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2018 Day 4 - Birmingham City

Meandering to the second city, it's time for Birmingham City (formerly Small Heath). 

Played: 106 (96 league, 6 FAC, 4LC)
Won: 43 (41 league, 2FAC)
Drawn: 30 (26 league, 3FAC, 1LC)
Lost: 33 (29 league, 1FA, 3LC)

Other: (Four Texaco Cup ties, two each in 1973/74 & 1974/75: two at St. Andrew's, two at SJP. A further tie at SJP in 1973/74 was abandoned)

Full record against Birmingham:

  P W D L F A
SJP 48 26 14 8 92 48
SA/MS 48 15 12 21 61 77
League 96 41 26 29 153 125
SJP(FA) 3 2 0 1 7 6
SA/MS 3 0 3 0 5 5
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 0 1
SA 3 0 1 2 3 6
Cup 10 2 4 4 15 18
Tot 106 43 30 33 168 143


52, St. Andrew's: 45, Muntz Street: 9

Most common scores:

1-0 (seven times)
1-1 (eleven times)
0-1 (seven times)
The clubs have been paired three times in the FA Cup; with Newcastle drawing away on all occasions and a replay then required at Gallowgate to settle the ties.


NUFC have never gone more than eight games without winning at Birmingham. The worst run coming between 1957/58 and 1976/77.
BCFC failed to win on Tyneside between 1931/32 and 1957/58.


BCFC league doubles over NUFC: 4 (1904/05, 1931/32, 1956/57, 1974/75)
NUFC league doubles over BCFC: 7 (1906/07, 1932/33, 1949/50, 1976/77, 1985/86, 2002/03, 2010/11)

Most games in a season: 6 (1973/74)

Longest gap between games: December 1960 to August 1972

First: Saturday 28th October 1893 Newcastle 0 Small Heath 2 (Division Two)
"The United played fairly in the first half, but went to pieces afterwards" (South Wales Daily News)

Saturday 18th March 2017 Birmingham City 0 Newcastle 0 (Championship)
"This game proved to be as drab and dreary as the weather, the main talking point the decision to deny Newcastle what seemed like a valid goal five minutes before the interval." (

Best: Saturday 23rd November 1907 Newcastle 8 Birmingham 0 (Division One)
"Even such a big margin does not exaggerate their mediocrity. It must, however, be admitted that Birmingham were feebly represented...." (Sporting Life)

Wednesday 5th September 1956 Birmingham City 6 Newcastle 1 (Division One)
"With yet another display of high-speed intoxicating football, Birmingham City last night annihilated Newcastle United at St. Andrew's." (Birmingham Daily Post)

NUFC v BCFC gallery:

December 1973: Beaten 0-1 at St. Andrew's in Division One

March 1993: four goals shared at Gallowgate

September 2002:  A 2-0 success in the second city

January 2007: NUFC 1 Steve Bruce's BCFC 5 in the FA Cup

May 2011: Shola challenges for the ball in a 2-1 PL home victory

January 2017: Daryl Murphy nets at St. Andrew's in the FA Cup

NUFC v BCFC - moment in history:

Wednesday 28th November 1973: I see a darkness

Aside from the unexpected FA Cup success of our wearside rivals, 1973 was also blighted by oil price rises and strikes over wage restraint that brought industries across the UK to a standstill.

One consequence of that was power cuts and restrictions on usage that led to non-essential events such as sports fixtures being played during daylight hours - at least in theory....

Newcastle found themselves affected by this during what was an abrasive series of league and cup meetings with Birmingham City, the teams clashing an unprecedented six times in just 45 days.

Book-ending a pair of League Cup ties was a two-legged Texaco Cup Quarter Final that was evenly poised after a 1-1 draw at St. Andrews's. However a ban on floodlight use at Gallowgate meant that the second leg was a 2pm kick-off on a Wednesday afternoon - the Football League refusing United's request to get underway at 1.30pm.

That 30 minutes was to prove crucial, when the two sides played out another 1-1 draw and the game went to extra time, only for referee Ted Jolly to abandon it due to bad light after just 10 minutes of the scheduled 30. 

Just over 5,000 fans had bothered to turn up and less than 10,000 were present when the tie was restaged a week later, United winning 3-1 in an evening game overshadowed by Jimmy Smith's first minute dismissal for a vicious tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Tony Want.

The following Saturday saw the teams meet again in the League at St. Andrew's, the hosts intent on exacting revenge and Newcastle more than willing to mix it, resulting in what The Journal match reporter labelled as "shameful happenings."

United's Pat Howard had to be prevented from throttling Paul Hendrie following a scything tackle that saw both booked. Hendrie then escaped punishment after kicking a hole in Frank Clark's shin, with Keith Robson cautioned for flattening the City player. 

Kenny Burns - who later scored the winner - also laid out Irving Nattrass in the opening five minutes of play, but was merely spoken to by referee Alex Lees.

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