Taking Time Out

23 Mar 2023 | 8 comments

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After last Saturday’s huge win against Queens Park Rangers, this current international break enables Blues supporters to take time out.  Reflection, taking stock or simply recharging for the final eight league games starting April is welcomed.  Three points has obviously helped the mood and that is the most important thing of all. 

After a miserable run of results since the start of the New Year, we have recently clawed a couple of victories that position us within three more points of safety.  Enjoy the relative calm whilst we can is my feeling.  Unless, of course, something unexpected emerges from around the corner and bites us on the backside.  Which wouldn’t be a surprise. Such is life being a Birmingham City supporter.

Taking time out will hopefully prove beneficial, with zero thoughts on the “bigger picture” as Blues followers are so often reminded, with dramas never far away.  The return to action on Saturday 1 April against Blackburn Rovers should now be welcomed.  And without dread but, rather, hope for an enjoyable eight game finale.  Such was the significance of that vital victory at Loftus Road. 

With regards to my own personal reflections during this break, uppermost is just how have we managed to avoid the dreaded League One trapdoor for so many seasons? Most recent managers have literally had pennies to spend on players but, somehow, they have consistently managed to pull rabbits out of the proverbial hat.  Particularly the likes of Rowett, Monk, Bowyer and now John Eustace. It is also worth reflecting on a particular “favourite” of mine, Lee Clark.  Again he had nothing to spend but managed the impossible against all the odds, albeit with a golden belated favour from Paul Caddis. 

Lee was never given much credit as a manager at Blues.  But he kept us up and, sadly, that has been the only target for most of our incoming saviours ever since.  We will all have our own particular thoughts on seasons past and just how we have survived I’m sure.  But I bet those who couldn’t be at Bolton for that “Caddis moment” will tell you exactly where they were at the very second the goal was scored, above any of the other last day escapes. 

Interesting to know your thoughts. 

Enjoy the break.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Peter Bates

    Whatever we think of managers past or John Eustace now nothing will change the fact that the owners of the club are the major fact in our struggle to avoid relegation,in fact nearly all the managers have been hand tied ,let’s be honest there were a couple of managers who seemed out of there depth with the fight to avoid relegation but in my opinion the club and supporters were badly let down by ownership,let’s hope any deal to get our club out of the hands of the present owners is bought to fruition and a fresh start for next season can begin kro .

    • susan allen

      I was wallpapering a lounge crying like a baby when Caddis scored Had stopped going for a couple of seasons but that day showed me how much I cared and have been back ever since This club of ours gets under your skin and won’t let go kro

      • Sausage n Egg

        Sometimes i would rather be wallpapering a lounge..or even painting and watching it dry after some of our performances…were rubbish ..but its our rubbish…KRO (keep rollering on)

  2. Peter Bates

    Your right Susan this club has something about it that supporters can’t let go of ,we haven’t forgot our working class roots and there is no pretence as to where we come from that’s what it is to be a blue nose kro

  3. Tracey Tyler

    Yes agree,the one thing Blues supporters have that no other supporters have is faith,hope and optimism,if Vile were in our position they wouldn’t be getting 10,000 at Vile Park.

  4. Smithy

    As regards Bolton and Lee Clark. When Juke scored their second to make it 2-0 our prospects looked dead and buried. Zigic gave a glimmer of hope at 2-1 but Caddis’s last second equaliser will always remain for me the ultimate mind blower- on a par maybe with Carter’s penalty at Millennium Stadium over Norwich. Two different scenarios but worthy of life time pulsating memories.

  5. Mark R

    I enjoyed watching Blues under Lee Clark, at least some of the time anyway!
    If memory serves me correctly we had the likes of Redmond, Burke, Zigic, Zak Morrison, Curtis Davies and Lee Novak in the side, as well as Caddis and an on loan Jesse Lingard during his tenure.
    We had plenty of goals in us- we just couldn’t keep them out at the other end very often!
    Who can remember the 4-0 thrashing we dealt Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, not long before they got promoted to the top flight-where they’ve stayed ever since.

    Lee Clark had lots of passion, and Blues played on the front foot under him, so on the whole he did a good job and possibly didn’t get the credit he deserved at the time.
    I’ve enjoyed watching Blues most under Lee Clark and Pep Clotet in recent years, and least under Aitor Karanka (thankfully from a distance due to COVID in his case!!)
    Rowett was the most ‘pragmatic’ but has been the most successful from a points perspective, closely followed by Gary Monk.
    Anyway JE is doing a very good job, so long may that continue, as a bit of stability (for a change) won’t do us any harm!

  6. Mitchell

    Good read Mark. Thanks.

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