New start

Birmingham City fans greeted the arrival of new owners in 1993 and 2009 with hope and great expectations. David Sullivan and the Gold brothers were heroes when they rescued us from the receivers. Carson Yeung was welcomed when he talked of investing money in the club. Continue reading

Sticks, stones, words and boos

I recently read an article that described Chris Sutton as a miserablist. That’s a great word and if I had known it as a child I would have used it to describe my dad at football matches.  He wasn’t the sort of fan who shouted and screamed.  He just stood there with a look of contempt on his face and only occasionally muttered, “Rubbish!” to express his opinion of the standard of play. Continue reading

Intelligence and courage


The Latin motto on Sheffield Wednesday’s crest can be translated “intelligence and courage” and Birmingham City displayed both in the game on Saturday. Blues fans have traditionally regarded courage and commitment as essentials in a player, with intelligence and skill as a bonus. We have supported players who were not the brightest or best as long as they gave their all.  Continue reading

A bad start

This season has started badly for me. I have watched Birmingham City play for 300 minutes and haven’t seen them score a goal. Goalless draws in the pre-season against Roda JC and the first League game against Cardiff were followed by a loss to Oxford in the League Cup. And that wasn’t the worst that happened Continue reading

New season, new numbers

Pitch looking good at start of season

Pitch looking good at start of season

I’m getting ready to go to Birmingham City’s pre-season friendly against Roda JC this afternoon. There won’t be many new players to see because our two summer signings, Ryan Shotton and Robert Tesche, have both played for us before.  But I haven’t seen Jack Storer play and am not sure I’d recognise Josh Cogley though I saw him play in the Senior Cup Final so it seemed like a good time to update my list of players and squad numbers. I’m looking forward to seeing the squad in action.

Edit: Note that I left Koby Arthur off the list that I uploaded this morning but corrected the list this evening.  Sorry Koby!

Demolition and rebuilding

Demolition of libraryEverywhere I look, there’s someone doing a demolition job. Iceland demolished England last week; this week members of the Conservative and Labour parties seem to be trying to demolish their own parties.  And Birmingham is demolishing chunks of its city centre once again.  Continue reading

Not a big journey
from saying horrible things to doing horrible things

I’ve just watched the moving tributes that MPs paid to Jo Cox and feel so sad about her death.  And earlier, a quote about the effect of social media on politics struck home: “It is not a big journey from saying horrible things to doing horrible things.” This could apply equally well to football and so I just want to reiterate what I’ve said before on this blog. I don’t hate Villa fans or the fans of any other clubs or countries.