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Last season was a particularly successful time for Blues, it started with a 4-0 demiltion of WBA at St Andrews on Saturday 18th.Savage, Morrison, Heskey and Anderton were all on the scoresheet as Blues ran riot in the lunchtime game. On boxing day Blues were visited by Middlesboro' aswell as the Sky cameras.29,082 was the crowd as Blues beat 5th placed Boro with goals from Clinton Morrison and Emile Heskey. Two days later Blues were in London to face Fulham, Goals from Heskey, Carter and Savage sent Blues to 9th in the table and sealed a reletively comfortable 3-2 victory although the score makes it seem closer than it actually was.
New years day Blues were up in Geordieland to play Newcastle at St James' park, despite another Emile Heskey goal Blues were beaten for the first time in four games by 2 goals to 1 in front of 52,222.


Blues began the festive fixtures with a trip to the Walkers Stadium to face Leicester in a noon kick off. Blues went ahead thanks to a Clinton Morrison header in the first half. Mikeal Forssell sealed a 2-0 victory and Foxes' keeper Ian Walker saw red after handling outside his area as Forssell raced through.
A thirteen day break then followed until Blues' next fixture against Man City at St Andrews. A Jeff Kenna goal!! and a fortunate goal by Forssell involving a bit of help from Ex Blues keeper David Seaman gave Blues a 2-1 win after going a goal down. Two days later Blues were on Merseyside to face Everton who were lucky to steal a 1-0 win infront of 39,631.
Blues' first game of the new year was a 4-0 hammering of Blackburn at St Andrews in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Morrison, Clemence, Forssell and Hughes avenging the reverse scoreline in early december.


The christmas period of 2002 began with a visit to loftus road to face Fulham in the Premiership on the 15th of December, Jovan Kirovski bagged what turned out to be the winner after 7 minutes. Blues had to hang on for the final 20 minutes with 10 men following Darren Purse being sent off by ref Andy D'Urso.

A week later Blues faced more London opposition in the form of Charlton at St Andrews. The visitors took the led through Claus Jensen after 37 minutes. Blues were yet again reduced to 10 men after Geoff Horsfield was sent off after 54 minutes. Fortunatly though substitue Paul Devlin slammed in a penalty on 67 minutes to earn Blues a draw.

Boxing day arrived and Blues faced Everton at home. Jovan Kirovski was once again on the scoresheet on the 45 minute. Tomaz Radzinski had Everton back in the game within seconds. The game ended on a sour note after Everton's teenage substitue, Wayne Rooney dived in on Blues' Steve Vickers' ankle and earned himself a red card. Sadly though it also ended the career of Vickers who didn't play again following the challenge.

An injury ravged Blues side then travelled to Old Trafford to face Man Utd. The injury crisis was so bad that Striker Geoff Horsfield was deputising at Centre Half for this game. Unsuprisingly Blues were beaten 2-0 after goals from Forlan and some bloke called Beckham.

Blues then marched on to Elland Rd to face Leeds, unfornatly though the injuries contiued as Left Back Martin Grainger was strechered off after Micheal Johnson had departed through injury ten minutes before. By this time Blues were 2-0 down following an Erik Bakke goal early on and a Mark Viduka strike in the middle of the injury debarkle.

Blues' first game of the New Year was a return to Fulham, who this time ran out 3-1 winners with Stern John getting a consulation for Blues in the last minute. <


The Christmas programme of 2001 began with a trip to Molinuex to face Wolves on the 16th of December. Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat with Marcelo getting an equaliser before half time but it wasn't enough to get Blues any points.

Blues were back at St Andrews on the 22nd to play another local side Walsall infront of 20,127 supporters. A Darren Purse penalty on the 14 minute sent Blues to 7th in Division One, Walsall later had Matt Carbon sent off 12 minutes before the end.

Boxing Day saw Blues travel up to Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Geoff Horsfield got the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time to send Blues back home with three points and supporters well into the Christmas spirit.

On the 29th, Blues went to Stockport County. The goal feast began when Steve Vickers put one in on the 18th minute. Marcelo continued the scoring 4 minutes after halftime. Tommy Mooney completed the victory with fifteen minutes to go and sent Blues 6th in the table.

The first game of the New Year was on New Years' Day at home to Nottingham Forest which was live on the ITV Sport Channel i think. Blues went ahead after four minutes thanks to Tommy Mooney. But soon to be Blues striker Stern John equalised 22 minutes later and the game ended 1-1 infront of 19,770.

Check out the site for other xmas' soon
The Journalist

Writer: dh1875 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 20 2005

Time: 8:03AM


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