I think my dad first took me to St Andrew’s about 70 years ago. I can remember the noise, excitement, Gil Merrick, Jeff Hall and a couple of games in 1956 but hardly any other details. I’m not one of those people who have the history of Birmingham City stored in their brains. But this 2018-19 season was more memorable than most and I think I’m going to remember a few things about it.
I like Chris Hughton and have good memories of his time managing Birmingham City. Brighton are a good club; free travel on the train from Brighton is provided for fans. They make away fans feel welcome Continue reading
There are more important things in life than football and it’s good for managers and players to remember this. Gary Rowett and Chris Hughton opposed each other on Saturday but have some things in common. Both seem to be grounded in the world outside football, with family ties and values that help them to avoid extremes of elation or despair dictated by performances on the pitch. I may be naïve but I think Rowett is grounded enough to stick with a job half done and not snatch at a job in the Premier League. So I am inclined to believe Panos’ statement about his commitment to Birmingham City. Continue reading
I was at St Andrew’s on Tuesday afternoon to watch the Player of the Season awards presented by supporters clubs and groups. I enjoyed watching the training session and chatting with other fans but the best part, for me, was the chance to get nearer to the players. Continue reading
A Telegraph article about the Coaching Fair Play plan caught my eye this week; it helped that there was a picture of Chris Hughton at the top. Anything associated with him gets my attention because it revives memories of good times. The article reported that the Professional Footballers’ Association and the Football League have agreed to work towards the implementation of the plan and to do that they will have to get the 72 clubs to agree to it.