LIFELONG BLUES FAN MEETS NEW BOSS ROWETT
Lifelong Birmingham City supporter Pam Allsopp came face to face with new boss Gary Rowett after being nominated for an EZE Wish by her son Richard.
Pam, who lives in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, had a pre-match briefing with Rowett ahead of Saturday’s goalless draw against Cardiff at St Andrew’s where she watched the action unfold from the luxury of the EZE Group box.
Pam, who moved to Birmingham from Luton as a youngster, began following the Blues as a 13 years-old in the late 1950s and has been a regular ever since.
Her dad took Pam to her first ever game at Villa Park to watch his home club Luton in a league fixture ahead of the FA Cup final, but she quickly converted to Blues and became a season ticket holder soon after.
A supporter from a very early age
Such is Pam’s passion for the club that she decided to take son Richard to his first ever game when he was just three weeks old and regularly collected him from school early so she could follow her beloved Blues during mid week away fixtures.
Richard nominated his mum for an EZE Wish, an initiative from Blues diamond partners EZE Group which is designed to recognise and reward fans who have overcome adversity, undertaken selfless voluntary work in the community or shown outstanding loyalty to the club.
“Mum has been a season ticket holder since the 1950’s and has supported Blues through every high and low,” said Richard. “She is a regular contributor on local radio phone-ins and I’m sure her vast knowledge of the game and passion for Birmingham City came over in the meeting with Gary.”
A friendly chat with the boss
Pam says that Gary Rowett was her “first choice” for the Blues role. “I think it’s a really positive change which was long overdue and it was great to have the opportunity of meeting Gary before the game. We chatted about how well he had settled into the role and afterwards he presented me with a signed ball.”
Over the years Pam has witnessed many memorable games but those that she fondly recalls include the Carling Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley, the day Blues clinched promotion in the play off final against Norwich at the Millennium Stadium and an FA Cup tie at St Andrew’s in the 1960s when Blues came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.
As for her favourite all-time players, Pam cites Alan Campbell, Terry Hennessy, Bert Murray Barry Bridges and the promotion winning group from 1972 as among her roll of honour.
Dominic O’Reilly, CEO of EZE Group said: “Fans like Pam are the life-blood of football and we were delighted to recognise her loyalty to Blues by granting this special EZE Wish to meet the new boss.”