Our first visit to St. Andrews home of Birmingham City was a memorable day for two families of Bluenoses! George and Ryan were nominated by separate hospices in the city, George by St. Mary’s Hospice and Ryan by the John Taylor Hospice.
George came along with his dad Peter, brother Harry and nan Doreen, while Ryan was with dad Lee and his best mate Jay. We met the boys and their families in the plush reception of the Kop stand and were taken up to the Jasper Carrot Suite which was going to be our base for the day. George and Ryan were given their new Blues kits ready to wear when they walked out with the players at kick off time. Then it was time for a tour of the ground including a visit to the home dressing room and some fascinating stories about the club and St. Andrews.
By this time we were all getting hungry and we headed back to the suite where we were treated to a four course meal, as well as being entertained by ex-Blues manager Barry Fry. The meal was fantastic and the hospitality was first class!
Once the meal was finished it was time for George and Ryan to head off to the tunnel to prepare to lead the teams out and they were joined by George’s brother Harry who won a competition during dinner for the privilege of walking out ahead of the players.
We took our seats in the Director’s Box to get a great view of the boys on the pitch before watching the match which finished in a 1-1 draw.
It was a brilliant day and we would like to thank everybody at Birmingham City for looking after us so well, nothing was too much trouble and we know how much both families enjoyed the whole experience.
Pictures by Ashley Thorpe