I was out and about for most of yesterday and when I eventually had time to look online I found plenty of interesting things to read.
There were several reports of Greg Dyke’s speech in which he said that it isn’t too surprising that those in control of the Premier League don’t care about the England team. It is largely foreign owned and has foreign managers and players too. David Conn, in the Guardian, pointed out that Dyke did not apologise for the part that he had played when the top clubs broke away from the rest of the league.1 Greed was the main motivation for the formation of the Premier League; the top clubs didn’t want to share the TV money with the other clubs and Dyke wanted the best deal for London Weekend Television, the company he was working for at the time.
There was also a lot of Birmingham City news yesterday. Colin Tattum wrote an article2 giving his thoughts on the current situation and concluding that supporters should aim their frustration at the directors of BCFC and not at the manager or players. I completely agree with him about that.
Discussions about protests continued on the various forums. I didn’t have time to read them all but get the impression that a lot of fans agree that we need to do something. There is less agreement about what we should do. Blues Trust Board issued an invitation3 to come and talk about it at the George on Saturday evening. I’m having a think about what I’d like to say to them and I may write a post about that.
Last but not least I received an email with notice of the trust’s AGM on November 2nd and information about the elections to the trust board. I might write a post about that too. In among all the chatter and nonsense on the various forums there is some good stuff. I’d like to write a post addressed to the people who made excellent suggestions and expressed sensible views; I’d like to suggest they consider standing for election to the Blues Trust Board.
I think this may be an important time for Blues supporters. We can carry on bickering among ourselves and not do anything. I’d like to think that it’s also possible to find one thing we can agree on and unite to do something about that. I’m afraid that if we don’t get together now, the moment may pass and we may lose the opportunity.
Shakespeare expressed this idea more eloquently than I can:
“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” 4
- Greg Dyke seems to forget his role in the Premier League’s formation
- Colin Tattum analysis: Vent anger at the Birmingham City board not at Lee Clark and his players
- An opportunity to talk
- Quote from Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 3 by William Shakespeare