A Perfect Day

15 Aug 2023 | 4 comments

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For those of us Blues followers fortunate to be at St. Andrew’s last Saturday, we witnessed what can only be described as the perfect day.  New owners, lots of very visible improvements at the ground, fantastic atmosphere throughout, a fitting and very emotional tribute to Trevor Francis and, of course, a last minute goal to beat Leeds United.  Like me, I’m sure most supporters were left with an overwhelming feeling of joy and fulfilment at simply being part of an historic happening.

Whatever phrases come to mind like rebirth, new beginnings and so on, they will never be sufficient to describe supporters innermost thoughts and feelings as to the emotional rollercoaster of the day.  Tired and weary made way for being gloriously exhausted by the end. It was momentous.

Emotions apart, this season now takes on a serious challenge for raising the bar with players and supporters alike.  Expectations will be high, and monthly improvements on the pitch should be the natural way forward under our new guardians.  At long last, we supporters can now look forward with belief, optimism and excitement.

Two games into this new season, and against decent opposition, has yielded four well earned points which adds to new belief that this current campaign can be so much better than what we have become accustomed to.  John Eustace has, in my opinion, earned the right to be trusted for achieving Championship points.  And, with inspirational backing from Tom Brady, I look forward to seeing someone special emerge.

A winning mentality to match our NFL icon, coupled with financial support from Tom Wagner, should give our beloved club an absolutely genuine opportunity to return to the top flight in the not too distant future.  Last Saturday was the perfect day in every respect. Continuing to progress and keeping the confidence alive will be expected going forward.

We are in a different place now. And, far more importantly, a very happy one.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Tracey Tyler

    Yes great day but we need to damper expectations because we have to realise where the Club was.While there have been improvements and there has been the odd lick of paint here and there the infrastructure of the Club leaves a lot to be desired especially the Toilet facilities and the general approaches to the ground through the gates by The George.On the field the result was good against a Leeds side without any cutting edge at all,l expected more from them.l think our best purchases have been Laird and Buchanan by a country mile with Dembele not far behind,Bacuna flatters to deceive and l guess he will always be like that but promising signs,let’s see how we stand after 10 games,hopefully new Striker and Hall will be in the side.

  2. Stephen Curley

    Perfect day and the villa got smashed

    • Ed Truman

      It was a wonderful day. But Tracey is right, there is still a lot of work to do with the infrastructure. I could have spent more on refreshments for example, but I was denied an opportunity to do so because of a lack of provisions, extremely long queues and so on. But we should acknowledge what has been achieved in short order and praise the new regime for that. And I took great comfort from Garry Cook’s open letter to supporters yesterday. At least we now have people in charge who care and want things to be the best they can be. I’ll settle for that.

      On the playing front I was encouraged by what I saw. Ok, it wasn’t the best game of football I’ve ever been to but Blues were very focussed and disciplined, and certainly offered more than Leeds. And to have two excellent full backs in place made such a difference. I rated Maxime Colin but I’m not sure he would have made the lung bursting run that Laird did in the last minute of the game?

      All in all, lots and lots to be encouraged about. We’re on our way back!

  3. Mark R

    I agree with Tracey that there is still lots of work to do, on and off the pitch, but the new hierarchy completely acknowledge that and seem determined to constantly improve all aspects of the club for us fans.
    We still have the return of George Hall and Tyler Roberts to look forward to and make no mistake, this current positive national and international spotlight on Blues will make Craig Gardner’s job a little easier in persuading player targets to join this exciting project.
    Everything about Saturday was fantastic, and I’m sure we can look forward to a few more perfect Saturdays from now on!


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