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Cardiff game

Birmingham City is not playing as I type this blog, so I am still reasonably rational.  I know that football is a game and if we lose it won’t be the end of the world.  I also know that when I’m at St Andrew’s this evening I’ll be in my game-watching mode, which isn’t at all rational. 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

Protests and boycotts

Today on Radio WM, Adrian Goldberg1 posed the question, “Should Birmingham City fans boycott matches at St Andrews?” He interviewed Ash (full name not given) who runs the “BCFC fans united -protest group” Facebook page and Twitter feed. This group believes that Blues fans should boycott home games.      Continue reading

Further notes on fan power

I have just read an article1 on WSC, about two minor victories for fans. The first was for Cardiff fans whose protests over the new kit led to the club giving season ticket holders a say on the colour of the shorts for their Premier League kit2. They weren’t given the option of changing back to their traditional blue tops but even a small victory is better than nothing. Continue reading

Thoughts on the business of football

I’d like to comment on the interesting Often Partisan article about the business of football.

I agree with Daniel that football is about money these days.  In one sense it always has been about money.  The men who set up the Football Association were well off and they had leisure time to play sport.  The original rules that prohibited payments to players were fine for rich men who didn’t need the money but the rules had to change when working class players became involved. Birmingham City turned professional in 1885 because their players couldn’t afford to take time off work to practice.  So the club agreed to give half of the gate money to the players. Continue reading