Date: 1st April 2018 at 2:05pm
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Birmingham City travel to the Macron Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening backed by a hardy contingent of just under 5,000.

The Macron, formerly known as the Reebok Stadium, holds some fond memories for Blues fans.

Paul Caddis was the hero in May 2014 after his headed equaliser rescued Blues from the cusp of relegation to League One.

John Merton relives that day from a Bolton perspective.

Our season was well and truly over. We had nothing left to play for. Still, it’s nice to finish the season with a bang so to find ourselves two goals to the good despite being second best for most of the second half was refreshing.

I must admit, when Lukas Jutkiewicz scored our second (isn’t it funny how football works) I was certain Birmingham were going down. With 14 minutes to go, it seemed very likely.

I remember looking across at the Birmingham fans still singing, still believing. Then suddenly, a rallying cry. I realised that Leicester had scored against Doncaster meaning Birmingham only needed a point, rather than three.

Almost immediately, Nikola Zigic pulled one back. Birmingham’s fans celebrated like it was a cup final winning goal. Imagine the scenes if they score again. I actually said that to my Dad who was sat alongside me.

I’ve never, ever wanted Bolton to concede a goal. But seeing as we were safe, I admit it… I wanted Birmingham to score.

You can’t sit there and listen to their fans belting out Keep Right On and not have a little sympathy for them – they were going down after all.

The final ten minutes was end to end, a real open game. ‘We only need one goal’ chanted the vociferous Brummies. At this point, a young-ish chap sitting two rows behind me said ‘fu*k it, I hope they score again’.

He pretty much summarised the feelings of a large number of our fans. We had absolutely nothing to play for. Sorry Doncaster, it’s nothing personal.

Time seemed to be running out. 93 on the clock. Then the little fella on the wing, I think it was Jordon Ibe, put a ball in. Zigic headed it and we all thought it had gone in. Cleared off the line. And there was Paul Caddis to nod it in.

The noise at that moment was one of pure emotion, it was deafening. The reaction of the Brum fans was one that only proper fans are capable of. Sheer ecstasy.

When the ball went in, most of the fans in my block were clapping. You’ve probably seen the video on YouTube taken from the West Stand to the left of the Birmingham fans. That’s a couple of blocks away from me and you can hear Bolton fans almost cheering as Caddis heads it in.

To this day, we haven’t had louder away fans at The Macron than Birmingham. I’m looking forward to Tuesday night, hopefully we can keep you quiet this time though.

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5 Replies to “A Bolt through the heart”

  • Great post,and here we come again hoping to get something from this crucial game,EVERY game from now on is crucial if we are going to pull away from the bottom three,NOTHING in this league is easy.Of course I hope we can continue to build on two wins,we thought we had turned the corner a few weeks back under Cotterill,that was not to be however,now in a similar situation we have another chance of easing the huge pressure and bring other teams into the dogfight but first we have to beat Bolton to do so. KRO

  • Come on blues , 8 shots on target against Hull , only 3 against big Mick, but hey we had a defence like the Bastille…..we must not go too defensive second half , we are good , believe , fear no one , let Monk hold the cross against stans curse because you make your own luck in this world ..get it it in there blues against THE bolt , 5 shots on target + Brum lets be more than lucky GET IT IN THERE …

  • This Karanka worries me.He is experimenting for next season in mind-hence no wins and no goals.Today against Barnsley he doing it again.League needs to take notice.

  • Brooklyn, I understand where you’re coming from totally but Karanka doesn’t change that much. I’ve got a mate who’s a big Forest fan and he says Karanka just tends to swap his RB’s or his CM’s about. And forest aren’t a good side really so experimenting might actually help them.

  • Fully expecting Barnsley to beat Forest today and Reading to beat the vile tomorrow. We cannot rely on other teams and must take care of our own results.

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