 1893 with the Football League Second Division trophy

Birmingham City Football Club, an English association football club based in the city of Birmingham, was founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance. For their first thirteen years, there was no league football, so matches were arranged on an occasional basis, supplemented by cup competitions organised at both local and national level. In 1888, Small Heath joined the Combination, a league set up to provide organised football for those clubs not invited to join the Football League which was to start the same year. However, the Combination was not well organised, and folded in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding.[1] Small Heath were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889, and three years later were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. They topped the table in their first season, though failed to win promotion via the test match system then in operation, but reached the top flight for the first time in 1894.[2] Since that time, they have not fallen below the third tier of the English football league system, and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time for the 2002–03 season.

Birmingham's first team have competed in a number of nationally contested leagues, and their record against each club faced in those competitions is summarised below. The opening match of the 1889–90 Football Alliance season pitted them against near neighbours Birmingham St George's,[3] their first Football League match was against Burslem Port Vale,[4] and they met their 109th and most recent different league opponent, Burton Albion, for the first time in the 2016–17 Football League season. The team that Birmingham have played most in league competition is Manchester City, whom they first met as Ardwick in the 1891–92 Football Alliance season; they and Wolverhampton Wanderers have both beaten Birmingham 60 times, though Wolves took fewer matches to do so, with 127 compared to City's 134. Everton have drawn 35 league encounters with Birmingham, more than any other club. Birmingham have recorded more league victories against Leicester City than against any other club, having beaten them 50 times out of 124 attempts.

All statistics are correct up to and including the match played against Burton Albion on 17 April 2017.

Key

  • The table includes results of matches played by Birmingham City (under that name and under former names Birmingham and Small Heath) in the Football Alliance, the Football League and the Premier League. Matches from uncompleted competitions – the abandoned 1939–40 Football League season and the unfinished 1888–89 season in the Combination – are excluded, as are test matches, Football League play-offs, and matches in the various wartime competitions.
  • The name used for each opponent is the name they had when Birmingham City most recently played a league match against them. Results against each opponent include results against that club under any former name. For example, results against Leyton Orient include matches played against Orient (1966–1987) and Clapton Orient (before 1945).
  • The columns headed "First" and "Last" contain the first and most recent seasons in which Birmingham City played league matches against each opponent.
  • P = matches played; W = matches won; D = matches drawn; L = matches lost; Win% = percentage of total matches won
  •   divisional rivals Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are Birmingham City's divisional rivals in the current season, the 2016–17 EFL Championship.
  •   defunct Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are defunct.

All-time league record

Birmingham City F.C. league record by opponent
Opponent P W D L P W D L P W D L Win% First Last Notes
Home Away Total
Arsenal 62 30 15 17 62 4 18 40 124 34 33 57 27.42 1893–94 2010–11 [A]
Aston Villa divisional rivals 56 22 15 19 55 14 15 26 111 36 30 45 32.43 1894–95 2016–17
Barnsley divisional rivals 36 19 9 8 36 16 9 11 72 35 18 19 48.61 1898–99 2016–17
Birmingham St George's defunct 3 1 1 1 3 0 0 3 6 1 1 4 16.67 1889–90 1891–92
Blackburn Rovers divisional rivals 58 34 16 8 58 8 14 36 116 42 30 44 36.21 1894–95 2016–17
Blackpool 43 23 10 10 43 9 10 24 86 32 20 34 37.21 1896–97 2014–15
Bolton Wanderers 62 33 14 15 62 9 19 34 124 42 33 49 33.87 1894–95 2015–16
Bootle defunct 4 3 1 0 4 2 1 1 8 5 2 1 62.50 1889–90 1892–93
AFC Bournemouth 7 0 3 4 7 3 0 4 14 3 3 8 21.43 1987–88 2014–15
Bradford City 11 7 4 0 11 4 4 3 22 11 8 3 50.00 1921–22 2001–02
Bradford Park Avenue 8 4 1 3 8 2 4 2 16 6 5 5 37.50 1908–09 1947–48
Brentford divisional rivals 17 9 3 5 17 10 3 4 34 19 6 9 55.88 1935–36 2016–17
Brighton & Hove Albion divisional rivals 13 4 5 4 13 2 3 8 26 6 8 12 23.08 1980–81 2016–17
Bristol City divisional rivals 28 15 9 4 27 10 6 11 55 25 15 15 45.45 1902–03 2016–17
Bristol Rovers 6 3 3 0 6 0 5 1 12 3 8 1 25.00 1953–54 1994–95
Burnley 46 23 9 14 46 8 12 26 92 31 21 40 33.70 1894–95 2015–16
Burton Albion divisional rivals 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 00.00 2016–17 2016–17
Burton Swifts defunct 8 7 0 1 8 6 1 1 16 13 1 2 81.25 1891–92 1900–01
Burton United defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1902–03 1902–03
Burton Wanderers defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1896–97 1896–97
Bury 32 16 5 11 32 10 4 18 64 26 9 29 40.63 1895–96 1998–99
Cambridge United 4 1 1 2 4 2 0 2 8 3 1 4 37.50 1979–80 1994–95
Cardiff City divisional rivals 34 17 12 5 34 10 4 20 68 27 16 25 39.71 1920–21 2016–17
Carlisle United 9 6 1 2 9 2 2 5 18 8 3 7 44.44 1965–66 1984–85
Charlton Athletic 31 15 9 7 31 4 11 16 62 19 20 23 30.65 1936–37 2015–16
Chelsea 41 14 12 15 41 6 12 23 82 20 24 38 24.39 1907–08 2010–11
Chester City defunct 4 3 1 0 4 3 0 1 8 6 1 1 75.00 1989–90 1994–95
Chesterfield 7 4 3 0 7 2 4 1 14 6 7 1 42.86 1899–1900 1950–51 [B]
Colchester United 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 2006–07 2006–07
Coventry City 24 12 7 5 24 8 7 9 48 20 14 14 41.67 1919–20 2011–12
Crewe Alexandra 13 10 0 3 13 7 3 3 26 17 3 6 65.38 1889–90 2001–02
Crystal Palace 22 14 3 5 22 6 11 5 44 20 14 10 45.45 1965–66 2012–13
Darlington 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1991–92 1991–92
Darwen 6 5 1 0 6 0 3 3 8 4 2 2 50.00 1889–90 1898–99
Derby County divisional rivals 53 25 14 14 53 9 19 25 106 34 33 39 32.08 1894–95 2016–17
Doncaster Rovers 10 6 2 2 10 6 1 3 20 12 3 5 60.00 1902–03 2013–14
Everton 59 18 18 23 59 6 17 36 118 24 35 59 20.34 1894–95 2010–11
Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1990–91 1991–92
Fulham divisional rivals 40 17 13 10 40 13 13 14 80 30 26 24 37.50 1908–09 2016–17
Gainsborough Trinity 10 6 4 0 10 4 3 3 20 10 7 3 50.00 1896–97 1911–12
Gillingham 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 0 75.00 2000–01 2001–02
Glossop 10 5 3 2 10 3 1 6 20 8 4 8 40.00 1898–99 1914–15
Grimsby Town 38 20 9 9 38 8 9 21 76 28 18 30 36.84 1889–90 2001–02
Hartlepool United 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 50.00 1991–92 1991–92
Huddersfield Town divisional rivals 50 24 9 17 51 11 21 19 101 35 30 36 34.65 1910–11 2016–17
Hull City 30 15 11 4 30 9 6 15 60 24 17 19 40.00 1908–09 2015–16
Ipswich Town divisional rivals 35 15 12 8 35 8 4 23 70 23 16 31 32.86 1954–55 2016–17
Leeds City defunct 7 4 1 2 7 0 2 5 14 4 3 7 28.57 1908–09 1914–15
Leeds United divisional rivals 47 26 12 9 47 11 13 23 94 37 25 32 39.36 1920–21 2016–17
Leicester City 62 32 11 19 62 18 12 32 124 50 23 51 40.32 1896–97 2013–14 [C]
Leyton Orient 18 10 6 2 18 7 7 4 36 17 13 6 47.22 1908–09 1994–95 [D]
Lincoln City 18 14 2 2 18 9 7 2 36 23 9 4 63.89 1891–92 1954–55
Liverpool 50 21 14 15 50 7 11 32 100 28 25 47 28.00 1893–94 2010–11
Long Eaton Rangers defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1889–90 1889–90
Loughborough defunct 4 4 0 0 4 2 1 1 8 6 1 1 75.00 1896–97 1899–1900
Luton Town 26 14 8 4 26 11 8 7 52 25 16 11 48.08 1897–98 2006–07
Manchester City 67 40 12 15 67 9 13 45 134 49 25 60 36.57 1891–92 2010–11 [E]
Manchester United 50 17 20 13 50 9 9 32 100 26 29 45 26.00 1889–90 2010–11 [F]
Mansfield Town 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1989–90 1990–91
Middlesbrough 51 27 16 8 51 11 16 24 102 38 32 32 37.25 1899–1900 2015–16
Middlesbrough Ironopolis defunct 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1893–94 1893–94
Millwall 18 11 4 3 18 6 5 7 36 17 9 10 47.22 1946–47 2014–15
Milton Keynes Dons 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 2015–16 2015–16 [G]
New Brighton Tower defunct 3 3 0 0 3 0 2 1 6 3 2 1 50.00 1898–99 1900–01
Newcastle United divisional rivals 48 21 12 15 48 8 14 26 96 29 26 41 30.21 1893–94 2016–17
Newport County 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1946–47 1946–47
Northampton Town 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1966–67 1989–90
Northwich Victoria 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 4 0 0 100.000 1892–93 1893–94
Norwich City divisional rivals 28 15 7 6 28 4 11 13 56 19 18 19 33.93 1965–66 2016–17
Nottingham Forest divisional rivals 52 21 12 19 52 15 17 20 104 36 29 39 34.62 1889–90 2016–17
Notts County 26 15 6 5 26 5 8 13 52 20 14 18 38.46 1893–94 1993–94
Oldham Athletic 12 4 4 4 12 4 3 5 24 8 7 9 33.33 1908–09 1996–97
Oxford United 13 4 6 3 13 6 3 4 26 10 9 7 38.46 1968–69 1998–99
Peterborough United 6 3 3 0 6 2 2 2 12 5 5 2 41.67 1991–92 2012–13
Plymouth Argyle 14 8 4 2 14 7 4 3 28 15 8 5 53.57 1946–47 2008–09
Portsmouth 43 26 9 8 43 12 14 17 86 38 23 25 44.19 1927–28 2011–12
Port Vale 14 11 1 2 14 6 2 6 28 17 3 8 60.71 1892–93 1999–2000 [H]
Preston North End divisional rivals 42 24 10 8 42 5 12 25 84 29 22 33 34.52 1894–95 2016–17
Queens Park Rangers divisional rivals 25 17 5 3 25 5 9 11 50 22 14 14 44.00 1950–51 2016–17
Reading divisional rivals 15 6 4 5 15 5 6 4 30 11 10 9 36.67 1986–87 2016–17
Rotherham Town defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1893–94 1893–94
Rotherham County defunct 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 0 50.00 1919–20 1920–21
Rotherham United divisional rivals 14 10 1 3 14 4 7 3 28 14 8 6 50.00 1951–52 2016–17
Sheffield United 49 28 9 12 49 11 8 30 98 39 17 42 39.80 1892–93 2008–09
Sheffield Wednesday divisional rivals 47 23 17 7 47 10 9 28 94 33 26 35 35.11 1889–90 2016–17
Shrewsbury Town 9 3 2 4 9 1 3 5 18 4 5 9 22.22 1979–80 1994–95
Southampton 20 9 7 4 20 5 3 12 40 14 10 16 35.00 1946–47 2011–12
Southend United 6 4 1 1 6 1 1 4 12 5 2 5 41.67 1990–91 2006–07
South Shields 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 4 1 1 2 25.00 1919–20 1920–21
Stockport County 18 14 2 2 18 5 3 10 36 19 5 12 52.78 1900–01 2001–02
Stoke City 44 23 10 11 44 7 9 28 88 30 19 39 34.09 1890–91 2010–11 [I]
Sunderland 53 26 13 14 53 10 8 35 106 36 21 49 33.96 1894–95 2010–11
Sunderland Albion defunct 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 4 00.00 1889–90 1890–91
Swansea City 14 8 4 2 14 7 3 4 28 15 7 6 53.57 1946–47 2008–09 [J]
Swindon Town 10 5 3 2 10 4 3 3 20 9 6 5 45.00 1969–70 1999–2000
Torquay United 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1991–92 1991–92
Tottenham Hotspur 41 18 10 13 41 8 6 27 82 26 16 40 31.71 1908–09 2010–11
Tranmere Rovers 10 5 4 1 10 3 1 6 20 8 5 7 40.00 1989–90 2000–01
Walsall 14 11 1 2 14 7 2 5 28 18 3 7 64.29 1889–90 2001–02 [K]
Watford 19 11 3 5 19 3 4 12 38 14 7 17 36.84 1969–70 2014–15
West Bromwich Albion 58 20 15 23 58 14 18 26 116 34 33 49 29.31 1894–95 2010–11
West Ham United 43 23 10 10 43 15 11 17 86 38 21 27 44.19 1919–20 2011–12
Wigan Athletic divisional rivals 10 4 4 2 10 1 4 5 20 5 8 7 25.00 1989–90 2016–17
Wimbledon defunct 3 1 0 2 3 1 0 2 6 2 0 4 33.33 1984–85 2001–02 [G]
Wolverhampton Wanderers divisional rivals 64 23 20 21 64 15 10 39 128 38 30 60 29.69 1894–95 2016–17
Wrexham 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 50.00 1979–80 1994–95
Wycombe Wanderers 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 50.00 1994–95 1994–95
Yeovil Town 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 50.00 2013–14 2013–14
York City 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 50.00 1994–95 1994–95

Footnotes

  1. ^ Arsenal statistics include matches played against Woolwich Arsenal.
  2. ^ Chesterfield statistics include matches played against Chesterfield Town.
  3. ^ Leicester City statistics include matches played against Leicester Fosse.
  4. ^ Leyton Orient statistics include matches played against Clapton Orient and Orient.
  5. ^ Manchester City statistics include matches played against Ardwick.
  6. ^ Manchester United statistics include matches played against Newton Heath.
  7. ^ a b Wimbledon F.C. relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003, and was rebranded as Milton Keynes Dons F.C. a year later. That club renounced all claims to Wimbledon's history in 2007, since when it has regarded itself as a new club founded in 2004.[5]
  8. ^ Port Vale statistics include matches played against Burslem Port Vale.
  9. ^ Stoke City statistics include matches played against Stoke.
  10. ^ Swansea City statistics include matches played against Swansea Town.
  11. ^ Walsall statistics include matches played against Walsall Town Swifts.

References

General

  • Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: DB Publishing. pp. 224–29, 460–65. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2. 
  • "Birmingham Head to Head". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  • "Birmingham Results 2016/17". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 

Specific

  1. ^ Shury, Alan & Landamore, Brian (2005). The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. (2nd ed.). Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 11. ISBN 1899468161. 
  2. ^ "Small Heath". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Matthews (2010), p. 224.
  4. ^ "Birmingham City 1892–1893: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon become MK Dons FC". guardian.co.uk. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
    "Wimbledon FC patrimony is returned to its rightful home in Borough of Merton". Football Supporters Federation. 3 August 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. 
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