Price and value

The price of a football player does not always correspond to his value to a team; Colin Doyle will be worth more than £1 to Bradford. However, the clubs that pay the most for players are more likely to be near the top of the table than clubs that can’t afford large transfer fees.

Blues memories

Villa away January 2004 — Hitzlesperger scored a cracking (correction: half-decent) goal for Villa. I was sitting down, sulking and my dad said: “stand up – it’s part of your education!”

Some poor shooting at St. Andrews

118 goalless minutes will never set the pulses racing, but the common assessment of Oxford’s 1-0 win at Birmingham as a dull game may be a touch unfair. The main issue for both teams was poor shooting, as much as a lack of creativity.

Pre-season policing

I wouldn’t want some features of the home game against Roda JC, such as the large police presence, to be repeated too often.

Are we ready?

All summer, Birmingham City has been urging fans to GET READY for the new season by buying season tickets and replica kit. The club has been getting the stadium ready; the pitch has been relayed and looks great.

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