We catch up with Birm­ing­ham’s 94-95 Auto Wind­screens Shield win­ners

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

PAUL TAIT lived the dream af­ter scor­ing to win the Football League Tro­phy and the Third Di­vi­sion ti­tle in a lit­tle over a fort­night.

‘Blue Nose’ Tait came off the bench to head Barry Fry’s side to their sec­ond win in three at­tempts at Wem­b­ley with a golden goal against Carlisle.

He re­peated the trick a cou­ple of weeks later, com­ing on to put his side 2-0 up at Hud­der­s­field on the last day of the sea­son.

Even though Hud­der­s­field pulled a goal back, Tait’s strike was enough to se­cure the points with a four-point gap be­tween them and Brent­ford.

Tait, still a reg­u­lar at St An­drew’s, says the pres­sure was on from the open­ing day for Fry and his side to de­liver the ti­tle.

It was only Birm­ing­ham’s third sea­son in the third tier of English football fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion 12 months ear­lier, but the man­ager was backed with sub­stan­tial funds.

“We were rel­e­gated at Tran­mere on the last day, so at the start of the sea­son we were one of the favourites to go up. There was a lot of pres­sure,” said Tait.

“Es­pe­cially with the num­ber of play­ers Barry Fry was bring­ing in. On pa­per, with the play­ers we had, we should have done a lot bet­ter than we did.

“I know we won the League and the Auto Wind­screens Tro­phy. But we didn’t win the league un­til the last day. We should have made it a lot more com­fort­able. The own­ers at the time didn’t want us to be in the di­vi­sion. They wanted us to get back up straight away.

“There was also pres­sure with Villa do­ing so well. All of my friends were Birm­ing­ham sup­port­ers so I wanted to do well.

“It was a strange few weeks, a strange sea­son, I was in and out of the team, with Baz tin­ker­ing. It was hard to get a place but I al­ways seemed to score im­por­tant goals.

“But it was fan­tas­tic to score any goal at Wem­b­ley, es­pe­cially the first golden goal in a fi­nal.


“Then, a few weeks later I scored the win­ner at Hud­der­s­field to get us pro­moted, but scor­ing at Wem­b­ley was the best mem­ory.

“I didn’t think about it at the time. You don’t re­ally start think­ing about it un­til you fin­ish play­ing. At the time, my main thing was so­cial­is­ing with the sup­port­ers.

“I didn’t re­ally live the life of a foot­baller. I lived the life of a sup­porter who played football. It was a case of hav­ing drinks bought and meals.

“It was a fan­tas­tic time, like be­ing in a fast car go­ing from place to place,” he said.

1. Neil McDiarmid (physio): He be­came Head of Sports Medicine at St An­drew’s and is now run­ning his own phys­io­ther­apy com­pany in Soli­hull. 2. Danny Wal­lace: Eng­land winger forced to re­tire in 1996 when he was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. Now runs the Danny Wal­lace Foun­da­tion. 3. Paul Tait: Mid­fielder who scored the Wem­b­ley win­ner. Worked as a post­man for a year then set up his own busi­ness, Mid­lands Soc­cer Coach­ing. 4. Kenny Lowe: An Eng­land semipro in­ter­na­tional who coached at the Football West Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Western Aus­tralia. Now, Perth Glory’s head coach. 5. Juan Miguel De Souza: Striker who be­came a teacher at Rushcroft School, Ching­ford then head of academy re­cruit­ment at Ley­ton Ori­ent and now Charlton. 6. Steve McGavin: Striker who won the Non-League dou­ble with Colch­ester. He was project di­rec­tor for the Aspire Me­dia Group in Es­sex and then Ip­swich Town’s head of academy re­cruit­ment. 7. Chris Whyte: Cen­tral de­fender who won a First Di­vi­sion ti­tle with Leeds. He’s worked as a chauf­feur and is now run­ning his own com­pany, Old Pro Man­age­ment. 8. Peter Shearer: Eng­land semipro in­ter­na­tional striker who coached at Birm­ing­ham City’s academy be­fore go­ing into teach­ing and is now a PE mas­ter at Cod­sall High School. 9. Paul Hard­ing: Mid­fielder who helped Notts County win pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion One af­ter a stint in New Zealand. Back work­ing in Lon­don in the build­ing in­dus­try. 10. Richard Scott: De­fender who helped Peter­bor­ough United win pro­mo­tion. Had a spell as Spald­ing United’s man­ager be­fore open­ing his own soc­cer school. 11. Lil Fuc­cillo: Man­aged Peter­bor­ough and Lu­ton Town, where he was also tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and is now scout­ing for Bris­tol City. 12. Ke­van Broad­hurst: Man­aged Northamp­ton and Wal­sall and is now un­der-15s and un­der-16s coach in the Blues Academy and works in the club’s com­mu­nity de­part­ment. 13. Andy Sav­ille: Striker who won pro­mo­tions with Pre­ston and Wi­gan. Now back in home town of Hull work­ing as a post­man. 14. Dave Bar­nett: De­fender who coached at Hale­sowen Town and Birm­ing­ham City’s academy. He man­aged Ro­mu­lus and now runs a coach­ing com­pany, Pro Level Per­for­mance, along­side ex-As­ton Villa star Tony Da­ley. 15. Dave Regis: Striker who won a Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle with Stoke. He was ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare of­fi­cer at Charlton and is now an in­de­pen­dent sports con­sul­tant. 16. Ian Ben­nett: Goal­keeper and play-off win­ner at Hud­der­s­field where he was academy goal­keep­ing coach, a role he now has at Not­ting­ham For­est. 17. Richard Dry­den: De­fender, who was as­sis­tant man­ager of Tam­worth and Dar­ling­ton and has man­aged Worces­ter City. He is now coach­ing in East Ben­gal. 18. Liam Daish: Cen­tral de­fender who won two pro­mo­tions with Cam­bridge United. Man­aged Ha­vant, Ebb­s­fleet and Nuneaton. Now coaches at Brock­en­hurst College. 19. Roger Wil­lis: Mid­fielder who won a Con­fer­ence ti­tle with Bar­net. Is now a prop­erty de­vel­oper in the East Mid­lands. 20. David How­ell: Cen­tre-back who helped Bar­net win pro­mo­tion to the League. He man­aged St Al­bans City and Har­row Bor­ough and has worked as a speaker. 21. Jose Dominguez: Por­tu­gal winger who held a num­ber of coach­ing jobs in his home­land and has also been head coach of Span­ish side Re­cre­ativo. 22. Louie Donowa: Mid­fielder who was a League Cup win­ner with Nor­wich City. Lives in Ip­swich and works for Voda­fone in traf­fic man­age­ment. 23. Gary Cooper: Mid­fielder who won two pro­mo­tions with Peter­bor­ough United. Now back liv­ing and work­ing in Lon­don. 24. John Frain: Mid­fielder who won two pro­mo­tions with Northamp­ton. He went into fi­nan­cial ser­vices and worked as a mort­gage un­der­writer in Soli­hull. 25. Mark Ward: A winger who be­came frame­work sup­port man­ager for GB Build­ing So­lu­tions. Now a speaker and runs a floristry busi­ness in Liver­pool 26. Barry Fry: He moved on to Peter­bor­ough, where he was man­ager be­tween 1996 and 2005, then chair­man and is now di­rec­tor of football at Lon­don Road. 27. Ed Stein: Mid­fielder and one of three foot­balling broth­ers. He later man­aged Har­row Bor­ough. Now lives in Mil­ton Keynes and is di­rec­tor of Ed Stein City Soc­cer. 28. Scott Hi­ley: Full-back who won a pro­mo­tion with Ex­eter City and is now run­ning the East­cote guest house in the vil­lage of Clyst St Mary near Ex­eter in Devon. 29. Steve Clar­idge: Well-trav­elled striker who man­aged Portsmouth, Wey­mouth, Mill­wall and now Sal­is­bury. A suc­cess­ful me­dia pun­dit with the BBC. 30. Paul Moulden: Striker who opened a fish and chip shop called Paul’s Chippy in Hor­wich, Bolton, and coached at Man City’s academy. 31. Neil Do­herty: Winger who ran In­sid­eOut Soc­cer Schools for chil­dren in Barrow and coaches at Fur­ness Player Per­for­mance.

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