Post by Mooney on Jan 19, 2023 11:35:14 GMT
Saturday sees PNE return to Birmingham for what is in all reality the meeting of two teams who will neither be in the top 6 nor the bottom 3. Birmingham is a great city to visit, so to all the travelling support would be well advised to stay over and have a night out in Brum. City centre is great. Last time we were there was during the summer when we went to Edgbaston to watch cricket, and I am back down in March for a gig. (Pixies)
Birmingham City were founded as Small Heath Alliance in 1875, and from 1877 played their home games at Muntz Street. That can't be a real name can it? Like that lad who scored for Gillingham youths against us last night. Ronnie Sithole? They made that up surely! The club turned professional in 1885, and three years later became the first football club to become a limited company with a board of directors under the name of Small Heath F.C. Ltd. From the 1889–90 season they played in the Football Alliance, which ran alongside the Football League. In 1892, Small Heath, along with the other Alliance teams, were invited to join the newly formed Football League Second Division. They finished as champions, but failed to win promotion via the test match system; the following season promotion to the First Division was secured after a second-place finish and test match victory over Darwen. Darwen's a weird place. I rarely go there...
The club adopted the name Birmingham Football Club in 1905, and moved into their new home, St Andrew's Ground, the following year. Matters on the field failed to live up to their surroundings. Birmingham were relegated in 1908, obliged to apply for re-election two years later, and remained in the Second Division until after the First World War. Since then, they've bounced around the top couple of divisions without ever really doing much. Personally have more of a soft spot for Villa (sorry Blues!) but I don't know why... maybe Tony Morley?
Anyone remember this?
For me the current squad is better than their league position suggests and below are three reasons why:
8 FW Troy Deeney
9 FW Scott Hogan
10 FW Lukas Jutkiewicz
No doubt Lowe and the lads will want to bounce back from last Saturday's shambolic performance, but he'll need to get his tactics spot on, as last Saturday was a horror show. The only bright spots were the two new lads up top, so I'm hoping Evans is still injured as I'd like Cannon and Delap to start. Got to go back to basics for me:
Storey, Lindsay, Hughes