As the BBC website said in its report: “In front of a paltry St Andrew’s crowd of just 2,697 on a foul night, Coventry set up a first meeting with Birmingham since beating them 3-2 in the League Cup at the Ricoh Arena in August 2012.” And we’ll be playing as the away team in our own stadium. I went to the game and enjoyed it. I find watching football much less stressful when I have an interest in a game but no deep emotional attachment. I wanted Coventry to win so that Blues could play away at St Andrew’s but if Coventry had lost, I wouldn’t have felt as distressed as I do when Blues lose.
There was a lot of news about Birmingham City this week. On Monday, the draw for the FA Cup fourth round brought up the intriguing possibility of Blues being the away team at St Andrew’s if Coventry win the third round replay. The FA confirmed that Coventry would be the home team if the tie goes ahead. A club announcement said that the Middlesbrough game would be moved to Tuesday evening, 21 January.
Eight years ago, on 13 August 2011, I went to a meeting of Birmingham City fans to discuss setting up a supporters trust. Daniel Ivery had suggested on his blog that might be a better way to react to the club’s problems than waving a slogan on a bedsheet. I got involved with the steering group that set up the trust and have been involved in various ways since then. Most recently, I’ve been the secretary but I stepped out of that role after our AGM on Saturday.
Birmingham City reminds me of the opening line from A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. It is the best of times on the pitch, the team is unbeaten in the last 11 games and has won the last 4. Off the pitch, it doesn’t seem so good. Continue reading
Hong Kong is an amazing kaleidoscope of tall buildings, mass transit trains, trams, buses, cars, handcarts and people. There are lots of people in a hurry, going places, but there are also small parks dotted around the city for those who want to pause and be refreshed. There’s food, glorious food including some I fancied, the papaya and red onion salad was a favourite, and food that I didn’t try such as seahorses. Continue reading
The game on Saturday reminded me of why I love football. When I watch a game like that, I forget about everything else for a couple of hours. That everything else includes more important concerns and it’s good to get a break from thinking about them. Over twenty years ago, I went through a very difficult period, when I had serious concerns about the health and well-being of the two people I loved most in the world. The only break I got from worrying about them was watching football; watching Birmingham City play took my complete capacity for worrying and I forgot about everything else. Continue reading
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
Life is like the outer circle bus route; you wait ages for a number 11 to come and then three come along in convoy. With buses you can just get on one of them but you can’t do that in life when several different things are demanding your attention. You just have to hop from one activity to another and can end up going in circles. Continue reading
It looks as though the next couple of weeks could be interesting for Birmingham City, both on and off the pitch. In tomorrow’s game, we will see how Rowett reacts to last weekend’s loss: who he puts in the team and how they play. I’d like to see Zigic in the squad and coming on as a sub. He would get a good reception: fans were singing his name at Blackpool and he wasn’t even there. Continue reading
On Tuesday evening it felt as though everything had changed for Birmingham City. It had only been a couple of weeks since one manager was sacked and eight days since a new one was appointed. Our previous home game on October 25th had ended 0 – 8, utter humiliation, but hope was renewed following our no-score draw away on November 1st. The crowd too was transformed, from miserable silence to loud support. I stayed to the end of the Bournemouth game because the team that had capitulated were my team and I felt I needed to be there as long as they were on the pitch. On Tuesday night, I stayed because I wanted to. Continue reading
Before I add to the torrent of comment in reaction to Birmingham City’s 0-8 loss on Saturday, I’d like to remind readers that this is a personal blog. The opinions expressed are mine alone and don’t represent the views of any organisations to which I belong. Continue reading
Birmingham City’s loss to Charlton on Saturday was pretty bad. Even I started yelling advice to the players and my knowledge of football techniques and tactics is minimal. I probably should be grateful that I only notice the most glaring of errors. Watching a game like that must be more painful for those who understand more. Continue reading
I enjoyed watching Birmingham City’s loss to Stoke1 far more than some of the games they’ve won. Michael Johnson2 said it was one of the best games he’d seen. The stadium was less than half full (10,445 home, 2991 away) but the Blues fans filled it with noise as they passionately supported the team. It’s a ragbag of assorted players that other clubs don’t want but they are our players and have shown great commitment and effort. I wouldn’t swop them for more talented players who didn’t care about the club. For me, success is less important than a bond between club and supporters, a feeling that this is my club. Continue reading
“Yes and no,” is my answer to the question in the title. Continue reading