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View from the South – Birmingham City v Swansea City 

26 Jan 14

Chris and I had talked of the possibility of having a posh day out in the Jasper Carrott Suite with our respective wives.

MIB Swansea Part Two 

23 Jan 14

This is an article that will appear in this Saturday’s Made In Brum magazine, priced at £1.50 from sellers around St.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Yeovil Town 

19 Jan 14

Quite a few things happened early on Saturday morning.

Win a Signed Blues Shirt With CrowdScores 

17 Jan 14

I was approached by Chris from “CrowdScores” app.

Who Is Brian Howard? 

16 Jan 14

With the news that Dan Burn is very unlikely to return to the Blues, our squad’s wafer-thin-ness comes into sharp focus.

View from the South – Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City 

12 Jan 14

There was an inevitability about Blues surrendering their proud, unbeaten ten game record with a patchwork quilt of a side forced upon Lee Clark by injuries, loans going back to their mother clubs and the fact that the squad even in the best…

View from the South – Birmingham City v Barnsley 

2 Jan 14

I nearly didn’t go to this game.

Positivity Tuesday! 

31 Dec 13

Yes I know it is a strange word to use with Blues at the moment, but hey ho I’m in a good mood.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest 

22 Dec 13

It was a dark dark morning in a dark dark Surrey suburb that Dilys, my beloved Welsh Terrier and I stepped out into early doors on the Saturday before Christmas.

View from the South – Bournemouth v Birmingham City 

16 Dec 13

It was good meeting Baz again, I have added my 2 pence worth at the bottom! Kev For the first time in a few weeks I had some company on my intrepid travels watching the Blues from near and far.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Middlesborough 

8 Dec 13

It was a cold crisp morning on the walk down to Blackwater station to catch the train to Reading.

The Ladies progress Further in Europe 

14 Nov 13

Congratulations to BCFC Ladies who won their 2nd leg 5-2 at St Andrews last night.

Lee Clark: Hawk’s View from Essex 

5 Nov 13

TheHawk is one of the regular posters on the Joysandsorrows Forum.

View From the South – Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic 

3 Nov 13

It seemed an absolute age since I’d been to a game as I hadn’t been able to go to the Bolton match though I did watch some of it on the telly and as for Leeds well enough said.

View from the South – Reading v Birmingham City 

29 Sep 13

Reading has the closest League club to where I live and as it is also a venue where Mrs Bazza likes to go shopping she accompanied me on the train from our local station Blackwater to Reading station and whilst off I departed to the Three Guineas…

View from the South – Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday 

22 Sep 13

So far the season had not gone so well.

View from the South – Queens Park Rangers v Birmingham City 

16 Sep 13

John Keats in his poem Ode to Autumn described this part of the year like this:   Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom friend of the maturing sun, Conspiring with him how to load and bless, The vines that round the thatch…

View from the South – Birmingham City v Ipswich Town 

1 Sep 13

My mate Will was unable to make this game due to family commitments and his brother Chris is in France on holiday so both had a lucky escape.

View from the South – Leicester City v Birmingham City 

26 Aug 13

It was an early start; on the road at 07.30 as I had to go an see my elderly aunt, nearly ninety and spinster cousin who live in Sutton Coldfield and both have health issues which being the one and only medically qualified person in my family…

Keep (b)Right On…Your Bike? 

16 Aug 13

This weekend sees Blues take on Brighton, who have spent the summer trying to work out whether or not to keep Gus Poyet,something they decided not to do in the end, seemingly to their detriment as things stand.

A View From the South West Yeovil Town v Birmingham City 

11 Aug 13

In the absence of Baz, he wasn’t able to go, it falls to me to write this week’s report.

View from the South – Birmingham City vs Watford 

4 Aug 13

Baz is back, here is his first VFTS of the season.

Giving Watford What For… 

1 Aug 13

The following article will be appearing in this weekend’s edition of ‘Made in Brum‘ fanzine… This will be a season entirely unlike any other!  It really does feel a little like we’ve gotten the yoke of expectation off…

Chucho RIP 

31 Jul 13

I was saddened to receive a text from Nat, a J&S regular on our forum, on Monday telling me that Christian Benitez had passed away.

Joys and Sorrows Blog is Back! 

30 Jul 13

Firstly can I apologise for the lack of content for a while.

PA13 – Blues End of Season Dinner 2013 

11 May 13

After winning and coming 2nd in the Joys and Sorrows prediction league, I guess it wasn’t a COMPLETE surprise that I won the EZ Group’s competition predicting Blues’ results of the season just completed.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers 

6 May 13

It was very strange setting off for football so early but I tend to wake up at 06.30 at weekends just the same as a work day anyway.

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers – Preview 

3 May 13

Team News Mitch Hancox will miss out after breaking his hand in training.

View from the South – Ipswich Town v Birmingham City 

28 Apr 13

I decided to go to the game early in the week thinking that I could take my sister-in-law who had come to stay with us for a couple of days home to Essex.

Ipswich Town v Birmingham City – Preview 

26 Apr 13

Team News Ipswich have no new injury or suspension worries.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Leeds United 

21 Apr 13

It has been a chequered week one way and another for technology both at home and at work.

Birmingham City vs Leeds United – Preview 

19 Apr 13

Team News Blues have no new injury worries so could keep the same squad.

Joys and Sorrows Player of the Season 

14 Apr 13

With just four games to go it’s time to start voting for the 2012/2013 player of the season.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Millwall 

7 Apr 13

It had been an eventful morning.

Birmingham City vs Millwall – Preview 

5 Apr 13

Team news It has been announced that Keith Fahey will miss the rest of the season and that Chris Burke is not fit to return tomorrow.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

2 Apr 13

Engineering works on the line around the Reading area meant that it would take over three hours to travel up to the game on the train and so it was I was forced into a lonely journey in the car.

Palace and Wolves – Easter Double Bill 

28 Mar 13

Easter is often an important time in the football season especially in the Championship where two games are played over the weekend.

A Top Ten Finish? 

20 Mar 13

Back to back wins have propelled Blues to their highest position of the season and at last we can start looking up as well as down the table.

A View from the South – Birmingham City v Derby County 

11 Mar 13

I woke at my usual time of 06.30 and the warm tug of the duvet seemed to suggest a lie in as it was Saturday, a thought that was comforting.

Birmingham City v Derby County – Preview 

8 Mar 13

Team News Steven Caldwell could return after recovering from a virus but Mitch Hancox is now out for three weeks.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Blackpool 

6 Mar 13

At the time of writing this, I’ve had a very long day at work and am beginning to feel as if I’m going down with the flu like bug that’s doing the rounds.

Hull City vs Birmingham City – Preview 

1 Mar 13

Team News Ex-Blue Sone Aluko is out for the season but Hull will have new signing George Boyd available.

Two Years Ago! 

28 Feb 13

I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day.

Peterborough vs Birmingham City – Preview 

22 Feb 13

Team news Peterborough will be without George Boyd who has joined Hull City on loan.

View From the South – Watford Gap! 

18 Feb 13

First of all, I didn’t make it to the game yesterday.

Birmingham City vs Watford – Preview 

15 Feb 13

Team news It appears that Nikola Zigic will not be involved as he has been putting in a “Disgusting” performance in training.

Out of the Wok, into the Fire…. 

12 Feb 13

The rumours are picking up, thick and fast, that a buyer is imminently putting in an offer for Birmingham City.

View from the South – Charlton Athletic vs Birmingham City 

10 Feb 13

It was a cold dank wet day with wet snow falling slowly on Saturday morning but it looked unlikely that the weather conditions were going to make a huge impact on the game going ahead or not.

Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City – Preview 

8 Feb 13

Team news Rhoys Wiggins and Danny Haynes could return for Charlton after a considerable time on the sidelines.

Birmingham City vs Nottingham Forest – Preview 

1 Feb 13

Team news Darren Ambrose, David Murphy, Stephen Carr and Will Packwood all remain sidelined but there are no new injury worries.

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