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.
I will believe that Birmingham City is safe from relegation when it is mathematically safe. Probably safe is not good enough for me. I thought that my team had won when they were leading 4-1 with about 20 minutes to go on April 12, 1993. Then Swindon scored 5 and we lost 4-6. We did escape relegation that season by getting a 1-0 win against Charlton in the last game but that Swindon game transformed my understanding of being safe.
The 9 points have been deducted and we are 18th in the table. It feels like the start of a mini season with 8 games left to play. The next 3 games will probably be very hard, playing against West Brom, Leeds and Sheffield United who are currently 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the table. The next 5 games against Ipswich, Derby, Rotherham, Wigan and Reading could also be hard. Derby are trying to get into the playoffs and some of the other 4 may be making a valiant attempt to escape relegation.
Our away fans have been magnificent this season and I’d like to express my respect and good wishes to all Birmingham City fans travelling up to watch the game at Preston today. I hope you see our team put in a similar performance to the one against Derby but get a better result. We lost to a better team, but I don’t think we deserved that scoreline. Continue reading
Lee Carsley had three games as caretaker manager and I attended all three. At Derby I was disappointed that Birmingham City conceded so soon after scoring but, on the plus side, we did score a goal and earned a point. A whole point! I was encouraged. Continue reading
It hurts when hopes are dashed so I try not to hope for too much from Birmingham City. But I haven’t managed to suppress a little bit of hope after watching Lee Carsley’s press conference and reading reports of what he has said. He seems to be a man who cares more about the club than he cares about his own ego and that’s refreshing. Continue reading
I’ve been telling myself that that Birmingham City won’t get relegated and that it would take a combination of disastrous results for us and good results for several teams below us to send us down. Continue reading
Saturday was a good day for me. After a couple of days of dithering about whether or not to go to the Derby game, I had decided to go. The reason for my indecision was that I’d bought the ticket before I remembered that I was going to a concert the same day. Continue reading
On Saturday morning I was in two minds about going to watch Birmingham City play at Derby. I had a lot of other things I needed to do but I’d only managed to get to two previous away games, it was a nice day and Derby is so near. So I went. 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
As I was browsing the The Two Unfortunates site I read an article in their Hopeless Football League Teams series and had a feeling that Birmingham City had probably been featured in that sometime. Sure enough, when I checked earlier articles, I found an account of Birmingham City’s 1993-94 season. It brought back a lot of memories. Continue reading
I’m not going to comment on what has gone on in Hong Kong and what it means for the future of Birmingham City. There’s no point in me writing about the Hong Kong happenings because anything I could produce would be mainly a rehash of what Daniel has put on Often Partisan1 and you’d be better off reading it there. And I’m not writing anything about the future of Birmingham City because I have no idea what will happen next but continue to fear the worst. Continue reading