Being part of the crowd

Saturday’s game against Sheffield United reminded me of our first home game of this season, against Bristol City. We went behind to an early goal, equalised before half time and Maghoma scored the winner. But back then Clayton Donaldson was playing for us not the opposition and the emotions were not so intense. I wanted Blues to beat Bristol because my nephew and his two daughters were with me, watching their first professional football game, and I wanted them to enjoy it.  But on Saturday, I wanted Blues to avoid relegation and realised that I cared far more about that than the happiness of two little girls.

There is something very satisfying about a come-from-behind victory, when the sinking feeling of being behind is replaced by hope and then by joy as your team goes ahead. It is also great to be part of a large, supportive crowd and feel like a participant rather than a spectator. That’s what got me hooked when I was a child: the noise, excitement and being part of the crowd willing our team on to victory.