This week’s news

There was a lot more Birmingham City news than I’d expected in a week when the team hadn’t played. 

I’ll start with the bad news, that Colin Tattum is leaving the Birmingham Mail.  Some journalists recycled rumours and rubbish about the Blues but his reporting was reliable. And he cared too.  He wrote the script for the This Is Our Time video for the Carling Cup Final.  When I first saw that video before the game it kindled a tiny flame of hope in me, a typically pessimistic old Blues fan who had travelled up to Wembley expecting to see us get hammered by Arsenal. I think it lifted all our fans and our hope helped to lift the team.  Thanks for that, Tatts, and for all the other articles, videos and fans forum comments. You will be missed.

The news of Zigic training with the team is surprising news.  I never saw that coming.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens but I would love to have him back in the squad.

In the good news category, I was pleased that Guy Moussi had been signed on a two-month contract.  I didn’t know anything about him before he came on trial to Wast Hills but, having seen how well Michael Morrison fitted into the team, I trust Gary Rowett’s judgement.  It is also refreshing to read about a player donating his salary to charity.  I look forward to seeing him play.

It is also good news that England’s women’s team will be playing at Wembley on Sunday and that Birmingham City’s Karen Carney, if selected, will win her 100th cap.  I hope she can be on the winning side too.

Of course, the big Birmingham news story of the week was not about football but about the 40th anniversary of the pub bombings.  I remember staying up late that Thursday night and into Friday morning, watching the black and white TV pictures of body bags being carried out of the buildings. We wondered who could do such a thing and those who lost friends and relatives are still asking that question today.