Memory Lane – Birmingham City Fc v Leeds United – December 29th 2019 – St Andrew’s Stadium

Birmingham’s new young hero, 16 year old Jude Bellingham was proudly displayed on the front of the Blues News matchday programme. Jude had become the club’s youngest ever player in September when he beat the record of Trevor Francis. Bellingham moved to Borussia Dortmund for a reported £20million fee at the end of the season.

I went to the game with my eldest son and was expecting a good game, with Leeds sitting 2nd and Birmingham 15th before the match.

Manager Pep Clotet wrote explaining that he was trying to develop a football philosophy and style at the club and asked the fans to get behind this.

Pep took over in July 2019 and left in June 2020.

There was a good crowd of 22,059 at St Andrew’s and the atmosphere was positive as the two teams came out. I was interested to see how the mercurial Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, operated… as he came out with his bucket… which he sat on throughout the match.

Teams come out for the last game of 2019 at St Andrew’s.

Once the game started it was a goal fest, despite the absence of Bamford, Leeds top scorer, with a leg injury. Leeds were 0-2 up after 20 minutes with goals by Costa and Harrison. Bellingham pegged one back for Blues before half time to make it 1-2 at the break.

Jutkiewicz equalised on 61 minutes and then within minutes Ayling had pushed Leeds ahead. Bella scored again for Blues to make it 3-3 before once again Leeds went in front through Dallas.

As the 90th minute came Blues stabbed an equaliser home through Jutkiewicz… before the home crowd were left devastated on 95 minutes as Harding scored an own goal. This was a truly great match as the highlights link from the Birmingham City FC channel (YouTube) below shows.

One final admission….. I had to drive my son to pick up a train back to University and so left at 85 minutes…..with the score at 3-3!! I heard the remaining roars and cheers, on my walk back to Sarah Street to pick up my car!! Still it was an incredible match.

All images shown are courtesy of the matchday programme or taken personally by the blogger.

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