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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

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

England’s Gone Out To Iceland

Yeah ok, not quite the same as their snappy strapline in their ads – but hey ho. I know people may not believe me, but when I realised we had Iceland I was convinced we were going out. We have struggled recently against teams that are committed...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jun 28, 2016

Viv Solomon-Otobor’s Silky Skills!

I received this a few days ago from FFDTV, and thought that youngsters might like to see it. So Mums and Dads, show them how the Blues own Viv Solomon-Otobor moves the ball around! Our dribbling session with Birmingham City FC’s highly regarded...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jun 13, 2016

Alex Govan

The club site has reported that Alex Govan has died aged 86. Alex was the person who introduced “Keep Right On” to the club. Alex joined Blues from Plymouth Argyle. He had appeared 110 times for the Pilgrims. He scored 8 times in his firs...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jun 10, 2016

Significant Movement Forward for the Future of BIHL / BCFC

News has broken over night, that there has been a breakthrough in creating the way to change who owns shares in BIHL. I’m not going to write a full article because my friend Dan Ivery has done a brilliant job on his blog Often Partisan. Althoug...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jun 7, 2016

An Amazing Play-Off Story

I have mentioned lots of times that I live in Devon, obviously that does curtail my opportunities of following the Blues. After living in Plymouth for over 25 years prior to moving to Okehampton, I have a soft spot for Plymouth Argyle. So on Monday I...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jun 1, 2016

Birmingham City Football Club Supporters’ Forum: May 2016

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the Supporters’ Forum on 19th May.  Chaired by David Boston, Customer Services Manager and Supporter Liaison Officer with guest speaker, Rob Smith, who oversees all catering at the club. In attendance with...
by Joys and Sorrows on May 24, 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

Incidents at QPR

After the incidents at QPR this weekend, the club sent this email out You may well have seen it, but I thought I would put it here just in case you missed it and you were affected. While I absolutely can’t condone throwing missiles at anyone, I...
by Joys and Sorrows on Mar 2, 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

Freddie Goodwin – A Personal Tribute

Freddie Goodwin, the man who gave us Trevor, has died aged 82. Freddie was the manager of the club when I started supporting them in 1971 as a 9 year old. My first Blues game, was in 1974 when we beat Manchester City 4-0. That was the only game I saw...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 22, 2016

Freddie Goodwin

Freddie Goodwin the man who gave us Trevor, has died aged 82. Freddie was the manager of the club when I started supporting them in 1971 as a 9 year old. My first Blues game, was in 1974 when we beat Manchester City 4-0. That was the only game I saw...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 22, 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


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