Blues' fan Nicola Fahey gives her account of the last day's drama.


After a rollercoaster campaign for Blues, it's finally D-day.

With no more games to go, the next 90 minutes will decide where we play football next year - rubbing shoulders with the glamour and glitz of the Premier League, or roughing it with the 'Fizzy pop' League. Unfortunately it's no longer in our hands.

We go into the game knowing our team hasn't done quite enough over the course of the season. But the joys and sorrows of being a Birmingham City fan come hand in hand. I wonder - which will it be today?

As the club anthem goes, "it's been a long long road" and it seems all factions, players, fans and board are "tired and weary". But the Blues loyal are in high spirits, determined to enjoy what could be the last game in the top flight for some time. However, deep down, there remains that familiar feeling that fate will conspire against us.

However, you can never tell. Arriving at the ground, the sound of 20,000 'clappers' - a new device designed on behalf of the club with a patent pending to enhance the clapping experience - is providing the wall of noise that the club asked for.

Kick off and with Blues playing towards the Railway End, the game proceeds at a frantic pace as neither team gives each other time on the ball.

Just 15 minutes in, the crowd is momentarily silenced when news filters through that Reading have taken the lead over Derby.

Hopes are restored when David Murphy scores his first goal for Blues on 31 minutes. "Come on Derby" is the shout.

As half time approaches, hearts are in mouths as Kelly clears a near certain Blackburn goal off the line. Maybe it will be our day after all.

A buzz starts to go round the crowd as rumour spreads that Derby have equalised. Fans ask each other with urgent desperation if it's true, but just moments later, it becomes clear Derby were only denied a penalty.

Half time, pause to catch breath.

Second half, and Blues are attacking towards the Tilton. But within nine minutes, and after two excellent Taylor saves, Blackburn equalise, which highlights - as far as the fans are concerned - Blues' inability to keep a clean sheet.

Bluenoses try to rally the team, after news filters through that Reading have scored again, spurring fans into another chorus of "Keep Right On", although not with the same ferocity as before, as the realisation sets in that the dream is fading away.

Ex-Blues player David Dunn comes on to a chorus of boos. News that Reading have scored again and Fulham have taken the lead at Portsmouth brings about anti-board chants. The 'clappers' become paper airplanes.

Both clubs make substitutions, but Blackburn players seem to have lost their impetus and Blues score three more goals for an impressive 4-1 win. But it was all in vain, as Blues suffer relegation after only one season back in the top flight.

But, despite everything, as one fan remarked, Blues are for life and not just the Premier League.