I enjoyed reading Hugging Strangers: The Frequent Lows and Occasional Highs of Football Fandom by Jon Berry. It is well written and many of his stories about supporting Birmingham City resonated with me. When my dad took me to games, I was one of the few little girls there and it felt like being in a different, much louder and more exciting world.
The Leyland Daf Cup Final was a very significant game for me. It was the game that brought me back to Birmingham City. My dad took me to games when I was a child but I stopped going around 1959. However, I didn’t stop checking their results and continued to check them when I lived abroad. I attended one game in May 1982, when Birmingham beat Coventry with a goal by Mick Harford and avoided relegation. I was back in England with my American husband and wanted to give him a taste of British culture.