Birmingham City’s performance at QPR was definitely not embarrassing. See the club’s YouTube channel for a good summary by Paul Tait.1 Our support was not embarrassing either; we had about 1700 there, crammed into the upper tier of the School End. And I do mean crammed; leg room between seats was limited and at half time it was almost impossible to move in the narrow corridor that serves as a concourse area. The photo on the right shows how crowded it was.
I was embarrassed and saddened by the smoke bomb and seat back thrown onto the pitch by our fans. I can understand their frustration at the financial mess the club is in but I think it’s stupid to do anything that gets the game stopped or wrecks a stadium. If you know of anyone who thinks that smoke bombs are a good idea at football games, get him to read the Football Supporters’ Federation Fact Sheet on smoke bombs and flares.2 Fans have been sentenced to prison for just carrying a smoke bomb without actually letting it off.
Once again I was left feeling that fans need a non violent way to express their outrage even if it doesn’t make a bit of difference to what happens in Hong Kong. So I’m going to go ahead with the scarf project. I’ll be using Option C with the stripes (shown in previous post) since that received the most votes in the poll. I’m not planning to add any more words or to do anything fancy. I do have other things to do and this project is taking up most of my free time.
I will also be going for cheap rather than quality. Cheap seems appropriate for our club at the moment and reduces the amount of money I need to spend. This project could end up as a very embarrassing way to waste a lot of money but I think it’s worth the risk. Also, anyone who fears embarrassment probably shouldn’t support Birmingham City.