Well, well, well. The stadium in which Blues gave fans the biggest high of a miserable season is the venue for our last game of the 2014/15 campaign. Yes, Blues travel to Bolton Wanderers on the final day, again. I must admit to liking the Reebok as an away fan, even though I had awful luck their watching Blues. That was, of course, until Paul Caddis popped up with a stoppage time equaliser to keep Blues in the Championship, arguably the biggest goal in the clubs recent history.
That is all in the past now and we can no longer celebrate being the fourth worst side in the second tier. We can look forward with hope and optimism. Just how long that optimism will last is anyone’s guess. New players have been drafted in, players with whom we do not know much about, other than seeing their name on football manager, perhaps. But what we don’t know, we can’t judge. So these players start with a clean slate.
By the time Blues go to Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season (Sat 9th August) we will more than likely have signed ten, eleven new players. So far, Jonathan Grounds, Grant Hall (on loan) Wes Thomas, David Edgar, Gavin Gunning and Stephen Gleeson have all signed their life away with a switch to Blues, with possibly Clayton Donaldson (who Colin Tattum confirms is likely to sign when he return from his honeymoon) to follow suit. Aaron Wilbraham is another target, but the understanding is he is Lee Clark’s second choice after Donaldson.
What are we all expecting next season? If we are realistic, then it isn’t promotion. Although that has to be the aim of every single team competing in the division, or what is the point? I would happily settle for a safe mid-table berth. None of this ‘must win’ final game scenario, then panic as we find ourselves two-nil down. A nice, easy relaxing season, please. Yeah right. This is Blues!
We also have the small matter of the Birmingham-Black Country derby to look forward to, after Kenny Jackett’s Wolves sealed promotion from League One. We will have to listen to their fans banging on as if they won the Champions League… But it is nice to have a derby back. And I will welcome Wolves as much as my loyalty will allow.
Right now though, it is back to World Cup matters. Come on England! Come on Blues. Keep Right On!