Birmingham City lost at Burton on Friday and we might lose again on Sunday. That’s football and its unpredictability is part of its attraction. Losing feels bad whoever the team is playing but it’s not the end of the world. Continue reading
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
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
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
I would have liked to have gone to the game today. Craven Cottage is a nice ground that I enjoy visiting. I even enjoyed my first visit in February 2010, when Fulham won with a goal right at the end. I enjoyed it even more when we won 5-2 last season. Continue reading
Birmingham City’s performance against Norwich was everything I had hoped for and more. I would have been happy with any sort of win, even if it had been ugly or undeserved. So I was overjoyed to see the team play well and win 3-0. Continue reading
“It’s the hope that kills you” is one of football’s clichés and Birmingham City fans know what it feels like to have their hopes cruelly dashed. It’s hope that keeps some of us going to games like today’s match against Norwich. Continue reading
As I walked away from St Andrew’s after the game on Saturday, the sound of police dogs barking triggered a memory from May 1982. I remembered walking away from Highfield Road after Birmingham had escaped relegation by winning 0-1 against Coventry. Continue reading
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
I don’t recall the details or even the results of most games that I’ve seen but some stick in my memory. Birmingham City’s cup tie with Kidderminster, on January 8th 1994, is one that I remember. Continue reading
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!
Posts on this blog will continue to be short and sporadic this season. As always I have too many other things to do and I have an additional handicap at present – a broken wrist. Continue reading
Everywhere 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
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.
As the Birmingham City players and staff walked off the pitch at Cardiff, I couldn’t help wondering how many of them will be with us next season. Gary Rowett has talked about making decisions on players and has also been the subject of rumours himself, with some suggesting he may leave the club. Continue reading