In my last post I wrote that I was hoping for a win against Rotherham and we got one, Birmingham City’s first home win of the season. What a relief!
It put me into a good mood for the international break but with no great ambition to understand the new UEFA Nations League competition. I found a webpage that explained it but gave up reading when I realised how long the explanation was. The aim seems to be to deliver more “competitive and meaningful football” than international friendlies do. It didn’t sound as though the Croatia versus England game had managed to do that. A BBC report described it as ‘eerie’ and all a bit ‘weird’, with no fans allowed in the ground but a group of English fans standing on a hill nearby. At least it will provide a good example for anyone arguing that fans are an essential ingredient of professional football games and that football without fans really is nothing.
Non-League Day, scheduled to coincide with the international break, inspired me to visit Solihull Moors on Saturday. I found that their ground was accessible by public transport (train to Birmingham International and X12 bus) and enjoyed being able to walk around and try watching from different sides of the ground. The ball was kicked up into the air far too often for a windy day but there were some decent passes too and three goals. Solihull beat Ebbsfleet United by 2 goals to 1. I also saw Darren Carter play for the first time. I was abroad when he played for Birmingham City and had previously only seen him on TV or in the video clip of him scoring his penalty to put Blues into the Premiership. I was glad that I’d gone to the game.