Singing the Blues.
By Japandy.
Wednesday 18 Feb 2009 16:05:00
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Singing the Blues.

My friend, a Blues fan, used to meet me on board the train bound for Moor street at Solihull. I, of course, was a CCFC fan but if either of our clubs were playing up north or down south, and out of reach, we would accompany the other to our home game.
It seems a long time ago now but they were fond memories and I loved the Blues fans out of all the West Midland rivals. They had a wicked sense of humour similar to Les Dawson and would always come out with some one liner that would have me in fits.

Unfortuantely those days have gone, I believe, along with the car industries, and now their fans are more fickle than ours. They basically got rid of one of the best young managers around in Bruce, who demonised himself with us over the Sheff transfer. I was surprised to see him go even if he had cost them their league status because he was building and when he was replaced by Mcleish I was dumbfounded. Don't get me wrong he is a good guy but his philosophy about football was so far removed from that of Bruce a whole team would need replacing. The Blues have been really lucky they have a chairperson who is willing to give his manager money to buy that team, and I think that is the only reason for their lofty position.

They have names in their team and if they don't go up this season I think they will fall to a middle table position next season. Those name are good players but they are getting on now. Carsley, Bowyer and Philips won't be the same players next season and I feel Mcleish is bulding a decent CCC team rather than a premier one.

That is different from us, I gloat, where half our first team players are under the watchful eye(s) of premier scouts and managers. The turn around has been amazing in a year, where as, and this is only my opinion, the Blues has been the opposite.

17,000 for a derby game where they could go back into the automatic promotion position is nothing to write home about and backs up my thoughts that the Blues fans are not taken in by the team. That, I must add, relates to their home fans, as it does ours. But their away supporters have always been a good group of guys who like their football and their team.

This encounter should be interesting and many fan's sites i have seen think we may lose this one. I'm not so sure. I think there are only two reasons there may be a lose for us and they are;
1) Sheff returns, as he nearly did last night. Old players always do well against us and knowing Sheff he'd score against us.
2) Our illness list increases. Now i'm not one for gossip but didn't we have a bout of food poisoning earlier in the season? I'm sure we did when 3 or 4 players came down with it, and maybe it was before a cup game? Sabotage?

I think this will be a very entertaining game with both sides competing well against each other, but as I said before I can't really see us losing this one. We have about 23 players who can all come into the team when needed and fit, and that is a luxury we haven't had for years.

I predict a 2-0 win to the City with Eastwood and Fox scoring.

©2008 The West Terrace

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