Craven Cottage is one of my favourite away grounds. The walk from Putney Bridge underground station to the ground has to be one of the pleasantest approaches to a football ground in this country. I enjoy going there even when we don’t win. And when we win, like we did in 2015, the game is lodged in my brain as one of my favourites.
I won’t be walking alongside the River Thames today, hoping for a good game. I’ll be looking on my laptop, dreading another loss. At least nobody will see me if I’m crying by the end of the game.
Whatever happens, I feel sad that I’m never again going to be in a stadium watching Jude Bellingham play in a Birmingham City shirt. I hope that his move will work out well for him.
I’ll include some pictures from 2015 to cheer myself up.
Craven Cottage is one of my favourite away grounds. The
location is great and I can’t think of a pleasanter approach to a stadium than
the walk beside the River Thames. Four years ago, Birmingham City won there,
2-5. I’m not expecting Blues to score 5
goals tomorrow but am hoping for a win. Our home performances have been good so
it doesn’t seem unreasonable to hope.
We’ve also signed a new forward, Jérémie Bela. The article about him on the official site says, “Possessing fast feet, pace and good ball control, Bela is a goalscorer as well as goal creator.” I’m not sure if we’ll see him play tomorrow but we certainly need someone who can score goals.
I mainly read football news online but I do buy the When
Saturday Comes magazine. It’s a good read and always contains something
interesting. I am reading through Issue
393 at present and have just read about how Haringey increased their crowd.
They gave away free season tickets. The chairman argued for this by saying, “It
will bring people in, and if they only buy a cup of tea, we’ll make some of the
This report put me into daydream mode, in which I decided that if I owned Birmingham City FC I’d give away a few hundred free season tickets to the local residents who live around the ground and are inconvenienced on game days by the crowds, the road closure and bus diversions. My daydreams have grown more ambitious since I first started daydreaming about owning the club after it went into administration following the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. That put the Kumars’ businesses, including BCFC, into receivership. Back then I sat in the upper tier of the old railway end stand and I daydreamed that if I were the new owner I’d make sure there was always a working lightbulb in the ladies loo.
The current issue of WSC includes a plea for help. Their newsagent sales have declined slightly and their advertising revenue has gone down because they are turning away all gambling ads. So they need more income and are asking readers who can afford it to join a supporters club and contribute something each month. The Guardian newspaper has been running a similar scheme and is now supported by over a million people around the world. I’m hoping that WSC’s scheme will also be successful. If you have never read WSC, buy a copy and see it you like it. And if you do read it, ask yourself if you want to help keep it running and if you can afford to join its Supporters’ Club.
It has been nearly a week since Birmingham City ended their season with a memorable win against Fulham. It was an incredible game, with a full St Andrew’s providing loud support from before kick off to the post-game players parade around the pitch. It was absolutely wonderful and I felt elated.
But I also felt exhausted, worn out by the rollercoaster emotions generated by an end-of-season escape from relegation. Continue reading →
I would have liked to have gone to the game today. Craven Cottage is a nice ground that I enjoy visiting. I even enjoyed my first visit in February 2010, when Fulham won with a goal right at the end. I enjoyed it even more when we won 5-2 last season. Continue reading →
The Fulham game reminded me of why I first fell in love with football. When my dad first took me to St Andrew’s it was like going to a different world: a world of noise and excitement. As J B Priestly said, going to a football match “turned you into a member of a new community, all brothers together for an hour and half … having pushed your way through a turnstile into another and altogether more splendid life.” Continue reading →
It was the thought of standing on the Wembley pitch that made me want to be part of the Fans Choir for the FA Cup Final. And it was an amazing experience to stand on that turf but not the best part. For me, the most enjoyable and memorable experience was meeting the other fans and the way so many strangers quickly became friends. Continue reading →
I think it was Alex Ferguson who said he’d never played for a draw in his life. I don’t think Lee Clark is playing for draws either but we got another one at Norwich. This time he received less blame for losing the lead. Most fans acknowledged that Norwich has better players and were glad that Blues had got a point. Clark still has his critics, of course, as do a lot of other managers. Continue reading →