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GAMEDAY – Leeds Away

In the final game before the international break Birmingham City take on Leeds United at Elland Road looking to consolidate their position in the top 6.

Leeds United

Fifteenth-placed Leeds United come into the game on the back of some indifferent form having won one game in four in September with the last game being a 3-0 stuffing away at Middlesbrough. They’ve kept one clean sheet all season and have failed to win at home in four attempts, drawing three and losing one.

Will Buckley is lined up to make his debut for Leeds after signing on loan from Sunderland. He will more than likely play on the right with Stuart Dallas providing the threat on Leeds’ left.


Andrew Shinnie misses this game having picked up a grade one hamstring tear; Gary Rowett will have to decide whether to play a three man defensive midfield like he did in midweek or whether Jon Toral will get a recall. Paul Robinson did his claim for a first team place no end of good with a solid performance; Clayton Donaldson should be fit to lead the line against a team that courted his services in the summer.


Paul Tierney is the referee for this game. He’s been in charge of nine games so far this season, showing 32 yellow cards and one red. His last game involving Blues was the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield in March in which he booked three players including Robert Tesche.

Suspension Watch

3 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: David Davis and Jon Toral
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Paul Caddis, Jonathan Grounds, Stephen Gleeson, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector and Demarai Gray.
The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is December 31, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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Often Partisan is working in partnership with Bordesley Labour Club this season. They are based ten minutes away from St Andrew’s on Whitmore Road in Small Heath and have welcomed Blues fans over a number of years on match days.

This weekend Bordesley Labour Club will have a Reggae night post-match with live music from The One Love Band Featuring DJ Errol B. Admission is £4, doors open 8pm, curfew 12pm – over16s only.

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22 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Leeds Away”

  • David L says:

    Just to cheer people up with a historical note, I think this w/end is the 70th anniversary of Blues’ record league win : 9-1 vs Liverpool if memory serves.

    I’ll settle for 1-0 (to us!) at Elland Road today, thanks!

    • maurice walters says:

      David it was one of the first games i went to BLUES 9 LIverpool 1 if my memory is good we played at home won 7-2 away at port vale won 3-1 then liverpool OOO happy days.

      • Mirkwood55 says:

        Sorry to rain on your nostalgia parade gentlemen but you are a year out! 27 Nov 1954 Blues 7 Port Vale 2. 4 Dec 54 Notts County 3 Blues 2. 11 Dec 54 Blues 9 Liverpool 1. Memories ain’t what they used to be at our age!!!

        • Mirkwood55 says:

          Just to prove my point about fading memories you are actually nine years out!!! It was 60 years ago last December! 70 years would mean game was played in 1945!!!

          • David L says:

            Apologies Mirkwood – thanks for the research. A quick google came up with the results for 6th Oct 1945, amongst which was:

            Birmingham City 8 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (Scorers Duckhouse, Massart 2, Dougall, Bodle, Edwards, Mulraney 2)

            Apparently at the end of the 45/6 war-affected season, we won the FL South championship, pipping a little known team called Astno Viler on goal difference by winning our last league game 3-0

            The lamented Evening Dispatch said

            “The best tribute that can be paid to Birmingham City FC is that 12 players were mainly responsible for taking the club through to this much envied football distinction. … A grandstand finish to an exciting football race as has ever taken place found City on top, worthy of the championship because of their consistency”

            Not quite a record breaker, but I’d settle for that (and the 2-0 win today!).

            Happy days indeed!

  • rhees says:

    Would be happy with draw today think it will be tricky

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Our full backs need to be on their toes today, as Buckley and Dallas are a lively pair. Tbh, I would pick the same side as against Brentford. Also, keep the 4-3-3.. it makes us stronger defensively and gives a bit more support for Donaldson. 2-1 Blues.

  • zxcv says:

    I think Leeds will come at us like a train from the start today, think we will defend for our lives and if we get anything at all from this game it will be a very late winner or equaliser. My heart says 2-2 my head 2-1

  • Dave Mann says:

    Nearly in Leeds , having a ball so to speak, they’ve not won at home in the league and we’ve not lost away .. Banker home win then knowing blues .. Enjoy your day and pray for three points , it’s possible ! Kro

  • DoctorD says:

    I’d take a draw. 1-1

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Wolves have beaten Huddersfield 3-0 and gone above us (on GD,) pushing us out of the top 6. We need at least a point today to do the same back to them. Come on you Blues!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Awesome…. Dimming gray .awesome . Kro

  • Dave Mann says:

    I mean dimmi .. Sorry .kro

  • Mirkwood55 says:

    He’s been Dimming Gray for a while now! Let’s hope the real Dimmi is back again!!!

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Chuffed to bits – what a great week with another fantastic away performance. Anyone still want Dimmy Gray to be dropped? Most of our players will get a rest with the international break but he and Reece Brown are off to play for England U20’s – that’s something for us to be proud of as well. 18 points from 10 games and unbeaten on the road – brilliant.

  • zxcv says:

    Oh my. What an absolutely magnificent organised disciplined performance, Mr Gary Rowett take a bow my son you are doing wonders with this team. And a team performance it was Plus it is no coincidence we are keeping clean sheets since the brilliant Robo came back in. I simply refuse to give a man of the match as it would be an insult to the other 10, even our Keeper breads confidence now to the rest of the back line. There is no telling what this team can achieve we should be afraid of no one, Fantastic al round performance.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I got the result right and Blues score right, didn’t think we’d keep another clean sheet though. My bad. :)

    Every single player was on the money today. Especially pleased for Robbo. Commanding performance today! Well done to the manager and all the players.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    We were 5th before that Maghoma goal. It pushed us up to 4th.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Staffs, fantastic result and commanding performance .. Celebrating with. Beer as we text .. Life is good and were 4th!!!!! Kro

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    Unbelievable again from GR and the boys. Best I’ve felt about the Blues since we lifted the cup. Even after 2 confidence sapping home defeats they have shown massive resolve and belief to bounce back.
    Let’s hope the rugby boys can show some of that spirit tonight and make it a great day all round.

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Last Saturday night was desperate after Rotherham and the Welsh beating us at Twickenham. If the England rugby union team can show half the spirit of this Blues team we should turn the Aussies over. Nice thing is I wasn’t surprised we won today. There is a lot more pressure on at home and us supporters have got to play our part and create a better atmosphere at St Andrews. 4th place – still taking it in. Also Villa in danger of getting cut adrift – maybe they won’t have yet another lucky escape.

  • kford bluenose says:

    Superb result, the boys more than deserve their place in top 4 on this form. What a pity Leeds are still that far up themselves to believe it is worth premiership money to go to their half empty stadium to watch the brand of football that they are serving up For sensible money I’m sure you would have seen more than 3,000 noses wanting tickets. PS for all the doubters, I told you Gray could do much better than what we have seen recently!! Shirley Blue can enjoy a big “told you so” moment and we can all applaud Dimmi doing the type of job we know he is more than capable of doing.

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