Mind the gap

Don’t mind the gap

I’m not writing about the 1-point gap between us and a nearby team but about the financial gap between teams. According to the transfermarkt website, Stoke fielded the Championship team that cost the most on the opening day of this season and Birmingham City were 16th in that table. But, as Johan Cruyff said, “Why couldn’t you beat a richer club. I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”

It’s teams that win football games and Garry Monk has created a team from a collection of individuals. He’s also narrowed the gap between players and fans. Players have been involved in community projects that help to connect them to the people who support them.  Three years ago, I wrote about a phrase, “naïve with power”, that expressed how rich and important people don’t understand ordinary people.  That may be true of some in football but it’s not true of Garry Monk; he understands Blues fans and what they want. We want to see players who work hard and give 100% and that is what we are seeing when we go to games now. There is a togetherness between players and fans that reminds me of the atmosphere I remember from my childhood, in the 1950s.

There have been times when I’ve gone to Blues games out of a sense of duty, feeling that my team was so bad it really needed my support.  Today, I am going because I want to and am looking forward to it.

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3 thoughts on “Don’t mind the gap

  1. Mick Orton

    It is not rocket science – create a collective way of working where you are all in it together, working for each other and covering each others mistakes and weaknesses, supporting each other through thick and thin and, gosh, the team are successful ! Likewise, widen the players focus beyond their own narrow lives by getting them involved in the local community, helping out people in difficult situations and, hey ho, the fans feel a real connection. I have been a bluenose all my life but have never been so proud as I am now, not because we are doing fairly well, but because of the way we are going about it. It would be nice if the wider community could learn lessons from this. Look around you, support each other, help people and be nice to each other.

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