Does Cruyff’s most famous quote help solve Birmingham basketball’s problem?

With the sad passing of Dutch football icon Johann Cruyff, his quotes appear to be getting as much exposure as his legendary footwork.  Take “Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is”. Now, having seen previous local teams try and fail, City of Birmingham Basketball Club have resisted […]

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The D:Ream Team!

Havoc at CoB as Things Can Only Get Better! Coaches at City of Birmingham were left star-struck on Monday at Nechells Wellbeing Centre, after returning for duty from a busy weekend of fixtures.  Pandemonium ensued as the previously heralded coaching team seemingly turned into a bunch of young teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert, […]

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CoB U13 -v- Sheffield Junior Sharks U13

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Sports Hall – Sunday 22 March With CoB under 13’s having made 2nd place in the Midland division, and that only due to a mid-season dip, it was time for business – the National League play-offs. Not a first for the club, or the under 13’s team, but a first for me […]

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City of Birmingham -v- Loughborough Student Riders

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 24 January After an encouraging performance against unbeaten Doncaster Eagles,there was hope of an upset against second placed Loughborough Student Riders, in the push for a play-off place and to keep City of Birmingham with the advantageover the remaining contenders for 3rd place – Derby Trailblazers, Sheffield Sharks and Sporting […]

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City of Birmingham -v- Derby Trailblazers III

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 10 January The latest CoB mens home match was against a Derby Trailblazers team occupying 3rd place – the least CoB are likely to require to make the end of season play-offs. COB had won the reverse fixture in October, but the visitors arrived on the back of consecutive wins […]

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City of Birmingham -v- TCAT Shropshire Warriors

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 29 November Rolling up at around 4:30pm with my youngest for company again, I realised that I’d handed my last £20 to the missus.  So, not prepared to face the embarrassment of getting in with an with an IOU again, I called her.  She wasn’t impressed at having to drive […]

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CoB U13 -v- Derby Trailblazers U13

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Sports Hall – Sunday 16 November Have you ever heard of one of those Indian weddings that run over about three days? Copious amounts of food and replenishment in preparation, an event on Saturday, party atmosphere on Saturday evening. Then some sore heads on Sunday morning suffering from the night before and […]

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CoB U13 -v- Leicester Riders U13

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 15 November This weekend finally saw COB under-13’s play their first home matches, the first of two double headers this season. Coach Lacey expected nothing less than a comfortable win in from Saturday’s match against Leicester Riders, whilst the match at the second home venue, Dame Elizabeth / Cadbury Sports […]

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City of Birmingham -v- Sheffield Hallam Sharks

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 15 November CoB today faced Sheffield Hallam Sharks, the last of their only run of consecutive home games this season, having won the previous two. Despite the sharks W2 L3 record, it would be foolish to take them lightly, with both their wins having come in Birmingham, against West Brommie […]

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Leicester Warriors U13 -v- CoB U13

Gateway College Sports Hall, Leicester – Saturday 8 November After a week off due to half of Shropshire sunning themselves in faraway lands last week, City of Birmingham’s (CoB)  under 13s travelled yet again, this week to play Leicester Warriors at Gateway College. An announcement leading up to the match, of the departure of top […]

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City of Birmingham -v- Nottingham Hoods

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 8 November After arriving late to watch my eldest and his under 13 colleagues win in Leicester earlier, I pulled up to watch the seniors at Nechells with my youngest, who in his usual vigilant manner asked “Have you got the money dad?”.  If only he’d said that as I […]

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Notts Nova U13 -v- CoB U13

Trinity School, Nottingham – Saturday 26th October City of Birmingham (CoB) under 13s travelled again, to face Notts Nova who were lying third in the early league table.  CoB have played the fewest games of any club, having been affected by disbandments of other teams. But a win today would see CoB leapfrog their opponents […]

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City of Birmingham -v- Doncaster Danum Eagles

Nechells Sports Centre – Saturday 18 October Not for my regular sport, football, but as a spectator at a men’s competitive basketball match, to support the City of Birmingham (COB) Senior team in their debut season in Basketball England Division Four. This is the club where my son is an Under 13’s player, in his […]

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