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Blues Captain Not The Bad Guy

Blues Captain Not The Bad Guy

Birmingham City captain Liam Ridgewell (shudders, that just sounds wrong doesn't it?) has spoken to the Sunday Mirror about his move and his relief that Villa fans seem to understand why he went. He is also happy that Villa didn't try to make him out to be the bad guy!

He told the paper:

'I've tried really hard to go about my business, do things quietly, and give as much respect as I could to both clubs. I've not really met any fans to get feedback because I've kept myself to myself and stayed in with my missus and little one. We've stuck together and not listened to the radio or read anything. You hear stories about what some players go through when they move clubs from one part of the country to another, never mind across the city, and you wouldn't wish that on anyone.'

'I'd like to think Villa fans saw that I tried week in and week out and put my heart on my sleeve for them in every game I played. I'm doing the same for Birmingham now and I hope I'm getting the same respect from the supporters here. I was so lucky that Martin O'Neill helped me leave Villa on good terms. They understood my situation and that the move was good for both parties. Villa could have made me out to be the bad guy but they didn't and I was so glad they were like that. I needed to move for football reasons, to go somewhere I could play regularly, and I think everybody accepted that.'

Be interesting to see the reception he gets when Blues visit Villa Park. I liked the guy, from reserves to first team, he always gave 100% and only moved because he couldn't secure a regular first team place. It is unfortunate where he had to go (!) but he is a professional footballer and has to go where the offers are. I'll find it difficult to clap a captain of Blues but would certainly never boo the guy - well, maybe if he scored against us!!!!!!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday October 8 2007
Time: 1:00PM

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At the moment we are booing our own players so god knows what sort of reception he'll get!
08/10/2007 13:04:00
I won't boo him, he wanted first team football, and he was one of the only players that weren't in the squad and came round the pitch at the end of last season against shef utd and applauded the fans.....fair play. he werent good enough for us so we shouldnt get on his back for not playing for us??? who cares if he plays for small heath. UTV
08/10/2007 13:42:00
He does look as though he may live in a caravan.
08/10/2007 14:17:00
Good luck to him - and thanks for the games he played - not sure about all the pens though.
08/10/2007 14:22:00
Hopefully he will keep conceding the pens and Tarzan, that should have been Cave not caravan.
08/10/2007 15:00:00
good luck to him.
08/10/2007 15:50:00
Well I will boo him. Believe me he is fast becoming a Blues legend (yes after 8 games! - that qualifies when you haven't got much history) & if he scores against us he will be the first to run off in celebration. Good luck to him but for 180 minutes a season he is the enemy. Although I do enjoy winding up Blues with the old "your best player is a Villa reject!"
Let the Revolution B
08/10/2007 19:31:00
I will give him a warm reception. Personally I think he will also show the same sort of respect if the unthinkable happens and he actually scores. But Fear you are right in highlighting the fact that we still boo our own players. I put an article on the forum asking if we were crap fans, a few days ago. Saturday showed just how crap we actually are. I was embarrassed by the actions of some supposed Villa fans. To boo a player when he comes on is a disgrace. The sad thing is, these same morons are the ones who ask why we haven't attracted any big names. Maybe it is because we don't deserve it.
08/10/2007 20:17:00
Of course he'll get the boo's and jeers, he'll be wearing the royal blue of our hated cross city neighbours. That fact is surely accepted. He knows it, and expects it. I like him, always have, and good luck to him with regards to his move to St Andrews. Anyway, lets not get concerned about booing rival players, lets worry about this sickening and pathetic display of booing our own. Sod Ridgewell, he's a nose, boo him all you like, just lay off the lads wearing the claret and blue.
09/10/2007 02:23:00
Mind you Villa Supporters are a fair minded bunch and will surely cheer him "The Ridge" when his defencive clearence is sliced into the Trinity Road Stand :-)
09/10/2007 21:43:00
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