Five key fixtures for Birmingham City fans to mark on their calendar

The Championship gets back underway for Birmingham on Friday when they host Wayne Rooney’s Derby County

Birmingham City have started in a real positive manner in this new Championship campaign. Disregarding the off field matters, it has been a really solid month of football for Lee Bowyer’s side.

Two wins, two draws and one defeat sees the Blues sit just outside the play-offs in eighth place and those results came before the arrival of a certain Troy Deeney.

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It hasn’t been simply the results themselves either, but the performances for the most part have been extremely encouraging leaving many feeling highly optimistic about what’s to come.

And speaking of what’s to come, Birmingham World have picked out five games that we feel need to be highlighted moving forward.

TOUGH DAY: Barnsley's Toby Sibbick (left) and Birmingham City's Tahith Chong battle for the ball at Oakwell. Picture: Isaac Parkin/PA

West Brom (H) 16th October

First derby day of the year and it’s in front of a capacity St Andrew’s. Bosh.

West Brom have started well and are many people’s favourites for promotion this season so nothing will feel sweeter for Blues fans than putting an early dent in those aspirations.

This match will also provide a solid benchmark to exactly where this Birmingham side are in comparison to one of the more fancied teams. It’s going to be a fun one.

Coventry (A) 23rd November

Why has this been highlighted? Because for the last two seasons, Coventry City have been playing their “home” games at St Andrew’s.

Birmingham fans no longer have to worry about who’s sat in “their” seat. In fairness they now have to worry about getting in the stadium at all but that’s a story for another day. Either way, no more bizarrely sitting in the away end of your own stadium - it’s off to the Ricoh Arena once more in November.

Ricoh Arena.

Fulham (A) 26th December

Blues fans travel well up and down the country but Fulham is one place that they are renowned for taking big numbers.

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. Turkey sandwiches on the way down to London.

You might come back with a lot less money in the bank than you had the week before but it’s all worth it when you bring home the festive three points.

QPR (H) 1st January

It doesn’t really need an explanation but the second of the main festive fixtures is a home clash with QPR on New Year’s Day.

As always, there will be a few sore heads, plenty of resolutions broken within the first few hours of the year and plenty of Blues fans that don’t even make it up in time for the game.

At least it’s at home, though.

In: Riley McGree (Charlotte FC); Ryan Woods (Stoke); Jordan Graham; Chuks Aneke (Charlton); Juan Castillo (Chelsea, loan); Tahith Chong (Man United, loan); Dion Sanderson (Wolves, loan); Matija Sarkic (loan); Troy Deeney (Watford).

Blackpool (A) 18th April

This one has nothing to do with football.

Blackpool away in April. The first weekend of the 2022 Easter half-term. The weather is warming up, Birmingham are in no danger of relegation and the Blues fans are embarking on the English coast in their thousands.

It’s got potential, hasn’t it?