A day to remember
Brave Blues fan Mike Whitehouse had a day to remember when he led out the team at St Andrew’s after being nominated for a special EZE Wish by his brother Peter.
Mike, aged 67, who lives in Morchard Bishop near Crediton in Devon, has been battling against incurable cancer since being diagnosed with the illness last August.
Despite regular trips to the hospital for chemotherapy treatment, Mike who spent 30 years as a weapon’s inspector in the army, has vowed to do all he can to live life to the full.
A VIP day at St Andrews’s
As well as leading out the players, Mike enjoyed a VIP day at St Andrew’s where he watched the action unfold from the luxury of the EZE Group box and afterwards met the man of the match, Blues goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
Commenting on his brother’s EZE Wish, Peter said: “With Mike now living near Exeter it’s a long way for him to travel to see the Blues and I wanted to give him an extra special treat and one he could remember and tick of his bucket list.”
Mike, who was brought up near St Andrew’s in Small Heath, first started watching Birmingham City when he was 11 years old and recalls the night Blues played the mighty Barcelona in the European Inter City Fairs Cup. During his time in the army he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, USA, Falklands, Belize and various European countries and depending on where he was stationed would always try to fit in a home or away fixture.
Bringing back many happy memories
“I enjoyed the day enormously and as the EZE Group box is directly above the spot where I used to stand on the Kop watching the game, it brought back many happy memories,” said Mike.