Hope

As I was browsing the The Two Unfortunates site I read an article in their Hopeless Football League Teams series  and had a feeling that Birmingham City had probably been featured in that  sometime.  Sure enough, when I checked earlier articles, I found an account of Birmingham City’s 1993-94 season.  It brought back a lot of memories. 

The previous season the club had been put into receivership, bought by David Sullivan and escaped relegation by beating Charlton in the last game of the season.  The roller coaster continued in 1993-94.  The season started badly, Blues lost to Villa in the League Cup and to a lot of other teams in the league. The manager resigned, Barry Fry was appointed and greeted rapturously by fans.  When Blues were beaten by Kidderminster Harrier in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, the reaction was not so rapturous. Relegation seemed certain until the team put together a good run at the end of the season.  When we beat West Bromwich Albion, our relegation rivals, I felt sure we were going to escape.  But two games later, when the season ended, Blues had the same number of points as WBA but an inferior goal average. So Blues went down.

The fight back against Derby and the good result against Charlton have encouraged me to hope for a different ending to this season.  But anything could happen.  The only thing I’m sure about is that the rest of the season is going to be the usual mix of joys and sorrows.

Hopeless Football League Teams 3: Birmingham City, 1993-94