THERE have been 24 winners of the top division in English football, ranging from the real heavyweights to faded Edwardian giants and one-off shock champions. Most of the country’s biggest clubs have lifted the title, but there are a few … Continue reading Six-goals and a Balti – an afternoon at Birmingham City
HOPEFULLY, we are a long way from making drastic and knee-jerk decisions around the fear of pitch invasions becoming a new trend in British football. Anyone who remembers the days of fences, threats of electrification, the feeling of being penned-in … Continue reading Commentary Box: The new hooliganism
DESPITE bearing the name of England’s second largest metropolis, Birmingham City Football Club has invariably been in the shadow of local rivals Aston Villa, an infinitely more successful club over the decades. With a population of 1.1 million in Birmingham itself, and an urban catchment of over two million, the city should, arguably, have been more competitive than it has been over the past half century. The malaise that has affected Midlands’ football for so long received a boost in 2016 when Leicester City won the Premier League, but at the same time, Aston Villa were relegated and West Bromwich … Continue reading State of Play: Birmingham City – a brighter future, perhaps?