Bryan Robson took a break from his preparation for Sunday's battle against relegation from the Premiership to lead a celebrity XI in a charity match for the employees of the former MG Rover group.
The West Bromwich Albion manager, however, will be hoping for a happier outcome against Portsmouth at The Hawthorns as his side was trounced 9-2 by Birmingham City at St Andrew's.
Blues staged the match to raise funds for the employees of MG Rover who have lost their jobs at the company and a crowd of 7,413 helped to boost the coffers of the fund by more than £50,000.
Under the managership of former Birmingham manager Barry Fry, the celebrity XI faded into obscurity despite flashes of some old skill by Robson, Gary McAllister, Martin Grainger, Gordon Cowans and Tony Morley. Six first-half goals by Clinton Morrison (two), Jermaine Pennant, Damien Johnson, Robbie Blake and Mario Melchiot provided a feast of goal-scoring.
Morley and Andrew Whyment were on the mark in the second half for Robson's side, with Stephen Clemence, Andrew Barrowman and Njazi Kuqi completing Birmingham's goal-scoring spree.