Birmingham City looking to bounce back after worst home result in 25 years #bcfc   Leave a comment

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THESE guys can rest a little easier.

Tony Godden, Brian Roberts, Julian Dicks, Adrian Bird, Vince Overson, John Trewick, Des Bremner, Andy Kennedy (Gary Childs), Steve Whitton, Tony Rees, Steve Wigley.

They constituted the Blues side that crashed 6-0 at home to Crystal Palace in Division Two on September 5, 1987.

Blues’ wretched result against Barnsley was their worst in the league at St Andrew’s in those 25 years since.

And, in all truth, it could have been by a bigger margin and even eclipsed that sorry afternoon for John Bond’s team.

Jack Butland was overworked and did superbly to tip one Chris Dagnall shot on to the post at 2-0.

Blues go to Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow, who are flying.


They have won five games on the trot.

So it’s going to be a major test of their character, ability and pride and passion.

That Blues side of 1987 had won 2-0 at Villa a few weeks earlier.

And they were successful in their next two games after the drubbing by Palace, 2-0 at Swindon Town and 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Blues went on to finish 19th that season and the following campaign, as finances meant youth was given a fling – the likes of Ian Clarkson, John Frain, Dean Peer, Paul Tait, Simon Sturridge – they were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in the club’s history. That Palace side, under Steve Coppell, just missed out on the play-offs.

But they were on the rise.

Their scorers were Mark Bright, who made it 1-0 at half-time with a header following a corner, and then after the break Neil Redfearn, Geoff Thomas, Andy Gray (two, one penalty) and Jim Cannon.

Blues have dished out a fair few beatings on the opposition patch, in modern times especially.

Stoke City 7-0 (January, 1998) and Oxford United (7-1, December, 1998)

Barnsley themselves were thumped 5-0 in September 1995, when Steve Claridge missed a last-minute penalty.

And who could forget that only last season Blues hammered Millwall at the Den 6-0, the Lions having two players sent off by the 57th minute.

Five players who started that game in January also started against the Tykes on Saturday: Jonathan Spector, Steven Caldwell, Chris Burke, Keith Fahey and Marlon King.

So it’s now theirs and Blues’ turn to be embarrassed and hurting.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill said Lee Clark would look at the result in isolation as Blues’ side was of such calibre and talent.

That may be so but after such a humiliation, and the manner of it, that talent and fibre has to now be shown. #bcfc



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Posted September 28, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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