The Latin motto on Sheffield Wednesday’s crest can be translated “intelligence and courage” and Birmingham City displayed both in the game on Saturday. Blues fans have traditionally regarded courage and commitment as essentials in a player, with intelligence and skill as a bonus. We have supported players who were not the brightest or best as long as they gave their all. But, of course, we like to see some skill as well and on Saturday we saw a team that has been improved by the summer transfers. We also saw substitutions that worked and helped to win the game.
The 5.30 pm kick off was arranged for TV, not for the convenience of fans going to the game. And Warwickshire were playing in the One-Day Cup final at Lords. So it was not surprising that the attendance was small, 16,786, despite a large contingent of away fans. But the Blues fans who came to St Andrew’s, came to support their team and sang “Keep right on” when Sheffield Wednesday scored the first goal. Gary Rowett’s response to their goal was to put another striker on the pitch. That led to an exciting finish and a well-taken goal in time added on. It was a great way to win and being there was so much better than watching on TV.
By the way, Sheffield Wednesday choose to translate their motto as “By Wisdom and Courage”.