I’m not one of those people who remember the details of every Birmingham City game they’ve ever seen but there are a few moments that are engraved in my memory. One of these is from Blues’ 2-1 loss to Spurs that confirmed our relegation in May 2011. I took a photo of Craig Gardner trudging off the pitch in his stockinged feet; I think he’d thrown his boots into the crowd. That image and the memory of that game has stayed with me.
I’m glad he’s coming back. I look forward to seeing him walk onto the pitch with a smile on his face and hope the smile will still be there when he walks off at the end of the game.