We Are Premier League
Posted on April 30, 2007
Filed Under Blues News
Phew, it feels like an age since we were promoted already, doesn’t it?
One thing I’ve noticed over the last couple of days is how much brighter the sun is shining, how much more comfortable my shoes have become to walk in, how everyone smiles politely when I walk down the street… even the trees seem to be chanting songs about Fabrice Muamba.
We are Premier League, say we are Premier League.
First and foremost, I think one person who deserves a hell of a lot of credit this season is our manager. Regular readers will know that I’m not Steve Bruce’s biggest fan. As a bloke, I’d go for a drink with him and if I were broken down by the side of the road, I could almost guarantee him stopping if I flagged him down, but as a football manager…
But I’ll cover everything about Bruce in a separate blog tomorrow. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that he’s done well this season in the face of some tremendous stick from sections of the Blues fans and is as deserving of this promotion as anyone involved at the football club.
The players – for the majority of the season – have been a pleasure to have representing us. Whilst they and Bruce haven’t always necessarily played the sort of football we’ve all hoped for, they’ve scrapped, fought and battled for every single point and none more so than on Saturday afternoon.
The sheer guts and bottle have been brilliant to see and it’s perhaps only now that some of us are realising what a job the board, manager and players had on their hands. What I’d now give to see us go to Preston North End this weekend and finish the job and put a trophy in the cabinet.
Onto Saturday… when Muamba was sent off, it was like the players all took it personally. They puffed their chests out, rolled up their sleeves and took on a steely determination to make sure that they’d get the job done whatever the cost. It took a few minutes for everything to kick in but once it did, it felt like a blue tide.
The last half an hour was, without a doubt, the greatest atmosphere I have ever personally witnessed at St Andrew’s. When the goal went in, the whole stadium felt like it was moving and it was a case of grab anyone you could to celebrate with. Just after we’d put the oxygen masks away from celebrating the first, Larsson goes and scores goal of the season and the pandemonium starts again!
It’s been a fabulous weekend and listening to the Tom Ross special on BRMB puts it all into perspective – I think a lot of Blues fans, myself included, have been unnecessarily harsh at times this season. Perhaps we don’t quite fully realise the size of the job that we had on our hands, especially given the expectation.
Just delighted that we’re now at the end of the promotion road… one more junction to go until Championship trophy car park!
Keep right on, my fellow ‘noses.
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow when I’ve actually calmed down a little. It’s still all a bit hazy and unbelievable at the moment!