I heard the news about David Cotterill before the game on Tuesday, that he had been given 24 hours’ notice to find a new club. That left me feeling that anything might happen. So when Ryan Shotton was taken off at half time, I found myself wondering if they had just sold him. Continue reading
I recently read an article that described Chris Sutton as a miserablist. That’s a great word and if I had known it as a child I would have used it to describe my dad at football matches. He wasn’t the sort of fan who shouted and screamed. He just stood there with a look of contempt on his face and only occasionally muttered, “Rubbish!” to express his opinion of the standard of play. Continue reading
The game against Huddersfield was a disappointment after the game at Derby the previous week. In both games, Birmingham City didn’t play well and scraped a draw. At Derby, the two goals at the end didn’t erase the memory of the poor play in the previous ninety minutes but they did seem to remove the negative feelings about it. Continue reading
The pictures below show the final scores of Birmingham City’s last 8 home games.
I mainly want to write about Saturday and what made it a good day. But I’m going to start with a few comments on Friday. Black Friday was conceived in the USA as a way to extend the Christmas shopping season by encouraging people to start buying on the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers in this country adopted the money making idea and British people responded by fighting over cheap TVs. The reports were depressing but also thought provoking; I found myself wondering how such disorder would have been reported if it had occurred at a football match. I read criticism of some shops’ security arrangements but no condemnation of shopping and discount sales. But football often gets the blame when football fans fight. Continue reading
There seems to be a growing trend for writers to bundle a random number of different items into an article. Some examples: ’27 things we LOVE about Cardiff’, ‘Six teenagers who rocked the world’ and ’11 things humans do that dogs hate.’ I don’t know why others do this but I find it a useful device when my mind is blank and I can’t think of a topic that I really want to write about on my blog. It is sometimes easier to produce a list of snippets than to write a coherent article. So here are four things that have caught my eye recently. Continue reading
What a difference a goal can make! In the dying minutes of last season, a goal from Paul Caddis kept Birmingham City in the Championship. On Saturday, he started the move that led to the only goal of the game, passing to David Cotterill, who put the cross in for Wes Thomas to head into the net. Continue reading
I was reminded of Robbie Savage’s exit from Blues when I read about David Cotterill’s arrival in the Mail. Their article1 said “a desire to move closer to his Cardiff base and play for a big city club, in the second tier, persuaded him to come to Blues.” It seems that the Welsh like to be near home and Cardiff is nearer to Birmingham than Doncaster. Continue reading