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Brum Away

Going into Town (LS not HD) to watch this one if any of you scallywags fancy joining me. Prolly Templar. If not, feck yer, i'll go an mi own.
Plastic Man

Re: Brum Away

Late Doors wrote:
Going into Town (LS not HD) to watch this one if any of you scallywags fancy joining me. Prolly Templar. If not, feck yer, i'll go an mi own.


If I remember correctly, Messrs fartcatcher and badger previously expressed an interest in arranging a social function with respect to this sporting occasion.

Alas, I can only confirm my previously advised potential unavailability due to fruit-of-one's-loins, tertiary education, logistics facilitation duties that weekend.

(i.e. shifting their shite to uni...)
Dock

Short notice pal, some of us have to get these things passed by a board comprising of Mrs. D, Joseph Dock, and a lurcher.

Have a good one and I hope you carry yourself a bit better than these exemplary lads. Stay classy Leeds!

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Frazier Cranium

That fat c0unt looks a bit like that chap (who I actually LIKE, there might not be many who agree ) James Corden.
Grind

It's on the idiot box here - yay!
Frazier Cranium

Woeful first half, much better second half.

9 offsides, most of them Antenucci's fault.
fartcatcher

Didn't realise it was a 12:15 start until the ticket arrived. Explains why my suggestion to meet up for a pint with my brummie mates John and John (it's a common name there) met with a negative response.

Rest of the Birdingbury posse chose to watch it on Garry's 42 in screen with lashings of crisps and lager so i thought bollox to them and went on my own via the train.

I used to live in Brum. They've tarted up the W side of the city centre, but the E side looks much as it did in the eighties. Probably worse.

The walk through Digbeth and Deritend to Bordesley Green is as grim as anything you'll see in the UK. Except maybe Newport.

Most of the pubs have survived though. The 14th C Old Crown, still dwarfed by the railway viaduct leading to Moor Street, and the Barrel Organ (now an Irish pub) where I saw Dexy's , The Beat and UB40 before they became rich and famous. For free as well.

On to the match. I expect most who want to will have seen it, so i won't go on too much.

Only three names in the starting line up who played in the corresponding fixture last year. Spent the first 20 minutes trying to work out who was who.

It was a scruffy sort of a game. Both teams tried to pass the ball out defence, but neither had a midfielder capable of taking hold of the game or a really dangerous forward.

They just about deserved their half time lead with a well taken goal, which broke one of the goal stanchions. Causing much embarrassment for the army of ground staff and much mirth for the Leeds fans. I think it took about 10 minutes to fix. I know I had a sit down anyway.

Second half somebody must have put some much needed stimulants into the half time cuppa as both teams came out and played with more vim and vigour. Although the skill levels remained the same.

Redfern brought on Austin and the big lad up front and we started to create more chances. Mowatt's equaliser came after a spell of good football and was deserved.

Birmingham aren't a great side so let's not get too excited. Their fans seem to be staying away in droves. Atmosphere was more akin to a Leeds home game.

I think our problem is going to be scoring. Sharp was anything but, and his striking partner (insert name) looked lightweight and off the pace. He's not going to put the fear of god into many centre backs in this division.

Also disappointed that i haven't been able to shoehorn a gag about Sloth in.
Plastic Man

fartcatcher wrote:
I used to live in Brum. They've tarted up the W side of the city centre, but the E side looks much as it did in the eighties. Probably worse.

The walk through Digbeth and Deritend to Bordesley Green is as grim as anything you'll see in the UK. Except maybe Newport.

Most of the pubs have survived though. The 14th C Old Crown, still dwarfed by the railway viaduct leading to Moor Street, and the Barrel Organ (now an Irish pub) where I saw Dexy's , The Beat and UB40 before they became rich and famous. For free as well.



At a loose end in Bimingham last Sunday, I had a wander round old haunts.

As you say, Digbeth and Deritend, despite being so close to the city centre, are pretty destitute.

I was also a regular at the Barrel Organ - now the Dubliner. It appears they are trying to rebrand that area as the Irish quarter.

I headed off up the back streets towards Aston following one of our old pub crawl routes. The area seems to be even more derelict than it was in the 1980s. There's not a lot left standing around there. The Eagle and Tun, where UB40 used to hang out, and where the video for Red Red Wine was shot, is still there, but boarded up. A road-side sign on Curzon Street announcing that the area was under the watch of the police's anti-assault squad did not instil confidence. Birmingham City University (i.e. the Poly) has done a fair amount of building work round there.

The area might well be on the up. If I understand correctly, the HS2 train terminal in Birmigham is intended to be built around there, incorporating the old Curzon Street station building.
fartcatcher

Out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of about 30 Birmingham fans in ill-fitting suits. I assumed that there had been a sale at Matalan.

I discovered later that fans had been encouraged to dress up as 'Peaky Blinders' as  new series of the grim fin-du-siecle tale of Birmingham gang warfare is about to start.

Unfortunately the club had to pull the showing of a clip on the big screen at half time as it was deemed unsuitable for children.
smiling badger

Ta for the report FC.

I think that if given the service of good ball to him that Billy Sharp will put a few away but from the sounds of things he hasnt been getting that.
Pleased with a point away from home even if it was against a poor Brum side.
Still early days and a new team which is what they pretty much are do need to settle.
Time will tell..

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