1864roverite Posted September 28, 2007 Share Posted September 28, 2007 I make no apologies for the early posting of this pre match thread, I am off on a short break with the missus to Cornwall after tomorrow and will be internetless until after the Thursday match at home to Larissa. I have to make some small sacrifices for the marriage to work and after a long sentence it still appears to do the trick. Spend a few days away with the wife and she forgets everything about football and BRFC as long as I treat her nice and spend some money on her. gents it works every year ! Now then back to the game...... Birmingham, or Big Club FC as we have come to know them more recently, some others would say Rovers rejects FC or whatever judging on the previous transfer history between the two clubs, be it acrimonious or simple, its certainly been colourful. I have tried to think of a different way of introducing the game but, with work and other committments, as well as a lack of a brain, it really is a hard nut to crack. Recent links between the clubs have become tedious, boring, entertaining and funny. We have had the Savage scenario rammed down our throats by dildo wielding mssrs Gold and Sullivan. We have seen Birmingham been fleeced by our own Graeme Sourness when he conned 5.5 million from the St Andrews coffers when they bought a certain David Dunn. We have seen players of the ilk of Martin "tiny" Taylor go for a million pounds plus as well as the likes of Damian Johnson, Dwight Yorke and Neil Danns all end up as part of Steve Bruces' Birmingham revolution (not to mention his son Alex). An historical look at players of the past who have represented both clubs are stalwarts such as Alan Ainscough, Andy Cole, Howard Gayle, Sir Roger Jones, Howard Kendall, Alan Kelly, Mike Newell, Alan Miller, Phil Starbuck, Chris Sutton, Gordon Taylor and of course a certain David Speedie. So as you can see there has been a healthy link over the years and I am sure that I will have missed out players from the early early days which Den may know about ! (sorry Den). I suppose, in thinking about it, there has been pretty strained relations between the two sets of fans, not helped of course by recent events. I can recall in 1984/85 a game at St Andrews when a Chris Thompson double ensured a Rovers away win in fron of around 12000 fans. The reception the travelling fans got from the then aptly named Zulu's was not to be forgotten. Rovers went on to complete a double over the Birmingham team later that season as they cemented a 5th place finish in the league. Indeed over the next few years into the 90's results between the clubs often saw home wins registered. Over the years Rovers definately have the upper hand over Birmingham at home. An overall comparison between the two clubs shows that Rovers just have the edge with 26 wins to Birminhams 25 wins. Some interesting factoids about Birmingham include: record defeat includes a 9-1 deficit against our own Blackburn Rovers although it was 1895 ! record transfer fee received is 8m for Jermaine Pennant record transfer fee paid is 6.25m for Emeeel Heskey most capped player is current second /first choice keeper (dependent on bruces mood) Maik Taylor They have never won the League or FA Cup but they did win the old League cup in 1963. probably their most famous player was Trevor Francis if we exclude Sir Roger Jones from that list ! Those of us who attended Ewood Park on Wednesday saw a Rovers 11 demolish a second string Birmingham with ease, it was really men against boys. I doubt very much that we will witness a poor midfield display from them come next Sunday afternoon. Rovers can expect the likes of Kapo, Quedrue, Muamba, Larsson and Ridgewell to feature and I think based on their recent performance at Anfield Rovers can certainly expect Birmingham to come to Ewood with nothing more than a 4-5-1 formation. They will come with a point and will hope to disappear down the M6 with it on the coach. I spoke to a lad who I have recently worked with in the Midlands who professed to be a die hard Bluenose with nothing but hatred for everything in Villa colours. A lad called Jim, who on the face of it seem to hold Rovers in high regard. the one downside of my long conversation with him over a few pints was his continuing annoyance going on about Robbie Savage, for some reason he just couldnt let it go. I tried to mellow him by offering a game of snooker but having raced into a 4 leg lead he lost interest and tried to concentrate on talking footie. I dont intend going into the old Q and A routine, but in brief I will summarise his thoughts. Generally he was more than impressed with the way BRFC is run as a club and with all that they have achieved in their small ground, small town and the fair share of luck we have had courtesy of Sir Jack Walker. At this point he had to get his dig in about Sir Jack Heywood and his spending at Wolves. He couldnt manage to get his around about how we conned Brum out of 5.5m for crocked Dunn but stated that he was simply the biggest waste of space since Walter Pandiani aka The Rifle. He mentioned that he was impressed with the Cup win versus Spurs and even hinted that given the luck of the draw Rovers could well go onto the final this year, I think that was when he realised his beloved team had exited along with Villa. he had to have a dig at our lowly crowds but to even that score he was more than complimentary about Rovers stance on ticket prices. He himself had seen the benefit as he was one of the 290 brum fans that came to Ewood on Wednesday ! Ironic really when he mentioned support ! Moving on he mentioned the likes of Santa Cruz,McCarthy, Bentley and MGP as being the players to hurt Birmingham, he is frightened of Sambas aerial ability and will cry all the way back down south if a certain Robbie Savage does what he did at St Andrews and manages a goal. Jim does not expect a win at Ewood, he will settle for a point. I asked about potential away fans and he seemed to think as the game is on Sunday we wont see more than 1000 fans coming North. he settled for a 1-1 draw naming Jerome or Larsson as the players Rovers should fear. Our snooker game finished in a 5-2 win for the Rovers supporter and he footed the bill for the curry. For me , if Rovers can produce anything like the amount of chances on Wednesday I can see nothing more than a 2-0 win. I would certainly settle for that. Enjoy.... 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