Craig Gardner calls for Birmingham supporter's war cry to be played in dressing room

20 May 2011 01:43
ShareBirmingham midfielder Craig Gardner wants an emotional speech made by a long-term fan to be played in the dressing room ahead of Sunday's clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. [LNB]Gardner was moved by the words of Steve Teagle who received the club's supporter-of- the-year award at the annual awards ceremony at the NIA on Monday evening. [LNB] Top class: Gardner (right) was impressed by the message delivered by Blues fan Steve Teagle[LNB]Teagle has not missed a City game for 19 years and Gardner believes his words of inspiration should be heard again as Birmingham seek the win that should keep them in the Barclays Premier League. [LNB]Gardner, himself a lifelong City follower, said: 'The speech by the fan was brilliant. He was top class. [LNB]'When he came on stage, none of our players could take their eyes off him. 'I just wanted the game to kick off immediately after that speech. [LNB]'I'm sure we can get a copy of the tape, speech, and play it before the game because it was top class. 'It shows you what it means to the fans.'[LNB] In the red: Birmingham are 17th in the Premier League table ahead of Sunday's crucial round of matches [LNB] Gardner will be available at White Hart Lane after missing the previous two games through suspension after his red card against Wolves. [LNB]He said: 'I'm so glad I'm available for Sunday because I'll be reminding every player what we need to do, what it takes to stay in this league. [LNB]'I think after the season we've had, we deserve to stay in the league. 'The manager shouldn't have to say anything anyway on Sunday. [LNB]'If none of us players can get up for that game on Sunday then we don't deserve to be in the league.[LNB]'I'm telling you now, I'll make sure that every single player is up for it on Sunday.' [LNB]Gardner, Birmingham's leading scorer with nine goals, added: 'This game is our career, it's bigger than the Carling Cup final success. [LNB]'We need to go out there and give it every single ounce for this club.'[LNB] Birmingham boozers anger McLeish as manager slams Foster and DoyleComeback King Ledley determined to play in Spurs' season finale against BirminghamBirmingham City FC news, features and opinion [LNB] Explore more:People: Craig Gardner Places: Birmingham

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