Michael Morrison’s injury is the bad news this week. Let’s hope his recovery time is nearer to two weeks than six weeks. He is an important part of Birmingham City’s defence but not essential it seems; they managed to keep a clean sheet even though he had to go off early in the game.
The good news came from Walsall’s game on Tuesday evening. It also ended in a 0-0 draw but that meant a 2-0 win on aggregate and progression to the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. There were scenes of jubilation as players and spectators celebrated getting to Wembley for the first time in the club’s history. It brought back memories of the Leyland Daf Cup in 1991, which was the game that brought me back to my club. I was back living in Birmingham and can remember hearing reports on local radio saying how great it was that Birmingham City were going to Wembley. I didn’t expect to get a ticket, knew I didn’t deserve one as I hadn’t been going to games but was given one a few days before the game. I went up to Wembley thinking about stories of football hooliganism and wondering if I was being foolish to go on my own. But my worries evaporated once I got there and was among other Blues fans. I started going to games at St Andrew’s the next season.
As for the speculation, I will try to preserve my sanity by not paying too much attention to it. I’ll think about transfers after deadline day. Unfortunately there is no deadline day for cessation of the boardroom battles in Hong Kong.