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Inside your Matchday Programme: Birmingham City

Kamohelo Mokotjo takes centre stage in BEES issue 08

2 October 2018

“Each and every one of you really got behind the players and you could see the lift that gave us. Griffin Park is a special place under the floodlights and we’ll need you at top volume again tonight if we are to overcome our well-organised visitors.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith’s thoughts following another frantic round of fixtures

 

“Coverage on iFollow is still very much in test mode. At the end of October, once all Championship teams have featured four times on the streaming service, the EFL executive will analyse the figures and ancillary data provided and report back to the clubs.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin’s behind-the-scenes update

 

Match Preview: Blues news. Line-ups, latest stories and last-five form guide. The key information ahead of #BREBIR

 

In Opposition: squad list, profiles and stats

 

Four in Focus: four of Blues’ key players in profile

 

“It is almost that the pitch is their happy place; winning football matches is the only thing they can control, so that is what they are focusing on.”

Hot off the Press: with Brian Dick of The Birmingham Mail

 

Heroes and Villains: Greville Waterman looks at some previous clashes with Birmingham through the lens of two significant performances

 

“When a South African player is made captain in a foreign competition it’s something that makes people feel proud. I’m happy I have people who believe in me.”

The General: a calming and down-to-earth presence in the Jersey Road ranks, Kamohelo Mokotjo is into his second season in TW8. BEES caught up with the 27-year-old at Griffin Park on Saturday

 

“It’s very much part of the culture, actually – to catch a puffin and have a good meal. It’s just like eating chicken, but a bit more colourful and a better taste!”

Griffin Park Greats: From puffins to the Play-Offs. David Lane’s interview with Ivar Ingimarsson, conducted shortly before the 2002 Play-Off Final against Stoke City

 

“It was the kind of goal that fathers will talk about to their sons in years to come – they will seldom see so brilliant a winning point, for it was the highlight of a storming scrap. It capped a wonderful game, which will be remembered for its brilliance and vigour as much as for the fact that it moved Brentford up second from top within a point of the leaders.”

Big Book of Griffin Park: a match that “stirred the blood”.Newspaper extracts from Birmingham City’s first league visit to Griffin Park

 

Andy Scott sold me his vision for the Club - what he said to me at that time was what we achieved come the end of the season.”

History Boys - 2008/09 Uncovered: Dan Long speaks to Marvin Williams

 

“The Arsenal stadium announcer seemed to be channelling the spirit of the Radio One Roadshow… It was yet another occasion to make us realise how lucky we are to have Peter Gilham, whose own deadpan brilliance would have made mincemeat of the laboured Gunnersaurus giveaway at half-time.”

Park Life: Nick Bruzon on Wednesday’s defeat at The Emirates and an Elland Road dilemma

 

“Providing in-game information can play a huge part in how the match develops. If we can spot a change in gameplay quickly, then we can help our team adapt and overcome.”

Brentford B: B Team analyst Lewis Jordan is next up in our Day2Day series

 

You’re the Boss: selected based on character as well as quality, Ben Burgess picks the ultimate XI of players he lined up alongside

 

“It’s quite normal for 17-year-olds to be earning between £10 to £15,000 a week. I’m quite sure they don’t clean the older players’ boots or collect muddy training kits off the floor.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess weighs in on the player wages debate

 

Pick up a copy of BEES tomorrow for just £3.50.


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