Greek football team AEL retiring number 24 when retired basketball player Kobe Bryant died is an interesting decision to say the least. I know lots of Euro teams have a basketball team associated with the football club and it looks like they do as well although he never played for them, or in Greece at all for that matter and of course they're the football team, not the basketball one.Some interesting names in there and many posthumous decisions.
I understand this tbh.
Give it 10 years and if Bellingham is a Ballon d'Or winner then it'll always be noted that Birmingham retired his shirt, resulting in people giving them disproportionate respect and credence for having been the club that discovered and developed him.
Retiring his shirt is an investment in creating extra history and notoriety for the club.
To be fair Malága had a bellend of an owner who fecked over the club. What's Birmingham's excuse? Who am I kidding, it's the same reason. Football ownership is so shit.I thought it was a joke when Malaga did something similar for Isco? Not sure if it was a retired number
The rise of McTominay and his wage increases shows that you would have done the same with Bellingham if he was on a similar trajectory too.
Glad we didn’t cave to be honest, 56K seems a lot for a 17 year old.
Give him 30 now and then if he performs then increase the wages to 60k if he meets targets
Wayne Gretzky's #99 retired by all teams in the NHL is another.This post gives me the opportunity to say that Jackie Robinson has his number retired league wide but he was a very special player for the MLB. Not only he was an all time great but he was also the first black player in the modern era.
Cringe... Like when Miami Heat in 2003 retired number 23, in honour of Jordan’s retirement, despite him never playing for them.... the hell is this?
Trevor Francis must be wondering what he could've done to get this honour.
Sign for Dortmund?
He's also on a mural outside St Andrews: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sp...ude-bellingham-mural-birmingham-city-18645026
Had a glance at their fan forum and apparently a few wanted him to have a stand named after him.
They should, can I suggest naming it "The Bell End" ? Think it would be rather fitting for them