Experts had warned spectators to expect a drab battle between no-thrills yo-yo club Birmingham and long-throw dependent dirge peddlers Stoke, but Saturday's insipid contest exceeded all expectations.
As both sides demonstrated their terrifying lack of midfield creativity, fans at both ends began to find entertainment elsewhere. Some supporters fashioned a Monopoly board, one wrote an impressive series of gritty short stories and a few desperate souls even read Alex McLeish's programme notes.
It has now been confirmed that Birmingham will pay tribute to the fans, who endured the most miserable of Saturday afternoons, with a statute of two bored Brummies [pictured above] and a plaque containing the names of everyone present.
The FA have assured the football world that they have "no intention of making the clubs meet again" at the Britannia Stadium on December 28.