Tag Archives: Made in Brum fanzine

Snow, fog and not casting the first stone

The last edition of the Made in Brum fanzine had a good question on its cover: “Has Cotterill broken Blues or have Blues broken Cotterill?” For me the question is unanswerable because it isn’t either/or but both/and.  Blues handed Cotterill a near impossible job and he didn’t manage to do it. Continue reading

Made in Brum and Graham Potter

Big Dave Thomas produced the first copy of Made in Brum for the first leg of Birmingham City’s playoff semi-final against Barnsley in 2000. Amazingly, that game didn’t stop his production of the fanzine. (You may recall that game wasn’t Blues’ finest hour and the headlines said things like “Brilliant Barnsley crush Blues.”) Continue reading

Pride

FT MiddlesboroughThis evening’s game against Middlesbrough is Birmingham City’s last home game. Since we have no hope of promotion and no fear of relegation, some would say that there’s nothing to play for but I would like to see the players playing for pride and trying to win. Continue reading

Bad Friday, good Saturday

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

Notes on Swansea, Made in Brum, AWCA scarf

A victory does wonders for my mood and our 3-1 victory on Wednesday night really lifted my spirits.  Birmingham City fans went home happy after the game and Swansea fans were disappointed. But the emotions are reversed when it comes to fans’ view of the current situation of their clubs.  Blues fans are angry and anxious because of the financial mess our club is in. Swansea fans are happy with the progress their club has made. Continue reading