Ups and downs

Staying up 2014

Staying up 2014

Birmingham City’s loss to Brighton was very disappointing and seemed like the end of our chance of going up. But worrying about not getting into the playoffs is less stressful than worrying about relegation. I can remember how miserable I felt walking away from White Hart Lane after we were relegated in 2011. But it felt better to be there, with other Blues fans, than listening on the radio. So 3 years later I went up to Bolton dreading another drop. But relegation was narrowly averted by Paul Caddis’ last minute equaliser so I remember it as a great game. In reality most of it was miserable and it was that misery that made the final few minutes seem so magnificent.

Now Bolton are going down, 4 years after relegation from the Premier League. It isn’t the first club to drop down another league after coming down from the Premier League and both Swindon and Wolves suffered a second consecutive relegation. Bouncing straight back up is not guaranteed though Birmingham managed it twice.

I know that some Blues fans are looking forward to the relegation of Aston Villa but I’m with Gary Rowett on this.  He has said he will take no pleasure in it and neither will I. Next season I will want to get 6 points off them and end up higher in the table but now I just feel sorry for their fans. I can hear the pain in their voices as they describe watching players who don’t seem to care. I empathise because watching my team surrender to Bournemouth last season was worse than watching them go down fighting at Spurs in 2011.

At least one Midland’s team is having a great season and I’m enjoying seeing Leicester at the top. It’s easy for older football fans, such as me, to forget that younger fans have no experience of football before the Premier League. And I agree with Paul Wilson’s analysis of why Leicester City’s success has been greeted with enthusiasm by so many supporters, it’s because it stirs memories of a time when champions might come from anywhere and not just from the top four clubs.

This evening, as always, I’ll be hoping for a win and expecting to see the players put in an effort.  Although reaching the playoffs seems improbable, the win at Reading has raised my hopes and I know that hope won’t completely die until it’s mathematically impossible to get into the top six.

2 thoughts on “Ups and downs

  1. john

    Yes you are right about Leicester and the season they are having. It is the best thing to happen to the Premier League since its inception. Up till now, it has not been a level playing field. Only 4 or 5 teams have any chance of winning the title, because they are so far ahead of all the other teams, financially. Certainly, Blues, Villa or any other midlands teams, have no chance of being Premier league champions, because they would need a board of Directors to bankroll the club with several million pounds. As things are, most supporters ,would settle for their team to hold on to a position, in the middle of the table in the Premiership, if they could get there. That aint going to happen to Blues for some time, certainly not until Ernst and Young get rid of Yeung and Pannu.

  2. Texas Pete

    This is excellent comment LLR. It covers a lot of topics that could each be one article.
    I want blues an vile to be successful but the one always a little bit more so. Oh if only the midlands was like Lancashire. It is good for the economy as well as the people and still has the rivalry.
    Winning is everything and losing is a catastrophe for many fans. The backlash against players and manager is short sighted and counterproductive but that is the nature of being a frustrated onlooker. We have all the answers as to what shouldve happened.
    Being a blues supporter means we like the underdog and Leicester are still that way because the football elite are put out by upstarts and are obliged to maintain the “follow the money” and the “star” mentality. My rant.

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