Some of us will be going to the game at St Andrew’s tonight and I’m probably not the only one wondering why I’m going. My coping mechanism that I mentioned in the previous post is being severely tested. It is becoming increasingly difficult to look for the positives in each game. The moment a player puts on a Birmingham City kit, he feels like an adopted grandson so watching my team struggle isn’t nice.
So why do I keep going to games? Once again, I go back to a David Conn quote of something Brian Lomax said,
“I believe there are certain very important values in life and that football support embodies them. There is a sense of pilgrimage, of going to a sacred place; there is loyalty, sticking with something through good and bad times … It’s about emotion, about sharing and comradeship, about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. These are very deeply rooted human needs and I believe that that is at the root of people’s love for football and loyalty for their clubs.”