Birmingham City’s loss to Charlton on Saturday was pretty bad. Even I started yelling advice to the players and my knowledge of football techniques and tactics is minimal. I probably should be grateful that I only notice the most glaring of errors. Watching a game like that must be more painful for those who understand more.
But the weekend wasn’t all bad.
Blues Trust announced that Birmingham City Council has agreed to list St Andrew’s as an Asset of Community Value, which was very good news. The announcement1 was made at their AGM, held on Saturday morning.
I became a member of the Blues Trust Board at that meeting, which has implications for what I write on here, my personal blog. I hope that I can continue to express my personal opinions without readers confusing them with the official policies of the trust. I think the easiest way to do this is for me to stop mentioning the trust on here.
I was pleased to see the new version of the AWCA scarf2 on sale around the ground. It’s great that someone else has taken over the project so I don’t have to lug large bags to the ground or arrive really early for games.
This weekend also brought a reminder that Blues fans are not the only ones who are unhappy with their club’s owner. Cardiff City’s owner, Vincent Tan, has invested a lot of money in the club but has upset fans by changing the club’s colour from blue to red and his treatment of the manager.
An Observer article3 about him and other owners commented that boardroom buffoonery “rarely ends well for the fans.” One example of buffoonery quoted is that of Flavio Briatore at Queens Park Rangers, who issued instructions to managers during games; once when Gareth Ainsworth left his mobile phone in the dressing room he found 72 missed calls from Briatore after the match. And Gianni Paladini was involved in that set up at QPR. So I’d like to know who is in the consortium that Paladini is fronting before I pass judgement on if they would be the sort of people I’d like to own my club.
I, like many other Blues fans, would like a change of owner. However I’m afraid I can’t be sure that anyone would be better than what we have now. The grass is not always greener on the other side.