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This is the first of just four games this month (with Blackburn, Barnsley and WBA up next) and there will be a decent 20,000 + crowd. After today we have just three more home games this season, Peterborough United, Sheffield United and Hull City.

Back in November they beat us 3-0, highlights here:

 

Our head-to-head record is poor we have won 18, drawn 17 and lost 35. Last season they finished 18th and their anxious fans posted an open letter to the players last February (see picture). They are currently in 19th place on 37 points.

There will be a minutes applause today on 62 minutes for ex-Bristol City apprentice (1976/77) Peter Hayes who sadly passed away on 24th January.

There is also a book signing today https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/meet-club-legend-merrick-at-book-signing/ when Geoff Merrick will be signing his autobiography ‘Life with the Robins and  beyond.’

Our squad is likely to include O’Leary, Kalas, James and Atkinson, so NP will have a few decisions to make. Pre-match NP said ‘I think it's always about us trying to lift the fans, they've played their part hugely this season and what we're trying to do is create a side here which gives people a bit of hope not just for this season but beyond.’

Last Saturday, for one weekend only, Birmingham City reverted to their original name - Small Heath Alliance - after accepting an order from the TV series Peaky Blinders: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/peaky-blinders-bbc-birmingham-city-23220355

They lost 2-0 at home to Huddersfield last time our when Lyle Taylor was injured during the warm up and Maxime Colin was also forced off in the first half. Their strike duo Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan are both ruled out with calf injuries. They are hoping to have Marc Roberts available today.

Birmingham fans again protested at their owners last Saturday by throwing tennis balls onto the pitch, causing a delay,  They have won just once in eight matches, and against the Terriers failed to find the net for the first time in 13 league games.

Fans comments after the Huddersfield game:

Only one player looked like making a difference today and that was Onel. Schoolboy defending which can only be expected from midfielders playing out of position - we need to get to the bottom of this injury crisis.

Next season we'll rebuild. Then finish 19th and claim that the season after will be the rebuild, and the dross will continue for another 10 years. Can't defend. Embarrassing (self-inflicted) injury record. Deserve to be relegated this season, farcical that we will survive again.

Taylor gets injured, Bacuna has a poor game, and we're rubbish. Shame we're so reliant on everyone being 100% all the time.

Decision not to sign any defenders is killing any chance of progress this season.

They are managed by Lee Bowyer. As a player, he was a midfielder who featured for Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, West Ham United (two spells), Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town in over 18 years as a professional. He made 397 appearances in the Premier League, took part in semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Leeds and won the Football League Cup with Birmingham in 2011. Bowyer was capped once by the England national team.

His record against us is played 3 won 2 and lost 1.

He’s got a bit of an unpleasant reputation; he fought with Kieron Dyer, his Newcastle team-mate, allegedly because Dyer didn’t pass to him, Emma Keeney, who he was dating back in 1995, reported that he slapped her, spat in her face and when he chucked her said ‘I can't risk it, we might have a brown baby’. Bowyer allegedly also went on the rampage at a McDonald's restaurant on the Isle of Dogs in 1996 and hurled racist abuse at the Bangladeshi staff before knocking a cook unconscious.

Bowyer was manager of Charlton Athletic for three years, before he left to become the Birmingham City manager in 2021.

Players that have played for both clubs in (relatively) recent times include, Duncan Idehen, David Cotterill, Wade Elliott, David Rennie and Mick Harford.

Today’s officials: Referee: Thomas Bramall. Assistant Referee: Bhupinder Gill. Assistant Referee: Robert Merchant. Fourth Official: John Busby.

Match day programme: https://robinstv.bcfc.co.uk/digital-matchday-programme/

Brum banter

  • Cluedo was invented in Birmingham. There’s a plaque up on the wall of the house on Brighton Road where it’s inventor lived and made the game which is loved by millions around the world.
  • JRR Tolkien wrote Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit in Birmingham. He used to live in the south of the city and the twin towers in the book are based on towers at Edgbaston water works.
  • Rev. Wilbert Awdry wrote the Thomas the tank engine books in Birmingham. He worked at a church in Kings Norton.
  • Famous musicians from Birmingham include UB40, Duran Duran, Musical Youth, Roy Wood, Jamelia and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Other famous people from Birmingham include Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker, Jasper Carrot, Cat Deeley, Tony Hitchcock and Toyah Wilcox
  • Brum has the 5th busiest Mcdonald’s in the world and one of the first to ever open in the UK on Christmas day.
  • Cadbury’s  chocolate is made in area of Birmingham called Bournville. The lamposts in Bournville are painted purple because the chocolate bar wrapping paper is that colour.
  • Birmingham is the most landlocked city in the UK. It is about 120 miles from the nearest beach at Weston-super-Mare.
  • An area called next to Birmingham called Solihull got it’s name because it was a hill where the people of Birmingham dumped soil known as Soily Hill.
  • Birmingham used to be the biggest producer of guns in the UK. There is still an area of he city called the gun quarter.
  • If you drove every road in the city you’d have covered more than 2,000 miles
  • Birmingham has the highest number of uninsured drivers in the UK?
  • Famous fans include Dalziel and Pascoe star Colin Buchanan, Jasper Carrott, Stereophonics star Adam Zindani, actor David Harewood and Mike Skinner of the Streets.

So, fellow-Reds hope you enjoy today from wherever you are supporting the team, here’s to a good performance and a home victory, COYR.

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1 hour ago, Jerseybean said:

This is the first of just four games this month (with Blackburn, Barnsley and WBA up next) and there will be a decent 20,000 + crowd. After today we have just three more home games this season, Peterborough United, Sheffield United and Hull City.

Back in November they beat us 3-0, highlights here:

 

Our head-to-head record is poor we have won 18, drawn 17 and lost 35. Last season they finished 18th and their anxious fans posted an open letter to the players last February (see picture). They are currently in 19th place on 37 points.

There will be a minutes applause today on 62 minutes for ex-Bristol City apprentice (1976/77) Peter Hayes who sadly passed away on 24th January.

There is also a book signing today https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/meet-club-legend-merrick-at-book-signing/ when Geoff Merrick will be signing his autobiography ‘Life with the Robins and  beyond.’

Our squad is likely to include O’Leary, Kalas, James and Atkinson, so NP will have a few decisions to make. Pre-match NP said ‘I think it's always about us trying to lift the fans, they've played their part hugely this season and what we're trying to do is create a side here which gives people a bit of hope not just for this season but beyond.’

Last Saturday, for one weekend only, Birmingham City reverted to their original name - Small Heath Alliance - after accepting an order from the TV series Peaky Blinders: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/peaky-blinders-bbc-birmingham-city-23220355

They lost 2-0 at home to Huddersfield last time our when Lyle Taylor was injured during the warm up and Maxime Colin was also forced off in the first half. Their strike duo Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan are both ruled out with calf injuries. They are hoping to have Marc Roberts available today.

Birmingham fans again protested at their owners last Saturday by throwing tennis balls onto the pitch, causing a delay,  They have won just once in eight matches, and against the Terriers failed to find the net for the first time in 13 league games.

Fans comments after the Huddersfield game:

Only one player looked like making a difference today and that was Onel. Schoolboy defending which can only be expected from midfielders playing out of position - we need to get to the bottom of this injury crisis.

Next season we'll rebuild. Then finish 19th and claim that the season after will be the rebuild, and the dross will continue for another 10 years. Can't defend. Embarrassing (self-inflicted) injury record. Deserve to be relegated this season, farcical that we will survive again.

Taylor gets injured, Bacuna has a poor game, and we're rubbish. Shame we're so reliant on everyone being 100% all the time.

Decision not to sign any defenders is killing any chance of progress this season.

They are managed by Lee Bowyer. As a player, he was a midfielder who featured for Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, West Ham United (two spells), Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town in over 18 years as a professional. He made 397 appearances in the Premier League, took part in semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Leeds and won the Football League Cup with Birmingham in 2011. Bowyer was capped once by the England national team.

His record against us is played 3 won 2 and lost 1.

He’s got a bit of an unpleasant reputation; he fought with Kieron Dyer, his Newcastle team-mate, allegedly because Dyer didn’t pass to him, Emma Keeney, who he was dating back in 1995, reported that he slapped her, spat in her face and when he chucked her said ‘I can't risk it, we might have a brown baby’. Bowyer allegedly also went on the rampage at a McDonald's restaurant on the Isle of Dogs in 1996 and hurled racist abuse at the Bangladeshi staff before knocking a cook unconscious.

Bowyer was manager of Charlton Athletic for three years, before he left to become the Birmingham City manager in 2021.

Players that have played for both clubs in (relatively) recent times include, Duncan Idehen, David Cotterill, Wade Elliott, David Rennie and Mick Harford.

Today’s officials: Referee: Thomas Bramall. Assistant Referee: Bhupinder Gill. Assistant Referee: Robert Merchant. Fourth Official: John Busby.

Match day programme: https://robinstv.bcfc.co.uk/digital-matchday-programme/

Brum banter

  • Cluedo was invented in Birmingham. There’s a plaque up on the wall of the house on Brighton Road where it’s inventor lived and made the game which is loved by millions around the world.
  • JRR Tolkien wrote Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit in Birmingham. He used to live in the south of the city and the twin towers in the book are based on towers at Edgbaston water works.
  • Rev. Wilbert Awdry wrote the Thomas the tank engine books in Birmingham. He worked at a church in Kings Norton.
  • Famous musicians from Birmingham include UB40, Duran Duran, Musical Youth, Roy Wood, Jamelia and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Other famous people from Birmingham include Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker, Jasper Carrot, Cat Deeley, Tony Hitchcock and Toyah Wilcox
  • Brum has the 5th busiest Mcdonald’s in the world and one of the first to ever open in the UK on Christmas day.
  • Cadbury’s  chocolate is made in area of Birmingham called Bournville. The lamposts in Bournville are painted purple because the chocolate bar wrapping paper is that colour.
  • Birmingham is the most landlocked city in the UK. It is about 120 miles from the nearest beach at Weston-super-Mare.
  • An area called next to Birmingham called Solihull got it’s name because it was a hill where the people of Birmingham dumped soil known as Soily Hill.
  • Birmingham used to be the biggest producer of guns in the UK. There is still an area of he city called the gun quarter.
  • If you drove every road in the city you’d have covered more than 2,000 miles
  • Birmingham has the highest number of uninsured drivers in the UK?
  • Famous fans include Dalziel and Pascoe star Colin Buchanan, Jasper Carrott, Stereophonics star Adam Zindani, actor David Harewood and Mike Skinner of the Streets.

So, fellow-Reds hope you enjoy today from wherever you are supporting the team, here’s to a good performance and a home victory, COYR.

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Great post Jersey bean. Except the below. What beach ?

 

Birmingham is the most landlocked city in the UK. It is about 120 miles from the nearest beach at Weston-super-Mare. There is no beach.It will be tough one today and most probably a draw for us at best.

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2 minutes ago, City oz said:

Great post Jersey bean. Except the below. What beach ?

 

Birmingham is the most landlocked city in the UK. It is about 120 miles from the nearest beach at Weston-super-Mare. There is no beach.It will be tough one today and most probably a draw for us at best.

More than 50 beachgoers had to be rescued when they got trapped in sinking mud as crowds flocked to the coast at the weekend.

Avon Fire and Rescue saved 30 people at Weston-super-Mare beach at about 17:00 BST on Saturday and rescued a further 23 people on Sunday at 18:50.

Station manager Shaun Heighton said the very high tide at Weston beach meant it left a dangerous mud residue behind.

The coastguard is asking people to take note of warning signs in place.

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Interesting decisions ahead today for Nige.

Would not surprise me to see the continuation of the back three (with Cundy in) but Alex Scott back to RWB.  That would accommodates a midfield 2 of James and Williams and the WSM3 if Massengo given a rest.

Brum lined up 442 in recent games, but with wingers and both full-back positions due to injuries, and Pederson the only real ball-winner in the back line.

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It really is an opportunity for Semenyo to run riot if he gets the chance.

We will need to be careful in wide positions, as I’m sure Brum will want to double up on our Wing-backs and feed crosses to Jutkiewicz.

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1 hour ago, Davefevs said:

Interesting decisions ahead today for Nige.

Would not surprise me to see the continuation of the back three (with Cundy in) but Alex Scott back to RWB.  That would accommodates a midfield 2 of James and Williams and the WSM3 if Massengo given a rest.

Brum lined up 442 in recent games, but with wingers and both full-back positions due to injuries, and Pederson the only real ball-winner in the back line.

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It really is an opportunity for Semenyo to run riot if he gets the chance.

We will need to be careful in wide positions, as I’m sure Brum will want to double up on our Wing-backs and feed crosses to Jutkiewicz.

If there is any game we should be setting up 3-5-2, this is the one.

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1 hour ago, sh1t_ref_again said:

Good, I reported 3 boys who locked themselves in the cubicles by the sports bar last game to a BCFC rep who went to investigate as obvious what they were up too

Must be great to be an upstanding citizen?  Have you ever noticed how people start forgetting   what it was like to be young?

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3 minutes ago, Betty Swallocks said:

I hope that made you feel really proud. 

So you think its okay for lads in late teens / early 20's to go and lock themselves in a cubicle whilst others were waiting to use the toilet so they can sniff coke

 

1 minute ago, maxjak said:

Must be great to be an upstanding citizen?  Have you ever noticed how people start forgetting   what it was like to be young?

Never did drugs or approve of their use

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6 minutes ago, maxjak said:

Must be great to be an upstanding citizen?  Have you ever noticed how people start forgetting   what it was like to be young?

And have you ever noticed what drugs can do to young people and their families.  But that 's alright is it according to you, because their young.

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5 minutes ago, sh1t_ref_again said:

So you think its okay for lads in late teens / early 20's to go and lock themselves in a cubicle whilst others were waiting to use the toilet so they can sniff coke

 

Never did drugs or approve of their use

So you have never tasted alcohol?   Live and Let Live, is a creed i tend to live by.    IMHO.  Self righteousness belongs to the narrow minded            

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8 minutes ago, maxjak said:

 

So you have never tasted alcohol?   Live and Let Live, is a creed i tend to live by.    IMHO.  Self righteousness belongs to the narrow minded            

Since alcohol is not illegal for lads of the age I reported? and plenty being consumed in the sports bar, as apposed to Cocaine which is a class A drug and illegal and the source of much pain and misery.

Got to laugh calling me narrow minded when you cannot spot the difference between the 2, 

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Just now, sh1t_ref_again said:

Since alcohol is not illegal for lads of the age I reported? and plenty being consumed in the sports bar, as apposed to Cocaine which is a class A drug and illegal and the source of much pain and misery.

Call laugh calling me narrow minded when you cannot spot the difference between the 2, 

 Have you have had an original thought of your own?  Or do you just tend to follow tabloid opinion's?  You have a very simplistic view of the world IMHO.

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