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GAMEDAY – Home to QPR

Birmingham City face Chris Ramsey’s Queens Park Rangers in their first game back after the international break, with Gary Rowett looking to see if his charges can continue to hold their place in the top six.

Queens Park Rangers

The R’s lie in 11th place, three points and eight goals worse off than Blues. QPR have scored (18) and conceded more (20) than anyone else in the Championship – and have won more points than other side in the division from a losing position.

QPR will be missing Charlie Austin and Jamie Mackie to hamstring injuries while former Blues target Jay Emmanuel-Thomas should keep his place.

Blues

David Cotterill misses out on this one along with Neal Eardley which will mean Jacques Maghoma should start in his place. Andy Shinnie and Demarai Gray are both fit though and in contention; Gray will almost certainly start but it will be interesting to see if Shinnie or Toral get the nod in attacking midfield or if Davis continues.

Paul Robinson could continue as centre-back in place of Jonathan Spector.

Ref

Carl Boyeson takes charge of this game. He’s taken charge of nine games so far this season, showing 20 yellow cards and one red. His last Blues game was the 3-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough in April 2014, in which Paul Robinson and Callum Reilly were booked – and Boro had two players sent off.

Suspension Watch

3 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld, David Davis and David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Paul Caddis, Jonathan Grounds, Stephen Gleeson, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector and Demarai Gray.

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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Pre-Match

Often Partisan is working in partnership with Bordesley Labour Club this season. They are based ten minutes away from St Andrew’s on Whitmore Road in Small Heath and have welcomed Blues fans over a number of years on match days.

Today Bordesley Labour Club will be open from 11:00am. There will be full Sky Sports Coverage of today’s matches and tonight is R&B/Soul night with Guest DJ Y.O.E. from 8:00pm. At 10:30pm CLINA will be live, with her set including her hit song Crazy – plus a host of soul/calypso singers. Admission £5 bar till 1:00am

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18 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Home to QPR”

  • Dave Mann says:

    As I said yesterday we should go 4-3-3 with maghoma in for cotterill .. At Leeds we were magnificent and maghoma showed us what he’s capable of .. No change for me and three points to go with many pints i will be having after the game on my way down to Brixham and my caravan for a lovely weeks break .. Missing Bolton on Tuesday but been there God knows how many times … anyway there’s a pub in Brixham called The Bolton so I will go on there Tuesday night .. Kro

    • Mitchell says:

      Big mistake letting us Bluenoses where your caravan is. 3 car loads leaving Garrison Lane at 7pm arriving Brixham for your BBQ at around 9.45. Staffs put a tracker device to your vehicle some months ago-so locating should not be a prob. Villa losing and us joint 2nd. makes for a good footy match planned at 11am tomorrow at Dawlish Warren beach.

      • Dave Mann says:

        Just got up in lovely Brixham .. No barbecue guests arrived Mitchell but was propably to pissed to have one anyway .. Great win yesterday and joint second and a great weekend continues …21 points from 11 games , who would have thought it .. The dream moves on to Bolton Tuesday night , there bottom so easy three points? .. Not so sure . Kro

  • Tony E says:

    With the players they have in their squad Q P R should romp this division. However, I believe our squad of freebies and cheapies will win thanks to GR’s superior organisation.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Stick with the team we had against Leeds (except Cotterill.) Gives us strength in midfield and speed up top. 2-1 Blues.

    Kuszczak

    Caddis Morrison Robinson Grounds

    Kieftenbeld Gleeson Davis

    Gray Donaldson Maghoma

  • Dave Mann says:

    So sad to hear of the death of Howard Kendall , only 69 but three and a half years and 18 goals at Blues means he will be remembered .. RIP

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Yes, just read that. He was still class when he joined us. Went on to become a decent manager too. RIP.

  • ChrisG says:

    Just heard the news that Howard Kendall has passed away. He was was in the Blues side when I first started going down the blues. R.I.P Howard

    • Tony says:

      Howard Kendall was by common consent the best player never to play for England, if my memory serves me correctly. He together with Archie Gemmil were probably the best wing halves we have ever had, a truly fine player

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Really good solid performance and deserved three points today. I feared the worst after their flukey opening goal but we showed real character. Got to fancy us to win at at Bolton on Tuesday night. I thought Robbo was man of the match by a mile – I wrote him off and I was wrong. We look far better with him there using his experience. Great finish too for the equaliser.

  • Mitchell says:

    Really knocks you back hearing of Howard Kendall. Loved the way he played,acted with dignity every game he played. Too many superlatives to mention- so nuf sed.

  • david l says:

    “Dignity” – exactly the word to describe Howard Kendall.

    Mind you, you’ve got to add class, talent, devotion, leadership and mentoring skills (as well as lots of others too)

    I enjoyed seeing him play in both Blues’ midfields (if you get my drift) and is my memory right in thinking he was important as a kind of guru in guiding the bright star of TF in the right direction?

  • Tony says:

    Tf needed an inspirational figure because there was a player of the opposite type in Bobby Thompson around at the time. Now Bobby could play make no mistake but he could be unruly., he could also spot talent.
    Not many of you will remember the old Blues café Thompson was a regular as was I, he told me one day of this kid who was like no Other he had ever seen.
    He was right about that the kid was Trevor Francis

  • Richard Granfield says:

    In the 1973/74 season under Freddie Goodwin Blues’ were desperate for a midfield “General”.
    We had Alan Campbell and Gordon Taylor out wide, but had nobody centrally to dictate play.
    Kenny Burns played centre forward so Freddie decided he would let one of the jewels of the team Bob Latchford go.
    He got in exchange, arguably the best central midfielder Blues has ever had, HOWARD KENDALL and Archie Styles. If only we could have got Kendall and kept Latchford, but it wasn’t to be.
    RIP Howard….Thanks for the memories.

  • Another star above the Tilton end was looking down on us today star Howard , look to the sky tonight one will be shining bright , its HK showing all Bluenoses that light in the tunnel again , god bless you Howard your in our hearts .keep right on…

  • Dave Mann says:

    He certainly looked down on us yesterday .. Not so sure about Everton though .. God bless Howard Kendall and Birmingham City . Kro

  • swissjonny says:

    Howard Kendall.A true great and an example to many young players.RIP Howard and well done the boys yesterday.


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