As the Birmingham City players and staff walked off the pitch at Cardiff, I couldn’t help wondering how many of them will be with us next season. Gary Rowett has talked about making decisions on players and has also been the subject of rumours himself, with some suggesting he may leave the club. Continue reading
December can be a miserable month for football managers. Malky Mackay was the 10th one to be sacked this month1 and more could go before 2014 arrives. Continue reading
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
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
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
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