On Tuesday evening it felt as though everything had changed for Birmingham City. It had only been a couple of weeks since one manager was sacked and eight days since a new one was appointed. Our previous home game on October 25th had ended 0 – 8, utter humiliation, but hope was renewed following our no-score draw away on November 1st. The crowd too was transformed, from miserable silence to loud support. I stayed to the end of the Bournemouth game because the team that had capitulated were my team and I felt I needed to be there as long as they were on the pitch. On Tuesday night, I stayed because I wanted to.
But more needs to change. Birmingham City needs a new owner as well as a new manager. And we’re not the only club that has had problems with owners. That’s why I’m committed to Blues Trust and co-operating with supporters from other clubs in working for a change in football governance in this country. It’s why Blues Trust has joined with Supporters Direct, Coventry and Hereford trusts in a statement in support of Damian Collins’ private members bill on football governance, which has its second reading in parliament today. It’s why I’ve spent a lot of this week preparing for Blues Trust Annual General Meeting tomorrow. An AGM is nowhere near as sexy as Gary Rowett but it is a way that I can make a small contribution to the effort to protect football from unfit owners.