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Birmingham in Roots Hall opener.

Blues named the following squad for their Championship opener against Southend.
The League one Champions face relegated Birmingham shorn of nearly all it high earners. The Blues are bookies favourite to drop straight through the Championship.
The close season saw Melchiot, Cunningham, Upson, Lazaridis, Butt, Jarosik, Pennant, Izzet, Latka, Heskey and Sutton leave the club. They managed to retain David Dunn but he misses the trip to the seaside with a hamstring strain.

Mehdi Nafti plays his first game for 12 months after missing a year when damaging ligaments in pre-season. Manager Steve Bruce has kept his position as manager with Blues unable to pay-off his contract. The defiant former Manchester United defender says that he wants to ‘see the job through’ and get Blues out of the Championship. Unable to attract any replacements his squad has a threadbare look about it and may well plummet a division at least in the next couple of seasons.

In defence only his son Alex Bruce is significantly under 30 and will wear the Captains arm band. Blues have that Bradford/Nottingham Forest look about them. Their lack of goals will continue to be problem as neither striker, Campbell or Forssell has scored from open play for Blues this year.

Squad:- Maik Taylor, Alex Bruce, Oliver Tebily, Martin Taylor, Jamie Clapham, Damien Johnson, Neil Kilkenny, Steve Clemence, Julian Gray, Meddi Nafti, Mikeal Forrssell, Dudley Campbell.

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Date:Tuesday March 28 2006

Time: 4:53PM

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Very ******y. I hope you guys do stay up though, if you go down I'll have my Brummie best mate crying on my shoulder...and I like dry shoulders. Very best of luck for the remainder of the season.
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28/03/2006 17:56:00

I said ******y
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28/03/2006 17:57:00

Hmmm another case of the dreaded swear filter. I said "S P O O K Y"
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28/03/2006 17:57:00

Luck will not be a factor in our season
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31/03/2006 15:37:00

a very depressing out look, especially if you look anything like us! this division sucks!
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30/04/2006 11:02:00

Will you be able to hold onto your top earners ???
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02/05/2006 10:43:00

lol It appears that they wont let you write the word PÓO, lol.
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02/05/2006 14:13:00


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