Hughton to lose god status   Leave a comment


by frosties_tony from the birminghamcityforum.co.uk

Chris Hughtons Norwich City stand on the brink of Premiership relegation and into the abyss where he left Birmingham City to join Delia’s hotpot at Norwich City. Some Blues fans(Not me) Revere him as the messiah, the man who guided blues to the brink of greatness again in the lottery of the Championship playoffs. Lee Clark struggled to come to terms that some Blues fans just wouldn’t let him take over the the memory of the man they called a legend. Yes some did call him a legend and he’s still called that, I have heard it myself. Trouble was Chris was nothing of the sort, his team at Blues played unattractive defensive, lifeless “we won’t lose” football.

n4JJno1368015476The only difference between him and Alex Mcleish was the fact he was playing in the championship against teams that cost almost nothing to build compared to premiership teams. That close season he lost what many believed to be the heart of the Birmingham side, Ferguson, Phillips, both fled to Blackpool, Craig Gardner and Seb larsson both fled to that seemingly more attractive team oop north Sunderland. Then there was Cameron Jerome, gone to stoke, a team who will always be perennial relegation favourites…I hope your watching Jack Butland. Ben Foster went to WBA and was later followed by Liam Ridgewell. Roger Johnson to Wolves now in a league lower than us. so there is eight players that left before or whilst Hughton was in charge. Chris Hughton was left with a shell of a team but was able to bring players in, what I am trying to say is although he had financial constraints he was still able to wheel and deal much more than Lee Clark and also some of the rebuilding had already been done for him before he came in, Mcleish had left Blues with Curtis Davies signed in January and also with two newly signed players in the shape of Chris Burke and Marlon King, all would become pivitol players during Hughtons season and this for that matter. So what did Hughton achieve at Blues? I’ll tell you……Nothing, Zilch, sure Birmingham went to the play offs, we even managed a few wins in Europe, but did we go up? No is the answer to that. So back to the problems at Norwich. all season they have struggled to score goals, they have scored just 34 less than one a game and conceeded 53. At home they have managed a paltry 7 wins.
Having had a look on a few of the Norwich fans forums a few want him out even if they do stay up.  As the camera panned round at Carrow Road on Saturday it caught a look of despair on Delia Smiths face, it was a look that told the full story at home vs Villa saturday, yes we could be going down?. Norwich face WBA at home this saturday followed by their last game of the season away to Man City. Take nothing from the WBA game and writing is on the wall that the Messiah could find himself with the sack!

Pannu strikes back!   Leave a comment


Peter Pannu has struck back at local media groups in his attempts to clarify his and the clubs position.  In a strongly worded statement he’s said he’s rather disappointed that certain reports made last week by local reporters and media groups are quite inaccurate.  The reports which claimed that Pannu and Yeung had been involved in some “secret consultancy agreement”. Pannu has reaffirmed that legal advice had been sought regarding the agreement and confirmation of its validity. The previous board members had all constructive notices before the agreement was signed by Carson Yeung.  Pannu goes on to say “its absurd to suggest they were not aware of it”.

On the future of the club, He said “Carson is now in advanced discussions with a potential buyer from China, someone with the financial clout to take Blues back into the Premiership”.  Peter adds “I would have liked a buyer from the UK …..even a Bluenose but it would appear those UK parties are not as interested as they once were”.

Pre-Season Fixtures Announced   Leave a comment


Birmingham City have today announced a couple of pre-season fixtures. A Blues side will travel to The Impact Arena on Saturday 6 July (3pm kick-off) to take on Alfreton Town. The Derbyshire-based side finished 13th in this season’s Blue Square Bet Premier.images

next up and Blues go to Greenhous Meadow to face Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday 23 July (7.45pm). The Shrews faced a battle to stay in League one but thankfully it was achieved with a few games to spare. the following day a development squad will face Blue Square Bet North outfit Solihull Moors at Damson Park on Wednesday 24 July (7.30pm).

Carsons Trial Begins   Leave a comment


Birmingham City football club owner Carson Yeung ka-sing pleaded not guilty today in the district court to charges of laundering HK$721.3 million. Yeung’s lawyer’s sought to halt proceedings against the businessman whose Birmingham International Holdings has been suspended from trading on the stock exchange for 10 months.
Earlier, Yeung was denied an application to transfer his case to a higher court.

Posted April 29, 2013 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

Ref watch – Graham Salisbury #bcfc   1 comment


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Saturday 27th April 2013
Npower Championship
Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City
[b]Referee Graham Salisbury[/b]
Joe Clark and Paul Harris
Fourth Official Tim Robinson
Barring a last minute change Referee Graham Salisbury will take charge of Saturdays Npower Championship game between Ipswich vs Blues at Portman Road

Salisbury has been a referee since 2001 so its quite surprising to learn he’s only officiated Blues on a handful of ocassions, last time was in January in the Championship against Lee Clarks old team Huddersfield Town. Blues drew that game 1-1 with Callum Reilly getting his first professional goal.So far this season Mr Salisbury has reffered 40 games and dished out 125 yellow cards and 5 red. In his matches 7 penalties have been scored, 5 to the home side 2 to the away. His last five games in which he has officiated Ipswich Town they have won 2 drawn 2 and lost 1. A full account of Mr Salisburys stats record vs Blues can be found on the forum birminghamcityforum.co.uk #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

Posted April 27, 2013 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

Blues to Plunder Scotland Again #bcfc   Leave a comment


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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has turned his attention to Scotland again in his attempts to stabalise a Blues squad facing multple departures when this season ends. Motherwells Keeper Darren Randolph is top of Lee Clark’s shopping list as a replacement for Jack Butland who will be joining his parent club Stoke City when his loan period ends when Blues face Blackburn Rovers in 10 days time at St Andrews to seal his January Transfer and Lee Clark is wasting no time in the market having already secured Andrew Shinnie from Inverness

Shinnie has signed a pre-contract agreement with Blues.have already had a look at three Ayr United players with David Sinclair, Mark Shankland and Robbie Crawford having a trial with Blues.

 However nothing seems to have been agreed between the two clubs.

 

 

 

 

Darren Randolph is currently with Motherwell, but his three year contract expires in the summer and Clark is interested in bringing the 25 year old to St Andrews on a Bosman move. Randolph has been an ever present between the sticks this season making 39 appearances with the Well currently lying 2nd in the SPL.

 

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Posted April 24, 2013 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

Blues sign up Shinnie #bcfc   Leave a comment


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The Blues have today put the final touches to a pre-contract agreement

Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie has signed a pre-contract agreement with Birmingham City and will move to St Andrew’s at the end of the season.

Shinnie has been one of Inverness’ key performers this season as they have made a push for a place in Europe but his current contract is due to expire and an extension was not agreed.

Championship side Birmingham City made an approach to the player and have announced that he has completed a medical with them and will move south this summer.

Shinnie has agreed to sign a three-year-deal with the Blues.

Inverness manager Terry Butcher had previously conceded that he was likely to lose Shinnie.

“I think he’ll be away from here,” Butcher said in March. “I think he should stay, but that is his call.

“We’re probably looking beyond Andy now and who can come in to replace him.”

BCFansForum‘s insight:

seems like a great signing

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Posted April 22, 2013 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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