Stories of the game between Birmingham City and Aston Villa are flooding the local media but I’m not sure how much the rest of the country knows or cares about the derby game on Sunday. An article in WSC, written before our game in September 2002, said that “Blues v Villa is best known as a public order problem.” I hope that won’t be true this weekend and that the news on Monday will be about what happened in the game not trouble with fans. Continue reading
When Saturday Comes describes itself as “the half decent football magazine” but it is always a more-than-decent read. In the May issue of WSC there’s an article about Ostersunds, a club that has gone from the fourth division to the Swedish premier division in five years. Culture is part of their training and, in the last few years, the players have acted in a play, produced a book and danced. The dance show included a version of Swan Lake and a dance interpretation of Diego Maradona’s second goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final. Continue reading
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
Mrs Thatcher has a family and friends who will be feeling sorrow at her passing. So before I express my opinions, I would like to offer my condolences to them.