Interesting times

Recently, in a bookshop, I saw a notice that said, “Ancient Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times.” I wonder if that’s the curse the gypsies used when the club expelled them from the land that became St Andrew’s.

I read that Birmingham have been relegated/promoted 28 times and that’s always interesting. We have also won the League Cup twice and had an owner convicted of money laundering. Of course, there have been boring times as well but they never seem to last for very long.  We finished 10th in 2015 and 2016, which was nowhere near as exciting as the 2-2 draw that meant we escaped relegation in May 2014. But things became more interesting in December 2016 when our owners brought in Gianfranco Zola to manage the team.  As I said at the time, the change of manager felt “like a gamble” and it didn’t pay off.  So, the owners gambled again and brought in Harry Redknapp and that worked.  He kept us up.

And there’s been lots of excitement this season.  Our manager could sing Keep right on and he brought in lots of new players and some of them look like very good players.  They hadn’t gelled together into a team that could win games but it looked like they might. Then they sacked Redknapp.

Maybe it’s because I’m old but I would much prefer boring, sustainable, steady progress than all this excitement.

2 thoughts on “Interesting times

  1. Martin

    Always read your posts ,always very poignant still this what being a supporter of Blues is like, up one moment and down the next but never dull !
    50 years of supporting Blues we even travel from Bristol for most home games so every game for us is an away game, even got my daughter and son afflicted with a Bluenose .
    Keep up the good work and who next ? PERHAPS Ozzy Osbourne would be that bad !!!

  2. John

    I am sure that Ben Elton could write a Blackadder episode (or two ) based on the history of the Blues. Certainly , Baldrick would come up with many a “cunning plan ” to make things run better. Let’s face it , if you haven’t got a sense of humour , you would never be a bluenose ! What we need now is a Chinese fortune cookie to be opened, telling us success is just around the corner. We can but hope. It must be dull being a villa fan, living in the past, us bluenoses are always wondering what tomorrow will bring and who !

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