Tag Archives: Aston Villa

Notes on the news

Football doesn’t cause the problems in our society but it does reflect them. The obscene amounts of money paid for players in the days before transfer deadline day reflects the greed on display in our society in general.  A Doncaster fan’s description of transfer deadline day on Sky reminded me of why I just have Freeview. Continue reading

Abiding memories

It was the thought of standing on the Wembley pitch that made me want to be part of the Fans Choir for the FA Cup Final.  And it was an amazing experience to stand on that turf but not the best part. For me, the most enjoyable and memorable experience was meeting the other fans and the way so many strangers quickly became friends. Continue reading

The value of football

Sometimes football seems very insignificant compared to more important things in life. It seems wrong to care about a game when so many people in the world are struggling just to exist. The news of people adrift on the Mediterranean Sea in flimsy, overcrowded boats makes me question why I spend so much time thinking about Birmingham City.  I rationalise by telling myself that I can’t carry the problems of the whole world.  I do what I can: I give to charities that tackle some of the problems and I vote in elections, trying to select the candidate who will do the most good or the least harm. Continue reading

Something to play for

I have no complaints about Birmingham City’s position in the table with no relegation battle or promotion hopes to add significance to the final few games of the season. Playing for a win that won’t affect our position in the table is not as exciting as trying to avoid the drop but is still worth doing.  I always want Birmingham City to win and I hope the players feel that way too.  It certainly looked as though they wanted to get a result on Tuesday evening when they came from behind twice to get the draw. Continue reading

Little things make a difference

Players at a trio of West Midlands clubs have put in improved performances for their new managers. Birmingham City are not unbeatable but are still a lot better than they were before November.  West Bromwich Albion are getting better results and, according to Baggies fans reacting to their 4-0 cup win, are playing better football.  And yesterday, it seems that Tim Sherwood’s half-time team talk inspired Villa to score two whole goals and win the game. If he can do that just by talking, goodness knows what he can do when he officially starts work today. Continue reading

No Epiphany

The Annual General Meeting of Birmingham International Holdings Limited took place on Tuesday January 6th, the feast of Epiphany. This is the day that the Church celebrates the arrival of the magi to worship the infant Jesus and the manifestation of the glory of God to the Gentiles. In a secular context an epiphany is a moment of sudden and great revelation.  Continue reading

Hope

As I was browsing the The Two Unfortunates site I read an article in their Hopeless Football League Teams series  and had a feeling that Birmingham City had probably been featured in that  sometime.  Sure enough, when I checked earlier articles, I found an account of Birmingham City’s 1993-94 season.  It brought back a lot of memories.  Continue reading

West Midlands 2-0 Manchester

Yesterday was a bad day for Birmingham City F C but a good one for West Midlands’ football.  Villa and the Baggies beat the two Manchester teams, Wolves beat Sheffield United, and Walsall drew with Leyton Orient.  I didn’t see any of the games but from the reports I heard, it sounded as though Walsall had turned in the West Midlands performance of the day. They played with 10 men for over 70 minutes and yet managed to become the first team to take a point from Leyton Orient this season. Continue reading

Football without fans is nothing

SOS banner

Photo taken from @spiritofshankly

Someone in the Liverpool Supporters’ Union is good with words.  The title of this post is one of their slogans and for me it sums up a very important message. If fans stopped going to games, the football entertainment product being sold to Sky wouldn’t be worth much. I also like the name of the group, Spirit of Shankly; the acronym, SOS, seems very appropriate given the parlous state of football today.

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Faith and football on Easter Sunday

A protest is planned outside the Aston Villa ground today but it won’t be their fans protesting about their precarious position in the table. It is Aston Parish Church that is protesting against the timing of the match. The 1.30 pm kickoff means that members of churches in Aston will have to battle through crowds of supporters to celebrate the most important date in the Christian calendar.

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