Time to look forward

On one occasion, while I was living in the USA, an American friend asked me if we celebrated July 4th in England.  I told her, no, we didn’t celebrate our defeats.

We do, however, celebrate retreats and living to fight another day.  The phrase ‘Dunkirk spirit’, defined in my dictionary as ‘stoicism and determination in a difficult or dangerous situation, especially as displayed by a group of people’, is regarded as a British virtue.  I also think of it as a characteristic of my generation of Birmingham City supporters. We have learned to cope with defeat and some of us have even learned to be content with it as long as we survive to fight another day.

At the end of last season, we celebrated our survival in the Championship. Eight of the players that were in the squad for the final game at Bolton have now departed. Some will be forgotten; when I looked at the list I found I had already forgotten Aaron Martin.  Other players, such as Burke and Zigic whose departures were confirmed this week, will be remembered for much longer. Now that pre-season training has started, it’s time to look forward to next season. My hope is that the spirit that was displayed at Bolton will be a characteristic of the new team that is being formed now.  It’s clear that we won’t have the most talented players but I can survive as a supporter if they display determination, effort and some skill. And, although I can exist on heroic defeats, I hope for more home victories.

Have a happy July 4th.

1 thought on “Time to look forward

  1. phillip

    Not a lot of people realise that the Yanks have enshrined in their “National Anthem”, a defeat by the U.K,,,,,,they may celebrate “Independence” from 1776/78 as a nation,,,,but forget losing the war of 1812 with the U.K,,,,,the burning of their capitol, Washington and what is now known as the “White House” [ it was painted “White” to hide the fire damage !! ].,,,,,,the “Rockets Red Glare” line refers to them doing a runner from “British” troops using an early form of weapon they now love to use,,,,,unguided missiles called “Congreve Rockets”

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