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.

Atmosphere

I wasn’t happy about Birmingham City playing their last home game of the season on a cold Friday evening but it was a good game. Middlesbrough players had everything to play for, trying to hold on to an automatic promotion place, and Blues players matched them in commitment and desire. The 4,833 away fans helped to boost the numbers and make it the largest home crowd of the season; they also contributed to the atmosphere, as did the newly formed Tilton Alliance. Continue reading

Pride

FT MiddlesboroughThis evening’s game against Middlesbrough is Birmingham City’s last home game. Since we have no hope of promotion and no fear of relegation, some would say that there’s nothing to play for but I would like to see the players playing for pride and trying to win. Continue reading

Football and culture

WSCWhen Saturday Comes describes itself as “the half decent football magazine” but it is always a more-than-decent read. In the May issue of WSC there’s an article about Ostersunds, a club that has gone from the fourth division to the Swedish premier division in five years. Culture is part of their training and, in the last few years, the players have acted in a play, produced a book and danced. The dance show included a version of Swan Lake and a dance interpretation of Diego Maradona’s second goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final. Continue reading

The g word

It’s interesting how one word can transform your perception. When I first heard about Birmingham City’s loan deal for Kyle Lafferty I felt encouraged.  It was a signal that the club intended to keep trying to get into the playoffs. That seemed preferable to just settling for a mid table position. Then the club said that they thought getting him was “worth the gamble” and I started to worry. Continue reading