Saturday, 20 October 2007

It's A Fix - Birmingham


Wow, a scheduled game, a Saturday, and a 3pm kick off, only one thing could mess that up, don’t even think about it!

Birmingham were formed as Small Heath (nicknamed first as The Heathens), in 1875 and joined Div 2 in 1892/3. Ups and throughout including a stint in the 3rd. Finally made it to the Prem, consolidated, went down for one season and now back.
F.A. Cup runners up in 1931 and 1956 (to us, yesss!!!), European Fairs Cup runners up in 1960 and ’61. League Cup winners in ’63, runners up in 2001.
Some names/connections ; Small Heath, Blues, Zulus, David Sullivan, David Gold, Karen Brady, Jasper Carrott
Alex (The King) Harley, Ray Ranson, Roy Warhurst, Trevor Francis, Ron Saunders, John Bond, Steve Fleet, Tony Coton, Mark Ward, Frank Carrodus, Wayne Clarke, Paul Cooper, Richard Edghill, Paul Moulden, Tony Towers, David Seaman ….

Steve Bruce’s squad includes : Taylor, Parnaby, Kelly, Djourou, Ridgewell, Muamba, Quendrue, Nafti, Larsson, Kapo, Jerome, O’Connor, Forssell, McSheffrey,

Last season : after an early struggle they got it together and came up in second place.
Our last meetings were in season 05/06 when we won 2-1 at St Andrews, Barton and Cole after Butt had given them the lead, 23,666 (1622 City) and 4-1 at COMS, Sommeil, Barton, Sibierski and BWP, Jarosik getting a late consolation for them.

This season so far : Outgoings were Campbell, Clemence, N’Gotty, Gray for £3M. Incomings are Kapo, Muamba, Parnaby, O’Connor, De Ridder, Schmitz, Queduru, Ridgewell for £10M. Currently they’re in 12th place with 8 points from 8 games and one win one draw, a 0-0 at Anfield, and 2 losses away from home. They went out of the Carling 3-0 at Blackburn

Our Form in Manc v Brum: Pretty good, we’ve only lost once (0-1 in 97/98) in the last 14 lg meetings. Best win: 6-0 L.Cup in 01/02. Worst defeat : 4-1 in 61/62
P/W attendances have ranged from 20,205 in 88/89 to 44,779 in ’56.
Famous moment: Obviously the ’56 FA Cup Final and the 3-1 win – Johnstone, Dyson, Hayes, and Bert’s broken neck!
Windups: ‘’Steve Bruce is the Elephant Man”.”You’re Gonna get the sack”

Comment : We usually do well against them, particularly in Manc. so you’d expect us to continue our 100% home record. Also they’re in takeover turmoil, Yeung Stir coming in, so Brucie should be a bit worried about the result knowing our track record for getting managers sacked! Only 864 Brummies last time out, though it was on PPV, surely they can do better than that, can’t they? Rumour is that they will, in a Zulu re-union?

STATS: 58 pre-war and 70 post-war make it our 129th league meeting, and p/w here it’s:-
Played: 35.: Won 26. Drawn 6. Lost 3 (4-1 in 61/62, 1-0 in 80/81, 1-0 in 97/98)
Last Att : 41,345, (864 Brummies)
Where were they when they were shite? – Av 7,030 in 90/91!
This season’s average : 26,127

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