It was good to see some of the new arrivals in action in Blues game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday but our goals didn’t come from them. Demarai Gray passed the ball to Lee Novak to score the first goal. Later, Novak returned the favour and passed the ball to Gray who went on a great run and scored from what looked like an impossible angle. And Paul Caddis put the penalty in near the end of the game.
I had been to Chamberlain Square on the way to the match, to see the installation of Minimum Monument there. This creation was the work of Nele Azevedo, a Brazilian sculptor. Volunteers had helped her make the 5,000 ice sculptures that were placed around the square in memory of the many who suffered in the First World War. Members of the public were invited to place the sculptures and it was an emotional experience.
I took that emotion with me to the game. So as I watched the players on the pitch I found my mind drifting back to the men involved in the ‘war to end wars’ and people in the various war-torn parts of the world today. Trevor Francis, at 16, was the youngest player to play in our first team. Boys younger than that fought in the war that began 100 years ago today. If you can find time today, pause and remember them.