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!

Comments

16 Responses to “We Are Premier League”

  1. Andy on April 30th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Forget about winning promotion, well done to J&S for winning the “Small Heath Alliance Best News Provider” award beating off stiff competition from the Birmingham Mail and the BBC.

  2. Chris on April 30th, 2007 9:12 pm

    What a weekend we will be back with the big boys and what a well done to Sb n all the lads for the effort and look where its got us back to where we belong. you never know lets set our hope high we could yet be champions what a feeling it would be. well all ive got to say is keep right on till the end of the road lets stay blue noses and see what next season brings us.

    KRO S.O.T.V

  3. mole56 on April 30th, 2007 10:19 pm

    Well we did it in spite of everything we bloody well did it, once again its great to be a blue nose. Over the last 12 months I have felt so many emotions Lets start a year ago last Saturday we were relegated the end of the premiership road. Then our captain after not being given an extension to his contract goes to press on all the things our manager did wrong (in his opinion) as if we didn’t feel bad enough.

    Was really looking forward to the summer now, then some one in admin decided we would be happy to pay top dollar for our Championship football. We see a lot of so called big name players leaving. The summer drags on and we hear that we are going to go for youth and an exciting new brand of football and its true there is a lot of potential there. So the season begins we seem to be misfiring never quite delivering.

    Now I have long been a Steve Bruce fan but by the time we got to the Norwich game I feared he might have lost the dressing room, the fans were restless and not just with SB the general feeling was that of a club in crisis, things got better on the team front and it was great to see and hear what the players were doing for their manager, but the feeling that we were not moving forward as a unit still prevailed even though we went on a great run and were leading the table at Christmas.

    The New Year came and every so often you could see a new thing to our team, we were winning nasty we were watching a team that didn’t like losing, The admin department had realised the fans were important and made the ticket prices more realistic, bit by bit it was coming together, but it wouldn’t be Blues if we hadn’t gone through the Burnley, Barnsley debacle, but fair play the whole thing slotted into place with a fantastic four match winning run and hopefully will cumulate in a championship cup as the league winners.

    I really do think Steve Bruce is a winner and deserves a big pat on the back for what he has achieved this season he is an honest man with a passion for my club he is not afraid to admit to a mistake, he took a lot of flake but his change of policy has paid dividends I wish him every success for next season

    I am once again a happy man KRO

  4. Richy on May 1st, 2007 1:16 am

    I have to say the feeling of promotion this time is nothing like last time.
    The first time was the most mental celebration.
    This time round i just feel that i have been woken from a nightmare that was inflicted on me last year.
    For the last ten months everytime i thought about Blues i felt sad.
    Now that feeling has gone but I’m not about to start jumping up and down in joy. We just got back where we should be but the hard work lies ahead.

  5. Phil on May 1st, 2007 5:19 am

    “Eat your hearts out – Brucey rules”.

  6. Llansteffan Bluenose on May 1st, 2007 8:32 am

    I’ve been a Bluenose for 45 years now and you’d think at my age I’d know better but I still embarassed my wife and daughter at 3.30 on Sunday by dancing around Llansteffan beach car park sing Keep Right On.

    Like all of you its in my blood, there’ll be more bad times, we all know that being Blues fans, but I’m gonna enjoy every minute of this feeling and can’t wait until August.

    Bring on the Villa

    KRO

  7. Keith on May 1st, 2007 10:40 am

    I always said Steve Bruce is a great manager. Ok, perhaps thats a bit of an exagerration, but Steve Bruce is definitely a winner! And he is a man, big enough to say, at the moment of promotion, thats he has made mistakes in the past and he has learned from them and they won’t happen again.

    So well done Mr Bruce – you deserve the congratulations.

  8. Ted on May 1st, 2007 11:35 am

    I came all the way from San Francisco for the game and it was worth every mile, every penny! As you so correctly wrote, the last half an hour was just incredible – what an atmostphere. Blues suddenly behaved like a team, working for one-another, hustling… and Seb’s goal – phew!
    Bring on the Vile
    KRO
    Ted

  9. Bluebottle on May 1st, 2007 1:26 pm

    What a season! A real roller coaster ride indeed. Except with a real one you generally know that after all the ups and downs you’ll reach your destination safely. Now that it’s all over I wish I’d spent more time enjoying the thrills and less time with my eyes screwed tightly shut and screaming . The Championship Trophy would be the icing on the cake – this, at least, is one game I’m going to enjoy whatever happens.

  10. oldburyblue on May 1st, 2007 6:00 pm

    I bet there are certain people who contribute regularly to this site, who feel “Pig Sick” that they’ve been proven wrong with our Promotion. Never mind…the New Season will soon be here and I’m sure it wont be long before you’ll have an excuse to start moaning again!!

    You know who you are..are you going to admit that you were wrong and acknowledge that perhaps Steve Bruce DID know what he was doing after all?? Not holding my breath tho!!

  11. Aff on May 1st, 2007 6:23 pm

    Tom… is that you?

  12. hch on May 1st, 2007 6:37 pm

    kro

  13. oldburyblue on May 1st, 2007 7:15 pm

    Is that a guilty concience I hear Aff? Any more takers?? Come on, they say confession is good for the soul!!

  14. Bluebottle on May 1st, 2007 8:56 pm

    I wasn’t convinced by Bruce this season – he’s come good in the end alright and I’m not ‘pig sick’ about that ‘I’m over the moon’. In the last few weeks the team has really shown its battling qualities – without those we’d be facing the playoffs, at best.

    I’m sure most people will accept that the Norwich game was the low point of the season. I’d say the majority of Blues fans would have liked to see Bruce go at that stage. A couple of days ago Cameron Jerome revealed that for the players that game was also a turning point – they were determined to do their best for Bruce – to ensure he stayed in his job.

    My point is this – if the fans had remained silent that pressure would not have existed, the determination would not have been there, the season may have turned out very differently. In that case I wouldn’t have been ‘over the moon’ – I’d have been ‘pig sick’.

    So no need for the doubters to feel sheepish – your pressure might have made all the difference.

  15. B17dga on May 1st, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hey all, Hope your all well and still buzzing like me!

    There are lots of thing to learn from this season, like wtf is up with the ticket office – are they run by some offshore company that dont understand simple english?

    But congrats to the lads, they have all pulled their weight and ultimately got the job done! Its a results business and in the history books we got enough results!

    As for Steve Bruce, crikey, how can one man split a club right down the middle! I can’t honestly think of anyone who doesn’t like him as a man (his integrity and honest approach) but as a manager he splits the crowd in 2!

    I still question his general tactics (2 defensive minded midfielders and playing jonty at every occasion) but people will put his tactics down to escaping from the chipshop league! I personally see very little change in his tactics in nigh on 5 years (I think) and I think this is because he was a defender and has brought this into management with him!

    BUT

    How many times has he brought players on and they have changed the game especially towards the tickly end of the season! Personally i’ve been begging him to do something and where before he appeared to leave it now he does it. Fair play, HE HAS CLEARLY LEARNED!

    How he attracts some of the players he does lord only knows but the guy is a winner, and i’m proud of him and thank him a lot! I love his ” for sure”’s and “we know that”’s roll on the Prem, 6 points off the vile.

    KRO

    ps is anyone in fancy dres on sunday?

    pps is anyone on the train cus i’m going up alone!

  16. TR7 on May 2nd, 2007 7:42 pm

    Well said Bluebottle , I , like you , am ‘over the moon ‘ etc and also would have been ‘pig sick’ blah blah blah , but much as I like Bruce as a gentleman and admire his measured opinions , he simply isn’t the man to take us on.
    I could go on , but basically we are back where we should be , now we need someone who will keep us there!

    ps In top level sport pressure is part and parcel of the game , and I believe that it can often inspire great performances

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