I value football because it can aid social cohesion and help avoid a them‑and‑us mentality. As Adrian Chiles said on Saturday Live, football is one of the few places where a bin man and a QC might sit and talk together on an equal footing. It is also a wonderful distraction from everyday concerns. For me, a game is good if I can sit among a diverse group of fans and watch something exciting enough to keep my mind off whatever is currently at the top of my things‑to‑worry‑about list.
The game against Bristol City was a good game though somewhat marred by Spector’s red card near the end. Blues 4 All brought a group of Maypole FC youngsters and their parents to a Birmingham City match for the first time. They are doing fantastic work in bringing people who have never been to St Andrew’s before and it was good to hear that they have made the shortlist for the FSF Fans for Diversity award.
Both teams played like they wanted to win and had chances to score. It was hard to understand how they failed to score from some of those chances but Tomasz Kuszczak’s man-of-the-match performance accounted for some of those failures. During the less frenetic parts of the game there was a new half-season ticket holder to chat to and questions to ponder, such as, ‘Is Ryan Shotton planning to have a different hair colour for every game or is that just left over from his local derby game blue hairstyle?’ For the first 80 minutes I thought it might end as the most entertaining no-score draw I’d seen in a long time. Then Che Adams scored and we went home happy.