Blog Posts - St. Andrews



The Future’s Bright(on)?? Birmingham City v Brighton Match Preview

When I wrote my last article, we’d suffered back to back defeats and we hadn’t yet beaten Ipswich as we turned the tide in our favour once again, yet I still didn’t even begin to think we might be discussing the sacking of Gary Rowe...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 16, 2016

Ips-wich…but wh-ich Blues will turn up? Birmingham City v Ipswich Match Preview

Back to back defeats (first time this season!) since my last article means we’re now down to 8th in the table.  Not too bad, all things being considered, but we could have been third if we’d beaten Newcastle and Barnsley…yes that&#...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 12, 2016

Cardifferent Season, Same Problems?

The scarf lady, half of Small Heath Alliance and most of Row Z of the Tilton are going spare at the moment, as we haven’t brought in five more strikers, whilst (whisper it) Aston Vile have put in a £15m bid for Ross McCormack of Fulham fame. T...
by Joys and Sorrows on Aug 3, 2016

Pokemon Go hits Brent and gets teens outs and about

It started on Friday when a pupil on a class trip with me to Fryent Country Park suddenly captured a Pokemon at the park sign on Fryent Way. An image of the sign, rather cleaner than the real one, popped up on his screen.Then yesterday on the Brent W...
by wembleymatters on Jul 18, 2016

Beauty and squalor side by side in Kingsbury

There is a public right of way from St Andrews Road in Kingsbury to the historical and Grade 1 listed Old St Andrews Church which is surrounded by a fascinating graveyard. Attempts to get Brent Council to keep the footpath free of litter and fly-tipp...
by wembleymatters on Jun 18, 2016

Birmingham City Football Club Supporters’ Forum: May 2016

Joys and Sorrows were proud to attend the Supporters’ Forum on 19th May.  Chaired by David Boston, Customer Services Manager and Supporter Liaison Officer with guest speaker, Rob Smith, who oversees all catering at the club. In attendance with...
by Joys and Sorrows on May 24, 2016

Through The Eyes of South Georgia - Watch, Respect, Capture by Bonnie Yap

I am sure many of us know Bonnie Yap or seen her at one of those events that we attended. Well she is one of a well-known local photographer, a cold woman with a warm heart to help other especially the less fortune. Her first solo photo exhibition in...
by Sunshine Kelly on May 22, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Burnley

In typical fashion, the weather having been beautiful all the way through the working week had changed dramatically to greet the weekend and Saturday morning was dull, dank, cold and distinctly unpromising. I needed to go and see my 91 years-old aunt...
by Joys and Sorrows on Apr 17, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Fulham

Will and Chris had managed to get some VIP hospitality seats in one of the boxes and whilst they said they tried to get me in, the truth of it was that they probably decided I was a little too hoi-polloi to join them so I had to settle for the compan...
by Joys and Sorrows on Mar 20, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

It was an early start to catch the 08.02 train from Blackwater station to Reading. I was making a trip up to my 92 year old Aunt’s house in Four Oaks. Poor Aunty’s had just been discharged from hospital following a fall when she had broke...
by Joys and Sorrows on Feb 7, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Ipswich Town

I was up early in order to have breakfast at leisure and to catch a bit of the cricket before setting off for the station. I was rather hoping that England would knock over the last couple of South African wickets cheaply but Quinton de Kock was play...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 24, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Bournemouth

Chris had pointed out a few weeks ago that there was a hospitality package going for this game at an affordable price and so we decided to hire a box for ten of us. I had four tickets so I arranged to take my sons Jonny and Ben and my mate and work c...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 10, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Brentford

Happy New Year everyone. Saturday morning broke to dismal lashing rain and a chilly breeze. My youngest son, Ben was home for a few days and had expressed a wish to take in a game and so it was that I woke him up at just before nine suggesting it was...
by Joys and Sorrows on Jan 3, 2016

View from the South – Birmingham City v Milton Keynes Dons

First of all, a Merry Christmas and very happy forthcoming New Year to one and all. Quite a bit has happened since my last blog; two away games at Middlesbrough and Preston which yielded a point apiece but by all accounts could and should have been a...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 30, 2015

View from the South – Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town

It was a cold blustery day in my part of the world and I was up early because in truth I didn’t quite know what my final arrangements were regarding meeting up with mates prior to the game. Will was definitely not going as he had a family get t...
by Joys and Sorrows on Dec 6, 2015

Happy St Andrews Day

Just quick post cos I am getting keys to temp flat (moving out our house tomorrow!)Happy St Andrews Day!I have stayed in Scotland all my life but have moved around a lot! I have parts that will always be dear to my heart for different reasons hence w...
by Bee Happy and Healthy on Nov 30, 2015

Blues v Charlton Match Preview

Charlton have stalled in recent months, having been candidates for automatic promotion last season are now staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun.  They’re presently twenty second, sixteen matches in, whilst we’re fifteen poin...
by Joys and Sorrows on Nov 18, 2015

Match Preview – BCFC v Blackburn Rovers…

Blues versus Blackburn… Last season’s Blackburn match had me wittering on about Rowett’s first 29 matches in charge with twelve wins in total.  He’s added handsomely to that tally this season, but we’ve Grounds (ahem) t...
by Joys and Sorrows on Nov 1, 2015

View from the South- Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers

You know that feeling when your bladder is full up to your neck and you’re standing at the porcelain waiting the warm flow of relief? Well, fortunately for me, I awoke just in time! I leapt out of bed and made the bathroom with just enough to s...
by Joys and Sorrows on Oct 18, 2015

Match Preview – BCFC v QPR…

This weekend, the international ball goes back in the cupboard, and the league ball comes out.  Blues versus a bunch of old Queens…(apologies to any QPR fans, I couldn’t resist). QPR are presently eleventh, ten matches in, whilst weR...
by Joys and Sorrows on Oct 15, 2015


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