Psychological torture

Among my Christmas presents was The Worst-Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar 2014, a very appropriate choice for a Birmingham City supporter.  The club’s perilous financial situation does not bode well for the year ahead so 2014 is probably going to be more about surviving than thriving.  

The calendar’s survival topic for today is how to survive psychological torture. One of the tips is:

“Live in the moment.
Do not worry about what comes next. Do not dwell on what just happened. Deal with each horror on its own terms, as it happens.”

That’s probably good advice for Birmingham City fans during the transfer window. No amount of worrying is going to affect which players come in and go out. It’s better not to get caught up in the rumour mill and just deal with things that actually happen.

The calendar also recommends remembering pleasurably experiences and I’m trying to cheer myself up remembering the good times I’ve enjoyed while following my team, and there are many. I remember the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1956, which was the first time I heard Keep Right On sung by Blues fans. In more recent times, I had a fantastic day in Bruges, the only time I’ve seen Blues play abroad. I’ve seen them play at Wembley three times and they won all three: the Leyland Daf Cup in 1991, the Auto Windscreen Shield in 1995 and the Carling Cup in 2011.

An article on the official site reminded me of the 1995 cup final.  It wasn’t the best of games and was goalless after 90 minutes but Paul Tait headed in the winner in extra time. It was the first time a game had been won by a ‘golden goal’ decider at Wembley. If you need a little cheering up in these troubled times, read the Flashback Friday interview with Paul Tait.