I don’t recall the details or even the results of most games that I’ve seen but some stick in my memory. Birmingham City’s cup tie with Kidderminster, on January 8th 1994, is one that I remember. I also remember the game against Charlton three weeks earlier, on December 18th. It was Barry Fry’s first as manager of Birmingham City and his rapturous reception by the crowd made the game memorable. I remember saying that the fans wouldn’t be so appreciative if we lost to Kidderminster. And, of course, we did lose.
Barry Fry was the opposite of Garry Rowett. Barry brought in lots of players, probably too many, and seemed to rely on firing players up rather than teaching them tactics. I sometimes wonder if some of Rowett’s keyboard critics would prefer to have Fry as manager.
It would be nice for Blues to get some goals in this evening’s game against Kiderminster. Scoring goals boosts confidence and that would be good preparation for the season ahead. Last pre-season we only managed to get a 1-1 draw but two years ago Blues beat them 3-0. I’d be happy with a repeat of that scoreline.