This week started well for Birmingham City; the women beat Arsenal Ladies at St Andrew’s on Monday and the men beat Millwall at The Den on Tuesday. I hadn’t been to a Birmingham City Ladies game before and the game on Monday was the ideal opportunity to rectify that. It was at St Andrews and was an important game, the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
The crowd was made up of fans, friends and family of both teams, fans of women’s football (I met one man from Lincoln Ladies F C) and people like me who support the men’s team. There were a lot of women and girls in the crowd, which set me thinking about how much has changed in my lifetime. When I first started going to St Andrews over 60 years ago, my dad would enter the ground through a turnstile that said ‘Men’ and I would go through the ‘Boys’ one. Back then I would never have dreamed that women would ever play the game. It was a good game and great to see a Birmingham City side win at St Andrew’s. I hope the men can do the same on Saturday.
I didn’t go to The Den last night, just listened to the radio commentary. Blues’ win gave them an 8 point margin above the relegation zone and sent Millwall to the foot of the table. There are 8 more games to go so we are some way off safety but I feel a bit more hopeful than I did.