Friday thoughts

It was freezing cold on Tuesday night and we lost 1-4 but I didn’t regret going to the game. Birmingham City played well for the first 90 minutes though they ran out of steam in time added on. The attendance of 13,175 wasn’t brilliant but it was good to have Blues fans in the Tilton as well as the Kop. It was also good to see two academy players given squad numbers and on the substitutes bench.  Left back, Steve Seddon, remained on the bench but midfielder Charlie Lakin made his first team debut, coming on as the fourth substitute in extra-time. He described it as “the proudest moment of my life.” I was also glad to see Carl Jenkinson on the pitch and playing well. I didn’t go to the cup game at Huddersfield so I hadn’t seen him since he walked off with a dislocated shoulder in the game against Reading in August. So, I managed to find some positives in the game.
I do try to look for positives when Blues lose; it feels better than wallowing in misery. I mentioned the game at Hull, in a previous post but didn’t mention how much I enjoyed sightseeing in Hull and how that helped to keep me from dwelling on the 6-1 loss too much. I went round the Wilberforce House Museum, walked round the city centre, looked at the river, went to the theatre and saw an intriguing mural with a picture of a woman in a headscarf.

I found out a lot more about that woman this week when I watched a TV programme on Hull’s Headscarf Heroes. It told the story of the triple trawler tragedy, when three fishing trawlers sank during January and February of 1968 and 58 men died. Lilian Bilocca, the woman pictured on the mural, led a women’s protest against the dangerous working conditions. They prevented unsafe ships leaving the dock in Hull and three women went to London for talks with the government. This led to safety measures being enacted. It’s a reminder that a few determined people can inspire others and get things done. It is well worth watching on iPlayer.