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Birmingham City supporters reflect on emotional Carling Cup triumph
Birmingham City players celebrate beating West Ham in the Carling Cup
Blues booked their ticket to Wembley after a memorable night at St.Andrews

Ask any Birmingham City fan what it is like supporting their club and you will be told that Blues never do anything the easy way.

Wednesday's topsy-turvey Carling Cup semi-final win over West Ham was another classic example of them taking the scenic route to a glorious moment.

But what a scene it was.

Seemingly beaten in the second leg, Blues scored twice to force extra time before Craig Gardner's winner booked a first major Wembley final since 1956.

Blues fans, hoarse and still just a little intoxicated by a heady cocktail of delight and disbelief were enjoying the morning-after-the-night-before and the prospect of taking on Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday, 27 February.

Jim Mansell from Quinton
Birmingham City fan Jim Mansell
Blues fan Jim Mansell feared he would never see the club at Wembley

"It was unbelievable, humongous for the club to reach a Wembley final," Jim said.

"It was typical Blues. It's just sinking in now. To support the club for 40 to 50 years like some of my mates have you think you'll never see the club at Wembley.

"We were dead and buried at half time but there's something there that just drives the fans and the club on.

"Fans will really relish Wembley."

Errol Parish born in Perry Barr but living in Scotland
Errol Parish (r) and his family
The long trip from Scotland was worth it for Errol Parish (r) and his family

"We travelled down for the match and it was probably one of the best nights of my life, fabulous result," Errol said.

"When we went one-nil down I thought we were finished. The comeback was fantastic. The atmosphere - I've never experienced that at St.Andrews before.

"I only just got my throat back - I totally lost it. I'll remember that for all my days."

Tony Weston from Great Barr
Blues fan Tony Weston
Bluenose Tony Weston remembers the club's last major Wembley final in 1956

"They made hard work of it - typical Blues!" said Tony who remembers the last major final appearance in 1956.

"I was only 10 at the time but I saw it on the television but you don't realise, you think you'll go back (to Wembley) in a couple of years' time.

"Arsenal are a good side but on the day if the breaks go Blues way we could win it."

Angela McClellan from Bournville
Blues fan Angela McClellan
Angela enjoyed a 'fantastic' night at St.Andrews

"It was absolutely fantastic, we thoroughly deserved it," Angela said.

"We need to change it round and luckily we did. He (manager Alex McLeish) brought (Nikola) Zigic on and he made a difference. We don't make it easy though Blues, never have done!

"It was a bit tense at 1-1 but we thought we were good enough to get the result. We had a lot of children by us and they were all singing 'Wembley' when we scored in extra time.

"It was as wonderful a feeling as when we got promoted to the Premier League the first time in Cardiff. Hopefully we'll go to Wembley and get a result. We were robbed by Liverpool in 2001 and we have unfinished business."

Mike Kelly from Hodge Hill
Blues fan Mike Kelly
Mike is optimistic Blues can beat Arsenal in the final

"I honestly thought it was over at half time. I couldn't see us getting two goals, let alone three," Mike admitted.

Mike added that the scenes at the final whistle were pretty delirious.

"I think I was hugging everyone in the crowd. I went about two rows up and everyone was hugging each other. It was unbelievable and it was an amazing goal.

And what about their chances in the final?

"Good day out, good match, good performance. Let's see what we can do."




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