I have no complaints about Birmingham City’s position in the table with no relegation battle or promotion hopes to add significance to the final few games of the season. Playing for a win that won’t affect our position in the table is not as exciting as trying to avoid the drop but is still worth doing. I always want Birmingham City to win and I hope the players feel that way too. It certainly looked as though they wanted to get a result on Tuesday evening when they came from behind twice to get the draw.
This year, Aston Villa will have more of the excitement and tension as the season ends. They might even follow Blues’ example of getting relegated and winning a cup. I was interested in the article in the Birmingham Mail about the songs fans were encouraged to sing during the 1957 FA Cup Final. Back then the fans helped to entertain themselves by joining in community singing and the 1957 song sheet included the words to Keep Right On, the song that had been adopted by Birmingham City the year before.
The singing of Abide with me has been part of the FA Cup tradition since 1927 and this year there’ll be a fans choir singing it before the game on May 30th. The 64 choir members will represent the clubs who made it to the third round this year. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to represent my club. So I’ll be checking the results of the semi-finals with more than my usual interest.