The Birmingham City London Area Supporters Club is now TWENTY years old. Celebrating the event with a forum in London, attended by chairman David Gold, Paul Furlong, David Holdsworth and club officials Alan Jones (secretary), Steve Pain (club shop manager) and Bob Matthews - the man who kept links going during a difficult spell for the London Blues. Next season, we hope to complete the celebrations with a day at St Andrews to present our player of the season award.
Since the early days, membership peaked at over 200 when we attended Wembley for the Autowindscreen Cup. Settling back to the core following of fifty active. Membership of the BCLASC is open to anyone living in the South East who wants to stay in touch with the Blues. Although we welcome members from all over the world, our social and sports events take place in London. We also have a big settlement of Blues fans living in the Sussex area, as well as links with the Blues' Norwegian supporters club.
The club usually has a Christmas social (which has been dubbed the New Year Social since it takes place in the first week in January) and our liaison officer always makes sure that the guests from St. Andrews are evenly spaced. Tracey has arranged for a growing number of guests from Birmingham at each successive function. We also attend occasional meetings at St Andrews and links with St.Andrews have been good this season despite our low profile. With our ticket ordering system given a great deal of respect, and we can usually cater for most requests. We have a block of seats allocated to our members adjoining a group of season ticket holding members of BCLASC, so occasional supporters can join the regulars.
The BCLASC football team has just been promoted, as runners-up of the 3rd Division of the APFSCIL league, and recently won the Albion Cup (for Blues, Villa and Albion supporters in London) by beating Villa 10-3. We also made two consecutive finals of the Leyton Orientear's CHAOS Cup, winning in 1999 and runners up in 2000.
We produce a bi-monthly newsletter replacing “The Heathen” which was the Blues only fanzine for many years. We have featured interviews with Samesh Kumar, Karren Brady, Terry Cooper and coming soon Barry Fry. £2 gets you a selection of 6 various back issues with amusing anecdotes from Blues time in the 3rd/2nd Division, and individual back issues are 50p each.
A year's membership costs £5 (£7 overseas). Supporters can enrol on a more frequent EMAIL list by emailing Adrian Brown
Last updated: March 2000