So this is my mad idea.
I’m going to explore the possibility of getting some protest scarves made to find out if any Birmingham City fans will buy them. It’s mad for one individual to take on a project like this; I could end up looking a fool and losing a lot of money. However, it wouldn’t be the first time in my life I’ve looked like an idiot and I survived the previous occasions. And in some ways it may be better for an individual to undertake this project than for a fans group to do it. There are so many different groups for Blues fans and most of them seem to have alienated some other section of the fan base. I realise that this blog may also have alienated some people but at least I’m not planning to put any group’s logo on my scarves.
I like the idea of using a scarf for a protest because it won’t work if fans don’t like it. Some types of protests can be done by a small group of fans or even one individual fan. If I was rich enough I could, as one person suggested, hire a plane to fly over St Andrews with a protest banner but that would be just my protest and wouldn’t involve any other fans. What I want to get started is some non violent way that fans can express their anger and frustration over our present situation. I don’t think it will change the situation but it could help to bring fans together.
I want something that will fall flat on its face if nobody else joins in because that is the only kind of protest that has the potential to grow into something organic rather than something manufactured by a few. Blues fans are an argumentative lot and they’re not going to join in with a campaign planned by someone else. What I’m attempting to do is to chuck in an idea and let fans decide if they want to use it or not. And if they do like the idea, I’d expect they would develop it in different ways; I’m not aiming to control what they do with it.
I will need some help and if I don’t get it I may have to abandon the project. I’d like suggestions on businesses that manufacture scarves. You can send a message to email@example.com
I’d like offers to help sell scarves; I would think that could be combined with selling badges or fanzines.
I’m also considering seeking some financial investment via Kickstarter. I won’t aim to raise all the money I’ll need to get scarves made but just some of it. I’d like the reassurance of knowing that a few people are willing to support the project by investing a small amount before the scarves are made. It takes a bit of time to get a Kickstarter account approved; I’ll put something on my blog if I do get an account set up.
I want some help in deciding on the design of the flag. In a comment on a previous post, Eamon C suggested using red, yellow and black, based on the 1970s Blues kit. This seemed a good suggestion as we’d want colours that stood out as different to the usually blue and would be highly visible on TV. I’ve done some rough sketches of three designs and I’ll put a poll at the end of this to get some reactions.
Option A has a yellow background with black lettering and a red fringe
Option B has a red background with yellow lettering and a black fringe
Option C has black, red and yellow stripes with the colour of the lettering varying so as to contrast with the background colour.
I’m not asking for suggestions on the wording. I’ve chosen ‘All we care about is BCFC’ because:
- it’s probably the only thing most Blues fans would agree on
- it implies criticism of our owner because of its association with the anti Carson song but is not obscene or negative
- it could still be used if our next owner turns out to be even worse than the current one.
To me, the choice of colours is the most important thing. It seems unlikely that we are ever going to get all fans agreeing on exactly what we want to say when we protest. If all protest groups used a similar colour scheme but chose their own wording then we could have the best of both worlds. The colours would show we agreed on something; the variety of messages would show that Blues fans are the same anarchic bunch as always.