Six decades of Cardiff City v Birmingham matches.

CoymayAnswers to be posted on here tomorrow.

60s. Who or what is the link between a Washington Redskins full back from the 40s, Christopher Timothy and a televised match between Manchester United and Birmingham in the 60s (this is probably the most convoluted question I’ve ever asked on here!)?

70s. A few players for you to identify in this photo of Birmingham in their iconic kit from the 70s – can you spot the three future City players, the two future European Cup winners, the Wales international and who is the player standing third from the right in the middle row?

Birmingham City (1)

80s. Who is the Birmingham City player in the foreground of this picture from a game against Arsenal in 1986 – anyone who can also identify the two Arsenal players can have a years free subscription to this blog.

Birmingham City (2)

90s. Can you name these two Birmingham players from this decade?

Birmingham City (3)

00s. Who is this?

Soccer - Nationwide League Division One - Birmingham City v Swindon Town

10s. This artist, proudly displaying one of his paintings here, was in the Birmingham squad for the meeting with City at St Andrews earlier in the season, who is he?

Birmingham City (5)



60s. The answer is Birmingham’s Scottish international goalkeeper Jim Herriot. Herriot used to smear mud under his eyes in matches because he claimed it reduced the glare from the sun or floodlights – this practice originated in American Football in 1942, with Washington Redskins full back Andy Farkas thought to be the first player to use it in 1942.

Christopher Timothy played the vet in the BBC drama series All Creatures Great and Small based in a book written by someone called Alf Wight who needed to find a pen name to comply with professional rules banning advertising and chose James Herriot after watching a superb performance by Herriot for Birmingham in a match against Manchester United.

70s. George Smith is stood on the left in the middle row, Alan Campbell is alongside him and Bob Hatton is second from left in the front row. The European Cup winners are Trevor Francis (third from right in the front row) and sat two places along from him on the end of the row is Kenny Burns. Malcolm Page (first right in the middle row) is the Wales international and Gordon Taylor is two places inside him.

80s. Nick Platnauer is the Birmingham player and the Arsenal men are Viv Anderson and Martin Keown.

90s. Louie Donowa and Andy Saville.

00s. Darren Purse.

10s. Brek Shea.

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2 Responses to Six decades of Cardiff City v Birmingham matches.

  1. Peter says:

    The first question must be about Birmingham goalkeeper Jim Herriot. He would put MUD on his face underneath his eyes to stop the glare, something to compensate for the novelty of playing under floodlights in the sixties. Probably didn’t help as I think he let in six goals. The idea must have come from the American football player. Trevor Francis and Kenny Burns went on to win. European cup medals with Nottingham Forest. Malcolm Page was the Welsh international.I am afraid can’t name the players who went on to play for Cardiff. Louie Donowa and Andy Saville are in there along with mighty Darren Purse. Nicky Platnaur was playing against Martin Keown and Vic Anderson. Break Shea is the American with the flamboyant haircut.

  2. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Very good to hear from you Peter. Well done on the 60s question – I can remember Herriot causing much comment among the Cardiff fans with those dark rings under his eyes when I first saw him play. The answers are now on the blog and there is a bit more info there about the Herriot question. As for the others, all of the answers you gave are correct. The three players later to play for Cardiff from the 70s question had varying fortunes at the club – both Campbell and Hatton joined a side that was on it’s way to promotion from the old Third Division with Campbell giving City years of fine service (in 1977 he scored the goal that kept us in the Second Division) and Hatton retiring after six months with us during which his experience was of great benefit to the team and, in particular, top scorer Jeff Hemmerman. As for George Smith, he was a club record signing at the time and this probably didn’t help his cause because I believe it led to supporters expecting more from him – to be frank, he never impressed in his two years with us and is probably remembered best now for the V signs he gave the crowd when he was substituted during a dismal 0-0 draw with a truly awful Sheffield Wednesday side as we slid towards relegation in 1975.

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