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View from the South – Birmingham City v Norwich City 

5 Aug 18

The glorious summer is to continue for a while it seems.

View from the South – It’s Nearly Time To Start Again! 

22 Jul 18

I hope that all my fellow Bluenoses are enjoying this glorious summer.

The Semi Finals – England Successfully Achieve Them 

9 Jul 18

I have just returned home to Devon.

Seeing Is Believing! 

4 Jul 18

Who thought that last night we would win inside 90 minutes? Yep me too – and in truth, we should have done.

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.

Birmingham City Interested in Miquel Nelom to Further Improve Team’s Defense 

17 Jan 18

The club are always on the lookout for some fresh talent to add to our squad.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Derby County 

14 Jan 18

It was the end of another working week and Saturday morning was once again upon us.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Burton Albion 

6 Jan 18

I awoke as usual, at just after 06.00 and – not being one for lying around in bed – I got up, abluted, and headed downstairs.

Reading v Birmingham City Post Match Thoughts 

3 Jan 18

Although Baz was at the game last night, because of work commitments he has been unable to do a view from the south for last night.

View From The South – Birmingham City v Leeds United 

31 Dec 17

First of all, before I forget my manners in the desolate gloom that is our football season, I hope all of you that read this drivel had a wonderful Christmas although the events of Boxing Day, unless you were like me and asleep, couldn&#8217…

Birmingham City v Leeds Utd Brief Post Match Comments 

30 Dec 17

Well we REALLY needed that win today, and we got a clean sheet! The only disappointment is that the teams just above us also won or drew.

View from the South- Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers 

16 Dec 17

The Virgin Mary, gravid with child, was carried on a little donkey many miles to the stable where Jesus was born.

View from the South – Fulham v Birmingham City 

10 Dec 17

Birmingham City nil; seems to roll off the tongue doesn’t it? Birmingham City nil is how I answer people who ask me whom I support nowadays.

Birmingham City Football Club WM Police and Supporters’ Forum: December 2017 

8 Dec 17

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the most recent Supporters’ Forum on 7th December  2017.

Misfiring Birmingham Heaping the Blues on Themselves 

6 Dec 17

In football, every team is prone to a slight dip in form during the season.

Blues v Wolves Preview 

1 Dec 17

Let’s face facts, Wolves are flying.

Joys & Sorrows – Birmingham City Football Club Supporters’ Forum: November 2017 

29 Nov 17

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the most recent Supporters’ Forum on 27th November  2017.

2018 World Cup Draw Provides Added Interest for Blues’ Fans 

28 Nov 17

By the time the 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia next summer, Birmingham City fans will be hoping that their Championship status will have been preserved and they can sit back, enjoy the tournament and cheer on their national team.

Anything can happen in the Championship 

27 Nov 17

Source: HitBirmingham via Facebook The Championship table does not make ideal reading for us Birmingham City fans at the moment.

Middlesbrough v Blues Preview 

20 Nov 17

A vital 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday saw the Blues climb out of the relegation zone and gave the team a much-needed confidence boost ahead of a horrendous run of fixtures.

Not a View From the South Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest 

18 Nov 17

So Bazza couldn’t make the game today, and Russ who NORMALLY goes, had to put family first.

Birmingham City On This Day Book Review and Competition 

13 Nov 17

Pitch publishing have approached us and asked if we would plug the recently published book by Tim Evershed.

The Trillion Dollar Question – Should Redknapp have been given more time? 

9 Nov 17

IMAGE SOURCE: TalkSPORT via Twitter Little under twelve months ago in December 2016, just after a 2-1 victory against Ipswich Town and with Birmingham City sat in seventh position in the Championship, manager Gary Rowett and his backroom staff…

View from the South – Birmingham City v Aston Villa 

30 Oct 17

The much anticipated date for the first local derby of the season was finally upon us.

Blues v Them Post Match Thoughts 

29 Oct 17

After the performance against Millwall was a bit anxious about this one.

How Can Birmingham City Turn Their Season Around? 

20 Oct 17

We welcome this guest post.

View From the Main Stand – Birmingham City v Cardiff City 

14 Oct 17

As Bazza previously expected, we approached this game already in the bottom three.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Preston North End 

17 Sep 17

As I rather expected, we approached this game already in the bottom three.

View from the South – Norwich City v Birmingham City 

10 Sep 17

View from the South – Norwich City v Birmingham City I hadn’t been to a match in a while.

Joys & Sorrows – Birmingham City Football Club Supporters’ Forum: August 2017 

17 Aug 17

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the most recent Supporters’ Forum on 15th August 2017.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Bristol City 

13 Aug 17

It was to be an earlier start than usual as I had to make the 8.02 train from Blackwater.

View from the South – Ipswich Town v Birmingham City 

6 Aug 17

I woke up early on a sunny Saturday morning, not because of any perceived anticipation for the start of the new season but merely due to the fact that as I’ve got older, I’ve tended to need less sleep and I’ve never been one…


15 Jun 17

The site may go off for short periods as I have to do some maintenance over the next couple of days.

Keith Dixon New Book and Competition 

12 Jun 17

Local business man and Bluenose author, Keith Dixon, has written a new book called Blues Insider.

The Legend Returns – Win a Mitre Football Competition 

2 Jun 17

Next season the EFL will see a new Mitre ball.

Panos Pavlakis Leaves, But Fans Should Thank Him 

19 May 17

Today Panos Pavlakis left the club after three and a half years as a director.