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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

4 HEAD COACH’S NOTES

5 REMEMBRANCE FIXTURE

6 HANNIBAL INTERVIEW

9 SUNDERLAND

14 CAPTAIN’S COLUMN

18 STADIUM OF LIGHT

19 PAST MEETING

22 SUPPORTER MESSAGES

24 BLUES REMEMBERS

25 BIRMINGHAM SENIOR CUP

26 BLUES WOMEN

27 MEN’S MATCH REVIEW

29 ROLL CALL AND LEAGUE TABLE

30 FIXTURES AND RESULTS

BIRMINGHAM CITY FC

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BCFC BOARD

Directors: Wenqing Zhao,

Chun Kong Yiu, Gannan Zheng,

Yao Wang,

Honorary Vice President:

Mike Wiseman

FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT

Technical Director:

Craig Gardner

Head Coach:

John Eustace

Joint Assistant Head Coaches:

Keith Downing and Matt Gardiner

Goalkeeping Coach:

Maik Taylor

Head of Physical Performance:

Sean Rush

Chief Medical Officer:

Roddy Macdonald

Head of Performance Analysis:

Carl Blakemore

Under-21s Head Coach:

Steve Spooner

Head Physiotherapist:

Pete Shaw

First Team Physiotherapist:

Dave Hunt

Club Secretary: Zoe Jones


HEAD COACH

JOHN EUSTACE

Good evening and welcome to St. Andrew’s for tonight’s

game against Sunderland.

This is the Club’s annual Remembrance fixture, where,

as staff, players and supporters, we come together to pay

tribute to the sacrifices made by servicemen and women

from across the United Kingdom.

It is right and proper that we all pause to reflect and

honour those who gave up their lives so we can enjoy the

freedoms we enjoy today and often take for granted.

I have been told that the Club ensure that the

Remembrance fixture is marked appropriately each and

every year and, hopefully, the pre-match activities planned

for today also do it justice.

I want to offer my personal thanks to members of our

Armed Forces, past and present, for their service, their

bravery, and their heroism. To those lost in conflict, we will

remember them.

Turning our attentions to football and tonight is the last

Sky Bet Championship game of an extremely busy period.

The effort it has taken from the players and staff to remain

competitive throughout what has been a brutal spell of

games has been incredible.

Regardless of whether we have won, lost or drawn over

the past few months, I do not think anybody can question

the commitment and desire of this group. They have

given absolutely everything, often with only a few days

between fixtures, and I could not be prouder of everyone

associated with the Club.

We are making progress. There is a consistency to our

performances and even when we are not at our freeflowing

best, there is a resilience about the group which

goes a long way in this division.

The squad have shown that they have both sides to

their game. When we have to compete physically, match

and often better teams’ intensity and roll our sleeves up

for a bit of a battle, they have risen to that challenge. In

other instances, we have put together some passages of

play that have been really pleasing to watch, we have hurt

teams going forward and continue to develop our patterns

in possession.

That never-say-die attitude came to the fore on Tuesday

evening. Swansea City are a very good footballing side

who move you around the pitch and try to starve you of the

ball. To have the perseverance to keep knocking on the

door and get that deserved equaliser late on is a credit to

the players.

The substitutes made a big impact, and I am delighted

for Troy Deeney to get on the scoresheet again. He is

Mr. Birmingham City and knows what it means to the

supporters to see a group of players who genuinely care

about representing the Club.

It is going to take one more big effort tonight before we

break for the FIFA Men’s World Cup. Whilst in some ways it

comes at a time when we have built up momentum, I think

the group deserve a well-earned rest and will be better for

it when they return.

Tony Mowbray is an experienced manager who gets his

teams organised and has a clear vision of how he wants

them to play. We are expecting another really tough test

from Sunderland, but I am certain we will leave everything

out on the pitch to head into the winter break with a

positive result.

I want to finish by thanking you for your fantastic

support over these first few months of the season. Home

and away, you have been different class.

Keep Right On,

John Eustace

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REMEMBRANCE DAY

AT ST. ANDREW’S

Across football, up and down the country,

teams will honour those who gave their

lives in conflicts across the world on their

nearest home fixture to Armistice Day. With

a moment of silence observed throughout

the United Kingdom at 11am this morning,

the Club will remember those who fought for

future freedoms at tonight’s match against

Sunderland.

Along with a period of silence prior to kickoff,

players from both sides will form a guard

of honour for servicemen from across the

country, including a cohort from Birmingham

University Royal Naval Unit, located on Tilton

Road. The silence will be broken by a moving

rendition of the Last Post played by Lance

Sargent Martin Leach, and wreaths shall

be laid in the centre circle by the captains

and former Warrant Officer First Class for

the Coldstream Guards and lifelong Blues

supporter, Chris Measey.

Earlier this week, Technical Director, Craig

Gardner, Head Coach, John Eustace, Under-

21s Head Coach, Steve Spooner, and Under-

18s Lead Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw, joined

Measey to lay wreaths at Birmingham’s Hall of

Memory in respect of those who have passed

in conflict.

Birmingham City is also hosting a table of

Blues veterans and a table of Sunderlandsupporting

veterans in the Legends’ Lounge,

putting rivalries aside to mark the special

Sky Bet Championship matchday. Those who

served the country from both teams will enjoy

hospitality before watching the match from

executive seating.

Please show support today for both the guard of

honour and the veterans:

GUARD OF HONOUR:

• Former Warrant Officer First Class Chris Measey

• Lance Sargent Martin Leach

• Lance Corporal Josh Watson

• Lance Corporal Jacob Mellor

• Warrant Officer David Graham

• Officer Cadet Cole Roberts

• Officer Cadet Bethany Wilcox

• Officer Cadet Zak Littler

• Officer Cadet Will King

• Officer Cadet Leo Houwing

• Officer Cadet Fyraaz Ahmed

• Officer Cadet Charmaine De Lemos-Cooper

• Officer Cadet Amy Howells

BLUES VETERANS:

• Keith Oxford – Royal Air Force

• Michael Weaver – Fourth Regiment Royal Artillery

• Richard West – Coldstream Guards

• Jamie Jones – Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

• Darren Shiels – Royal Navy

SUNDERLAND VETERANS:

• Helen Stanyer-Groves – Royal Signals

• Barry Kean – Royal Army Medical Corps

• Jonathan Lathan – Three Rifles

• Steven Usher – Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

• Karl Sunley – Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

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FEATURE INTERVIEW

HANNIBAL


On the loan spell barometer, Hannibal’s time in the

Second City to date is certainly booming at the

successful end of the scale.

The 19-year-old, playing his football away from

Manchester United for the first time since joining

the Red Devils in 2019, has thrown himself into life

wearing royal blue with a gusty energy that is reaping

rewards.

After integrating himself into the squad following

his arrival on loan in late August and making five

appearances as a substitute towards the beginning

of the season, the Tunisian international has been a

mainstay at the heart of John Eustace’s midfield in

recent weeks – starting seven of the last eight Sky

Bet Championship matches.

With a snappy bite in the tackle to give no opponent

a second’s rest and being as enthusiastic about

the beautiful game as they come, leading to some

calling him the Tunisian Robbie Savage, Hannibal has

become an integral part of a side that has lost just

twice in 13 fixtures.

The learning curve has been steep, but one that the

midfielder has scaled impressively when taking to

life in the Second City, as he told Blues News ahead

of tonight’s game against Sunderland before the

campaign pauses for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

Hannibal, it is great to be catching up. First of all,

how are you and talk to us about things in the camp?

I am getting lots of minutes right now and that is

great. We are unbeaten and doing good. I am happy!

How much have you learned to this point here at St.

Andrews?

So much! There are many different styles of games

with different teams. For example, Millwall and

Swansea City; one team lots of long balls and the

other passing the ball. But both sides are in the same

division and getting similar results. It is very different

but interesting as well.

You have played with some real quality in that

midfield so far. How is it to be around the likes of

Krystian Bielik, Juninho Bacuna and Tahith Chong,

just to name a few?

We have lots of quality in midfield. It is always

good to be around those players so we can express

ourselves in our own individual ways. I am happy

to be around them – I hope they are to me as well

[laughing]!

Results have been excellent, what do you put that

down to?

I think the work off the pitch and in training is

unbelievable. The fans help us a lot and we are in a

good place right now, but we must keep going.

On the supporters, they have really taken to you.

How much does the Bluenoses support mean

to you?

The fans are absolutely unbelievable.

We hear them throughout every game

– at St. Andrew’s and away from home

too. That game at Stoke, wow, what an

atmosphere!

Very finally, the World Cup is just

around the corner. As a proud

Tunisian, what would it mean to play

there with your national team?

Right now, I am 100% focused with

Blues. Then I will think about it with

Tunisia. Of course, it is in my head and

it would be a dream come true to play

there as well.

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After using four of their nine lives

to climb out of the third tier, the

Black Cats were looking for some

sure-footedness back in the Sky

Bet Championship this season.

Sunderland acclimatised well

enough with one of the division’s

youngest squads, earning eight

points from their opening six

games, only for promotion-winning

manager Alex Neil to depart at the

end of August. It was an unexpected

hair-raiser, especially as Neil had

only arrived seven months previous,

but there has been no crying over

spilt milk on Wearside.

The club turned to North East

native Tony Mowbray as their replacement and the

58-year-old admitted it would be a “rebuilding process”

at the Stadium of Light as he looks to transition a

youthful crop to the rigours of Sky Bet Championship

football.

Despite starting his tenure with a resounding 3-0

home win over Rotherham United, results have blown

hot and cold since. Sunderland have not put backto-back

victories together, with case studies of their

inconsistency being a 3-0 win at Reading in September

after defeat in the Tees-Wear derby, as well as taking

maximum spoils off Huddersfield Town only to lose a

third home game three days later to Cardiff City.

THE VISITORS:

SUNDERLAND

Fact File

Club: Sunderland

Nickname: The Black Cats

Formed: 1879

Stadium: Stadium of Light

Stadium Capacity: 48,095

Manager: Tony Mowbray

Last season finish:

5th in Leauge One

Mowbray conceded that his side’s

game-management and nuts and

bolts aspects needed to improve for

a sustained purple patch of results

to materialise, but told BBC Radio

Newcastle he would leave no stone

unturned in revealing solutions.

He said: “There is a consistency

level issue. We are really good for 45

minutes, either at the beginning or

the end. We have to keep working,

we have to keep striving to find the

answers.

“We have to show more

consistency in our performances.

We want to score these great goals,

but sometimes you just have to win

duels, win headers, win tackles, get there first. We have

to remember to bring both every game.”

Such flip-flopping form can also be attributed to

having to find a regular source of goals with Ross

Stewart sidelined until the new year with a thigh injury.

The Scotland international has been prolific since

signing from Ross County in February 2021 and had five

goals in his first seven outings this term before injury

struck.

Last season’s 26-goal leading scorer has not been

alone in the treatment room though as the club’s

strength in depth has been put to the test. Towering

England Under-20s centre-back Aji Alese, long-serving

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U.S. wideman Lynden Gooch and Northern Ireland

international defender Daniel Ballard also remain

unavailable. The versatile Luke O’Nien will miss this

evening’s visit to St. Andrew’s as well due to a one-game

suspension.

One certainty in the visitor’s ranks is goalkeeper

Anthony Patterson. The North Shields born shotstopper,

who saved a first-half penalty against Cardiff

last time out, has been ever-present this term.

Commanding centre-back Danny Batth, who made

more than 200 appearances for Wolverhampton

Wanderers, has also played every minute and has been

paired alongside Australian Bailey Wright as he prepares

for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup. Former Tottenham

Hotspur youth Dennis Cirkin has been utilised at

right-back in Alese’s absence, while fellow 20-year-old

Trai Hume is likely to be given the nod at left-back with

O’Nien absent.

ONE TO WATCH

20. JACK CLARKE

Winger

DOB: 23 November 2000

Central-midfield talisman Corry Evans missed

the defeat against the Bluebirds but is expected

back tonight. Capped 69 times by Northern Ireland,

the younger brother of Jonny Evans was given the

armband by previous boss Lee Johnson and provides

some much-needed balance to the line-up. Another

homegrown prodigy in Dan Neill has thrived as a midfield

scurrier, although French Youth international Abdoullah

Ba provides another option and last season’s Play-off

Final scorer Elliot Embleton can also operate in a range

of positions.

Sunderland have scored twice or more on seven

occasions this season, with widemen Patrick Roberts

and Jack Clarke contributing six goals. The welltravelled

Roberts has lifted silverware in both Scotland

and Spain during loan moves from Manchester City,

while Clarke is a former Leeds United and Tottenham

Hotspur youth in the most productive form of his career

The rapier-like threat off the wing has enjoyed an excellent start to life

back at the Stadium of Light this season, after the 21-year-old returned to

Wearside on a permanent deal in the summer following a successful loan.

Jack Clarke began his career at Leeds United, where he enjoyed a

breakthrough campaign to win the club’s Young Player of the Year award

for 2018/19. It proved a stint so impressive that Tottenham Hotspur were

convinced to spend £10 million on the then-18-year-old.

Unfortunately, he would go on to make just four appearances in three

years at the London club, in addition to two short loan spells at Queens Park

Rangers and Stoke City.

Clarke rediscovered his vintage best though at the Stadium of Light

last season, impressing hugely during his six-month spell from January.

The youngster played a pivotal part in the Black Cats’ promotion from

League One, including a brilliant assist in the 93rd minute against Sheffield

Wednesday to book a place at Wembley in the Play-Off Final.

This season, Clarke has already hit double figures for goals and assists

combined, as he and Sunderland look to cement their place back in the

Championship.

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IN THE DUGOUT

TONY MOWBRAY

DOB: 22 November 1963

Appointed: August 2022

Despite spending nine years of his playing career with North East neighbours

Middlesbrough, Tony Mowbray was welcomed with open arms to the Stadium of

Light in August after Alex Neil’s sudden departure.

The 58-year-old had a playing career boasting more than 500 appearances before

hanging up his boots at Ipswich Town and taking a coaching role with the Suffolk club.

Mowbray then moved north of the border to Hibernian, where he enjoyed a hugely

successful spell. The former defender crafted a free-flowing side, winning Scottish

Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Year, whilst also guiding the club to

consecutive top-four finishes for the first time in decades.

Following spells at West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesborough and Coventry City

- achieving promotion to the Premier League with the Baggies - he spent five years

with Blackburn Rovers. Earning a 40% win ratio at Ewood Park, he guided Rovers out

of Sky Bet League One and had them knocking on the door of the Premier League in

recent seasons.

A feat he will be aiming to repeat with Sunderland as he returns to his roots, saying:

“I grew up in the North East and I always remember my experiences at Roker Park

with great fondness - the emotion, passion and size of Sunderland. This is a huge

opportunity to continue the good work that has taken place over the past two years

and I hope the supporters can see that this football club is on its way back.”

this season with four goals and six assists. Other forward fliers

include Costa Rica international Jewison Bennette and Ivorian

Amad Diallo borrowed from Manchester United.

Alex Pritchard is often tasked with orchestrating the attacks

from a No.10 role. A Premier League performer with Huddersfield,

he opened his account for the season at the start of the month

against the Terriers.

Spearheading the frontline in Stewart’s absence has been

21-year-old Everton loanee Ellis Simms, who scored three times

in August, while Union Berlin’s Leon Dajaku and the inventive Jay

Matete have also had minutes.

The World Cup break is arriving at a good time for Mowbray’s

exciting crop as they look to regroup and find a level of consistency

that - according to their predicted points per game ratio - should

have them purring contentedly in mid-table come May.

AROUND

THE

GROUNDS

No less than six clubs with City suffixes

are at home this weekend, with Hull

City hosting Reading arguably the

most intriguing on Saturday as Liam

Rosenior acquaints himself to his new

Humberside home.

Wayne Rooney’s number two at Derby

County saw his Tigers side win 2-3 at

Cardiff City in midweek, with Regan

Slater scoring twice in as many minutes,

and he will want more of the same

dynamism as he introduces himself

to the MKM Stadium for the first time

against a Royals side winless in four.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan attended

his first game in more than three

years on Tuesday after confirming

that interim manager Mark Hudson

had been offered the job until May,

but will demand some consistency of

results as they welcome third-placed

Sheffield United.

Elsewhere, Michael Carrick’s

rejuvenated Middlesbrough - now

unbeaten in three - travel to Norwich

City in search of a first success in

Norfolk since April 2015, and Luton

Town host Rotherham United with

club legend Mick Harford in interim

charge after manager Nathan Jones

departed for Premier League side

Southampton in midweek.

Sunday’s Lancashire hotpot

could take some beating though

as the Cotton Mills derby reignites

for the first time in five years. Sky

Bet Championship leaders Burnley

remain the division’s only unbeaten

side at home this season and host

second-placed Blackburn Rovers

who are yet to draw in 20 games.

Vincent Kompany’s Clarets have lost

just once in their last ten outings

across all competitions and have

held the local bragging rights since

2010.

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CAPTAIN

TROY DEENEY

Good evening and welcome back to St. Andrew’s for

the final game before the World Cup break.

Tuesday night saw us pick up another decent point

in a match I felt we could have won. We showed

resilience again versus the best footballing team I

think we have played this season in Swansea City.

We started well in the first 15 minutes or so and

scored a great goal through Scott Hogan. I think we

might have got a bit carried away after that perhaps,

but we cannot get away from the fundamentals.

They scored a couple of decent goals and I know

there might have been some tired minds out there

as well. But we gathered at half-time, came out,

made changes, and thankfully Dion Sanderson won

his header and similarly to at Sheffield United, I was

able to stick it in.

We still need to be better of course, but it is

important to not be too critical and know that we

have kept the run going as well.

If we can maintain our focus and drive, I believe we

can beat anyone this season. The coaching team

have been superb, and Craig Gardner is working hard

behind the scenes too.

But players and staff have bought into this and

that is great. I feel that where we are now, you can

see the progression. Lukas Jutkiewicz coming

in and playing like he has started every game this

season, Neil Etheridge giving the support to the

goalkeepers, Harlee Dean doing what he has done.

All the boys are part of this, and no one feels left out.

I am proud of this team, proud to be from

Birmingham, and I am thankful for the support you

the Bluenoses have shown us so far this season.

The travelling attendances are always brilliant, and I

thought the following at Stoke City was top class.

If we can be better on the ball, get those set pieces

right as we have done all season, fine-tune the

details then we will be alright. But that starts with

the Gaffer, then through to me and trickles down to

the lads.

We had 19,000 here last Friday and I hope we fill

the place again tonight. The expectation is coming

now that we can win, and we want to keep growing

and building with that as well. I want us to be the

best that we can be.

We know now we need to back Swansea up with a

win. A draw and a loss is no longer good enough for

what we expect as a group. We are still using the fuel

of being ‘relegation favourites’. We keep working and

after 20 games now, we are earning respect and can

take our game plan to people properly believing.

Everything we do is for the benefit of the team

now. We are all in this together and I look forward to

tonight’s game and getting one last performance in

before the break.

Get St. Andrew’s bouncing you lot - let’s make it

horrible.

Keep Right On,

Troy Deeney

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NCS AUTUMN

October saw the National Citizen Service team head

to Newquay, Cornwall, for an awesome beach-based

activity residential in the surf capital of England!

The girls and boys from the Trust’s Football Education

Programme took part in commando-style beach drills

before trying their hand at coasteering and bodyboarding.

They finally got to grips with the surfboards and showed

the locals that being a landlocked Brummie is no barrier to

achieving big things.

Upon returning to Birmingham, they explored key life

skills by participating in first aid, political awareness,

and community exploration workshops, then helping to

kickstart the Trust’s environmental sustainability pledge

with Planet League.

The team will shortly begin their community social

action project, where they will be raising awareness,

funds, and collecting spare coats for the national Human

Appeal UK charity to support their current ‘Wrap-Up

Birmingham’ 2022 campaign.

Wrap Up is an award-winning winter campaign to collect

and donate spare winter coats and food packages to a

BCFC COMMUNITY TRUST GO GREEN

Two Community Trust third-year students have

kickstarted the Trust’s pledge to becoming a more

sustainable community.

A successful bid to the FA Green Innovation Fund

has secured recycling bins for classrooms and this is

just the start of the Trust’s ‘Go Green’ journey. Partner

Veolia Birmingham are also supporting this action by

ensuring that the Trust HQ has recycling bins in place

and are helping to raise awareness of how everyone can

help towards the City of Birmingham achieving a 70%

recycling rate by 2040.

Dylan Scott, with his colleague Joe Collins, said: “Taking

these first steps is a positive change for action and we

range of charities for distribution to the homeless and

those living in poverty locally. This runs through November

and alongside their sister campaigns in London,

Manchester and Glasgow, the faith-based charity aims to

help 20,000 vulnerable people to cope with the cold during

the current cost of living crisis.

If any supporters have a spare adult or child’s coat that

can be donated, contact Danny at ncs@bcfc.com or text

BCFCTRUST to 70560 to make a £5 donation to the NCS

project cause, allowing the team to help Human Appeal

keep Brummies warm this winter. For more information on

the charity’s local, national, and international relief work,

check out www.humanappeal.org.uk.

want to encourage other students and staff to make small

changes for a big cause and help protect our planet. We

were shocked by the amount of plastic and card that we

were throwing away and realised that not only can we do

good by recycling, reusing and repurposing items, but we

can also raise vital funds for our charity by weighing in our

recycling.”

Dylan and FEP Goalkeeping Coach, Harry Tuffield,

were the first to kickstart the recycling campaign and

set about helping to clear around the Stadium after

Tuesday’s match against Swansea City. Watch out for

more from the Trust as the

‘Be Blue.Go Green’ campaign gets underway.

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BIRMINGHAM CITY

SHIRT SPONSORSHIP 2022/23

For more information regarding

player shirt sponsorship please

contact us on 0121 772 0101 option 3

or email Commercial@bcfc.com

01 NEIL ETHERIDGE

Available for sponsor

02 MAXIME COLIN

Symone Ingram

03 GEORGE FRIEND

04 MARC ROBERTS

Simon +

Rosemarie Nash

05 AUSTON TRUSTY

19 JORDAN JAMES 11 JORDAN GRAHAM 06 HANNIBAL

07 JUNINHO BACUNA

12 HARLEE DEAN

20 GARY GARDNER

Symone Ingram

08 TROY DEENEY

14 JONATHAN LEKO

21 JOHN RUDDY

Available for sponsor

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09 SCOTT HOGAN

17 PRZEMYSLAW PLACHETA

23 EMMANUEL LONGELO

Available for sponsor

10 LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ

18 TAHITH CHONG

25 NICO GORDON

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SUNDERLAND AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

From the West Midlands to the North East football is a

religion. And on the banks of the Wear, on every other

Saturday between August and May, the population of

Sunderland descend to worship their heroes in red and

white at the Stadium of Light.

The venue, which is named in reflection of the region’s

coal mining heritage and sits on the site of the former

Monkwearmouth Colliery, has played host to some of the

greatest and darkest days in the club’s modern history since

its opening in 1997.

When the ribbon for football was cut and Ajax visited for

a landmark friendly the stadium’s capacity was at 42,000

before a further 9,000 seats were added to the North Stand

three years later, giving the ground often overpowering

acoustics when the Black Cats’ tails are up.

Such a period witnessed the stadium’s first promotion

as Peter Reid led them back to the top flight in 1999, a

status that they would relinquish four years later when their

2002/03 campaign yielded just 19 points and four wins –

infamously remembered for the scoring of three own goals

during a home defeat to Charlton Athletic.

This marked the start of a yo-yo period that featured two

relegations and as many promotions before they embarked

on a decade-long stint in the top-flight. During these ten

seasons, they were unable to match the heady heights

of successive seventh-place finishes either side of the

Millennium when future Blues frontman Kevin Phillips won

the European Golden Shoe, instead being fabled for their

end-of-term escapology acts.

The greatest of which arguably came towards the end

of the 2013/14 campaign when, despite losing seven of

eight matches between February and Easter, Sunderland

managed to stave off the drop – confirming their top-tier

status with a game to spare in front of more than 45,000

jubilant Mackems.

Recent years have been no less eventful, but certainly less

rewarding for the SOL faithful. Back-to-back relegations left

the Club floundering in League One for three seasons and

when in the second of these a limited crowd due to COVID-19

restrictions was invited back to watch their favourites, they

faltered in the play-offs against Lincoln.

Better success in the end-of-season lottery 12 months

on has put Wearside back on the Sky Bet Championship

map and it is England’s ninth-largest football stadium that

boasts the division’s highest average attendance in its 25th

anniversary year.

TODAY’S MASCOTS

Jaden Carthy

Age: 9.

Favourite Player:

Scott Hogan.

Favourite Goal

Celebration:

Take the L Dance.

Bobby Mason

Age: 10.

Favourite player:

Juninho Bacuna.

Favourite skill:

A L Tornado.

Rome Paul.

Age: 8.

Favourite Player:

Scott Hogan.

Favourite Goal

Celebration:

Take the L Dance.

Jacob Gartland

Age: 10.

Favourite Player:

Auston Trusty.

Favourite Skill:

Maradona Turn.

Harry Turner

Age: 12.

Favourite Player:

Mark Roberts.

Joseph McCarthy

Age: 6.

Favourite player:

Juninho Bacuna.

Favourite

celebration:

Nutmegging

Daddy.

Zach Willis

Age: 9.

Favourite Player:

Jobe Bellingham.

Favourite Skill or

Trick: Free kicks.

Jonah Swaine

Favourite Player:

Scott Hogan.

Alfie Lewis

Age: 9.

Favourite Player:

Troy Deeney.

Favourite goal

celebration is the

griddy.

Logan Walker

Age: 12

Favourite Player:

Bacuna

Freddie Sandford

Age: 10.

Favourite Player:

Juninho Bacuna.

Favourite Skill:

Step Over

Keeley McCarthy

Age: 11.

Favourite player:

John Ruddy.

Favourite Skill/

Trick: Ronaldo

Celebration

BIRTHDAY PACKAGE

Bobby Leek

Age: 7

Happy 7th

birthday

Bobby lots of

love mommy

daddy and all

your brothers.

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WE’VE MET BEFORE

A

BLUES 2 0 SUNDERLAND

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2021

head of welcoming Sunderland to St. Andrew’s on

Friday, Blues News takes a trip down memory lane

to a memorable meeting between the two sides.

This sees the clock turned back to April 2003, with

the Black Cats, needing a win to stave off relegation

for a little while longer, being given no sympathy by a

Blues team fully focused on enlarging the gap between

themselves and the relegation zone ahead of their final

five matches.

There was also a determination to extend a winning

run on home soil to three games by building on victories

over Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, successes

that came around Steve Bruce’s men completing a

Second City derby double at Villa Park in March.

Characteristic of a team that had conceded 54 times

going into the game, Sunderland found themselves

behind on the cusp of the interval to an avoidable goal

that arguably came against the run of play.

Kevin Kyle had put two attempts wide for the visitors

before Mart Poom’s ineffective punch to a Stan

Lazaridis cross from deep was gorged upon by Blues

and Bryan Hughes in particular. 25-yards from goal, the

midfielder did not hesitate to calmly lob the ball over

the Estonian goalkeeper for the lead.

That was Hughes’ maiden counter in the Premiership

and there was soon to be another first as Birmingham

City’s on-loan World Cup winner opened his account in

the English top flight.

Christophe Dugarry, having acclimatised to the

rigours of football across the channel, showed he was

not afraid to put his head in where it hurts. Jeff Kenna

directed the ball back into the position of maximum

opportunity and the Frenchman was on hand to stoop

for the clincher in his 11th appearance adorning royal

blue.

And while no further extension was made to the

margin of victory, the host’s growing dominance was

made clear by Marcus Stewart’s decision – born out of

frustration – to kick out at Stern John which earned him

a red card.

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SUPPORTERS MESSAGES

Happy Birthday Tommy Fitzpatrick love all

your family and Friends xx

Happy 18th birthday, Katie Joy!

Once a bluenose, always a bluenose.

Keep Right On.

Lots of Love, Dad xxx

Best of luck to Coldlands Colts FC U9’s

in their match this weekend. Most of

the lads are big BCFC supporters!!

KRO boys!

Happy Birthday

to our legendary

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who gets all of

our teams to their

games safely!

Happy 8th birthday to our little bluenose,

Charlie. Have the best day! Lots of love

Daddy, Mommy and Poppy xxx

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In Loving Memory of a True Blue

Dave Teasdale

Kick Off: 19.03.1961 Final Whistle: 31.08.2022

Keep Right On Dave x

Happy 7th Birthday Joe!

We hope you enjoy your first ever football match.

Lots of Love

Mummy, Daddy & Jess xxxx

Lifelong Blues fans for 50 years

RIP Diane Kelly and Bill Moran

(with scarves on, top left)

Brian Hoey 1955-2022

Lily Green. 29/05/1929 -21/10/2022.

93 years old. Once a Blue always a Blue.

Lots of Love All the Green family and friends

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REDDITCH UNITED 3 2 BLUES

MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2022 | BIRMINGHAM SENIOR CUP | TRICO STADIUM

Blues were beaten by Redditch United in the

Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

The narrow defeat sees the Club exit the

competition at the second round stage following a

competitive encounter at the Trico Stadium.

A youthful team, led by Steve Spooner, started

positively and took the lead after six minutes of action.

A ball into the box was not effectively cleared and

Brandon Khela took a touch before accurately finding

the bottom corner from a driven shot.

In response, the Reds put the pressure on, and Alfie

Brooks had to parry a Calum Flanagan effort over the

crossbar. The goalkeeper stood strong to a further

onslaught heading towards the break but would be

beaten shortly after the half-hour mark. Max Sheaf

delivered from the corner of the box, finding the far post

where Ryan Boothe was poised to locate the corner.

Despite this concession, the away side could have

gone into the break ahead, only for Ben Beresford’s

attempted lob to lack the necessary trajectory to beat

Kieran Boucher.

They would though retake the lead ten minutes into

the second-half, with the young outfit competing

admirably against senior opposition. Khela made his a

brace with a stellar strike, taking aim with his right foot

and finding the top corner from 30 yards out.

However, ahead of the hour mark, Redditch would

have themselves level. Sheaf fed Dylan Hart down the

right of the box and although his effort from a tight

angle was initially stopped by Brooks, Hart was on hand

to poke in from close range.

This leveller teed up an exciting final third of the

match and either side could have hit a winner to

progress, with Byron Pendleton rattling the goalframe

from the edge of the area.

But just as penalties loomed large, Sheaf delivered

invitingly and Ryan Wollacott, who had gone close

earlier in the contest, planted a header beyond Brooks

to send Redditch through.

Redditch United: Kieran Boucher, Ryan Wollacott, L

Ward, Murphy Culkin (Henry Smith 90, Lewis Hudson,

Max sheaf, Robbie Bunn, Reece Flanagan (Cain

Smith 62), Max Sheaf, Jerell Sellars (Josh Clews 88),

Dylan Hart, Ryan Boothe (Adam Hanson 88).

Substitutes not used: Sam Rowbottom.

Blues: Alfie Brooks, Byron Pendleton, Menzi Mazwi

(Frank Tattum 45), Rico Browne (Captain) (Luke

Carsley 30), Remi Walker, Chris Ogor, Josh Home,

Brandon Khela, Niall Rushton (Engwau Oduka 70),

Pharrell Williams, Ben Beresford (Morgan Dance 70.

Substitutes not used: Oliver Basey.

STEVE SPOONER’S REACTION:

“There were only a few Under-21s players, aged 19

involved in the game. I thought all the young lads acquitted

themselves really well. They are not the easiest of games

to play. The players dealt with that side of football that

they don’t always get, especially not at Under-18s.

“They experienced playing in front of fans. And it was

good for the lads to deal with that.

“It was a really competitive game and for them to be

testing themselves against men, I felt that they did well.

“Two outstanding finishes from Brandon and then he

tried an audacious chip at the end. His was a very good

performance.

“It was a shame that we conceded in the last few

minutes, but I don’t want to take anything away from the

players because they gave everything.”

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INTERNATIONAL BLUES

Ten of Blues Women’s stars have been called up

to represent their countries during the November

international break.

Christie Murray will wear Scotland colours

for their friendly double header versus Panama

and Venezuela in Spain. The midfielder and

her compatriots will take on Las Canaleras on

Saturday 12 November, kick-off 6pm. They will

then face La Vinotinto on Monday 14 November,

kick-off 6pm.

Fresh from qualification to next year’s FIFA

Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand,

Louise Quinn, Lucy Quinn, Jamie Finn and Harriet

Scott will travel with the Republic of Ireland for a

warm weather training camp in Marbella. During

their time in Spain, Vera Pauw’s side will take on

Morocco in an international friendly on Monday 14

November at the Marbella Football Centre, kickoff

5pm.

Wales have revealed a 26-player squad for a

training camp in Pinatar that includes Blues

midfielder Charlie Estcourt. The summer recruit

will be looking to pick up cap number 34 for her

country when they meet Finland in a friendly on

Saturday 12 November, kick-off 7.30pm, at the

Pinatar Arena.

Siobhan Wilson has been named in the Jamaica

party as they step up their preparations for next

summer’s Women’s World Cup. The Reggae Girlz

will take on Paraguay in a double header, with the

first fixture on Friday 10 November, kick-off 1am,

and then three days later they will meet again,

with kick-off at 11pm.

Defender Tara Bourne was recalled to the

England Under-23s setup after returning from

injury, and goalkeeper Lucy Thomas was named in

the group for the first time. Led by Mo Marley, the

team will go up against Netherlands Under-23s in

Walsall on Thursday 10 November. They will then

travel to Italy to take on their Under-23s in Rome

on Monday 14 November, kick-off 1.30pm.

Lucy Jones has linked up with England’s

Professional Development Phase squad at

the Algarve Cup for three fixtures. The Young

Lionesses will take on Norway Under-19s, Portugal

Under-18s and Netherlands Under-19s in Portugal.

Good luck, girls!

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BLUES 2

Blues extended their unbeaten

run at St. Andrew’s to six

matches as they played out

an entertaining draw with

Swansea City on Tuesday night.

Front pairing Scott Hogan and

Troy Deeney were on target for the

hosts, efforts that bookended a

first-half turnaround from Russell

Martin’s side. But it certainly felt

like a point gained for Birmingham

City as the Captain’s equaliser

was plundered home in the 89th

minute.

The Sky Bet Championship clash

was neither short on quality nor

commitment from either side, with

seven bookings accumulated across

a wholehearted encounter that saw

both clubs move a place closer to the

division’s play-off spots.

It started at a frightening pace and

John Eustace’s men were setting

the early tempo even before they

deservedly went ahead after 12

minutes. As he had in the recent

win over Queens Park Rangers,

left wing-back Emmanuel Longelo

again showed real guile on his right

foot, delivering a flat cross that an

unattended Hogan headed past a

stranded Steven Benda for his ninth

goal of the season.

Tahith Chong would go close soon

after and although a momentary

lapse in defensive concentration saw

Olivier Ntcham curl in an impressive

equaliser, the momentum appeared

to be with Blues approaching the

break. Longelo went on a mazy run

2 SWANSEA CITY

TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2022 | ST. ANDREW’S | SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

before having an effort blocked and

Luke Cundle was grateful for Benda

keeping out his lapse touch from a

low Chong ball across the penalty box.

However, in the second minute of

first-half added time, Matt Grimes

found space inside the area and

managed to awkwardly navigate the

ball beyond John Ruddy and into the

far corner.

Inevitably motivated by the

concession at such a telling moment

in the match, Blues started the

second period camped in the visitor’s

half and Juninho Bacuna whizzed

an effort narrowly the wrong side of

the post.

But as the half wore on, the contest

became a cat-and-mouse affair,

with Eustace often having to rely on

a limited defensive unit in search of

the equaliser – a strategy that finally

came good.

From their 12th corner of the

evening, Birmingham finally got one

on the money. Bacuna’s outswinger

was firmly headed back into the

danger zone by Dion Sanderson and

Deeney was waiting to unleash a

vintage control and finish at the death

for a share of the spoils.

Blues (3-5-2): John Ruddy,

Maxime Colin (Jordan James 88),

Dion Sanderson, Auston Trusty,

Jordan Graham (George Hall 67),

Hannibal, Juninho Bacuna, Tahith

Chong (Lukas Jutkiewicz 77),

Emmanuel Longelo, Scott Hogan,

Troy Deeney (Captain).

Substitutes not used: Neil

Etheridge, George Friend, Jobe

Bellingham, Jonathan Leko.

Booking: Deeney 15, Bacuna 53,

Sanderson 90+4.

Swansea City (3-5-1-1): Steven

Benda, Nathan Wood (Matt

Sorinola 72), Harry Darling, Ben

Cabango, Joel Latibeaudiere,

Luke Cundle (Ollie Cooper 62),

Matt Grimes (captain), Jay Fulton,

Ryan Manning, Olivier Ntcham

(Michael Obafemi 85), Joel Piroe.

Substitutes not used: Andy Fisher,

Jamie Paterson, Armstrong Oko-

Flex, Kyle Naughton.

Booking: Manning 15, Wood 48,

Darling 50, Fulton 77.

Referee: Andy Woolmer.

Attendance: 15,491.

THE GAFFER’S REACTION:

“You keep putting the ball in the right area, you

get your rewards, and I am really pleased for big

Troy [Deeney]. I thought he worked his socks off

tonight, I thought he was outstanding and to get

another goal for him is a massive plus for us.”

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A message about anti-social and criminal behaviour

To mark the new season, we want to

make you aware of new measures

being taken across all of football

to ensure everyone can have a safe

and enjoyable experience. We are

supporting strong action from the

FA, Premier League and EFL to tackle

anti-social and criminal behaviours

that put all of us at risk.

This reflects the seriousness of

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ROLL CALL & LEAGUE TABLE

PLAYER LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP

APPS GLS APPS GLS APPS GLS

JUNINHO BACUNA (M) 16 (4) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

JOBE BELLINGHAM 0 (10) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

KRYSTIAN BIELIK (M) 12 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

TATE CAMPBELL (M) 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0

ALFIE CHANG (M) 2 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

TAHITH CHONG (M) 12 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

MAXIME COLIN (D) 19 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

SAM COSGROVE (F) 0 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0

HARLEE DEAN (D) 7 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

TROY DEENEY (F) 16 (4) 3 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

NEIL ETHERIDGE 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

GEORGE FRIEND 0 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

GARY GARDNER (M) 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

JORDAN GRAHAM (M) 7 (5) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

GEORGE HALL 5 (11) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

SCOTT HOGAN (F) 20 (0) 9 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

JORDAN JAMES 6 (9) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

ZACH JEACOCK (G) 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ 2 (16) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

JONATHAN LEKO 0 (4) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1

EMMANUEL LONGELO (M) 9 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

HANNIBAL MEJBRI (M) 7 (7) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

PRZEMYSLAW PLACHETA (M) 5 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

MARC ROBERTS (D) 7 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

JOHN RUDDY (G) 20 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

DION SANDERSON (D) 19 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

RYAN STIRK (M) 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0

AUSTON TRUSTY (D) 20 (0) 3 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

JOSHUA WILLIAMS (M) 6 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

RYAN WOODS (M) 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

POS. P W D L GD PTS

1 BURNLEY 20 10 8 2 14 38

2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 20 12 0 8 5 36

3 SHEFFIELD UNITED 20 10 5 5 15 35

4 NORWICH CITY 20 9 5 6 7 32

5 WATFORD 20 9 5 6 5 32

6 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 20 9 4 7 4 31

7 PRESTON NORTH END 20 8 7 5 0 31

8 SWANSEA CITY 20 8 6 6 -1 30

9 LUTON TOWN 20 7 8 5 1 29

10 BIRMINGHAM CITY 20 7 7 6 4 28

11 MILLWALL 19 8 4 7 2 28

12 COVENTRY CITY 18 7 5 6 1 26

13 READING 20 8 2 10 -7 26

14 ROTHERHAM UNITED 20 6 7 7 -1 25

15 STOKE CITY 20 7 4 9 -3 25

16 MIDDLESBROUGH 20 6 6 8 2 24

17 SUNDERLAND 19 6 6 7 2 24

18 CARDIFF CITY 20 7 3 10 -7 24

19 HULL CITY 20 7 3 10 -13 24

20 BRISTOL CITY 20 6 5 9 -2 23

21 BLACKPOOL 20 6 4 10 -8 22

22 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 19 4 8 7 -2 20

23 WIGAN ATHLETIC 20 5 5 10 -11 20

24 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 19 5 3 11 -7 18

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2022/23

DATE KO OPPONENT RES COMP POS ATT STARTING XI

JULY

Sat 30 3.00pm LUTON TOWN A 0-0 LEAGUE 11 9,921 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN WOODS ❚ JAMES

AUGUST

Fri 05 7.45pm HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H 2-1 LEAGUE 1 17,065 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY ❚ COLIN WOODS JAMES

Tue 09 7.45pm NORWICH CITY A 2-2* EFL CUP - 18,971 ETHERIDGE COLIN JUTKIEWICZ ❚ ROBERTS TRUSTY GRAHAM JAMES

Sat 13 12.30pm CARDIFF CITY A 1-0 LEAGUE 11 18,893 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY ❚ COLIN ❚ CHANG JAMES ❚

Tue 16 7.45pm WATFORD H 1-1 LEAGUE 11 16,811 RUDDY COLIN SANDERSON ❚ TRUSTY WILLIAMS BACUNA JAMES

Sat 20 3.00pm WIGAN ATHLETIC H 0-1 LEAGUE 18 16,013 RUDDY COLIN SANDERSON TRUSTY WILLIAMS BACUNA JAMES

Sat 27 3.00pm ROTHERHAM UNITED A 2-0 LEAGUE 21 11,027 RUDDY COLIN SANDERSON TRUSTY ROBERTS BACUNA JAMES ❚

TUE 30 7.45pm NORWICH CITY H 1-2 LEAGUE 21 16,156 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY ❚ WILLIAMS ❚ BACUNA ❚ CHANG

SEPTEMBER

Sat 03 3.00pm PRESTON NORTH END A 0-1 LEAGUE 20 16,098 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS ❚ TRUSTY COLIN 1 BACUNA CHONG

Wed 14 8.00pm WEST BROMWICH ALBION A 2-3 LEAGUE 14 23,089 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN BIELIK CHONG

Sat 17 3.00PM COVENTRY CITY H 0-0 LEAGUE 17 16,633 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ BIELIK TRUSTY COLIN BACUNA CHONG

OCTOBER

Sat 01 3.00pm SHEFFIELD UNITED A 1-1 LEAGUE 15 29,927 RUDDY SANDERSON BIELIK ❚ TRUSTY COLIN BACUNA CHONG

Wed 05 7.45pm MIDDLESBROUGH A 1-0 LEAGUE 19 22,374 RUDDY SANDERSON BIELIK TRUSTY COLIN BACUNA ❚ CHONG

Sat 08 3.00PM BRISTOL CITY H 3-0 LEAGUE 14 16,807 RUDDY SANDERSON 1 ❚ DEAN TRUSTY 2 COLIN HALL BIELIK ❚

Sun 16 3.00pm HULL CITY A 0-2 LEAGUE 12 16,587 RUDDY COLIN ❚ DEAN TRUSTY BACUNA ❚ 1 MEJBRI BIELIK ❚

Wed 19 7.45pm BURNLEY H 1-1 LEAGUE 14 16,303 RUDDY SANDERSON DEAN TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BIELIK

Sat 22 3.00pm BLACKBURN ROVERS A 1-2 LEAGUE 14 14,092 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ DEAN TRUSTY COLIN HALL BIELIK

Fri 28 8.00PM QUEENS PARK RANGERS H 2-0 LEAGUE 11 19,007 RUDDY SANDERSON DEAN TRUSTY ❚ COLIN MEJBRI ❚ CHONG

NOVEMBER

Wed 02 7.45pm MILLWALL H 0-0 LEAGUE 13 15,030 RUDDY SANDERSON DEAN TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BIELIK

Sat 05 3.00pm STOKE CITY A 1-2 LEAGUE 11 22,459 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ DEAN 1 TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BIELIK ❚

Tue 08 7.45pm SWANSEA CITY H 2-2 LEAGUE 10 15,491 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ DEAN GRAHAM COLIN MEJBRI BACUNA ❚

Fri 11 8.00PM SUNDERLAND H LEAGUE -

DECEMBER

Sat 10 3.00pm BLACKPOOL A LEAGUE -

Fri 16 8.00PM READING H LEAGUE -

Tue 27 8.00pm BURNLEY A LEAGUE -

Fri 30 7.45pm HULL CITY H LEAGUE -

JANUARY

Mon 02 3.00PM MIDDLESBROUGH H LEAGUE -

Sat 14 3.00pm BRISTOL CITY A LEAGUE -

Sat 21 3.00PM PRESTON NORTH END H LEAGUE -

Sat 28 3.00pm NORWICH CITY A LEAGUE -

FEBRUARY

Sat 04 3.00pm SWANSEA CITY A LEAGUE -

Sat 11 3.00PM WEST BROMWICH ALBION H LEAGUE -

Tue 14 7.45pm CARDIFF CITY H LEAGUE -

Sat 18 3.00pm HUDDERSFIELD TOWN A LEAGUE -

Sat 25 3.00PM LUTON TOWN H LEAGUE -

MARCH

Sat 04 3.00pm WIGAN ATHLETIC A LEAGUE -

Sat 11 3.00PM ROTHERHAM UNITED H LEAGUE -

Tue 14 7.45pm WATFORD A LEAGUE -

Sat 18 3.00pm QUEENS PARK RANGERS A LEAGUE -

APRIL

Sat 01 3.00PM BLACKBURN ROVERS H LEAGUE -

Sat 07 3.00pm READING A LEAGUE -

Mon 10 3.00PM STOKE CITY H LEAGUE -

Sat 15 3.00pm SUNDERLAND A LEAGUE -

Tue 18 7.45pm MILLWALL A LEAGUE -

Sat 22 3.00PM BLACKPOOL H LEAGUE -

Sat 29 3.00pm COVENTRY CITY A LEAGUE -

MAY

Sat 06 3.00PM SHEFFIELD UNITED H LEAGUE -

HE GOES BY THE NAME OF..…

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SUB 1 SUB 2 SUB 3 SUB 4 SUB 5 UNUSED SUBS

PLACHETA BACUNA ❚ HOGAN DEENEY JUTKIEWICZ (78) GRAHAM (83) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, LEKO, BELLINGHAM, CHANG

BACUNA PLACHETA 1 HOGAN 1 DEENEY GRAHAM (75) JUTKIEWICZ (82) FRIEND (89) ETHERIDGE, LEKO, BELLINGHAM, CHANG

CHANG WILLIAMS BELLINGHAM LEKO 1 STIRK (63) COSGROVE (64) CAMPBELL (73) CAMPBELL, FRIEND, WOODS, BACUNA, HOGAN, JEACOCK

BACUNA PLACHETA HOGAN ❚ DEENEY WILLIAMS (55) JUTKIEWICZ (72) LEKO (76) HALL (76) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, BELLINGHAM

HALL 1 PLACHETA HOGAN DEENEY CHANG (79) JUTKIEWICZ (85) LEKO (86) FRIEND (90+2) ETHERIDGE, COSGROVE, BELLINGHAM

HALL PLACHETA HOGAN JUTKIEWICZ LEKO (57) DEENEY (57) COSGROVE (80) BELLINGHAM (86) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, CHANG

HALL WILLIAMS HOGAN DEENEY ❚ GRAHAM (45) COSGROVE (67) STIRK (67) GARDNER (68) BELLINGHAM (83) ETHERIDGE, CHANG

GARDNER GRAHAM HOGAN 1 DEENEY ❚ HALL (52) MEJBRI (60) JAMES (88) CAMPBELL (88) ETHERIDGE, LEKO, BELLINGHAM

BIELIK GRAHAM HOGAN ❚ DEENEY JAMES (57) JUTKIEWICZ (73) HALL (73) BELLINGHAM (86) HANNIBAL (86) ETHERIDGE, WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS BACUNA DEENEY HOGAN 3 ❚ JAMES (45) LEKO (60) HANNIBAL (76) JUTKIEWICZ (77) HALL (86) ETHERIDGE, BELLINGHAM

WILLIAMS GRAHAM DEENEY HOGAN MEJBRI (67) JUTKIEWICZ (79) ETHERIDGE, LEKO, JAMES, BELLINGHAM, HALL

LONGELO ❚ GRAHAM DEENEY 1 HOGAN MEJBRI (65) HALL (81) JUTKIEWICZ (90) BELLINGHAM (90+1) ETHERIDGE, LEKO, JAMES

LONGELO GRAHAM DEENEY HOGAN MEJBRI (45) HALL (79) JUTKIEWICZ (79) BELLINGHAM (88) JAMES (88) ETHERIDGE, LEKO

MEJBRI ❚ LONGELO HOGAN CHONG JAMES (71) BELLINGHAM (77) BACUNA (82) DEENEY (82) JUTKIEWICZ (82) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM

CHONG LONGELO DEENEY 1 HOGAN BELLINGHAM (77) JUTKIEWICZ (78) GRAHAM (78) HALL (86) JAMES (90+3) ETHERIDGE, LEKO

CHONG ❚ LONGELO DEENEY HOGAN 1 BACUNA (66) JUTKIEWICZ (78) HALL (78) BELLINGHAM (90+4) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM, JAMES

BACUNA LONGELO HOGAN 1 CHONG MEJBRI (63) JUTKIEWICZ (75) GRAHAM (75) DEENEY 75 BELLINGHAM (75) ETHERIDGE, JAMES

BIELIK ❚ LONGELO ❚ DEENEY HOGAN BACUNA (54) HALL (81) JUTKIEWICZ(81) JAMES (88) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM BELLINGHAM

CHONG LONGELO DEENEY HOGAN BACUNA (57) HALL (78) JUTKIEWICZ (78) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM, JAMES, BELLINGHAM

BACUNA GRAHAM JUTKIEWICZ ❚ HOGAN 1 BELLINGHAM (71) CHONG (71) ❚ JAMES (83) DEENEY (90) ETHERIDGE, LONGELO, HALL

CHONG LONGELO DEENEY 1 ❚ HOGAN 1 HALL (67) JUTKIEWICZ (77) JAMES (88) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, LEKO, BELLINGHAM

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NEIL ETHERIDGE 1 ■ ■

MAXIME COLIN 2 ■ ■

GEORGE FRIEND 3 ■ ■

MARC ROBERTS 4 ■ ■

AUSTON TRUSTY 5 ■ ■

HANNIBAL 6 ■ ■

JUNINHO BACUNA 7 ■ ■

TROY DEENEY 8 ■ ■

SCOTT HOGAN 9 ■ ■

LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ 10 ■ ■

JORDAN GRAHAM 11 ■ ■

HARLEE DEAN 12 ■ ■

JONATHAN LEKO 14 ■ ■

PRZEMYSLAW PLACHETA 17 ■ ■

TAHITH CHONG 18 ■ ■

JORDAN JAMES 19 ■ ■

GARY GARDNER 20 ■ ■

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JOHN RUDDY 21 ■ ■

EMMANUEL LONGELO 23 ■ ■

NICO GORDON 25 ■ ■

JOBE BELLINGHAM 27 ■ ■

DION SANDERSON 28 ■ ■

TATE CAMPBELL 30 ■ ■

KRYSTIAN BIELIK 31 ■ ■

FINLEY THORNDIKE 33 ■ ■

GEORGE HALL 35 ■ ■

GK

ZACH JEACOCK 38 ■ ■

ADAN GEORGE 40 ■ ■

REMI WALKER 41 ■ ■

ALFIE CHANG 42 ■ ■

BRANDON KHELA 46 ■ ■

RYAN STIRK 47 ■ ■

JOSH WILLIAMS 48 ■ ■

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HEAD COACH: TONY MOWBRAY

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■ ■ 2 NIALL HUGGINS

■ ■ 3 DENNIS CIRKIN

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■ ■ 21 ALEX PRITCHARD

■ ■ 24 DAN NEIL

■ ■ 25 EDOUARD MICHUT

■ ■ 26 BAILEY WRIGHT

■ ■ 27 JAY MATETE

■ ■ 29 HARRISON SOHNA

■ ■ 30 JACOB CARNEY GK

■ ■ 32 TRAI HUME

■ ■ 33 MICHAEL SPELLMAN

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