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So Ben Foster follows in the footsteps of the likes of Paul Scholes and Jamie Carragher in retiring from international football.
I’m afraid I find this decision simply disgusting.
Millions of people would do so much to pull on an England shirt, yet there are still some players who appear to differ.
Surely representing your country is the pinnacle of your career, in whatever profession? It is the ultimate goal which you strive for.
But to choose not to make yourself available for selection is for me, very frustrating.
Surely it is not to much …

East meets West this weekend in the next round of the FA Cup as Derby from the East Midlands meet Birmingham from the West Midlands at Pride Park.
Derby go into this game on an excellent run of form, victories over Forest and Newcastle at pride park and an excellent performance at Sheffield United have seen a rise in confidence and everyone will be looking forward to testing themselves against Premier League side Birmingham City. The Rams beat fellow Championship side Doncaster Rovers in the last round; a last minute strike …

For the second week in a row Portsmouth face another postponed game, this time however, it is due to the failure of their own pitch.
According to reports this morning, the match has officially been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
This is despite the help of 500 volunteers on Wednesday to clear ice and snow around the stadium and on the pitch. There was also little rainfall last night to suggest the match would be cancelled.
Whatever the reason, the end result has worked in favour of Portsmouth’s board of directors. …

Portsmouth FC are urging their fans to help clear snow and ice around Fratton Park in order for Saturday’s game against Birmingham to go ahead.
Adults wishing to join in the mission should gather in the main car park, behind the Fratton End on Wednesday morning at 8.30am.
Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovel and spade, or a broom or wheelbarrow if they have them. Walkways, stairs and the pitch edge all need clearing.
Pompey will reward helpers with two free tickets for the Birmingham fixture.
The area surrounding Fratton Park remains …

Manchester United look to return to winning ways on Saturday against Birmingham after their shock FA Cup defeat to Leeds United and despite recent bad weather, the fixture has been given the green light to go ahead.
The reds travel to St Andrews knowing that McLeish’s men are not only top of the form table but also unbeaten in twelve games. The blues’ run also includes draws against: Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool and their home record is even more impressive as they are unbeaten since September.
The reds, meanwhile, have …

I know he had no association with Birmingham City as such, but Sir Bobby Robson’s passing was a real shame for all football fans.
As a man of a certain age I can remember Sir Bobby as manager of a little club in East Anglia in the seventies, who played excellent football and scored great goals. Players of the ilk of Frans Thijssen, Arnold Muhren, Kevin Beattie, Eric Gates, John Wark, Alan Brazil, Paul Mariner, Paul Cooper, Russell Osman, Mick Mills, etc, helped Robson turn Ipswich Town into near title winners.
They …

We’ve already looked at the mad men who populated Birmingham’s defence so now it’s time to turn our attentions to the midfield and forward areas.
It has to be said that Birmingham had no less an embarrassment of riches in this department and some memorable names graced the more advanced areas of the park, often electing for the comfort of an early, solitary bath time.
Kenny Burns has already been mentioned in dispatches, as has Archie Gemmill, yet these hard men appear as mere pussycats in comparison others.
One man who will long live …

League two side Dagenham and Redbridge were denied a draw after a 77th minute goal from Marcus Bent earned the Premiership club their first pre season victory.
Bent struck as a mix up between the previously unbeatable Will Antwi and Dagenham club captain Mark Arber allowed the former Everton and Ipswich striker the opportunity to slot between goalkeeper Tony Roberts legs for a much needed victory.
The Daggers started with a slightly changed line up that saw winger Graeme Montgomery partner Paul Benson meaning that Peter Gain filled in on the left allowing …

Birmingham City is a big city club with a history of heroic failure – the ultimate yo-yo club. Yet it has attracted plenty of big players in its time, including its fair share of “mad men”. Why do Blues continue to favour the more psychopathic among the fooballing fraternity?
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One theory as to why is that the catchment area for Birmingham’s fans is depressed. It’s where hard people live hard lives and Blues fans have always identified with those who …

Perhaps losing their first pre-season match, with a disjointed team, against a Bundesliga side preparing for Champions League qualifiers is not such a tragedy.
Stuttgart withstood Blues pressure and possession to finally break the Premier League newcomers down with two goals inside the final quarter-hour, through Elson and Julian Schreiber.
This was Blues’ first taste of action since beginning their pre-season training camp in Austria’s picturesque Zell-am-See and, although not a satisfactory scoreline, manager Alex McLeish will be learning vital lessons about his players.
“We have trained hard since coming out to Austria,” …