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International Round-up

Shane Ferguson was the sole Birmingham City player on senior international duty last night, playing seventy-six minutes in Northern Ireland’s 2-4 defeat to Portugal.

Both of Northern Ireland’s goals came as a result of corners taken by the Derry-born winger, with Gareth McAuley and Jamie Ward the beneficiaries. However, Ferguson picked up an injury and had to be taken off, making him a doubt for Tuesday’s away match against Luxembourg and no doubt Lee Clark will be hoping it’s nothing serious.

Young left back Bobby Moseley was a substitute in the Republic of Ireland u19’s 2-0 friendly win over Slovenia in Waterford last night. He played the final 23 minutes as the young Irish team eased to a victory over their former Yugoslav counterparts thanks to goals from Conor Whittle and Kevin Toner.

Former Blues striker Marlon King failed to find the net on his recall to the Jamaican national team as the Reggae Boyz struggled to a 0-0 draw with Panama. The London-born striker played an hour in Panama City before being taken off for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott. The result leaves Jamaica rooted to the bottom of the qualifying group and out of contention for one of CONCACAF’s three full slots for the 2014 finals.

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46 Responses to “International Round-up”

  • dave mann says:

    its a sad state off affairs when weve only got one of our own players, chris burke on
    international duty and he didnt come on for scotland did he?. shane ferguson is only
    on loan so to me hes a newcastle player weve borrowed but to call him a blues player
    for this season is fair enough, but still not like it was a few years ago when we had
    maik taylor, matt upson, kenny cunningham, stan lazaridis, robbie savage, mikel forssell,
    emile heskey and so on all on international duty at the same time, what a good side we
    had in them early naughtys. KRO.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      As long as they’re doing a good job for us, who cares about the internationals. It’s not like England are going to win anything this century….. but we might. :-)

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    No Staffs, Greg Dyke said we are not allowed to win anything until 2022 but we are allowed a semi in 2020. Takes all of our expectations away…well done Mr Dyke, you are completely impotent anyway unless The Premier league give you there backing and that isn’t going to happen fella!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    http://www.football-league.co.uk/features/20130905/born-again-bury-bounce-back_2293307_3448738

    This should be an inspiration to us all. It’s never over until the fat man sings.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Sorry…misunderstood! I Think the days of Forrest getting promoted and winning the league the following season have gone thanks to our Antipodean friend. If the premier league had their way the whole pyramid system would be gone and it would be replaced by an incestuous Premier league 1&2 with no way in for outsiders, so if you are not invited to the party you will have to look in from the outside with your nose pressed against the window. Noses at the ready!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      We all know it’s true. I wish the top 7 or 8 would bugger off and form their own Stupor League… and let us have our ball back.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I have spoken to Man City fans who long back to the days when they had no money…their club has been destroyed as surely as ours has but unfortunately you cannot uninvent the wheel and we have to accept thing as they are. The day of judgement will come if Sky ever withdraw their money from the sport, there will be a lot of bankrupt owners out their and a lot of players left as creditors to their former employers. There has to be a point at which clubs expenditure will outstrip their income, its the nature of the beast to spend everything that they have now and what is due in the next few years fromTV iincome.All it takes is an unexpected relegation and long term contracts cannot be honoured, we can see that with our very own Nicola Zigic, immagine if we had made 4 more simiar signings, where would we be now? Football has changed beyond recognition and I just hope that it can survivein the loong term as the dream of non leaguge teams eventually rising to the very top of the pyramid have gone!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That’s why I’m totally for the FFP rules that have come in. Eventually, (hopefully) the football league will be a sustainable model for the future, which I believe will save a hell of a lot of clubs from going out of business that, if we’d carried on in the same vein, would maybe have been gone within the next 5-10 years. If anyone is going to go bump, it will be the Premier League. The EPL is entirely about Sky money now…. and being the greedy b*st*rds they are, the fall will be so much bigger if that income ever dries up. Roll on.

    • Iceburg Lettuce says:

      I’m a Bluenose (the royal blue variety) but live in Manchester.
      I know LOADS of Man City fans who are having the time of their lives, and would never hark back to the “old” days.

  • dave mann says:

    at the end off the day if your english, talented, work hard, show promise then you will
    get picked to play in the top prem teams, lets stop making excuses about to many foreighners
    ruining the england team, absoluet codswollop, there were no foreighners around in the 1970s
    and we didnt qualify for the 74 & 78 world cups, if your top notch your make it irrelevant off
    nationality, the foreighn players come in because there technicly better than us, no excuses.
    anyway dont really get to exited about england games that much, ended up falling asleep
    whatching last night, wouldnt do that watching blues but most fans would propably dissagree
    with me there. KRO.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Not me. I have very little interest in England games nowadays. I had it on in the background last night… and fell asleep and missed the last 2 goals. I can’t remember ever falling asleep at a Blues game, or watching.

  • dave mann says:

    those poor man city fans, feel really sorry for them and there club having all that money to spend
    and longing for the day when they had no money……..tell you what ask them if they could tempt
    there owners to ditch then and come and buy us! money rules in football now and we had better
    get use to it, id swap with man city anytime because i hate the position were in now, it really gets
    me down, its dog eat dog and looking after no 1 in this world and blues come first when it comes
    to football, sod everyone else.KRO.

  • skareggae72 says:

    Yes,and how many foreign players would you find propping up the bar at 3am after sinking lagers all night (we know it happens),looks like old habits are hard to get rid of.
    As for the game,it smacked to me of uncompetitive football,international football often is,i have no interest in seeing cricket scores,i switched over at half time.
    I might show some interest if we qualify & get to play somebody half decent.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I would not wish to be Man City in a million years, the whole of football is being threatened by these billionaire owners and it essentially kills the dream for ALL FOOTBALL FANS. You may only care about Blues Dave but you are missing the point and with it the bigger picture.

  • dave mann says:

    the dream for all football fans steve, and im talking about proper fans who support there club
    is to have billionaire owners and all the blues fans ive spoke to, and trust me i know an awfull
    lot have the same opinion, i wouldnt want to be man city neither, id rather be birmingham city
    with billionaire owners, and if the dream of all football fans is to not have people running your
    club who dont have a nikel to spend then that sounds more like a nighmare to me steve, sorry
    mate but i do know the point your making and as for the bigger picture, football will be around
    long after you and me have gone so dont expect me to loose any sleep over it! get real. KRO.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Congratulations Dave, you have now met a real fan who does not share your wish to have billionaire owners. Dave, we already have owners who dont have a nickel and I think you make my point for me, we all welcomed them in when they arrived but who wouldn’t welcome the Sullivan and Gold team back with open arms now? I agree that the game will still be here after our demise Dave and if you read my piece again you will see that I didn’t in fact say otherwise but the bigger picture includes exactly what state the game will be by then. I am real Dave, im just not oblivious to everything going on around me and I care passionately about the game that gives Blues fans like us so much pleasure mate.

  • dave mann says:

    steve ,forr your information i didnt welcome carson yeung, i had a feeling he had no money
    and again proved right, as for sullivan and gold i am totally with you on that, id welcome
    them back because they were good for us definetley, your passionet steve and i respect
    that but about making your point for you by saying our owners dont have a nikel kinda
    turns it round the other way about football fans dreams, and personally mate when ime
    dead and gone i wont really care what state the games in and if your being honest
    neither will you, but good banter mate…RESPECT.KRO.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I do care about what will happen when im gone Dave but I dont think ill know much about it! Have a good evening mate.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    The premier league exists only as means to get into the Champions League. The top 4 clubs get in.. and make even more money… the rest are also rans. What other use is there for it? It’s practically a closed shop. No team ever gets promoted, thinking that one day, they’ll have a crack at winning it. They know they won’t. With the money they can make in just one season, it’s not even a disaster if they get relegated. The premier is bugger all to do with football.. and everything to do with money.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Hear hear Staffs, the parachute payments were only put into place so that the relegated teams would have an unfair advantage and come straight back up effectively making it a 23 team monopoly, it just hasn’t worked out quite like that but its getting there.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Unfortunately, the CL takes precedence over international football too. It’s far more important to managers and owners than the England team.

      I can’t remember the last time I watched a european game. If I want to watch that kind of football, I can see it every week in the premier. No thanks to both.

  • tony says:

    Dave as usual rises a good point, if all the premier league were home grown English it would be rubbish as regards technical ability. They are not to blame for where we are in the international stakes.
    What happened to the golden generation, Gerard,Rooney,Lampard,Terry, and all the rest, the simple truth is they were no where near good enough.
    The way they live is also responsible as Dave says, propping up the bar until the early hours, eating all the wrong stuff.
    These overseas players live, eat, and train properly, I cant honestly see England winning the world cup in the next 30years at least,you only have to look at Lional Messi, what a player he is Rooney doesnt deserve to be mentioned in the same breath

  • Mikey J says:

    Foreign players are better than the English in technical ability, it’s purely the fact that the training in these foreign countries is better along with their work ethic. I’d rather if we had new owners have them put money into the academy. Barcelona produce the best players in the world, because they have the best academy. We can only dream haha!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    “The way they live is also responsible as Dave says, propping up the bar until the early hours, eating all the wrong stuff.”

    You mean like all those unfit, beer-swilling smokers that won us the World Cup in 1966? Bloody disgusting eh? ;-)

  • Bobble says:

    Football is the best sport to watch and the best football to watch, whether kids in the park or international, is live and involves two evenly matched teams with both trying to win. Blues and England are in my blood. But I want to watch a team that I recognise with players who I know something about and can relate to. So I welcomed the signings of Caddis and Ferguson, was upset at Redmond going and am beginning to catch on to some of this year’s new faces. With England, the greats, Moore, Charlton, Banks became ours when they pulled on the white shirt. One of the down sides of the money in today’s game is the way that players come and go and you can’t build that understanding of them. I suspect that one of the bum cards being dealt by Manchester City to its fans is that they never know who will be playing or how they will play.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      So agree with everything you mentioned. One good thing about this season’s signings for us… is that they’ve all been British. They might not be Messis or Ronaldos, but we can relate to them.

  • Bobble says:

    Also, I think we forget just how skilful the modern player is and even at Div 1 or 2 level, good football is being played.

  • Bobble says:

    And to Lee C’s credit he talks about the signings being Blues type players and that the fans will be able to relate to them.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Blues fans can forgive a lot, but they usually don’t take to a player if he’s not giving 100% effort. Damien Johnson wasn’t the best player at the club… but you’ll not find a more honest, hard-working player, who gave everything to the team.

  • Bobble says:

    Spot on

  • bluenose08 says:

    remeber sullivan saying if we had 11 damien johnsons we wouldnt have been relegated !!

  • Tony says:

    Football has moved on since 66 Staffs

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I hope therefore that everyone will recognise that whilst Lee Novak will never score double figures his work ethic is second to none.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Same as Geoff Horsfield. The Horse scored 46 goals at Halifax… but never scored more than 23 in total for any other club he played for in 20 years (according to wiki.) But bloody hell, he was worth far more goals to his teams with his amazing workrate.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Exactly the comparison I made in the pub last night. There seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding Novak and I sometimes wonder if I am watching the same player as everyone else? Its crucial that we loyal fans give him our backing during this bedding in period, similar to Green really, I think once a few goals go in it will settle them both down.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      To some fans, strikers are judged on goals alone. They don’t see the opportunities that they set up for other players.

  • Tony says:

    Now your being ridiculous Steve Novak is 5th rate , all the workrate in the world dont make up for class. he wont score more than 6 in a season even if iike Yeovil they let him walk it in.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Tony, please read my comment again, I said he will not get double figures but his work rate is second to none. The fact is we do not have the means to sign the class of striker that will net 20 which is why Marlo had to go. All I ask for in the abscence of ability is effort, Novak doesnt pick himself for the team Lee Clark does so he really doesnt have a chance in your eyes? We are all Blues fans Tony and I think they need us more now than ever. Its all about opinion too so I respect your opinion and take your view on board mate.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I’d just like to say well done to Coventry City. They’ve reached +1 point today from 5 games… after starting on -10. Good on ’em!


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