I don’t enjoy final-game escapes from relegation, so It feels good to be safe with a couple of games still to play. As I thought about this, following our win against Derby on Saturday, it seemed as though we had had mainly final-game escapes. But when I checked our games since we were relegated in 2011, I found that we had escaped on the final day of the season four times and had been safe before that six times. Here is a summary of where we finished in those seasons.
It’s February and I can stop worrying about losing Che Adams; the transfer window has closed and we still have him. This is the month for worrying about the EFL sanctions but I’m hoping that Daniel was correct in thinking that “if Blues are deducted points, I don’t think it will be an absolute disaster” and that “Blues have enough points on the board to be safe from” relegation.
I’ve never liked transfer windows. I’m usually irritated by the silly rumours about who Birmingham City might bring in. This window I’m worried about who might leave. I feel bad that Omar Bogle’s loan has been cut short; he scored a great goal against Stoke and I would have liked to see a few more like that. I will feel a lot worse if we lose one of our first team regulars. If someone like Che Adams is sold, it will feel as though the team is being ripped apart.
It feels as though the world is getting more partisan, with people divided on various issues. I have nothing against people who strongly support something or some team but the word ‘partisan’ has further connotations. It is often used when people strongly support something without thinking carefully about it.
On Saturday morning, I saw a poster in a Norwich shop window describing it as “A Kind City” and that seemed true as I wandered around it. Every time I consulted my map, someone stopped to offer assistance. Unfortunately, the Norwich team weren’t so kind and didn’t let us win. Continue reading
I was a bit more nervous than usual before the game on Saturday. I’d invited my nephew and his two daughters to the Bristol City game. I really wanted the children to enjoy it as it was the first game they had ever watched. You can’t guarantee enjoyment at a Birmingham City match so there was some fear mixed in with the expectation as we found our seats in the Family Zone. Continue reading
I’m not sure I’m ready for the first home League game. I haven’t quite recovered from last season and feel rather alienated by the way pre-season talk has been mainly about money for transfer fees. Continue reading
I value football because it can aid social cohesion and help avoid a them‑and‑us mentality. As Adrian Chiles said on Saturday Live, football is one of the few places where a bin man and a QC might sit and talk together on an equal footing. It is also a wonderful distraction from everyday concerns. Continue reading