“It’s the hope that kills you” is one of football’s clichés and Birmingham City fans know what it feels like to have their hopes cruelly dashed. It’s hope that keeps some of us going to games like today’s match against Norwich.
So what am I hoping for? I hope that Blues carry on their tendency to play better against good teams and that they get good support from the crowd. If we want a team that fights to the end, it would help to have fans that stay to the end of the game. I don’t subscribe to the view that professional sportsmen that get paid a lot shouldn’t succumb to the same range of emotions that we ordinary people have. However much they are paid, they are still human. They must find it dispiriting to see a large proportion of the crowd abandoning hope in their performance and streaming out of the ground before the final whistle. I hope that doesn’t happen today.