They entered the1971–72 FA Cupin the third round proper and progressed to the semi-final, in which they lost toLeeds United. This was the third year of five in which the losing semifinalists were required to compete in a "Match for third place";following a goalless 90 minutes, Birmingham beatStoke Cityin apenalty shootout, the first time this method had been used to determine the result of an FA Cup match.They lost toQueens Park Rangersin their opening match in the second round of theLeague Cup, and finished fourth of the six English entrants in the third staging of theAnglo-Italian Cup, a tournament held after the end of the league season.
Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. DefenderRoger Hynd, midfielderAlan Campbelland centre-forwardBob Latchfordplayed in all 53 first-team matches over the season. Latchford finished as leading goalscorer with 30 goals, of which 23 came in league competition. The average attendance in Second Division matches exceeded 32,000.