Category Archives: Worth reading

Five reforms and one last chance

This isn’t a post, it’s just a suggestion of what you should read. The first article I’d recommend is one by David Conn in yesterday’s Guardian, entitled After the Super League fiasco: five reforms that could save the game

The five reforms are:

  • Fairer distribution of money
  • ‘Golden share’ in clubs for supporters
  • Supporter representatives on club boards
  • Strengthened and continual ‘fit and proper persons’ test
  • An independent regulator

Also in the Guardian, there’s an article by Andy Burnham: After the Super League fiasco, we have one last chance to reclaim English football. He suggests legislation based on the German 50 +1 principle. It’s also worth reading.

Project Restart

I have just read Project Restart: From Prem to the Parks, How Football Came Out of Lockdown. It includes case-studies of how nine teams fared during lockdown: Burnley, Swansea, Tranmere, Forest Green, Solihull Moors, Royston Town, Northumberland Park, Stonewall and St Albans City Girls. These were chosen to represent a spread of clubs from the Premier League down to grassroots football.  They were also chosen from the clubs that the author could get information on; many football media teams were inaccessible.

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Hugging Strangers

I enjoyed reading Hugging Strangers: The Frequent Lows and Occasional Highs of Football Fandom by Jon Berry. It is well written and many of his stories about supporting Birmingham City resonated with me.  When my dad took me to games, I was one of the few little girls there and it felt like being in a different, much louder and more exciting world.

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Enemies and friends

In Omar Bogle’s interview on BluesTV, he talked about scoring a goal against Jack Butland, a former Academy team mate of his. He said he talked with Jack after the game, but he didn’t talk about his goal. It sounded as though he had the ability that professional football players need to have, to regard opposing players as enemies during a game and as friends at other times.

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Worth reading

I don’t have time to write much but want to recommend an article and book that I’ve read recently.

The article, The forgotten story of … Jeff Hall, the footballer whose death turned tide against polio, was in the Guardian yesterday. I haven’t forgotten him. He was my favourite player and I was devastated when he died. As well as being a good but sad read, it has a great photo of him making a sliding tackle on a snow covered pitch.  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

Football and ethical dilemmas

Last week, after seeing a player tumble to the ground, a man near me said, “That was a brilliant dive.” He said it admiringly as it was one of our players. He might have described it rather differently if one of their players had earned a free kick in that manner.  We football fans do tend to have double standards about such things.  Continue reading

Naïve with power

I recently saw a thread on a Birmingham City fans forum with a link to an article about a billionaire who wants to buy a Premier League club. The article said that Hasan Abdullah Ismaik already owns a stake in 1860 Munich but is frustrated by the rules governing football in Germany that limit his voting rights to 49%. Continue reading

Football or friendship?

Turning My Back on the Premier League is the story of a Man U fan who decided to follow his local team instead.  His local team is Dagenham & Redbridge and the book is an account of going to their games in the 2013/14 season. I haven’t finished reading it yet but would recommend it; it’s a good read. Continue reading

You draw some

As Jasper Carrott once said, “You lose some, you draw some.”  And Birmingham City have drawn their last four league games. And a draw doesn’t seem quite so good as it did when we drew with Wolves in November, a magnificent result in comparison with our 0-8 loss in the previous game. Continue reading

Patience and punk

Lee Clark has said that it is imperative for Birmingham City to keep our young stars, which is easier said than done. The financial mess of the last few years has meant we’ve seen youngsters given a chance in the team but has also meant we’ve cashed in on some of them.  The fact that Nathan Redmond plays for Norwich, tomorrow’s opponents, is a reminder of that.  Young players can be exciting to watch but they are reputed to be more inconsistent than experienced players. That means both manager and supporters need to be patient and not give up on them when they have a bad game. Continue reading

Tor! The story of German Football by Uli Hesse

You don’t have to be a fan of German football to enjoy this book. It’s packed with great stories of the characters that have enlivened German football from the days when it was seen as a dangerous foreign pastime up to May 25, 2013 when two German teams met in the Champions League final. It also discusses the difference between German and British fans’ views of their clubs. I have a feeling that Birmingham City fans are divided into two groups: those that are content to be customers and those that want to be more connected as German fans are. Continue reading

No magic solutions

I try not to spend my whole life thinking about Birmingham City but the worry about it lurks in the back of my mind. I can start off thinking about something completely different and my mind finds a way to relate it to the sorry state of modern football.   Continue reading