It feels as though the world is getting more partisan, with people divided on various issues. I have nothing against people who strongly support something or some team but the word ‘partisan’ has further connotations. It is often used when people strongly support something without thinking carefully about it.

When Birmingham City supporters sing Keep right on, we describe ourselves as ‘often partisan’ and I don’t think many of us decided to support the Blues after a long and careful analysis of the merits of different teams. I support them because my dad supported them and he took me to games; he supported them because he was born in Sparkbrook.

I have already written on this blog about the sense of entering into a more splendid life that made me love going to football matches. I won’t repeat that except to say that what appeals to me most about watching football is being a participant in the performance, supporting my team.  The sense of belonging and togetherness is what I treasure most. For others, I know that the quality of the football is more important.

What I value in football puts me at the opposite end of the spectrum to those who want to see the best players in their team. I’m thrilled to see Academy players stepping up to the first team; those who want to watch elite football are thrilled when their club buys expensive star players. I’ve just read an edited extract from The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport, by Jonathan Clegg & Joshua Robinson. It describes how the owners of the top six Premier League clubs want a bigger share of the TV money so that they can compete with the big foreign clubs. To me that just seems greedy, but I am partisan. 

The loss last Saturday felt cruel but, as we have come to expect from a team managed by Garry Monk, there was effort and commitment to applaud.  There was also a great goal from Che Adams. This evening, as always, I will be hoping for a win. I won’t be going to Norwich and those that go that far on a cold winter night have my respect. Our travelling fans are incredible.

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  1. Robert Cammerer

    I’m with you I get excited when the young talent come in to first team squad and show us what they have to offer . Look at young Wes Harding he has come in and he has proved worth in my honest opinion. We’ve had few youngsters who have made it into the first team squad and done very well . Gary Monk is a great believer of bringing in the younger players in .We don’t need spend millions on players we have in the past and they have turned out to be flops . This season has been one big mess but Gary Monk has done a fantastic job no money to spend EFL and the FFP sanctions this one person we need to keep he will get us in the premier league and he will keep us up if he is given money spend on a couple of players and I don’t mean millions as this season has proved we just need to keep the passion fight commitment drive and most of all team work. KRO SOTV

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