Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Back to the Premiership

Back to the Premiership

After all the ups and downs of this season and what seemed to be the certainty of the playoffs after the disaster of the Easter weekend, Derby's collapse against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon has seen both Birmingham and Sunderland promoted at the first time of asking, a featthat only 25% of relegated teams achieve.

The outcome of the Championship itself will not be decided until next week, but the stress of racing for the automatic spots has now been removed from Steve Bruce and his squad.

Ironically for Birmingham, promotion has come exactly one year following their relegation following their game against Newcastle on April 29th 2006.

It was even more ironic that none other than ex-Blues player Clinton Morrison should be the man to fire one of the final nails into the coffin bearing Derby County's automatic promotion hopes.

The Rams were poor and disjointed this afternoon, making them an easy target for a Palace side who played as though they were chasing promotion themselves.

With three teams broken away from the rest of the top-half pack, it was inevitable that one would be bitterly disappointed by the end of the season. It remains for Billy Davies to galvanise his squad into chasing glory through the lottery of the playoffs.

Automatic promotion was hung in the balance for Birmingham on Saturday with Derby's game delayed until the following day. Had they also won then the race for the Premiership would have gone on to a final day showdown on May 6th.

As it was, their trip back into the top flight took on a slightly surreal edge as fans watched their fate unfolding on TV and realised that at last, the party can start.

The Premiership next year will not be an easy ride; the squad must now be expanded and rebuilt and the Blues board have already stated their intentions to buy well and wisely.

But they're back and it's time to celebrate.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Monday April 30 2007
Time: 1:31AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Steve Cotterill could become Blues' manager

Steve Cotterill could become Blues' manager next season if Harry Redknapp takes up a Director of Football role

Opinion: Two Sunderland players Blues should target

Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop discusses three Sunderland players he thinks the club should target following their relegation to the Championship

Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City future is '50/50'

Harry Redknapp's future at Birmingham City is '50/50'

Blues' destiny in their own hands after gritty win

Rob Wildey reacts to Blues' win against Huddersfield Town at St. Andrews

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Harry Redknapp keeps Blues in the Championship?
Suggested By: Vital Blues
Yes64%
No36%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 45 28 8 9 92 34
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Reading 45 25 7 13 82 2
4 Sheff Wed 45 24 9 12 81 16
5 Huddersfield 45 25 6 14 81 1
6 Fulham 45 21 14 10 77 27
7 Leeds Utd 45 22 8 15 74 14
8 Norwich 45 19 10 16 67 12
9 Derby County 45 18 12 15 66 4
10 Brentford 45 18 10 17 64 12
11 Preston 45 16 14 15 62 2
12 Aston Villa 45 16 13 16 61 -1
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 45 15 13 17 58 0
15 Wolves 45 15 10 20 55 -5
16 Ipswich 45 13 16 16 55 -7
17 Bristol City 45 15 9 21 54 -5
18 Q.P.R. 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Burton 45 13 13 19 52 -12
20 Birmingham 45 12 14 19 50 -20
21 Forest 45 13 9 23 48 -13
22 Blackburn 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Wigan 45 10 11 24 41 -17
R Rotherham 45 5 7 33 22 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football