When Saturday Comes has published its new season special and Birmingham City play Cambridge today in their first competitive game of the season. I feel that I should be excited but it’s hard to get excited sitting in front of a computer watching a game being played with no spectators.
I didn’t like the result of Birmingham City’s game with West Bromwich Albion but there was a lot that I did enjoy. It felt like a real cup game, especially the second half, and like going back in time. My childhood memories of St Andrew’s are of large crowds, noise, excitement and rivalry without real animosity. Continue reading
I’m looking forward to Birmingham City’s cup game against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow. It’s close to a sell-out and it’s been a long time since that happened at St Andrews. It should produce a good atmosphere and, if all the seats around me are filled, it will feel a little warmer than it does when the winter wind whistles through the gaps left by empty seats. Continue reading
Birmingham City beat Cambridge United last night but I think Cambridge fans may have enjoyed the game more than we Blues fans did. Their fans have good reason to be happy. Cambridge was promoted last season, won its first game back in the league last weekend and took the cup game to extra time. It was understandable that their fans applauded their efforts at the end of the game. Continue reading
It wasn’t the best start to a season but it’s too soon to look at the league table and panic. It’s true that we are only out of the relegation zone on alphabetical order; Birmingham, Blackpool and Leeds all lost by 2 goals and occupy 20th, 21st and 22nd places. But it is only one game and there are 45 more to play. At least Birmingham had enough players to put on the substitutes bench, which is more than can be said of poor old Blackpool. Both the Guardian and Joey Barton have predicted that Birmingham will be the bottom team in the Championship this season. I find this strangely comforting as I don’t have much confidence in their ability to predict. Continue reading
Cambridge’s win at Wembley on Sunday secured their return to the Football League after nine years in the Conference. And I’m sure that win meant as much, if not more, to the Cambridge players and their supporters as Arsenal’s win there the previous day had meant to them. Continue reading