Time flies on this blog and it was December 2018 when Russ controversially suggested Birmingham should play Brentwood rather than Brentford in a Championship fixture.
Of course, the one constant on this blog is that Birmingham fail to win and last season’s goalless draw – covered, along with two Brummie boozers here – was matched with a 1-1 draw this Saturday.
Martin will be pleased to know Championship football is very exciting when Manchester City join the second tier next season after their Saracens style points deduction!
Not playing fair, i.e. not allowing the
self-appointed clubs with bigger crowds and more established in the hierarchy to win all the trophies, means the blue half of Manchester can join the blue half of Birmingham unless we get another nine point deduction for not playing fair…
But one of the joys of going back to visit England’s premier city is the opportunity to visit some boozers I’ve not ventured into for years such as 533 – Woodmans Rest B90 3DB
It’s an Ember Inn but in this part of the Midlands they are often the only source of cask ale and whilst all Embers have to be massive by publaw#15 this is very much a local pub in the backstreets of Shirley.
Anyway, a point at home against a team in the top six is a cause to celebrate and I had my eldest with me after subjecting her to 90 minutes of purgatory so a stop off seemed only right.
Actually, it was also an excuse to catch up with a mate, who I’ve not seen for the best part of a decade after he’d subjected all of his family to 90 minutes in Small Heath.
(winter blogging = bad light!)
The place had the feel of a proper local with families, groups of lads and lots of friendly faces warming up on a Saturday night at about half past six.
I had to inform my pal that times have changed since I used to live in Brum as he was about to get me a Carling but I squeezed a Sunbeam (Banks’s) out of him, which was more than decent.
As you can see from this table, I was in the minority and they were giving out complimentary flakes with the Carling such was the head on it.
It’s good to see the Woodmans still going strong and there is no denying that, like The Fieldhouse, Ember Inns seem to suit local Solihull/Shirley boozers pretty well.
Unlikely to feature in any GBG anytime soon, no one in the Woodmans will care one jot as it still ticking along nicely with plenty of local punters.