Lee Clark has made a plea for sanity from football’s angry brigade as Paul Robinson braces himself for a hostile Molineux welcome tonight.
The former Albion defender has a feisty history with Wolves fans going back to some memorable Black Country derbies and even revels in the jeers from the South Bank.
But his return for one more derby tussle with “the old enemy”, this time as Birmingham left-back, comes as the Blues boss voiced his concern about the growing abuse football folk have to deal with.
Clark admits he was disgusted by the paint attack on Wolves boss Stale Solbakken’s car last week and does not believe “criminality” should be mistaken for passion.
“The people who did that, I wonder what they got out of it,” said Clark.
“Do they think it has made him (Solbakken) more determined because they attacked his car, his house?
“I don’t understand it.
“It’s not passion it’s breaking the law. No way would I have that. I would never ever let anybody affect my personal life. My family mean the world to me, more even than football, and I’ve worked hard since the age of 16 for my family to give them the lifestyle they have today.
“If we lose a game and someone comes and verbally abuses us, or spits in our face or has a go at us physically, is that passion – or is it breaking the law?”
Clark makes his first visit to Molineux as Blues boss with his own critics to deal with after some fans raised a ‘Carson Out, Clark Out’ banner, referring to himself and owner Carson Yeung, at St Andrew’s last week – one which quickly disappeared as his side came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 3-2.
“Putting a banner up is not a problem for me,” he said. “There is frustration because the club reached the play-offs last season but most fans look a little deeper into things and see reasons why we have not yet had a consistent run of results.
“For a start, Birmingham City had a settled back five last season – how many times have I been able to have that?”
Summer signing Darren Ambrose is expected to be on the Blues’ bench again tonight as he continues his comeback from injury.