Supporter groups hold tribute to Tom Ross

The event, which was supported by KickItOut and Bickford Building Services, was an opportunity to hold a special tribute for local broadcaster Tom Ross. 

Former player and Football Supporters' Federation Diversity & Campaigns Manager, Anwar Uddin was also present to support and present on the night.

The former BRMB reporter started his career in 1977 covering Blues’ pre-season fixture against Ajax. He hasn’t missed a Friday night phone in since 1984.

The Blues fan received plenty of praise from former players Howard Gayle, Garry Pendrey, Robert Hopkins, Dele Adebola, Simon Sturridge and Darren Carter who were all in attendance.

The event started with a Q&A before the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice presented Tom with a special fans recognition award for his services to broadcasting.

A raffle and auction followed with all funds raised donated to LoveBrum.

“It was great to give a tribute to such a local sporting icon,” said Mick Singh from Blues 4 All.

“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 Blues and I’m delighted that plenty of former players were able to join us.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Anwar from KickItOut, the Lord Mayor, Tilton Talk and Bickford Building Services for helping us to support a fantastic night.

“Without them we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate and help raise money for LoveBrum.”