Former Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Terry Poole’s trip to Birmingham City in January 1971 lasted a little longer than he anticipated.
While his teammates returned to the West Riding buoyed by a 2-0 win in their FA Cup third-round replay at St Andrew’s, Poole was confined to a hospital bed.
And he remained there for a month after breaking both the tibia and fibula a few inches above his right ankle in a collision with Bob Latchford 83 minutes into the tie on a pitch which was fast icing up.
Midfielder Steve Smith donned the green jersey for the remainder of the game – and suffered a dislocated thumb for his troubles!
Town were back at Birmingham in the Cup, this time the quarter-finals, the following season.
And once again a midfielder, this time Terry Dolan, had to take over in goal after Town’s keeper, this time David Lawson, was injured in a collision with Latchford.
Lawson, later to play alongside burly striker Latchford at Everton, was left dazed and carried off on a stretcher just before half-time in a tie Town lost 3-1.
He shipped 11 goals in two games there, with Town losing 6-1 in December 1967 and 5-1 in September 1968, both times in Division II.
Those four games were among 52 Town have played at the second-city ground which has been home to Blues since 1906 and where they haven’t been beaten in three visits.
There have been 49 league clashes, the first in the original Division II (now Championship) in December 1910, Town’s first Football League campaign.
Birmingham won that game 2-1, the first of 26 victories by the home side (24 league) in the fixture, the most recent of which was 2-1 in the second tier in November 2000.
Town have won 17 times on Brum’s turf, their maiden victory there by a 4-1 margin in Division II in February 1914.
Their best win there was 4-0 in the top flight in December 1934 and their most recent 2-1 in the Championship the season before last, when Ollie Norwood and Adam Clayton counted.
Last season’s game ended 1-1, with Joe Lolley cancelling out David Cotterill’s opener.
Back in 2012-13, Jermaine Beckford’s goal earned Town a 1-0 victory at St Andrew’s.