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Birmingham City lookalike 11

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There has been a couple of days of down time in the World Cup, and there has been a temporary lull of football for me to talk about.

Football can be quite a serious game, and this lead to me think about some lighter topics I could talk about. England’s Emile Heskey is often likened to a Donkey, so why couldn’t I reach out to my fellow Blues fans to see if we could liken our players to famous people. Here I present the Birmingham City lookalike 11 (and the gaffer!)


David Caruso and Alex Mcleish, suggested by many!

Caruso is described on as having “low-keyed intensity, deep-voiced somberness, pale skin”. Sounds just like our Scottish leader. The lookalike which is actually quite scarily like him!


Aaron from Emmerdale/Ben Foster (Daz,

Newcomer Ben Foster has been likened to Aaron from country soap Emmerdale. Aaron has been involved in controversial storylines during his time on the soap – will Foster prove a controversial signing during his time at Birmingham?


Mickey from Only Fools and Horses/Liam Ridgewell as suggested by John Cheeseright (, Kaje ( and bluenose89 (

King of the windmill arms Ridgewell was nominated by more than one person as looking like Mickey from Only Fools. The suggestions for Ridgewell weren’t exactly kind, with another suggestion of Cletus the slackjawed yokel from The Simpsons. He should be somewhat heartened that Oldham from suggested he looked like Keanu Reeves, which has to be better than the previous two suggestions combined!

Scott Dan and Matthew Fox, suggested by Spike014

Matthew Fox starred in one of the most intriguing and frustrating programmes of all time. Scott Dann plays for a team who are possibly the most frustrating of all time. Theres some similarity between the two men here, lets just hope that Dann doesn’t get Lost in defence next season.

David Murphy and James Nesbitt, as suggested by Duttyo (

David Murphy didn’t feature much in last seasons line up, but he’s pushed his way into my lookalike 11 due to the fact I lack defenders who look like anyone remotely famous. Well done David, count this as an achievement.

Stephen Carr and Hannibal Lector as suggested by Sutton Blue (

Same staring eyes? Check. Lack of hair? Check. Is Stephen Carr just as scary as Hannibal Lector after injustice during a Villa match? I wouldn’t bet against it!


Bear Grylls and Barry Ferguson, as suggested by Skan (

Bear Grylls is a well known TV survival expert. Before the start of last season, Barry seemed like he’d need top survival skills against internet boo boys who classed him as a failure before he’d even arrived. 38 games later he emerged as one of the players of the season, and key to our continuing Premier League campaign.

Tim Roth and Lee Bowyer, as suggested by Elvis ( and bluewing (

Roth played a robber in 1994’s Pulp Fiction, some may argue that a combination of Bowyer and Ferguson in the middle last season robbed the Premier League of the chance at laughing at Birmingham City, and left them dumbstruck by our outstanding form which took us to the upper echelons of the league.

Fran from Travis and James McFadden, suggested by Flatnose (

McFadden could be described as a marmite player for Birmingham: you either love him or you hate him. A player with startling similarities to Travis’ Fran Healey, McFadden is usually told to Turn in the box, and probably asks the question Why does it always rain on me? when things are going badly (poor, I know).


Josh Hartnett and Nikola Zigic, as suggested by Lukey_H (

New boy Zigic has been linked with Hollywood star Josh Hartnett here. Will Zigic prove to be A list for Birmingham, or will he end up in the equivalent of the football bargain bin by May?

Lemarr and Cameron Jerome, as suggested by Kaje (

Jerome has been likened to singer Lemarr who doesn’t seem to be in the limelight as much nowadays. Jerome was top scorer for Birmingham last season, so if there’s any justice in the world, Jerome should surely see his fair amount of game time next season.

Jason Gardiner and Kevin Phillips as suggested by Kaje (

Jason Gardiner plays the bad man on tv’s dancing on ice, but his doppelganger was nothing short of a hero next season when he popped up with his vital goals to save the points for the Blues. Now he’s signed another deal, Blues fans can look forward to super sub Kev doing more of the same next season.

I had some great suggestions which also included:

Gary O’Connor/Graham Poll

Craig Gardner/ Craig Coates

Alex McLeish/Goldmember

Thanks to, and for all the input!


Written by Nicole Carroll

July 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Nicole Carroll. Nicole Carroll said: Birmingham City Lookalike 11: #bcfc #football #epl #premierleague […]

  2. the girl did good


    July 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  3. Awesome! 😀


    July 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  4. I think the best combination is Zigic/Hartnett.


    February 28, 2011 at 3:00 am

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