Blue or Not Blue?

Badge Kissing

“Craigy Gardner is a Blue! Is a Blue!  is a Blue! Craigy Gardner is a Blue, He hates Villa…”  is what we would hear the Birmingham city faithful  chant and sing, but for how much longer will that chant exist at St Andews?

It seems as though from countless news articles, he is on his way out to join Steve Bruce at Sunderland, for around the region of 6 Million pounds. Personally, this is 2-3 million short of what I would have hoped for,  as he is a key player in our midfield and is a proven to goalscorer in the Premier League, with 8 goals last season.

 I’m not going to say anymore on the financial aspect of this transfer, as this is not what I’m most concerned about.

As the transfer seems imminent, with ‘sky sources’ saying he will have talks with Sunderland in the next 24 hours (as trust worthy as they are), it brought me back to the time where he had signed for us, remembering how he was apparently so excited to join the club he had supported from such a young age. This instantly made us grow to like him more, as he signed from rivals Villa to join us, only to make it sweeter to say St Andrews is the club he wants to be at.

So his Birmingham career began, working hard and showing his passion playing for the club, being influential in the midfield scoring and assisting goals with celebrations like the one in the image at the top of this post.

It won the hearts of all Birmingham city fans, making him a fan favourite and a player name all blues fans would want on the back of their shirts. He was setting himself up to become a Birmingham city legend. He only made us trust him even more, with such comments as “It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream come true and I have dedicated the goal to every single Blues fan.” And  “To get your team to Wembley, the one you’ve been supporting since you were a boy, and scoring the winning goal, you can’t ask for anything more” (taken from http://www.sundaymercury.net) after the 2nd Leg Semi-Final against West Ham.

So why is a player who is apparently living his dream, playing for the club he supported from a young age leaving? Maybe he lied? Maybe he only kissed the badge and said everything he said to gain the fans trust and support.  After all, as posted on the Birmingham city forums, there was an article from bbc.co.uk where he said “I am a Villa fan through and through, I came through the ranks here and nothing can get better than playing for the club you have always supported” after signing a new deal with the club. So what is it Craig? Bluenose or Villan? Clearly he is either extremely forgetful, confused or a compulsive liar.

He had won the hearts of all Birmingham city fans with his lies and now has completely destroyed any affection we have for him and has embarrassed not only me, but any Birmingham City fan that had believed his comments, and took him on as a fan favourite.

If he had left, without all the badge kissing and comments, it would have been fine; I would still respected him and wish him the best for the rest of his career like I did with Sebastian Larsson. I can take players leaving the club but I cannot take liars.

Bluenose or not, he is now hated by many fans as expressed on twitter,  some describing this move as treachery of the highest order.

So, so long Craig, thanks for the time, but you shall not be missed and I just hope you realise that you’re leaving a club with such passionate fans and that the next time you are at St Andrews, there will not be the warmest of receptions.

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