Towards the end of the season, Birmingham andEnglandfull-backJeff Hallcontractedpolioand died, only 14 days after the last match in which he played. The death of a young, fit, international footballer helped to kick-start widespread public acceptance in Britain of the need forvaccination. Though the disease was generally feared and theSalk vaccinewas available, takeup had been slow. In the weeks following Hall's death, and after his widow spoke on television about her loss, demand for immunisation rocketed. Emergency vaccination clinics had to be set up and supplies of vaccine flown in from the United States to cope with the demand.
In January 1958,Pat Beasleyjoined the club. Beasley had believed he was coming as assistant to managerArthur Turner, but chairman Harry Morris announced to the press that he was to be appointed joint manager. Turner, who found about this arrangement not from the club but from the press, threatened to resign. He was persuaded to stay "for the time being", but finally left in September 1958, and Beasley took over as manager.Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Half backsDick NealandJohnny Wattsplayed in 49 and 48 of the 52 first-team matches over the season, andBunny Larkinfinished as leading goalscorer with 23 goals in all competitions, of which 18 were scored in the league.