EFE SODJE celebrated his Division III Player of the Month award today by being named Town's team captain until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old defender has worn the armband for the last couple of months and will be aiming to help Peter Jackson's side sustain their promotion push in the Easter double header against Southend and Kidderminster.
Sodje took the March Umbro Isotonic-sponsored prize for his commanding displays in a Town defence which has conceded just 10 goals in 17 matches.
McAlpine chief Jackson said today: "I'm delighted for Efe because when he plays well, we win matches.
"He is inspirational in the dressing room, influential on the pitch and he is enjoying the job of leading the team - one which he warmed to when Rob Edwards and Andy Booth were out of the team.
"He has proved to be a natural successor and things are going so well that he will keep the armband to the end of the season.
"That's a measure of how well he has done, hopefully he will maintain his form and, maybe, he might just add to the goals he's got as well."
Jackson confirmed today that Town will appeal against Pawel Abbott's red card in the 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient.
"Having studied the video, I'm confident neither the referee nor the linesman he consulted saw the incident," said Jackson.
"We are still awaiting the referee's report, but we are putting our case together."
It will cost Town £300. They are unable to contest either of the bookings for Andy Booth, who was also sent off at Brisbane Road, but they are to complain about the handling of the game by Birmingham referee Trevor Parkes.
Michael Collins, who has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under 18 squad for a tournament in Portugal later this month, is added to the Reserves' squad at Burnley tonight (7.00), along with Matthew Young.
Town's ticket office will be open as normal on Friday from 9am to 5pm for the sale of Friend for a Fiver tickets and seats at Kidderminster.