Bob Brocklebankand chiefscoutWalter Taylor laid the foundations for the club's successes of the 1950s, introducing futureEnglandinternationalsTrevor SmithandJeff Hallto the side, and bringing in the likes ofPeter Murphy,Eddy Brown,Roy WarhurstandAlex Govan.Arthur Turnertook over from Brocklebank as manager in November 1954 with the club mid-table in the Second Division, having gained only one point away from home. By the end of the season they had scored 92 goals,inflictedLiverpool's record defeat, by nine goals to one,which was also Birmingham's widest margin of victory in a league match since the 19th century, and, needing five points from the last three games, all away from home, to be sure of promotion, confirmed themselves as champions with a 5–1 win in the last game of the season away atDoncaster Rovers.
Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Half-backLen Boydplayed in 43 of the 46 first-team matches over the season, and Peter Murphy was leading goalscorer with 20 goals, all scored in league competition. All five first-choice forwards –Gordon Astall,Noel Kinsey, Brown, Murphy and Govan – reached double figures.