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Hope

It’s the hope that kills you they say. And they are right. If I could stamp out hope and expect the worst before every game of football, I wouldn’t feel so crushed when the worst happens and there would be times when I’d be pleasantly surprised by Birmingham playing quite well. 

But I can’t help feeling hopeful about this season. It started when Xuandong Ren appeared at the press conference introducing Aitor Karanka as the club’s new head coach. When Ren said that he had been looking for a partner to take the club forward, I started to hope that he had found a coach that he could work with and whose views he would respect. He said that Karanka would  have the time and authority to build and lead this football club going forward.

My hope has continued to grow as the club has taken time to bring in new players and they seem to be the ones that Karanka wants, players who play in a way that fits in with his plan and have the kind of personalities that will contribute to a good atmosphere in the squad. The performances in pre-season have helped me to believe that we have a head coach who knows what he’s doing. And the three goals against Walsall were encouraging.

I’m not hoping for promotion this season or that we’ll win a cup. I’m just hoping for steady progress and that we’ll be well clear of the relegation zone at the end of the season. It takes time to build a winning side and I’m hoping that Karanka will be given the time he needs to do that. 

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Do we care about Cardiff?

What do Birmingham City fans mean when we sing the words, “All we care about is BCFC” or wear them on scarves round our necks?  I assume and hope that this is hyperbole. We care about a lot of other things in addition to caring about our club.  Continue reading

Bad news, good news and speculation

Michael Morrison’s injury is the bad news this week. Let’s hope his recovery time is nearer to two weeks than six weeks.  He is an important part of Birmingham City’s defence but not essential it seems; they managed to keep a clean sheet even though he had to go off early in the game.  Continue reading

West Midlands 2-0 Manchester

Yesterday was a bad day for Birmingham City F C but a good one for West Midlands’ football.  Villa and the Baggies beat the two Manchester teams, Wolves beat Sheffield United, and Walsall drew with Leyton Orient.  I didn’t see any of the games but from the reports I heard, it sounded as though Walsall had turned in the West Midlands performance of the day. They played with 10 men for over 70 minutes and yet managed to become the first team to take a point from Leyton Orient this season. Continue reading