Birmingham City v Preston North End
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
BIRMINGHAM CITY FC
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4 HEAD COACH’S NOTES
6 TROY DEENEY INTERVIEW
9 PRESTON NORTH END
14 SUPPORTERS MESSAGES
15 BCFC COMMUNITY
18 FURRY FRIENDS
19 PAST MEETING
25 U21S AND U18S
26 WOMEN’S MATCH REVIEW
27 MEN’S MATCH REVIEW
29 ROLL CALL AND LEAGUE TABLE
30 FIXTURES AND RESULTS
Directors: Wenqing Zhao,
Chun Kong Yiu, Gannan Zheng,
Honorary Vice President:
Joint Assistant Head Coaches:
Keith Downing and Matt Gardiner
Head of Physical Performance:
Chief Medical Officer:
Head of Performance Analysis:
Under-21s Head Coach:
First Team Physiotherapist:
Club Secretary: Zoe Jones
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Good afternoon and welcome to St. Andrew’s for
today’s game against Preston North End.
This is our annual Men’s Arthur Matchday where
the whole Blues family unites in dedication to the
young supporter’s life and to raise funds for NSPCC
As a local lad, I am well aware of how the
community was impacted by the circumstances
in which Arthur heartbreakingly passed and how it
supported each other, whilst the Football Club paid
its own tributes at home fixtures.
Actions like this ensure Arthur’s memory is
always attached to Birmingham City and I know that
everyone here today will continue to play their part
in that, ensuring he is always remembered and by
doing so highlighting the role that we can all play in
safeguarding children and young people.
My players will warm up in NSPCC t-shirts and wear
the 2022/23 Arthur memorial kit come kick-off, doing
everything we can to send everyone home happy and
with another three points added to our tally.
This comes on the back of a rearranged trip to
Forest Green Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup. I am
delighted to be through to the fourth round. To be 1-0
down at half-time on the back of four league defeats,
I thought the group showed great character and
togetherness to progress. I have said there will be
difficult moments throughout the season, and this
has certainly been one.
Second-half we were much better and on the
front foot and what pleased me was the attitude we
showed to come from behind. The changes at the
break pushed us on and Alfie Chang was magnificent,
which is a testament to his professionalism given he
has had to be patient for First Team opportunities.
Lukas Jutkiewicz took his goal very well in an
outstanding performance and this was just reward
for the way he led the line and the team, whilst Kevin
Long popped up with the winner on just his second
appearance. He has settled well since arriving,
fitting in with the group’s worth ethic and with more
minutes in his legs, he is only going to get stronger
Again the cup tie showed the importance of our
squad and Neil Etheridge was excellent. He has
waited patiently for opportunities this season, being
outstanding in training and pushing John Ruddy
every day, so it came as little surprise to me and my
staff that he performed so well midweek. His double
save after the break was outstanding and he has not
stopped talking about it!
Our reward is a trip to Blackburn Rovers next
weekend and just as important as progression
was to stop the run of defeats, and how it gives us
an injection of confidence after what was been a
disappointing run of results.
We face Preston today, who are a very competitive
Championship team and there is no doubting their
qualities. They will have a point to prove on the
league front after losing last weekend and Ryan Lowe
has recruited smartly during the window.
I would argue, however, so have we. As well as
Long, Reda Khadra has joined us for the rest of
the season and he looked very sharp on his debut,
scoring in front of another sold out away end.
I hope we can produce more of those moments
of quality in front of you on the road and here at
St. Andrew’s because that is what your support
deserves. Let’s do this together!
Keep Right On,
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ARTHUR MATCHDAY 2022/23
Today marks the Club’s annual tribute to Arthur
Labinjo-Hughes, at the home game following his
birthday earlier this month. Across the matchday,
supporters will see fundraisers in aid of NSPCC
Birmingham and memorials in memory of the young
For the meeting with Preston North End, Blues’
players will be wearing a one-off shirt featuring an
‘Arthur 6’ emblem which went on sale earlier this week,
with all Club profits going to NSPCC Birmingham
where the kit shoot took place.
As well as the exclusive shirts, there have been one
hundred NSPCC x BCFC teddy bears available in the
Blues Store, where all of the sale price goes to the
In the sixth minute, as with last year’s fixture, the
Club asks all spectators to celebrate Arthur’s life with
a St. Andrew’s applause that will be accompanied by a
big screen tribute.
Throughout the build-up to today’s Sky Bet
Championship contest, match ticket purchasers
have also been able to donate directly to the NSPCC
with optional donations through Birmingham City’s
ticketing site. The NSPCC, based on Hagley Road, will
also have a team of volunteers around the Stadium
This afternoon’s Blues squad have also kindly
donated their match-worn shirts. These will
be auctioned off following the game through
Matchwornshirt.com, who were the official sleeve
sponsor for the recent Emirates FA Cup Third Round
tie versus Forest Green Rovers
NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for the
West Midlands, Amanda Synnott, has also confirmed
that the charity’s CEO, Sir Peter Wanless, will be in
attendance at today’s match and that the organisation
was hugely grateful for the Club’s support.
Amanda said: “These special matchdays, hosted by
Birmingham City Football Club, will not only ensure
Arthur is never forgotten but will also highlight the
importance that we all play in safeguarding children
and young people. I would like to thank Birmingham
City Football Club and the Club’s supporters for their
continued support in helping to keep children safe.
“The NSPCC’s helpline is available for any adults who
have concerns about a child. Our Childline service is
also available around the clock for children to discuss
any concerns they have, at childline.org.uk, or on 0800
Blues’ Managing Director, Ian Dutton, said: “The
people of Birmingham will always remember Arthur
Labinjo-Hughes, and as a club, we want to continue
our tradition of celebrating his life. Each year, we want
to raise more and more money to support NSPCC
Birmingham and to make sure Arthur’s legacy lives on.”
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, you are loved.
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On a matchday that matters so much to the
Birmingham City family, step forward Troy
Deeney - a boyhood Bluenose who has been
in the thick of it for over thirty years.
He wears his heart on his sleeve and carries
the Club in his heart. The iconic globe and ball
crest is quite literally under his skin. So, when the
community hurts, he shares in the anguish but just as
importantly raises the spirits and rallies the troops.
When the chips are down, Troy remains up – upbeat,
ready to push forward and onwards, but always
together and never alone. He leads and his disciples
The Club Captain recently attended the photoshoot
for the 2022/23 Arthur Memorial Kit, with Jordan
James and Tahith Chong alongside, setting the tone
when speaking to staff from the NSPCC Birmingham at
their offices on Hagley Road.
This afternoon, he will play in that kit, and Blues News
decided there was no player better placed to talk about
what this game against Preston North End means, one
that is dedicated to the memory of Arthur Labinjo-
In conversation amidst the aftermath of victory
at Forest Green Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup and
build-up to Blues’ first Saturday 3pm kick-off at St.
Andrew’s since September, Troy spoke in detail about
the community, being a role model and returning to
Troy, thanks for speaking to us. Today’s game is our
annual Arthur Memorial Matchday, what do occasions
like this mean to the squad?
Games like these are bigger than the squad, they are
for the whole community. It’s a moment to pause and
reflect on how lucky we all are. But, at the same time, it’s
a wonderful opportunity, out of that darkness, to create
awareness – like we did when we visited the NSPCC – of
the help that is available for young people and for adults
too. It’s an important game on the pitch given recent
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esults, but I think some things this
weekend are just a bit bigger than
There has been an increased
focus on community work this
year, how significant is that to
Community work is something
that is dear to my heart and
something that all football clubs
have a responsibility to do. Last
season, we simply didn’t do
enough, but we’ve identified
that and changed it drastically, especially with the help
of the management. There is still a lot to do, but it is
worth highlighting how we have improved. Last season,
we did 45 community appearances across the whole
season – whereas we did 50 just in December this year.
You are a role model on and off the pitch for the squad,
and we saw a nice photo of you and Romelle Donovan
on Tuesday night. What is your role with the younger
members of the squad?
I have lived my whole life within football – I’ve had the
highs and the lows and everything in between. It’s now
my job to articulate to these young men the pitfalls, but
also the wonderful positives you have. But bigger than
all of that, I want to show them just how privileged they
are to do what they do. In a country of 66 million people,
let’s estimate that ten million of that number want to
be professional footballers – and they are one of just
25 that get to say they play for Birmingham City. That
is a wonderful privilege that I want our youngsters to
remember that when they have a bad game or they miss
out on a squad. And I get the feeling they like having
me around – I do shout at them, but I also lift them up
whenever they need it.
It was a proper cup tie on Tuesday night, but
we managed to progress. What positives
can we take from that?
The biggest thing was the win. I said in
the dressing room afterwards that there’s
a desire that comes with getting through
tough tests so I hope the second half can
be a catalyst for things to come. With no
disrespect to Forest Green, because I’ve
been the lower league team against higher
opposition, but it was their cup final, and we
weren’t mentally engaged fully at the start.
They scored a great goal and then they had
something to cling on to. We might have
made a few substitutions at half-time but the
biggest change was the mental engagement
– we started running everything
down and the goals came as a
I want to highlight the three
people I spoke about in the
dressing room – Jukey [Lukas
Jutkiewicz], Changy [Alfie Chang]
and Neil Etheridge. How they’ve
trained all year, when they’ve not
been involved or on the bench, is at
the highest level. You can’t just turn
on performances like they did on
Tuesday without doing it day-inday-out
at training. Jukey is still able
to be Jukey, be a handful and get
his goal; Changy with so much energy; Neil with that
unbelievable triple save – performances on the pitch
and in training like that push all of us to be better.
And looking ahead to Preston in the league, what
reaction are you looking for from the team after a few
It needs to be a positive and committed reaction from
the lads because it has been a tough few weeks, but I
also want to see that positive reaction in the fanbase.
We had a really good start to the season and there was
even some getting a little carried away with promotion
talk, but now we’ve had a wobble – and it is a wobble –
there seems to be a bit of panic setting in. Questions
are being asked of tactics – we didn’t see this two weeks
ago, so I think it’s important not to let negativity set in.
A few games back when we were saying the support is
a twelfth man, we meant it. Certain players in the squad
can go into their shells when the negativity grows, so
it’s important that the whole Club is pulling in the right
direction to get us back on track. We’ve got a good
manager who is prepping us perfectly, and we haven’t
done him justice for a few weeks, but we want to rectify
that as much as the fans want us to.
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Season ticket holders at
Deepdale have been left
feeling short-changed and
underwhelmed over the last
Preston North End were flirting
with the play-off places in early
December, sitting fifth in the Sky
Bet Championship table after a
magnificent victory over Lancashire
rivals Blackburn Rovers. Yet any
hopes of a first top-flight return
since 1960/61 have been undermined
by a distinct lack of home comforts.
North End only managed to win
seven out of 25 home league games
during 2022 and a 4-0 thumping by
Norwich City last Saturday was a
fourth successive loss on their own turf. It was a case of
low by name and nature for the Preston boss seven days
ago after admitting his frustration to the Lancashire
Post about his side’s home hoodoo.
Ryan Lowe said: “There is no excuse for that
performance, we didn’t see it coming, we fancied
ourselves. We changed our shape to be a little
more resolute, but it looked the other way.
Sometimes you can’t win when you do that and
change it but ultimately you have to pay Norwich
the respect they deserve, but ultimately we didn’t
PRESTON NORTH END
Club: Preston North End
Nickname: The Lilywhites
Stadium: Deepdale Stadium
Stadium Capacity: 23,404
Manager: Ryan Lowe
Last season finish:
13th in Championship
do ourselves any justice in terms
“I can take being outclassed
by quality players but I can’t be
outclassed by running and fighting
and really having a gutsy display with
determination. We’ve had those
performances against Stoke and
Huddersfield recently but today
we didn’t have that. It shouldn’t be
difficult to play at home but it is at
A lack of firepower has hindered
progress, with the club finding the
net just twice in their previous five
league outings, with only Cardiff
City having registered fewer than
their 24 goals.
Losing last season’s 20-goal leading scorer Emil Riis
Jakobsen to a long-term anterior cruciate ligament
injury against Stoke City on 2nd January has been a
bitter blow, although Ched Evans should be back in
contention this afternoon after a knock to his calf saw
him miss the last two outings.
The 34-year-old former Wales international has
scored six goals in his past seven appearances, earning
a new deal until the end of the 2023/24 season, and his
involvement today could be crucial in getting North End
firing once again.
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He will be accompanied by Everton’s zippy Tom
Cannon and Manchester City’s highly-rated Liam Delap
after both Premier League youngsters arrived on loan
this month. Former Liverpool prodigy Ben Woodburn
has also been utilised frequently from off the bench this
season and Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott is close to a
return after four months on the sidelines.
They are supported by a central midfield trio that
sees Alistair McCann, Ben Whiteman and Daniel
Johnson heavily involved. Northern Ireland international
McCann has been a tenacious presence since arriving
in PR1 in 2021 as a double domestic cup winner at St
Johnstone, Whiteman is a box-to-box forager and
Jamaican Johnson has been a regular at the club since
Liverpudlian Ryan Ledson, Preston’s 2020/21 Player
of the Year, was drafted in during Whiteman’s recent
absence, while other notable options include two-time
League One promotion winner Brad Potts and creative
schemer Robbie Brady who was a regular Premier
League performer for Hull City, Norwich City and
While scoring goals at home has proved troublesome,
on their travels North End have been particularly
resolute. Just a dozen goals have been shipped on the
road, a figure only bettered by second-placed Sheffield
United, and can be attributed to a consistency of
selection in the backline.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodburn, who started
his Preston career with a record-breaking seven
consecutive league clean-sheets, is the side’s solitary
ever-present this term, while Liam Lindsay and
Jordan Storey have both started 25 league games.
The combative Lindsay extended his deal until 2025 in
December, while Storey is fast-approaching a century
of appearances after joining in 2018 from Exeter City.
Towering German Patrick Bauer and Senegalese
Bambo Diaby provide alternatives centre-back options,
ONE TO WATCH
7. LIAM DELAP
DOB: 8 February 2003
Preston boss Ryan Lowe was almost doing cartwheels after sealing a deal
for Manchester City’s highly-regarded striker Liam Delap to join on loan this
The England Under-20 international scored three times in 25 outings for
Stoke City this campaign, only to be recalled by his parent club when his
father – former long-throw specialist Rory Delap – left his role as first-team
coach with the Potters.
With last season’s leading marksman Emil Riis ruled out for the remainder
of the season and goals at a premium, Lowe was delighted to strengthen his
attacking armoury with such a gifted prospect.
The former Derby County youth was taken to the Etihad in 2019 and made
his FA Cup debut against Blues in January 2021, a few months after scoring in
a Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth and making his Premier League bow.
Lowe told BBC Radio Lancashire: “He was one of the best young talents in
the country, everyone was after him, and we’re just pleased to get him.
“I think he will do well for us and we will do well for him. He’s coming into a
footballing environment where he can learn everyday and hopefully we can
get some goals out of him.”
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IN THE DUGOUT
DOB: 18 September 1978
Appointed: December 2021
Lowe celebrated a year in charge of the Lilywhites with an emphatic 4-1
win at Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers when the season restarted in
The amiable Liverpudlian returned to his North West roots after Preston
agreed to meet a release clause in his contract with previous employers
Plymouth Argyle in December 2021, and 12 months on he had Preston daring
to dream of promotion by sitting fifth in the Championship table.
The highly-regarded 44-year-old has a track record of getting the best out
of those around him. He had two successful seasons at Home Park in guiding
Argyle to an immediate return to League One before steering the Devon side
top of the table in October to win the Manager of the Month award.
It has not just been at Plymouth where Lowe has earned admiring glances
for his attack-minded style. He had Bury as one of the Football League’s
highest scorers in 2018/19 as they earned promotion out of League Two.
With 185 goals from more than 600 senior appearances as a well-travelled
striker during his playing career, it is little surprise his managerial philosophy
centres on out-gunning opponents; a trait that will help Preston rediscover
their early-season form.
although the vastly-experienced Greg Cunningham is
back at the club for a second spell and is often given the
nod when available.
Wide berths are reserved for tireless Welshman
Andrew Hughes, Manchester United loanee Alvaro
Fernandez and Alan Browne, the latter now synonymous
with the club having accumulated more than 320
appearances since 2014.
Lowe will want a response to last weekend’s
red-faced disappointment and will believe a trip to
St. Andrew’s can be the perfect location to recapture
their early-season promise, having not lost in the West
Midlands in their previous three visits.
Four of the division’s bottom five
sides are at home this weekend in
what could prove to be a turning
point in the race for Championship
Bottom dwellers Wigan Athletic
lost to Luton Town in an FA Cup
Third Round replay on Tuesday
evening, stretching their unbeaten
run in all competitions to eight
games. Yet despite being winless
since taking over in November, new
manager Kolo Toure will be hoping
for revenge this afternoon in a
repeat against the same opponents
as his new arrivals in centre-back
Steven Caulker, Arsenal loanee
Miguel Azeez and Christ Tiehi of
Slovan Liberec get up to speed.
Fellow strugglers Blackpool,
who have not won a league fixture
since October, host a Huddersfield
Town side still shell-shocked from
their dramatic change in fortunes.
Last season’s play-off finalists
are now fighting to remain in the
Championship and will he hoping
new arrivals in striker Martyn
Waghorn and Watford winger
Joseph Hungbo can revitalise Mark
Wins have been equally as elusive
this season for Cardiff City and
Stoke City, both former Premier
League sides now teetering above
the relegation trapdoor. A 1-1 home
draw with Wigan Athletic was
enough to convince the Bluebirds’
hierarchy to sack manager Mark
Hudson after just four months in
charge in midweek. The former club
captain, who had the Welsh side
winless in nine games, became the
club’s second managerial dismissal
of the campaign after Steve
Morison left in September, with
Dean Whitehead in interim charge
for Millwall’s visit today.
Stoke, meanwhile, are desperate
for home comforts against an
inconsistent Reading side, having
not won at the bet365 Stadium
since early November.
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A ST AT
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OVER HALF A MILLION
SKY BET CUSTOMERS USE DEPOSIT LIMITS
TO MANAGE THEIR BETTING BUDGET.
THAT’S ENOUGH TO FILL:
201 ALLY PALLYS.
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(THAT’S A LOT OF TWEED)
ALL GOOD BOOKMAKERS
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SO WHOEVER YOU BET WITH,
SET AN APPROPRIATE ONE FOR YOU
AND THEN ENJOY THE SPORT.
THAT’S BETTING BETTER.
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Happy 9th Birthday Sonny love
All your Family & Friends xx
‘Up the Glades!’
Terry Durrant, a lifetime-long Blues fan
has died. He went to all the home and away
games with his wife Pam, and then his
daughter Nina, and even bunked off school to
clear the pitch of snow as a child!
Happy 60th Birthday Rob Winstone
Love from all of your family x
Robert Cannell, long-time member of the
legends lounge was 53 on 20th January. Happy
birthday, we love you, KRO from the whole family.
Les Depper. January
19th. Happy 76th
with love from Vera,
Friends and Family.
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Our FEP programme consists of combination of
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We believe our FEP programme is of a high standard
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Anyone aged 13 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible person
aged 16 years or over.
Parents or other responsible person(s) have primary responsibility for the safety
of their child/young person who accompanies them and should always keep them close.
Please be aware of where your child/young person is always during your visit and
have a plan to meet somewhere if you get separated.
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Should you see anything that causes you a concern or doesn’t look right please
report this to a safety steward.
Remember if something doesn’t look or feel right,
it probably isn’t – REPORT IT.
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In a feature for the 2022/23 season, Blues News is
taking a look at one of the beautiful game’s most loved
accessories – the mascot.
Today’s issue sees the spotlight shone on Preston
North End’s alliteral named Deepdale Duck, who has been
waddling his way around Lancashire’s administrative
centre for 20 years.
Legend has it that the duck worked his way to North
End’s home from a local reservoir in 1993 rather than the
nearby River Ribble that borders the south of the town
and has been a permanent fixture ever since, previously
describing it as a ‘ponderful life’.
Throughout his now two decades of service, he has
maintained a reputation of being a mischievous fowl,
something that is even acknowledged on the club’s official
website. And these antics saw him cross Preston’s Ground
Safety Officer, with Deepdale often being threatened to be
However, unlike many of his fellow furry friends, the duck
does not claim to be up to much when it comes to taking
penalties. Alternatively, his wings and webbed feet make
him a mean goalkeeper, except for when he damaged a
knee and had to be fitted with crutches.
In keeping with mascots up and down the land, he has
made enemies with local rivals and envies the bees at
Burnley for their greater agility. Nonetheless, like the hare
and the tortoise, Deepdale Duck insists he will have his day.
He attends all home matches and is a regular spectator
in the family stand where he loves getting involved in the
family fun activities and stopping for photos, as well as
giving out autographs to anyone who will take one!
Although, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, he spent 17
months in exile before being reunited with his adoring
public at a pre-season game against Bolton Wanderers,
able to mingle with supporters for the first time in more
than a season.
Placheta & Bacuna.
Troy Deeney and
Put up your z’s.
Cristiano Ronaldo –
Mikey Jack Timms
Bacuna and Deeney.
Surf and Flex.
18 | BLUES NEWS BIRMINGHAM CITY vs PRESTON NORTH END
WE’VE MET BEFORE
BLUES 3 1 PRESTON NORTH END
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2006 | ST ANDREW’S
head of welcoming Preston North End to St.
Andrew’s on Saturday, Blues News takes a trip
down memory lane to a memorable meeting
between the two sides.
This sees the clock turned back to December 2006
when the Lilywhites journeyed down the M6 looking
for a repeat of their last trip to the Midlands when they
won at Leicester City, instead it would be back-to-back
defeats as Blues it made two home wins on the spin to
go three points clear at the top.
Things might have been different had David Nugent
done better with either of his two early chances, the
first of which bounced out rather than in off the post.
Although it did seem for a while at least that Steve
Bruce’s men would also find luck hard to come by in
front of goal, with Matt Upson’s towering header being
fortuitously blocked on the line.
However, Gary McSheffrey had other ideas and
struck the first of what would be a match-winning hattrick
after 32 minutes, moving into the area at speed
and caressing the ball in at the near post.
His and Blues’ second was almost a carbon copy.
Again, he fleeted into the penalty area from the left,
only this time to produce a magical first touch to leave
his marker trailing behind before finishing neatly into
the far corner.
But this lead was halved on the stroke of half-time
when a corner could not be gathered by Maik Taylor
and Brett Ormerod profited by thumping in the loose
Predictably, this scenario set up an anxious second
period that produced chances at either end, with
McSheffrey blazing high when a treble chance
presented itself and Cameron Jerome seeing an effort
pushed over by Carlo Nash.
Nerves were finally settled though in the last minute
of normal time. Solihull-born Sean St. Ledger got
himself in a clumsy tangle with McSheffrey and left
Mike Riley with little choice but to point to the spot,
from which the man who would end the campaign with
16 goals in all competitions confidently struck the ball
down the middle.
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This follows the children’s charity hosting the
2022/23 Arthur Memorial Kit shoot, as players
and staff from the Football Club visited their
headquarters to develop an understanding of their
vital work and strengthen ties between the two
The below case study is Amber’s* story – it contains
content that some supporters may find distressing.
Amber* was sexually abused by a close family
member a number of times from the age of nine.
By the time she was 12, she was so traumatised
that she decided to disclose to a teacher after
contacting Childline. After suffering anxiety and
depression, she was referred to the NSPCC’s
Letting the Future In service at Stoke-on-Trent
Service Centre. This service is designed to help
children and young people who have experienced
sexual abuse rebuild their lives.
“When I was nine, I was sexually abused by a
close family member. It happened in the family
home, always in a secluded room when it was just
me and him. It had also happened to my sister, to
my cousin and to my aunty, so it went through the
generations. But nobody wanted to talk about it –
when it had been spoken about previously it caused
a lot of friction in the family, so it was brushed
under the carpet.
“By the time I was 12, I got to the point where it
was destroying me. I remember just getting home
from school one day and thinking, “I need someone
to help me.” I’ll never remember exactly what it was
that gave me that feeling. But that was the day I
finally plucked up the courage to contact Childline.
I spoke to Childline on webchat, on my laptop in
my bedroom. They really helped me build up the
courage. It’s constantly on your mind when you’ve
been abused – and it can be difficult to face the
fact that it is abuse, it isn’t right, and it never will
be right. The counsellor changed my perspective
and helped me do something I’d wanted to do for
two years. She made me realise I didn’t have to let
this destroy me. I couldn’t find the words to tell my
mum, so I confided in a teacher I had a really good
bond with and things moved from there.
Amber* was referred to NSPCC’s Letting the Future
In service for support.
“Dom* from the NSPCC’s Letting the Future In
service was brilliant. He got to know me well as
he saw me every week. I was never very good at
talking about how I felt, and I used to have spells of
going through issues where certain things would
trigger me off. I was absolutely terrified of men
who reminded me of my abuser, and if a shirt in a
shop window looked like something he would wear,
I would just go into complete meltdown. Dom from
NSPCC did a lot of work with me about visualising
it as something else – accepting it was never his
shirt, it was just a shirt in a shop. With practice, I
managed to distance myself. Whatever I faced, I
knew I was alright because I knew I could talk to
Dom about it. That was what got me through.
“Support from the NSPCC has made an amazing
difference to me and put things back into
perspective; I can do what I want with my life, and I
can be who I want to be. It gave me this confidence,
a kind I never had before.”
Childline is available to any person up to the age
of 19 on 0800 11 11, and if any person over the age
of 19 has concerns contact the NSPCC helpline on
0808 800 5000.
*names have been changed to protect identities
22 | BLUES NEWS BIRMINGHAM CITY vs PRESTON NORTH END
LUCAS’ STORY ON EFL WEEK OF ACTION
The EFL Week Of Action is the perfect time to
highlight the impact of the BCFC Community
Trust’s Junior Blues Football Programme on
young player Lucas Daniels.
Lucas Daniels has been part of the Trust’s
Junior Blues Under-12s team since the summer of
2022. His passion for the game was immediately
recognised by his various coaches during his
time and he has been working hard for the team
ever since. The progression in Lucas’ skill set and
character has been inspirational and led to him
trialling for Birmingham City’s Academy.
The Trust is amazed at Lucas’s journey through its
grassroots football programme, and it highlights the
impact pathways like this can have on young people’s
Speaking about the programme, Lucas said: “I
am thoroughly enjoying my time at the Junior Blues
Development. Not only have my skills and overall
game improved but my confidence too. The coaches
and the training sessions are fun. I am loving
progressing my game with the staff and the team
and look forward to continuing my progress having
only been in the game for a couple of years.”
Lucas’s Junior Blues Coach, Jahrome Faulder,
added: “When I watch Lucas play football, I see
talent. I see drive and hunger. I see a boy with
passion and many other attributes which make him
the player he is. It is a delight to have coached such
an amazing player.
“Since the Summer when I started working with
him, I have watched Lucas grow in confidence and
blossom into a coach’s dream. Lucas is always the
first to be at sessions, the first to be at games, and
before training has started, Lucas has already begun
training with his dad who is very supportive of his
aspirations and has evidently played a massive role
in his success. I have no doubt that Lucas is going to
have a successful football career and will continue to
be the great person he is.”
BCFC Community Trust is committed to
developing young people’s skill sets, confidence
and overall ability. This is just one example of how
football can be utilised within the community as an
engagement tool to enrich lives.
The EFL Week of action is an opportunity
to celebrate the difference made in the local
community over the last year. More of the Trust’s lifechanging
stories will be shared over the coming days
on their social media channels.
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24 | BLUES NEWS BIRMINGHAM CITY vs PRESTON NORTH END
Blues Under-21s were beaten by Wigan Athletic
in the Professional Development League on
During a difficult day at Christopher Park,
Birmingham City lost for the first time in 2023 as
they remain mid-table ahead of January’s remaining
league fixtures at home to Hull City and on the road to
table-topping Sheffield United.
Chris Sze put Stephen Crainey’s team ahead after
half an hour and despite the visitors growing into the
contest, hitting the post through Finley Thorndike,
the Latics’ frontman would double both his and
Wigan’s tally just moments before the break.
This lead was extended by the count of three
following the interval and could have been more
had it not been for some fine Zach Jeacock saves.
Nonetheless, Ethan Mitchell converted from a set
piece in the 49th minute before Luke Brennan found
the bottom corner midway through the second-half.
The scoring was rounded off in the closing stages
when Sze completed his hat-trick courtesy of a
slotted finish after build-up work from Brennan.
Speaking to BCFC.com post-match, Head Coach,
Steve Spooner, felt that his side failed to follow
through on the game plan they had worked out at
Wast Hills Training Ground.
Blues Under-18s were defeated by Hull City
in the Professional Development League on
In their first game since before Christmas,
Birmingham City delivered a performance that was
not reflected by the scoreline as the visitors saw a
number of chances come and go at Bishop Burton
The Tigers took the lead in the first-half but had the
woodwork to thank for taking their lead into half-time
when Josh Home’s effort crashed the post.
However, a quick-fire double shortly after the
recess saw them extend their advantage to three
before a comeback was threatened by the away team
Blues: O’Sullivan, Willis, Boakye, Ogor (Dodd 60),
Pergelov, Home (Mazwi 60), Ellis, Donavan (Sanusi
46), Rushton, Beresford, Ruiz Rente (Dance 46).
Substitutes not used: Sayer.
WIGAN ATHLETIC U21 5
PDL | TUESDAY 17 JANUARY | CHRISTOPHER PARK
“Really disappointing because the evidence was
pointing towards a good level of performance based
on training. We had a week without a game and got
a lot of tactical work into the players, they were
showing a great work ethic.
“So, to go and perform like that was so far removed
from what we have done in training. We lacked a
competitive edge yesterday.”
Wigan Athletic: Tickle, Reilly, Trialist, Mitchell,
Dwyer; Smith (McHugh 67), Adams; Chentouf, Sze,
Brennan, Stones (Rodwell-Grant 67).
Substitutes not used: Mooney, Jones, Solomon,
Blues: Zach Jeacock, Marcel Oakley, Tommy
Fogarty, RemI Walker, Chris Ogor, Byron
Pendleton (Ife Oni 56), Ryan Stirk, Brandon Khela
(Josh Home 71), Brandon Patterson, Finley
Thorndike (Harley Hamilton 76), Josh Williams
(Keyendrah Simmonds 56).
Substitutes not used: Alfie Brooks.
Booking: Stirk 50, Patterson 61.
PDL | SATURDAY 14 JANUARY | BISHOP BURTON COLLEGE
0 BLUES U21
HULL CITY U18 4 1 BLUES U18
O’Shea Ellis hit a scorching 25-yarder to pull one
back and Hull were left in a panic when he struck
again, only for this effort to be disallowed.
Undeterred, Blues kept on pushing for a way back
into the game but as time started to run dry, they
were caught out on the counter-attack and the hosts
added a fourth.
Speaking to BCFC.com after the contest, Lead
Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw, felt his side were missing
a clinical edge in East Yorkshire.
“It is a frustrating result overall. The performance
was good in general, but we made some individual
mistakes for their goals, which could be put down to
“We created plenty of chances, but we just couldn’t
find the back of the net and were punished for that.”
The Under-18s are back in action when they
welcome Peterborough United to Wast Hills Training
Ground on Saturday 21 January, kick-off 3pm.
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SHEFFIELD UNITED WOMEN 0
BARCLAYS WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP | SUNDAY 15 JANUARY | BRAMALL LANE
Blues Women made it three Barclays Women’s
Championship wins in a row by beating Sheffield United
at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Claudia Walker marked her second debut for the Club with the
winning goal as she announced her return in style thanks to a
classic striker’s finish.
The result also saw Darren Carter’s side put in another
resolute defensive performance as they claimed a fifth clean
sheet of the campaign.
Birmingham City claimed all three points when the two sides
met back in October, with Lucy Quinn’s 97th-minute stunner
denying the Blades a share of the spoils after Louise Quinn had
levelled the scores following Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s opener.
And the in-form Lucy Quinn was the first to test Bethan Davies
in the host’s net at the weekend. She picked up the ball on the
left and shifted inside, creating space on the edge of the area,
but her strike was straight down the throat of the goalkeeper.
Moments later, the Blades were away down the opposite end.
Bex Rayner’s perfectly weighted through ball found the run of
Sweetman-Kirk, however, a trademark last-ditch challenge
from Harriet Scott prevented the leading scorer from putting
Luke Turner’s side ahead.
With the final kick of the half, the home team hit the
woodwork. A free kick was met by the climbing Georgia Walters
who saw her header come off the inside of the post and roll
across the goal line before being hacked away.
Carter made a change at the break with Ashley Hodson
replacing Lucy Quinn, and it almost had an immediate impact.
Twice she was set free down the left-hand side, with one of her
efforts taking a deflection and dipping wide of the far post.
The substitute then helped Blues to find the winner. After
Jamie Finn won possession just inside the attacking half, she
1 BLUES WOMEN
Sheffield United (4-2-3-1): Bethan Davies,
Charlotte Newsham, Naomi Hartley, Grace
Riglar, Alethea Paul, Sophie Barker (captain),
Rhema Lord-Mears (Chene Muir 68), Mia
Enderby (Ellie Wilson 86), Bex Rayner,
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Georgia Walters
(Tamara Wilcock 81).
Substitutes not used: Maria Francis-Jones,
Rachel Brown, Molly Graham.
Blues (4-3-3): Lucy Thomas, Harriet Scott,
Louise Quinn (Captain), Tara Bourne, Siobhan
Wilson, Jamie Finn, Charlie Estcourt, Christie
Murray, Jade Pennock (Charlie Devlin 64), Lucy
Quinn (Ashley Hodson 46), Claudia Walker.
Substitutes not used: Anna Pedersen,
Booking: Estcourt 45+2.
Referee: David Middleton.
played the ball inside to Hodson, whose first touch
took her into the box, and she flashed a delivery
across goal where the returning Walker was
waiting to tap in at the back post.
Another second-half replacement almost found
themselves on the scoresheet with 15 minutes
remaining. Charlie Devlin weaved her way into a
shooting position but saw her low effort punted
away by Davies as Birmingham had to settle for a
HEAD COACH’S REACTION:
“I’m delighted that we’ve found a way to win. It wasn’t fluent for probably an
hour of the game on our part, but once we got the goal, I thought we managed
the game really well and we looked more fluid and smooth in what we were
26 | BLUES NEWS BIRMINGHAM CITY vs PRESTON NORTH END
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1
Blues came from behind to beat
Forest Green Rovers in the
Emirates FA Cup third round
on Tuesday night, setting up a
tie against Sky Bet Championship
counterparts Blackburn Rovers
In sub-zero conditions at the
Bolt New Lawn, for what was a
rearranged fixture after heavy rain
saw the initial playing postponed
earlier this month, John Eustace’s
side showed tremendous resolve
to secure safe passage into round
Despite conceding early on, goals
from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Kevin
Long in the second-half - which
sandwiched a series of phenomenal
Neil Etheridge saves - turned the
tide in Birmingham City’s favour.
Ian Burchnall’s hosts belittled
their ranking as the third tier’s
bottom club for much of the
clash and went ahead after eight
minutes, working a set piece
cleverly before Ben Stevenson
curled home from outside of the
Jutkiewicz would loop a header
over as Birmingham City sought a
response but the hosts were again
looking threatening and could have
doubled their advantage when
Etheridge had to save from Baily
Half-time proved a welcome rest
bite for the visitors and revitalised
by a triple change, as Alfie Chang,
Maxime Colin and Tahith Chong
FA CUP THIRD ROUND | TUESDAY 17 JANUARY 2022 | THE NEW LAWN STADIUM
entered the fray, they levelled
with the second period just five
Jutkiewicz was fed by strike
partner Scott Hogan, took a few
progressive touches and neatly
found the bottom corner from
inside the D.
However, in advance of taking
the lead, Birmingham’s outfield
contingent had their goalkeeper
to thank for his heroics in keeping
the clash level. Etheridge pushing
Regan Hendry’s piledriver onto
the goalframe was impressive
enough, but he then showed
remarkable agility to recover
across the six-yard box and
prevent Matty Steven’s tap-in
from crossing the line before
finishing the feat by punching the
ball away from danger.
Forest Green Rovers (4-4-2): Lewis Thomas, Corey O’Keeffe (Oliver
Casey 70), Baily Cargill (captain), Brandon Cooper, Dom Bernard, Kyle
McAllister (Bryan Fiabema 70), Regan Hendry, Ben Stevenson (David
Davis 84), Myles Peart-Harris (Reece Brown 84), Matty Stevens (Jordan
Garrick 70), Josh March.
Substitutes not used: Luke McGee, Dylan McGeouch, Harvey Bunker,
Booking: Peart-Harris 38.
Blues (5-3-2): Neil Etheridge, Jordan Graham (Maxime Colin 46), Dion
Sanderson, Kevin Long, Auston Trusty, Emmanuel Longelo (Tahith Chong
46), Krystian Bielik, Jordan James (Alfie Chang 46), Hannibal (Juninho
Bacuna 74), Lukas Jutkiewicz (Captain), Scott Hogan (Troy Deeney 87).
Substitutes not used: John Ruddy, George Friend, Nico Gordon, Romelle
Booking: Longelo 38, Bielik 57, Hannibal 59, Trusty 69.
Referee: Sam Allison.
Without a shadow of a doubt,
this tilted the balance, and the
travelling Bluenoses watched
their side hit a winner 25 minutes
from time. The energetic Chang
had a chopped effort blocked
and Long was quickest to react,
calmly opening his account as he
side-footed into the net through a
cluster of Forest Green shirts.
Blues will now travel to
Blackburn in the fourth round on
Saturday 28 January, kick-off 3pm.
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PERMISSION AND THOSE CARRYING OR USING
SMOKE BOMBS OR PYROS WILL NOW RECEIVE
AN AUTOMATIC CLUB BAN.
‘LOVE FOOTBALL. PROTECT THE GAME’
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
the risks to fans and staff – pyros
can burn at 2000 degrees Celsius
and cause lifechanging injuries,
while entering the pitch endangers
players, managers and match
We know those who commit these
illegal acts do not represent the
majority of supporters.
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ROLL CALL & LEAGUE TABLE
PLAYER LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP
APPS GLS APPS GLS APPS GLS
JUNINHO BACUNA (M) 23 (4) 1 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
JOBE BELLINGHAM (F) 1 (13) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
KRYSTIAN BIELIK (M) 19 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
TATE CAMPBELL (M) 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0
ALFIE CHANG (M) 2 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (0) 0
TAHITH CHONG (M) 18 (2) 2 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
MAXIME COLIN (D) 26 (0) 1 0 (1) 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) 22 (5) 6 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
ROMELLE DONOVAN (M) 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
NEIL ETHERIDGE (G) 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
GEORGE FRIEND (D) 0 (3) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
GARY GARDNER (M) 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
NICO GORDON (D) 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
JORDAN GRAHAM (M) 9 (7) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
GEORGE HALL (M) 5 (13) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
SCOTT HOGAN (F) 22 (0) 9 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
JORDAN JAMES (M) 7 (15) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
ZACH JEACOCK (G) 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ (F) 3 (21) 1 1 (0) 1 1 (0) 0
REDA KHADRA (M) 0 (1) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
JONATHAN LEKO (F) 0 (8) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1
KEVIN LONG (D) 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 0 (0) 0
EMMANUEL LONGELO (D) 14 (1) 1 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
HANNIBAL MEJBRI (M) 13 (8) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
PRZEMYSLAW PLACHETA (M) 5 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
MARC ROBERTS (D) 12 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
JOHN RUDDY (G) 27 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
DION SANDERSON (M) 25 (0) 1 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
RYAN STIRK (M) 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0
AUSTON TRUSTY (D) 27 (0) 3 1 (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 27 17 8 2 28 59
2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 27 16 6 5 23 54
3 WATFORD 27 12 7 8 5 43
4 MIDDLESBROUGH 27 12 6 9 9 42
5 BLACKBURN ROVERS 27 14 0 13 -4 42
6 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 27 11 8 8 9 41
7 NORWICH CITY 27 11 6 10 7 39
8 MILLWALL 26 11 6 9 5 39
9 LUTON TOWN 26 10 9 7 4 39
10 SUNDERLAND 27 10 8 9 7 38
11 SWANSEA CITY 27 10 8 9 2 38
12 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 27 10 7 10 -3 37
13 PRESTON NORTH END 27 10 7 10 -6 37
14 READING 27 11 4 12 -7 37
15 COVENTRY CITY 26 9 8 9 0 35
16 HULL CITY 27 9 7 11 -10 34
17 BRISTOL CITY 27 8 8 11 -1 32
18 BIRMINGHAM CITY 27 8 8 11 -4 32
19 ROTHERHAM UNITED 27 7 9 11 -7 30
20 STOKE CITY 27 8 6 13 -8 30
21 CARDIFF CITY 27 7 8 12 -9 29
22 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 26 7 5 14 -8 26
23 BLACKPOOL 27 6 8 13 -12 26
24 WIGAN ATHLETIC 27 6 7 14 -20 25
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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2022/23
DATE KO OPPONENT RES COMP POS ATT STARTING XI
Sat 30 3.00pm LUTON TOWN A 0-0 LEAGUE 11 9,921 RUDDY SANDERSON ❚ ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN WOODS ❚ JAMES
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
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
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
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 1-2 LEAGUE 10 18,702 RUDDY SANDERSON BIELIK TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI ❚ BACUNA
Sat 10 3.00pm BLACKPOOL A 0-0 LEAGUE 14 12,853 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI ❚ BACUNA
Fri 16 8.00PM READING H 3-2 LEAGUE 7 14,647 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BACUNA
Tue 27 8.00pm BURNLEY A 0-3 LEAGUE 15 20,945 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI ❚ BACUNA
Fri 30 7.45pm HULL CITY H 0-1 LEAGUE 16 17,868 RUDDY SANDERSON ROBERTS ❚ TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BACUNA ❚
Mon 02 3.00PM MIDDLESBROUGH H 1-3 LEAGUE 17 17,823 RUDDY JAMES ROBERTS TRUSTY COLIN MEJBRI BACUNA
Sat 14 3.00pm BRISTOL CITY A 3-4 LEAGUE 18 21,489 RUDDY SANDERSON LONG ❚ TRUSTY COLIN GRAHAM BACUNA
Tue 17 7.45pm FOREST GREEN ROVERS A 2-1 FA CUP R3 - 3,701 ETHERIDGE SANDERSON LONG 1 TRUSTY ❚ MEJBRI ❚ GRAHAM JAMES
Sat 21 3.00PM PRESTON NORTH END H LEAGUE -
Sat 28 3.00pm BLACKBURN ROVERS A FA CUP R4 -
TBC TBC NORWICH CITY A LEAGUE -
Sat 04 3.00pm SWANSEA CITY A LEAGUE -
Fri 10 8.00PM 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 -
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 -
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 -
Sat 06 3.00PM SHEFFIELD UNITED H LEAGUE -
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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
LONGELO ❚ BELLINGHAM DEENEY HOGAN HALL (59) JUTKIEWICZ 1 (59) CHONG (59) JAMES (87) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, GRAHAM
LONGELO BIELIK DEENEY CHONG JUTKIEWICZ (76) JAMES (86) LEKO (86) HALL (90+1) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM, BELLINGHAM
LONGELO BIELIK ❚ DEENEY 2 CHONG 1 JAMES (68) BELLINGHAM (76) GRAHAM (90+1) ETHERIDGE, JUTKIEWICZ, LEKO, CHANG
LONGELO BIELIK DEENEY ❚ CHONG ❚ JAMES (66) JUTKIEWICZ (66) BELLINGHAM (79) LEKO (87) ETHERIDGE, GRAHAM, CHANG
LONGELO BIELIK DEENEY ❚ CHONG JUTKIEWICZ (59) GRAHAM (59) JAMES (79) LEKO (89) ETHERIDGE, BELLINGHAM, CHANG
GRAHAM BIELIK ❚ JUTKIEWICZ CHONG 1 FRIEND (35) BELLINGHAM (65) DEENEY (65) LONGELO (65) LEKO (65) ETHERIDGE, CHANG
HOGAN BIELIK DEENEY 1 CHONG KHADRA 1 (59) JUTKIEWICZ (74) MEJBRI (74) JAMES (85) ETHERIDGE, FRIEND, CHANG
LONGELO ❚ BIELIK ❚ JUTKIEWICZ 1 HOGAN CHONG (45) CHANG (45) COLIN (45) BACUNA (73) DEENEY (86) COLIN, FRIEND, RUDDY, GORDON, DONOVAN
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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 ■ ■
REDA KHADRA 17 ■ ■
TAHITH CHONG 18 ■ ■
JORDAN JAMES 19 ■ ■
GARY GARDNER 20 ■ ■
JOHN RUDDY 21 ■ ■
EMMANUEL LONGELO 23 ■ ■
NICO GORDON 25 ■ ■
KEVIN LONG 26 ■ ■
JOBE BELLINGHAM 27 ■ ■
DION SANDERSON 28 ■ ■
TATE CAMPBELL 30 ■ ■
KRYSTIAN BIELIK 31 ■ ■
MARCEL OAKLEY 32 ■ ■
FINLEY THORNDIKE 33 ■ ■
GEORGE HALL 35 ■ ■
ZACH JEACOCK 38 ■ ■
ADAN GEORGE 40 ■ ■
REMI WALKER 41 ■ ■
ALFIE CHANG 42 ■ ■
MITCHELL ROBERTS 43 ■ ■
KEYENDRAH SIMMONDS 45 ■ ■
BRANDON KHELA 46 ■ ■
RYAN STIRK 47 ■ ■
JOSH WILLIAMS 48 ■ ■
ROMELLE DONOVAN 49 ■ ■
MANAGER: RYAN LOWE
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■ ■ 2 ALVARO FERNANDEZ
■ ■ 3 GREGG CUNNINGHAM
■ ■ 4 BEN WHITEMAN
■ ■ 5 PATRICK BAUER
■ ■ 6 LIAM LINDSAY
■ ■ 7 LIAM DELAP
■ ■ 8 ALAN BROWNE
■ ■ 9 CHED EVANS
■ ■ 10 DANIEL JOHNSON
■ ■ 11 ROBBIE BRADY
■ ■ 13 ALI MCCANN
■ ■ 14 JORDAN STOREY
■ ■ 15 TROY PARROTT
■ ■ 16 ANDREW HUGHES
■ ■ 18 RYAN LEDSON
■ ■ 19 EMIL RIIS
■ ■ 20 BEN WOODBURN
■ ■ 22 MATTHEW OLOSUNDE
■ ■ 23 BAMBO DIABY
■ ■ 24 SEAN MAGUIRE
■ ■ 25 DAI CORNELL GK
■ ■ 28 TOM CANNON
■ ■ 29 FINLAY CROSS-ADAIR
■ ■ 31 JACOB SLATER
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■ ■ 34 LEWIS COULTON
■ ■ 35 NOAH MAWENE
■ ■ 38 JAMES PADRIC GK
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