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.
For me, going to a game is about more than the football. It’s about being part of a community that supports our team, a community that celebrates or cries together. Football without fans at the game is not the same.
When the squad numbers were published yesterday, I was pleased that Maxime Colin had swapped the number 5 shirt for number 2. He is one of my favourite players and now he has the same number as my all-time favourite, Jeff Hall. I’ve been looking at the list of players and trying to work out who they all are. You can see my attempt at a list here, but it was done in a hurry so there may be mistakes.
In WSC’s new season special, the Blues writer predicts a mid-table finish, which seems possible to me. However, I did think it rather unkind to suggest changing the name of the Tilton to the Marc Roberts Stand to commemorate a full season of “long throws straight into the keeper’s arms.” If we score from a Roberts throw today, I might get a bit excited.