Latics travel down the M6 to Birmingham tomorrow for a vital Championship fixture, what a perfect excuse to roll out the memories of that game back in January 1978 on our first ever visit to St. Andrews.
Those Were The Days
The first meeting between the clubs is perhaps the most poignant of all. Back in January 1978 we met then top flight Birmingham in the third round of the FA cup, at that time Latics were a non-league club; having applied for election to the old fourth division on more than 30 occasions it appeared that we would never be successful in the quest to get amongst the professional game.
Having fought their way past Marine (3-0, 4th qualifying round), York City (1-0, 1st round) and Sheffield Wednesday (1-0, 2nd round) the Latics were drawn to face Birmingham City of the 1st Division (Premier League), who were managed by England’s World Cup winning boss Sir Alf Ramsey and a team of players who were household names.
Latics lost the cup tie at St Andrews 4-0 that day in front of 29,202, but made a very influential friend, Alf Ramsey was so taken by the professionalism of the Latics as a club that he promised to canvas our cause around the other top flight clubs who would vote on re-election at the League’s AGM in June that year.
Well whatever Ramsey said worked, after a tie with Southport on 22 votes each, Latics won the re-vote and the rest as they say is history.
The game itself was quite one sided as the Birmingham frontline duo of Trevor Francis and Keith Bertschin ran riot with two goals each, Francis was a world class player, but we gave a good account of ourselves and the rest, as they say is history.
Blues News Birmingham City v Wigan Athletic 07 Jan 1978
Latics and Birmingham have met 20 times in all competitions and it is all square.
Latics 6 wins, Birmingham 6, draws 8
Last Six Meetings
16 Aug 2016 – Championship – Latics 1 Birmingham City 1
10 Jan 2015 – Championship – Birmingham City 3 Latics 1
30 Aug 2014 – Championship – Latics 4 Birmingham City 0
29 Apr 2014 – Championship – Birmingham City 0 Latics 1
26 Dec 2013 – Championship – Latics 0 Birmingham City 0
19 Mar 2011 – Premier League – Latics 2 Birmingham City 1
Last Time Out
Latics 1 Birmingham City 1
Goal scorers: Latics – Davies 90 mins
Birmingham – Davis 44 mins
Referee – Jeremy Simpson
Attendance – 11,182
Latics – Bogdan, Perkins (MacDonald 60), Power (Davies 84), Gilbey, Grigg, Morgan (Capt), Warnock, Powell, Burke (Jacobs 47), Wildschut, Burn
Unused Subs – Jaaskelainen, Flores, Chow, Colclough
Birmingham City – Kuszczak, Grounds, Shotton, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Donaldson, Cotterill (Adams 69), Maghoma (Solomon-Otabor 83), Spector, Davis (Stewart 83), Morrison
Unused Subs – Legzdins, Robinson, Tesche, Fabbrini
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – The Boss
0:00 Non-cancelled intros
1:30: Alleged football matches involving Latics and Forest AKA Pigeongate
5:00 ‘A disgrace’, ‘no balls’; fear will take us down
15:00 Statman left speechless by Joyce’s forlorn record
18:30 Pitchwatch, Pigeonwatch and rugby kickoffs
23:00 Fans Forum postponement: the right decision?
29:00 Blackburn preview: choosing the right games to win
31:00 Premier League players with League One tactics?
34:00 Predictions: Grigg and Bogle have to play, wild chickens & Si’s Oddschecker (37:00)
38:00 Birmingham preview: Drawfest 2017
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