Reasons to Love Football #21

One match. Two teams. Last day of the season for this division, and the winner of this match will be promoted to The Championship.


Click this link to read a much better report of the match. But do, do, DO watch the most exciting 30 seconds of football seen this season.  And don’t worry – the losers have a second chance to gain promotion via The Play Offs, which is where 2nd to 5th placed teams play against each other for that one remaining place.

Aahhh, football…

It is so fickle a game.

Yesterday ManU lost 1-0 to ManCity in a bitter Derby* battle. Not good in this household with Husband a staunch supporter all his life, born only 2 miles from the ground and his sons supporting their father’s team.

My team, the lowly and generally “regarded as a joke” team, Birmingham City, won yesterday, thus increasing their chances of staying in the premier league this season.

And today. Today was Arsenal v Liverpool, a most stupendously boring game with nil points on the board. Most stupendously boring for the first 90 minutes of the match. That was going to change in the last 12. Yes. 8 minutes of extra time due to injury translated to 12 minutes of time being played.

Arsenal are given a penalty in the 98th minute of play, and score.

We think it’s all over. BUT Liverpool are given a 102nd minute penalty to equalise, this giving each team one point, rather than the three points got for actually winning, increasing United’s lead and making their title to throw away.

And this is MiddleSon’s current Facebook status:

#20 of #365 – Birmingham! Bir-ming-ham!

Because we won today.

Because I will never have a player in my team who can score a goal like Rooney did today

Because everyone else in my house who cares about football supports ManU.

But man.  That goal was sick. Look.

Stick with it – the best view of the goal is at 1.30. Just Wow. Really. That boy has talent. Damn,

Quote of the Week

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars,” George Best once said. “The rest I just squandered.”

Arguably one of the best footballers of his generation (137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United, 205 in a career spanning 579 appearances for all clubs), he once stole a fur coat and passport from Miss World, struggled with alcohol, and died five years ago, age 59.

Much loved and missed, still.

I expect it would not be on sale if we had done better…..

What you cant see from this are the numbers 1966 underneath the sale sign. So, someone in the design department was hedging their bets.  Obviously not a seller!

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo after their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, April 23, 2008.    Last night he seemed a little less himself, but still ManU managed to win 1-0 to make this Champions League final an All-England affair.  For the first time ever, from the best teams throughout Europe, two English teams have made it to the Final of the Champions League.
Sometimes football can make you proud!

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Manchester United 1 – Roma 0

There is just something breath taking about watching Cristiano Ronaldo head the ball, appearing as if from nowhere and putting the ball into the back of the net.

Breath taking.

That is all.

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My Team!

Can you tell I have been practicing with Clipmarks?

I know these are friendly matches only, but it psychologically good to have won these matches than lost them!

I am looking forward to Birmingham's season this year – having been promoted to The Premiership, where the money is, I am hoping we do well enough to stay in. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

clipped from

Tuesday, 31 July 2007 Friendly Match

Peterborough 0-3 Birmingham

Saturday, 28 July 2007 Friendly Match

Walsall 0-2 Birmingham
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Eldest Son & Heidi Play Football

This is why I haven't posted much over the weekend.  I present Heidi, the football playing dog:

The one with three teens playing football with here did not, unfortunately, record well.

She certainly had fun!

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A Post About Football

Last night was the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Birmingham City and Newcastle United,  And, having held Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw last time, playing at home, last night it was Birmingham's turn to travel up north to Newcastle for the replay.

Not a heavily attended game – you could buy tickets at the gate, which is very unusual.  Attendance was 22,099 in a ground that has a capacity of 52,387, leading to a pretty subdued atmosphere in the ground.

Birmingham got the first goal in 4.48 seconds.  Pretty good going, specially by our standards!  The game was fairly even for the remainder of the first half, with possession and goal attack being fairly even. Then, just as the half-time whistle was about to blow, at 44.16 minutes in, Birmingham got another goal.  Not scored, you notice – got.  An Own Goal knocked in by Newcastle's Nolberto Solano, who will have got a lot of stick during the half-time recess. 

When the teams came out for the second half, things were not looking so good for Birmingham.  The Newcastle manager had obviously had strong words with the team, and they came out firing on all cylinders.  And, as if to prove the point, they scored.  55.46 seconds in, they put the ball in the back of the net.  At this point, the ground should have been erupting with sound, as Newcastle's fans cheered their players on.  But they were strangely subdued.

Now, as all true Birmingham City fans will understand, at this point I was resigned to a loss.  Birmingham are very good at losing.  But no.  One of the Newcastle players got red carded for Serious Foul Play.  (That phrase always gets me – what, there's Non Serious Foul Play?  Minor Foul Play?  Foul Play, but No One Meant It?).  This meant Newcastle were down to 10 players.  And then we capitalised on it, scoring not one, not two, but count 'em, three more goals before the end of play.  Though they actually played worse in the second half, against ten men, than they had in the first half against eleven.  Well, that's Birmingham for you!

The funniest thing – after the fourth Birmingham goal, there was a shot of the stands.  Newcastle fans leaving in droves.  The last ten minutes were played to a stadium that held, mostly, Birmingham fans waving their blue scarves, chanting and generally being obnoxious, gloating winners. 

And not undeserved.  Whoo Hoo!  Just wish I could have been there.

Next round – Birmingham City v Reading.  Fingers crossed, Voxing hood, fingers crossed!

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