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Blues View (post-Wigan)

By Andy Walker on Dec 7, 09 02:22 PM

Blues View (post-Wolves)

By Andy Walker on Dec 1, 09 10:47 PM

Starring Alex McLeish, Mick McCarthy and Colin Tattum.

Blues View (post-Fulham)

By Andy Walker on Nov 24, 09 11:58 AM

Having been laid low with a nasty cold, BPM Media video editor Phil Vinter took my place in the hot-seat to grill chief sports writer Colin Tattum on Birmingham City's 1-0 victory over Fulham.

Blues View (post-Liverpool)

By Andy Walker on Nov 10, 09 01:47 PM

Hear the thoughts of Alex McLeish and Barry Ferguson.

Sporting thought of the day

By Andy Walker on Oct 29, 09 11:40 AM

FA Cup fever is on the horizon and it's time for football's next fairytale story.

Forget Paulton Rovers V Norwich City, the stand out David V Goliath tie for me is Walsall at Zamaretto Southern League Premier Division outfit Stourbridge and I've got a feeling that the Glassboys can replicate the heroics that catapulted Chasetown into FA Cup folklore.

I'm struggling to find the odds on a Stourbridge victory but you heard it here first: Amblecote, Saturday November 7 2009 - The scene of the next great FA Cup giant-killing.

Blues View (post-Arsenal)

By Andy Walker on Oct 20, 09 11:25 AM

From Hong Kong to Damson Park

By Andy Walker on Oct 14, 09 10:18 AM

Carson Yeung's trusted sidekicks have already made a good impression since starting work at Blues on Monday morning.

They have breezed in with statements on how they plan to create a St Andrew's 'family' and their hopes of tempting back Blues' many disillusioned fans.

And they've already shown signs of being true to their word by rubber-stamping vice-chairman Michael Wiseman's suggestion to slash the cost of tickets for the forthcoming home match with Manchester City. There has even been hints that they will go better than the previous regime's successful 'Kids for a Quid' scheme by letting children in for FREE!

Not to mention the real issue that will get Blues fans' mouths watering - January cash for Alex McLeish to bolster his squad. The general vibe is that money is no object if the right player comes along.

However, the thing that has impressed me most so far didn't come from a grand statement or gesture. It was the fact that the new chairman and vice-chairman football, Vico Hui and Sammy Yu, turned up to last night's reserve match against non-league Solihull Moors at Damson Park.

The Chinese duo, along with their PAs, watched a youthful Blues second-string, containing only three first-teamers, beat Solihull 3-1 in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie.

A true sign that the new owners care about ALL levels of the football club - even the currently unattached Blues women's team as Yu suggested in a BRMB radio interview less than an hour before his dash to Damson Park.

Sporting thought of the day

By Andy Walker on Oct 8, 09 03:42 PM

If Flavio Briatore isn't booted out of QPR following his part in the F1 race-fixing scandal, then the Football League's 'Fit and Proper Persons Test' is a farce - simple as that.

Sporting thought of the day

By Andy Walker on Oct 7, 09 01:09 PM

I've come to accept that Fabio Capello won't come calling.

After all, why would the Italian turn to a goal-leaking centre-half lacking pace, whose only previous football experience was a season in the Birmingham Alliance Sunday League and the odd 5-a-side kickabout, to represent the Three Lions?

However, I have renewed faith that my big international call-up could still come thanks to my late Scottish grandmother.

Well with the Scotland squad already ten players short due to a crippling injury crisis - George Burnley, I'm your man!

I've always wanted to go to Japan as well.

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