Blog Posts - Clayton Donaldson



Ips-wich…but wh-ich Blues will turn up? Birmingham City v Ipswich Match Preview

Back to back defeats (first time this season!) since my last article means we’re now down to 8th in the table.  Not too bad, all things being considered, but we could have been third if we’d beaten Newcastle and Barnsley…yes that&#...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 12, 2016

Cardifferent Season, Same Problems?

The scarf lady, half of Small Heath Alliance and most of Row Z of the Tilton are going spare at the moment, as we haven’t brought in five more strikers, whilst (whisper it) Aston Vile have put in a £15m bid for Ross McCormack of Fulham fame. T...
by Joys and Sorrows on Aug 3, 2016

View from the South – Reading v Birmingham City

Reading is one of the closest venues to me as it is but a short train trip from Blackwater, my local station. I therefore had the luxury of starting out at a civilised hour and was in The Three Guineas by 12.00 with a pint while I awaited the arrival...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 11, 2016

View from the South – Rotherham United v Birmingham City

I had been in Coventry on business on Friday and Saturday morning and had stayed at Chris’s pub in Baginton for a couple of days which was the pleasant part of the trip. I finished what I had to do by 12.00 and got on the road across the M69 to gai...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 14, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

It was an early start to catch the 08.02 train from Blackwater station to Reading. I was making a trip up to my 92 year old Aunt’s house in Four Oaks. Poor Aunty’s had just been discharged from hospital following a fall when she had broke...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 7, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Ipswich Town

I was up early in order to have breakfast at leisure and to catch a bit of the cricket before setting off for the station. I was rather hoping that England would knock over the last couple of South African wickets cheaply but Quinton de Kock was play...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 24, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Brentford

Happy New Year everyone. Saturday morning broke to dismal lashing rain and a chilly breeze. My youngest son, Ben was home for a few days and had expressed a wish to take in a game and so it was that I woke him up at just before nine suggesting it was...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 3, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Milton Keynes Dons

First of all, a Merry Christmas and very happy forthcoming New Year to one and all. Quite a bit has happened since my last blog; two away games at Middlesbrough and Preston which yielded a point apiece but by all accounts could and should have been a...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 30, 2015

Blues v Charlton Match Preview

Charlton have stalled in recent months, having been candidates for automatic promotion last season are now staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun.  They’re presently twenty second, sixteen matches in, whilst we’re fifteen poin...
by Joys and Sorrows on Nov 18, 2015

View from the South – Fulham v Birmingham City

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom friend of the maturing sun, Conspiring with him how to load and bless, The vines that round the thatch eaves run. That is how John Keats described this time of the year in his poem ‘Ode to Au...
by Joys and Sorrows on Nov 8, 2015

Match Preview – BCFC v Blackburn Rovers…

Blues versus Blackburn… Last season’s Blackburn match had me wittering on about Rowett’s first 29 matches in charge with twelve wins in total.  He’s added handsomely to that tally this season, but we’ve Grounds (ahem) t...
by Joys and Sorrows on Nov 1, 2015

View from the South – Birmingham City v Bristol City

Bazza’s take on our latest victory. ———————————————————————– It was back to domestic football for th...
by Joys and Sorrows on Sep 14, 2015

View from the Sofa – Burnley v Birmingham City

View from the sofa I normally don’t comment on games that I haven’t been to but I thought I would make one or two observations on the game yesterday that I endured rather than enjoyed from the relative comfort of my sofa. It is a busy time of the...
by Joys and Sorrows on Aug 16, 2015

How will we do this year?

Last season we had a poor start but then probably over achieved after Gary Rowett took over. From being in the bottom three to finishing tenth was an amazing turnaround but can we keep it up? Over the summer a few new faces have arrived and there hav...
by Joys and Sorrows on Aug 3, 2015

Joys and Sorrows’ Player of the Season / Colin Doyle

Rather unsurprisingly, we are proud to announce that the winner of our end of season, Player of the Season Poll, is Clayton Donaldson.  Well done that man, who garnered an impressive 71% of the votes.  Here are the final standings:   Clayton D...
by Joys and Sorrows on May 19, 2015

Joys and Sorrows Player of the Season Poll 14/15

The last poll we ran on this site ran like this: Where will Gary Rowett steer Blues to this season? Mid-Table Security (42%, 204 Votes) About tenth, just missing the play offs (29%, 141 Votes) The Playoffs (14%, 68 Votes) Lower Reaches Survival (9%,...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 25, 2015

View from the South – Reading v Birmingham City

This is the closest venue I get to visit all season. It is usually a twenty minutes journey from Blackwater to Reading, a nice pint in the Three Guineas right outside the train station and then onto a bus for the short journey to the Madjeski. There...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 23, 2015

View From the South Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Baz is back with a full 90 minute review this week! First of all I hope all in the Bluenose nation had a good and happy Easter. I actually went on Monday to Bournemouth where the weather was absolutely glorious and very warm for the time of the year.
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 12, 2015

View from the South- Birmingham City v Rotherham

There had been a break from matters on the pitch for us with International week but I did get to go to the game at Wembley last Friday meeting up with Chris and a few of the lads from Baginton. 4-0 against a poor Lithuania side was good enough and we...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 4, 2015

Huddersfield Match Preview

Pull the Hudder One… (Article Adapted From One Featured In This Weekend’s Made In Brum Magazine) After a massive ‘blip’ we’re back ‘on track’ on another mini-unbeaten-run.  Long may it continue, starting tod...
by Joys and Sorrows on Mar 11, 2015


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