The Next 35

18 Oct 2023 | 2 comments

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This Saturday’s match away at Middlesbrough begins the start of a juicy thirty five championship league games under Wayne Rooney’s new leadership. All the hype and excitement of the last week must now be put to bed and replaced by the serious business of professionally focusing on match days. Destination play-offs has to be the target.

With the second transfer window nearing, Blues now have a dozen games being solely reliant on the current squad. From what we have already seen this season, that should be more than sufficient for the challenges to come. Playing with no fear is the new maxim, something which will be eagerly scrutinised with the results which lie ahead.

Blues supporters know our club well, and if our hierarchy can match what they want with sufficient league points then good times await. With more players hopefully returning from injury, and young guns emerging to take part, there is certainly cause for optimistic belief.

Middlesbrough has, in the past, not often been kind to Blues points wise. But this time around we can surely look upon the trip to the Riverside with fresh hope? Keeping clear of injuries is, in my opinion, a key factor for continuing progress and this absolutely includes avoiding the needless training ground mishaps that have afflicted the season so far. Hopefully Wayne Rooney and his backroom staff are alert to this already and will sort the ongoing problem. They simply have to.

Predictions are not really useful at this time. But this new programme of thirty five fixtures starts with real hope, and they will no doubt generate much  excitement as the season unfolds. Our owners have gambled somewhat, and they are now reliant on their decisions proving fruitful. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Pride has returned to St. Andrew’s and it is long overdue. I for one intend to bask in it.

 Mitchell Bray


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  1. Ed Truman

    Me too Mitchell. It’s not just pride though. For me, what’s really important is that there is now hope. Hope for a better future with owners that want success. And who have resources and a plan. After what we’ve had to endure for the last decade, that is a massive step change.

  2. Smithy

    Strange as it might seem I am a bit concerned that the focus on Wayne Rooney by agendas( other than football) could derail. What we definitely don’t want is film crews, ‘Netflix type’ and the hype concerning ‘other than football silly courtroom handbags’ by bickering spouses etc. Important we keep the dignity.

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