Every year I read through a poetry book that contains a poem a day for each day from December 1st to January 6th. And this will be the third time I’ve mentioned the poem for Christmas eve: In the Days of Caesar by Waldo Williams. There’s a phrase in it, “naïve with power”, that describes Caesar’s inability to understand something that people with no power had no difficulty in understanding. Like Caesar, the owners of our club have the power to make decisions but there’s a lot they don’t understand about fans.
In Omar Bogle’s interview on BluesTV, he talked about scoring a goal against Jack Butland, a former Academy team mate of his. He said he talked with Jack after the game, but he didn’t talk about his goal. It sounded as though he had the ability that professional football players need to have, to regard opposing players as enemies during a game and as friends at other times.
I’m not writing about the 1-point gap between us and a nearby team but about the financial gap between teams. According to the transfermarkt website, Stoke fielded the Championship team that cost the most on the opening day of this season and Birmingham City were 16th in that table. But, as Johan Cruyff said, “Why couldn’t you beat a richer club. I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”
You have probably inferred from the title that this is not going to be a match report on Saturday’s match. It’s a plug for the BBC programme Marvellous. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to iPlayer and download it now. It’s funny and sad and watching it will do you far more good than reading reports of how Birmingham City lost and whose fault is was. Continue reading