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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an amazing kaleidoscope of tall buildings, mass transit trains, trams, buses, cars, handcarts and people.  There are lots of people in a hurry, going places, but there are also small parks dotted around the city for those who want to pause and be refreshed. There’s food, glorious food including some I fancied, the papaya and red onion salad was a favourite, and food that I didn’t try such as seahorses. Continue reading

Exhaustion and exhilaration

The game on Saturday reminded me of why I love football.  When I watch a game like that, I forget about everything else for a couple of hours.  That everything else includes more important concerns and it’s good to get a break from thinking about them.  Over twenty years ago, I went through a very difficult period, when I had serious concerns about the health and well-being of the two people I loved most in the world.  The only break I got from worrying about them was watching football; watching Birmingham City play took my complete capacity for worrying and I forgot about everything else. Continue reading

Managerial changes

I’m not going to write about the game on Sunday as I’m feeling a bit nervous about it. I’ll be there at St Andrew’s, hoping that my fears won’t be fulfilled but don’t want to spend time worrying beforehand. I won’t be writing about the Millwall game either. I was more upset by the policing of that than by Birmingham’s performance on the pitch but have already written about it on the Blues Trust website (click here to read what I wrote.) Continue reading

Going round in circles

Life is like the outer circle bus route; you wait ages for a number 11 to come and then three come along in convoy.  With buses you can just get on one of them but you can’t do that in life when several different things are demanding your attention. You just have to hop from one activity to another and can end up going in circles. Continue reading

The Cup

Jim White, in the Telegraph, wrote that the third round of the cup would provide “the most forgettable Saturday of the football calendar” because the games scheduled on Saturday were “the least appetising group of matches in FA Cup history.”  He obviously doesn’t find either Blyth Spartans or Birmingham City very interesting. Continue reading

Interesting times

It looks as though the next couple of weeks could be interesting for Birmingham City, both on and off the pitch. In tomorrow’s game, we will see how Rowett reacts to last weekend’s loss: who he puts in the team and how they play. I’d like to see Zigic in the squad and coming on as a sub. He would get a good reception: fans were singing his name at Blackpool and he wasn’t even there. Continue reading

More change needed

On Tuesday evening it felt as though everything had changed for Birmingham City.  It had only been a couple of weeks since one manager was sacked and eight days since a new one was appointed.  Our previous home game on October 25th had ended 0 – 8, utter humiliation, but hope was renewed following our no-score draw away on November 1st. The crowd too was transformed, from miserable silence to loud support.  I stayed to the end of the Bournemouth game because the team that had capitulated were my team and I felt I needed to be there as long as they were on the pitch. On Tuesday night, I stayed because I wanted to. Continue reading

Three games

There are three important games for Birmingham City this weekend. The first kicks off at 2 pm today, at Solihull Moors Autotech Stadium, as Birmingham City Ladies play Tyreso1 in the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final. They have done well to get this far as they have never reached this stage of the competition before. It would be a fantastic achievement if they could get through to the final in Lisbon. I hope they get a good crowd to support them.   Continue reading

Not all bad

Giving advice?

Giving advice?

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. Continue reading

Success isn’t everything

Defeated by Stoke - beaten but unbowed

Defeated by Stoke – beaten but unbowed

I enjoyed watching Birmingham City’s loss to Stoke1 far more than some of the games they’ve won. Michael Johnson2 said it was one of the best games he’d seen. The stadium was less than half full (10,445 home, 2991 away) but the Blues fans filled it with noise as they passionately supported the team. It’s a ragbag of assorted players that other clubs don’t want but they are our players and have shown great commitment and effort. I wouldn’t swop them for more talented players who didn’t care about the club. For me, success is less important than a bond between club and supporters, a feeling that this is my club.    Continue reading