Blog Posts - Gary Rowett



Post Sacking / New Appointment Thoughts

OK, I have taken a bit of time to think about what happened so I could post reflectively rather than emotionally. A couple of things to say first, I’m not going to be critical of anyone – because 1. It doesn’t help and 2. I can̵...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 16, 2016

The Future’s Bright(on)?? Birmingham City v Brighton Match Preview

When I wrote my last article, we’d suffered back to back defeats and we hadn’t yet beaten Ipswich as we turned the tide in our favour once again, yet I still didn’t even begin to think we might be discussing the sacking of Gary Rowe...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 16, 2016

Gary Rowett Sacked

It has just been announced on the BBC that Gary Rowett has been sacked. I have to say, I am staggered. More to follow.   Image of GR used with kind permission of BCFC.
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 14, 2016

BCFC Give a Statement on Rowett’s Departure

The club have posted the following statement on bcfc.com. The Club has today parted company with Manager Gary Rowett. Gary’s contract, and those of his backroom staff – Kevin Summerfield, Mark Sale, Kevin Poole and Darren Robinson – have been t...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 14, 2016

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 – Cardiff City v Birmingham City

The spring is sprung, The grass is riz, I wonder where the boidies is? Why the boids is on the wing, Well, isn’t that absoid, Cuz everybody knows, The wing is on the boid! Here we are in early May and beautiful weather is at last greeting us in...
by Joys and Sorrows on May 8, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Burnley

In typical fashion, the weather having been beautiful all the way through the working week had changed dramatically to greet the weekend and Saturday morning was dull, dank, cold and distinctly unpromising. I needed to go and see my 91 years-old aunt...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 17, 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 – Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City

It was a lovely bright sunny morning in Surrey as Saturday dawned and there was a little Cairn Terrier to walk, newspaper to collect and lottery ticket to renew before setting off to the station to catch the train to Guildford to meet up with Will wh...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 3, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Fulham

Will and Chris had managed to get some VIP hospitality seats in one of the boxes and whilst they said they tried to get me in, the truth of it was that they probably decided I was a little too hoi-polloi to join them so I had to settle for the compan...
by Joys and Sorrows on Mar 20, 2016

View from the South – Queens Park Rangers v Birmingham City

It promised to be another cold day and I wasn’t to be disavowed of that fact early on when I took my neighbour’s little Cairn terrier, Bentley out for his walk. My neighbour has been very poorly and she has been unable to exercise the lit...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 28, 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 – Bristol City v Birmingham City

Early on, I took out a little Cairn Terrier called Bentley who belongs to a neighbour of mine who sadly is not very well at the moment and unable to do it herself. I caught the train from Blackwater to Reading where I had arranged to meet up with my...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 31, 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

Gary Rowett Signs New Deal With Blues

BCFC have announced that GR has signed a new contract along with his backroom staff. This is absolutely fantastic news. The team have slowly but surely been improving since he took over after that infamous mauling by Bournemouth. Actually I think it...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 21, 2016

View from the South – Derby County v Birmingham City

Here is Baz’s report on yesterday’s superb win at Derby. ——————————————– At last it seemed that winter had finally arrived. Sunrise revealed a frost...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 17, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Bournemouth

Chris had pointed out a few weeks ago that there was a hospitality package going for this game at an affordable price and so we decided to hire a box for ten of us. I had four tickets so I arranged to take my sons Jonny and Ben and my mate and work c...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 10, 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


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