As a Birmingham City fan, I don’t need to worry about the curse of constantly winning but I’ve been thinking about it since reading an article with the heading “Manchester City fans left unhappy by curse of constantly winning trophies”. The article says that fans of the top clubs expect victory and “anything else comes to seem like failure.” It also says, “The greatest triumphs, the ones that are longest remembered and most enjoyed, are those that are unexpected”.
We live in a crazy world. Lionel Messi, the highest paid footballer last season, received $111,000,000. Does he deserve that much? More and more people in this country are relying on food banks. If you think that they deserve that, try watching I, Daniel Blake on BBC iPlayer and see if you change your mind.
Last week there was a vigorous Twitter debate on the colour of a dress that some people saw as blue and black and others as white and gold. This kind of thing happens because of the way our brains interpret the information they receive. Continue reading
A photo in a Tweet set me thinking. It showed a Cityzens card, the Manchester City membership card which fans can personalise by adding their own photos. I spent a few minutes thinking about what picture I’d put on my card if Birmingham City allowed that and then decided that I’d probably not bother to add one. But it’s a nice idea. Continue reading
Even if Birmingham City’s new signings that play on Saturday turn out to be brilliant, I’m not very hopeful they’ll be able to avoid a 4th consecutive loss for the team. Teams take time to gel when changes are made, even when those changes are not forced but made to improve the team. Blues’ outs and ins during this transfer window are not the result of careful team building, just Lee Clark and company doing their best in dreadful circumstances. Continue reading
For a team that is making do with a collection of loans, freebies, kids, and players past their prime, Birmingham City didn’t do too badly against Swansea. It was disappointing to lose but good to see Blues playing well. Continue reading
On Saturday morning I saw one of those pubs that has a banner outside proclaiming “Live sport shown here.” “No, it isn’t!” I muttered as I walked past. Live sport is sport that you actually see as it happens; it is not the view of a sport chosen by someone else and transmitted to you through your TV. Continue reading
One person commenting on my last post about Nepalese labourers in Qatar asked, “Who cares?” That question is relatively easy to answer; I care and a lot of other people do too. It is harder to explain why I care in a way that will make sense to the person that made that comment but I’m going to try. Continue reading
Buying a football club is a good way to higher your profile. In Daniel’s post (1) about his trip to Hong Kong he wrote that most of the reporters at Carson Yeung’s trial were reporting on his case because he owned a football club and therefore had a slightly higher profile. However, they didn’t know much about Birmingham City FC. It seems like a case of mutual misunderstanding; the people in Hong Kong know as little about our club as we know about business practice in China.
My aim in writing this review is not to give a balanced account of the whole book but to explain why I think it should be read by fans of all English football clubs and not just those who support Manchester City. The subtitle of the book is “Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up” and the middle phrase, “Modern Football”, refers to David Conn’s account of the business of football.