Do Birmingham City highlight fickle nature of Midlands football?

Birmingham City fans singing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on February 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham City look set to save themselves from the drop once again.

Birmingham City fans singing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on February 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

With just two games remaining it is looking increasingly likely that Birmingham City are going to narrowly avoid the drop into the third tier of English football. Under Garry Monk they have become a team reborn, picking up several big victories to assist them in moving further away from the relegation zone.

It is testament to the potential Monk has as a young manager, but when you look towards the actual trajectory of their season, the questions start to turn towards the fan base. As reported by Birmingham Mail, the club are on their way towards a sellout at St Andrew's for the final day encounter against high flying Fulham, which is something that does not happen all too often in that part of the Second City.

Garry Monk manager of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City at Molineux on April 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

It makes sense given that there will likely be a partisan atmosphere around the ground, as there has been on several occasions over the years as Birmimgham steered away from the third tier. However, while the numbers will be good, it is interesting to consider the fickle nature of the fans across the West Midlands.

Blues supporters will be turning out in their numbers, but when the team has been at their lowest this season, many have not shown up. The same logic can apply to Wolves, West Brom and Aston Villa, with the latter's fan base especially struggling at times with the inconsistency shown by Steve Bruce's men.

While this is an issue that is seen throughout English football, it is particularly prominent in this particular region. When you analyse the clubs in question it is clear to see that they all hold an important place in the history of the game in this country, but that also brings with it a sense of entitlement.

A general view of  St Andrews ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews on February 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

We often hear about how a club of a certain stature does not belong anywhere but the Premier League and these four clubs are particularly big culprits of that. 

So as Birmingham prepare to ride off into another season of Championship security, they should remember just how far they fell earlier in the campaign.

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