My expectations before a game affect how I react to what
happens. I went to the Wigan game
expecting Blues to win so their poor performance and loss left me feeling
depressed. I went to the FA Cup game thinking we needed to win to restore some
confidence in our players but not at all confident that we would.
The game started well with Crowley’s goal on 4 minutes. But on
60 minutes, Sunjic conceded a penalty and was sent off less than 2 minutes
after coming on. It seemed unlikely we could win with 10 men so Bela’s late goal
came as a pleasant surprise.
It wasn’t the best of games. The attendance was 7,330, which was our “lowest attendance for a competitive match at St. Andrews since 2016”. An Observer article on the game showed a picture of the empty Tilton and it’s hard to create a good atmosphere when the Tilton is empty. There were several times when Blackburn looked certain to score but didn’t. We were lucky but it is about time we had some good luck. Most pleasing of all was the way our players kept fighting until the end of the game. I went home happy.
Craven Cottage is one of my favourite away grounds. The
location is great and I can’t think of a pleasanter approach to a stadium than
the walk beside the River Thames. Four years ago, Birmingham City won there,
2-5. I’m not expecting Blues to score 5
goals tomorrow but am hoping for a win. Our home performances have been good so
it doesn’t seem unreasonable to hope.
We’ve also signed a new forward, Jérémie Bela. The article about him on the official site says, “Possessing fast feet, pace and good ball control, Bela is a goalscorer as well as goal creator.” I’m not sure if we’ll see him play tomorrow but we certainly need someone who can score goals.
I mainly read football news online but I do buy the When
Saturday Comes magazine. It’s a good read and always contains something
interesting. I am reading through Issue
393 at present and have just read about how Haringey increased their crowd.
They gave away free season tickets. The chairman argued for this by saying, “It
will bring people in, and if they only buy a cup of tea, we’ll make some of the
This report put me into daydream mode, in which I decided that if I owned Birmingham City FC I’d give away a few hundred free season tickets to the local residents who live around the ground and are inconvenienced on game days by the crowds, the road closure and bus diversions. My daydreams have grown more ambitious since I first started daydreaming about owning the club after it went into administration following the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. That put the Kumars’ businesses, including BCFC, into receivership. Back then I sat in the upper tier of the old railway end stand and I daydreamed that if I were the new owner I’d make sure there was always a working lightbulb in the ladies loo.
The current issue of WSC includes a plea for help. Their newsagent sales have declined slightly and their advertising revenue has gone down because they are turning away all gambling ads. So they need more income and are asking readers who can afford it to join a supporters club and contribute something each month. The Guardian newspaper has been running a similar scheme and is now supported by over a million people around the world. I’m hoping that WSC’s scheme will also be successful. If you have never read WSC, buy a copy and see it you like it. And if you do read it, ask yourself if you want to help keep it running and if you can afford to join its Supporters’ Club.