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Do We Now Believe? – World Cup Observations 

19 Jun 18

So we CAN win an opening game in an international competition! Yes I know the opposition weren’t the highest of standards – but those are the ones we normally mess up! The first half, on the whole, was a good performance.

What Next Season’s Odds Say About Blues 

7 Jun 18

Before a ball had been kicked in the Championship last season, Sky Sports ran a season preview looking at the contenders for the Championship title and relegation.

Monky Magic – How Garry Kept Us Up and Other Reflections & The Summer 

5 Jun 18

I have been reflecting on last season, and thought I’d put them in a post.

BCFC Quarterly Supporters Forum 24 May 

24 May 18

Russ represented J&S at the supporters forum today.

Jlloyd Samuel 

15 May 18

I heard this afternoon that Jlloyd Samuel has died aged 37.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Fulham 

7 May 18

We have arrived once again at the final day of the season and for the third time in five seasons find ourselves in relegation trouble.

Some Thoughts About Football Betting 

27 Apr 18

Points to keep in mind before placing any football bets I was asked about betting on football recently.

View From The Main Stand – Birmingham City v Sheffield United 

22 Apr 18

As Bazza was in Kent, looking after the needs of a poorly relative, it fell to me to once again blog as ‘understudy’ to the great View From the South.

A View From the Southwest Bristol City v Birmingham City 

11 Apr 18

With Bazza not being able to make the game this evening, I thought I would do my own version of a View From the South, living in Devon – West needs to be added.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Burton Albion 

8 Apr 18

Saturday dawned to that rare and precious thing; a bright, sunny, warm, spring day! There were more of us going to this game than usual.

Run in Analysis 

4 Apr 18

A month ago we looked doomed.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Ipswich Town 

1 Apr 18

Well so far Easter weekend had been dank and wet with Good Friday being a total washout and Saturday not looking much better on early rising.

Joys and Sorrows at the EFL Forum 

21 Mar 18

Joys and Sorrows were lucky enough to pick up an invite to the second EFL Fans’ Forum of the season, held at Birmingham’s ‘Bierkeller’ on Broad Street on March 19th… I was lucky enough to get chatting to some Walsall…

View from the South – Birmingham City v Hull City 

18 Mar 18

The Beast from the East was back just in time for the weekend it seemed and indeed on rising early on Saturday morning and taking my first view outside snow was falling which began to get worryingly thick.

BCFC v Hull Joys and Sorrows Match Preview 

16 Mar 18

Breaching the Hull…There’s No Hullternative? by Russell Dempsey This article will appear in Saturday’s ‘Made in Brum‘ fanzine, priced £1.50 and available from sellers around the ground.

Monk’s the Man! 

4 Mar 18

Just 24 hours after Steve Cotterill’s reign at Blues came to an end, the club have moved quickly to appoint the ex Leeds and Swansea man as manager.

The Sacking of Cotterill, Management Musings & Owners 

4 Mar 18

So last night the club confirmed what we thought was coming, Cotterill has been sacked.

Birmingham City Football Club Quarterly Supporters’ Forum February 27th 2018 

3 Mar 18

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the most recent Supporters’ Forum on 27th February 2018.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Barnsley 

25 Feb 18

Mrs Bazza and I have just returned from a trip to Australia.

Big Eck is back in the Scotland hot-seat 

24 Feb 18

2012 Olympic Football – Hampden Park (3) by daniel0685 / CC BY 2.0 Former Blues boss, Alex McLeish, must have an impeccable agent.

Can Birmingham City stay in the Championship? 

23 Feb 18

There is a lot of doom and gloom at the moment, it isn’t easy being a Blues fan eh? After the rise and fall of 2016-17, the current campaign has been a long, hard, grinding struggle against relegation so far.

Win Blues Match Tickets Through a Raffle to Support Rwanda Children 

16 Feb 18

I have been given the opportunity to go to Rwanda to help install IT equipment into 2 new schools in Kigali for street children set up through the charity Rwanda Legacy of Hope in March.

The Gallagher Impact 

15 Feb 18

So mention the name Gallagher to people of my age, and they will immediately remember a strapping centre back who was a key player for Blues in the 70’s.

An Improvement Under Cotterill 

14 Feb 18

On the 29th September last year, Steve was appointed as Blues manager replacing Harry Redknapp.

Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City Preview FA Cup 4th Round 

26 Jan 18

Tomorrow sees Blues travel to Yorkshire to take on Premier League side Huddersfield in the cup.