Fans For Diversity supports a legendary night in Birmingham
The Fans For Diversity campaign was delighted to support an evening with local Birmingham radio legend Tom Ross, organised by supporters group Blues 4 All and the Blues Trust, on Friday (31 March).
Over 200 Blues supporters filled out the Birmingham City Legends Lounge, with a number of ex-players including Darren Carter, Dele Adebola and Steve Sturridge, as well as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, in attendance to honour Ross’ 35-year broadcasting career.
Anwar Uddin, who leads on the Fans For Diversity campaign, an initiative jointly-launched by Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation in 2014, enjoyed delivering a presentation about his work and praised the efforts of the Birmingham City supporters in setting up the night.
“Tom Ross has had an amazing career reporting on Birmingham City games and hosting his Friday night phone-in, so I’m chuffed the Fans For Diversity fund was able to help the Blues fans show their appreciation for his decades of service.
“It was a brilliant opportunity to bring different supporters groups, local people, ex-players and club officials together. There was a real sense of unity tonight and it was also great to help raise some money for LoveBrum, a charity which supports local projects in the city.”
The event started with a Q&A before the Lord Mayor presented Ross with a special fans recognition award for his services to broadcasting. A raffle and auction followed, with all funds raised donated to LoveBrum.
Mick Singh, who runs Blues 4 all, expressed his pride at what was achieved on the night.
“It was great to give a tribute to such a local sporting icon,” he said. “What made me most proud was supporters and fan groups recognising Tom’s massive contribution to West Midlands football over the years.
“Like all of us he loves the Blues and I’m delighted that plenty of former players were able to join us.”