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Who has renewed? the club needs you more than ever.   1 comment


Written by Stephen (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk)
Well as we stand on the edge of a new season I thought I’d reopen the blog and ask is anyone thinking of renewing or has already done so? I live in Ireland so getting to Blues is a mammoth task for me, however I still managed 9 games last season and am hoping to go to more this season. I urge all Blues fans to renew this season, its more important now than it ever was as we need to keep the club afloat and debt free for a new buyer. Some of the revenue will hopefully go towards bringing back Ravel Morrison or Shane Ferguson, two players we would all love to see back in a Blues shirt.

A few of my friends in Brum have already renewed and one is doing so today. The club needs its hardcore base of fans to stand with the club despite its financial plight. A club in the black would look more promising to any potential buyer than one in the red. It stands to reason that season ticket holders are the life of any club and with Blues already fighting off the threat of people staying away and voting with their feet it would in the long run make the club look a terrible business proposition for any prospective buyer and this would be something none of us want. The more viable the club the more wealthier the buyer could be.

Member TaityRaveone on the forum said today

Who’s been and renewed? I have. Looking forward to the new season. Just waiting for the new kit to come out and I’ll be there supporting the lads.

It is a sentiment I think echoed across the hardcore of Blues support that they will keep going regardless and hope Yeung and Pannu sort their end out and the club is finally sold.

Its in everyones interests I think to move forward that we continue to support the club we love.

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Pannu survives re-election   Leave a comment


Today Birmingham International Holdings held their AGM (May 10th 2013) and having already seen the PDF’s and posted them to Facebook and birminghamcityforum.co.uk. It would seem that Peter Pannu has been relected. One thing that is striking about the PDF’s released by BIH is that most of the Ordinary Resolutions were passed by a 92%…to 7% against majority. Something very odd about that or that someone with a major shareholders vote all went one way.

Mr. Peter Pannu as an executive director; For 92.89 % against 7.11% indeed Peter Pannu, Ma Shui Cheong, Cheung Kwai Nang and Carson Wong all received a vote of 92%.

It has to be said that whilst none of us will truly know the in and outs of the AGM or where the votes came from for each candidate. It would seem the main protagonists are truly protected at the top of the company and so any shift in power of BIH is not going to happen in the short term and therefore us Blues fans must hope that they sell the club.

The PDF’s can be viewed here

http://202.66.146.82/listco/hk/birminghamint/announcement/a130510.pdf

http://202.66.146.82/listco/hk/birminghamint/announcement/a130510a.pdf

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”.

Darren Ambrose Signing – Makes It Four   Leave a comment


There can’t be many managers that have taken over a club with a transfer embargo in place, but when Lee Clark took over at Birmingham City he must have realised things would be tight for him to get new players in before the new season, Birmingham had been subject of a league imposed Transfer Embargo because of the issues with the accounts since March and was most probably told at the interview by Peter Pannu that the club had little or no money to buy with. However to Clarks and Birmingham’s credit they have wasted little time in getting players in ready for the oncoming season. Blues have been unable to compete with the money men and instead gone for the bargain basement.

“I’m a striker and that’s what I’ve been brought in for,”

Peter Lovenkrands was first in, the 32-year-old striker has been subject of Blues trying to buy him before, however back then millions was being talked about, now he’s arrived on a 2 year contract for free. Lovenkrands has a decent scoring record with an average of a goal every three games and Lee Clark will be hoping his new striker can hit that kind of form come August.

Next up for Lee Clark was an experienced Goalkeeper, Blues fans all winced and wondered if David Lucas was being bought as a stop-gap for an outbound Jack Butland, despite reassurances from the club some fans remain unconvinced that Jack Butland will be lining up in a Blues shirt come season start. Lucas arrives on a free from Rochdale and seems to be back up for both Colin Doyle and the aforementioned Butland.

The Ink hadn’t even dried Following the transfer of David Lucas when Tom Ross was twittering that Blues were in for Hayden Mullins, another player that has a history of being on the Blues target list in the past. The Ex Palace,West Ham and Portmouth Utility man can play midfield or right back and looks a shrewd acquisition by Clark. 10 years ago Mullins was captain of Trevor Francis’ Crystal Palace and would almost certainly go straight into the team.

Three in and that looked to be it until later in the day another two names cropped up, James Mcfadden a player who Blues fans know well has been revived in the press and it remains to be seen if Lee Clark takes a chance on one of Alex McLeishs old boys. Next up though was another midfielder, Blues have been rocked by the news that Irish International Keith Fahey will miss the start of the season and with Blues already looking light in that department Lee Clark has wasted little time in signing Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose.

“I’m absolutely delighted and buzzing at the moment. I can’t wait to get going.”

The signing of Ambrose has completed a remarkable first four signings for Lee Clarks Birmingham. Darren Ambrose is relatively still a young man at 28 and for just short of 1 million looks on paper to be great piece of business, despite having played for four clubs in his career (Ipswich, Newcastle, Charlton, Crystal Palace) Darren Ambrose has always been the type of player to remain fit and give 100%. Ten goals last season for Palace is the reason a lot of Eagles supporters are upset at the sale of a player who still had a year left on his contract.

So four players in already for the Blues and possibly one or two more to come in. Providing Blues don’t lose any before kick off they look more than capable of putting in the kind of show they did last season and with fewer games to overcome this season who would bet against Lee Clark taking Blues back to the premiership?

By Alex_Blues (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk).

Birmingham City Fans – We are the only ones who care!!   Leave a comment


Bluenoses have had their fair share of disasters over the years and we are probably better equipped than any other set of fans when it comes to coping and keeping our dignity when things go wrong.  The present situation we find ourselves in is even for us something we could never of dreamed of in our worst nightmares.  The biggest problem is that we have very little information on what is actually going on and more importantly what the outcome will be.

OK so what do we know?? some of the below is speculation and some is fact.

Carson Yueng has been given eight weeks to vacate the property or to pay off the HK$50million principal debt (circa £4.2mil), as well as the interest which has now accrued to an astonishing HK$38million (circa £3.2mil).

He is in court after been arrested for and charged with 5 counts of “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offence” under section 25(1) and (3) of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance.

It looks like the above and any following cases will be going on for most of next season and there is nothing we can do except sit and wait and hope that our club is not destroyed from within without us even knowing.

Directors of Birmingham International Holdings Limited are leaving what appears from the outside is a sinking ship.

The club has also not produced its accounts and as a result of this we have a transfer embargo and also a threat of points been deducted, at to just top it off we probably won’t have a manager very soon if the bookies are to be believed.

There is talk of shares moving hands and possible takeover from a company in China, but don’t get to excited this is Birmingham City.

So as Bluenose’s we understand that we have to wait and see what the outcome will be from the above and have to search for this information ourselves as the media really don’t consider this a story. haha. The bit that really scares us is the fact that we are told nothing and for all we know once it is over they may have taken everything out of the club including the kitchen sinks.

So what can we do?  We can turn to our governing body and the protectors of football in this country… the FA.

So this is what we did and we asked for there help and below is the reply we received.

Thank you for your email. All Football League clubs are companies incorporated under English Law. The Football League has no jurisdiction over those companies (or their owners) save where it relates to the participation in our competitions. The directors of those Clubs ‘run’ those Clubs and when doing so owe statutory duties to the Club itself and in some respects those duties also take into account the interests of the Club’s shareholders.

However, what The League provides is a national membership organisation and administers competitions within which the member clubs participate, and it is these Clubs that make up the ‘membership’ of The League. It is UK company law which controls what owners/clubs must and must not do following appointment.

We would point out that from 2012/13, League regulations specify that each club should have a nominated representative to act in a supporter liaison officer role, which may assist with a point of contact for any issues supporters wish to raise. For any further clarification we would recommend you contact the club directly.

Thank you for contacting The Football League.

Regards,

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Well what did you expect…. thanks for nothing…

If you want to tweet or email them then please fill your blue boots.

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Match Preview – Birmingham City v Blackpool Championship Play Off 2nd Leg   Leave a comment


Birmingham City v Blackpool

Birmingham City and Blackpool are set to do battle again for the right to face West Ham United in the play off final at Wembley stadium on 19th May. Blackpool hold a slender 1 goal advantage from the first leg and they should be bringing a bigger lead to the 2nd leg in all honesty with the amount of ball they had and chances they wasted. So will they rue those missed chances in what could be a wild Wednesday night at St Andrews with a sell out crowd sure to be at their vocal best and loud enough to intimidate any opponent into submission. Birmingham City will need to play a lot better than they did in the first game to ge the desired result in fact they really couldn’t play as bad as they did in that game so if they are to turn things around something that is not beyond the realms of probality the players need put in a performance we know they can. Blackpool will be no pushovers you can be sure that manager Holloway will have his team up for the game but will have a bit of a dilemma to contend with has to whether to go for another to kill the tie off or to sit back and try to defend the 1-0 lead all will  become clearer come 7.45pm.

St Andrews

 

We are in for one hell of a night whoever the winners are and the scene is set for a night game under the floodlights with a sell out crowd bringit on roaring on the teams lets hope for the atmosphere that can only be generated at a packed passionate St Andrews

 

Birmingham City Manager Chris Hughton will have no choice but to go for the win tonight so at least his team selection should be an attacking one with no new injuries to report from friday night’s game. Stephen Carr, Keith Fahey, Steven Caldwell and Boaz Myhill all still remain sidelined but we could see a return to the startng line up for Nikola Zigic alongside Marlon king in a more attacking formation.

“I do have options in the squad and I have already decided my side,” added Hughton.

“It’s about the performance on the day and I know if we play well enough, then we are capable of beating anybody in this division.”

“I don’t think it will be particularly the formation that will win or lose us the game, it will be the performance.”

Blackpool also could have the same squad to choose from with only Ian Evatt picking up a knock but expected to be fit for the return game. Boss Ian Holloway could make a few changes to the starting line up with a more cautious line up after being beaten 3-0 on their last visit to St Andrews but you can be sure he will know what is expected to progress

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks said

“We’re going to St Andrew’s now wanting to win another game, that’s the way we’re looking at it,” he admitted.

“To go down there one in front already is good but we’re not going to lie on that. We’ll go down there with a game plan. If we play like we did in the first leg then we’ve got a great chance.”

Head to Head stats @ Birmingham

Birmingham City  Won 24 … Blackpool  won 11 … Drawn 8.

Possible Teams :

Birmingham City : Doyle, Murphy, Ibanez, Davies, Ramage, Burke, Mutch, Spector, Townsend, Zigic, King

Blackpool : Gilks, Evatt, Eardley, Crainey, Ferguson,Angle, Dobbie, Ince, Phillips(M), Taylor-Fletcher

Referee : Chris Foy

Prediction : Birmingham City 3 … Blackpool 1     

By Blues Brother (Member of  birminghamcityforum.co.uk )

Match Preview – Blackpool v Birmingham City Championship Play Off 1st Leg   Leave a comment


Blackpool v Birmingham City

Blackpool and Birmingham City come face to face in this Championship Play Off 1st leg tie to see who can gain the advantage going into the 2nd leg in 5 days time and so enhance their chances of an immediate return to the Premier league. Birmingham City hold the advantage on head to heads this season winning 1 with the other drawn but like we all know that stands for nothing in these sorts of games, it’s all about nerve and whom can handle the pressure best. Play off’s are renowned to favour the in form team but it’s hard to pick between the two teams who is the “inform” team with Blackpool unbeaten in their last 7 games and Birmingham unbeaten in their last 9. With only 1 point separating them after 46 league games we could be set for an interesting game with both sides always likely to score goals while at the same time vulnerable to concede so it could be a very entertaining game with both sides wanting the advantage for the return leg at St Andrews. Both Ian Holloway and Chris Hughton know what is required to get a team promoted from the Championship having both achieved that in recent years, so both should be able handle the pressure cooker of the Play Off’s where tactics could play a major part in who progresses to face either Cardiff or West Ham in the Play Off final at Wembley on 19th may and the bright lights of the Premier League .

Bloomfield Road

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will have a near full strength squad to pick from with only former Manchester utd Centre Half Craig Cathcart miss after suffering a heart scare.Roman Bedner played 70 mins in the reserves on Tuesday and looks set to return to the squad for the game, Holloway will be looking to get some sort of advantage but knows how hard the game will be saying .

“There are a lot of big teams who aren’t in the play-offs but we will give it our best shot, we will try to win every single half of football we can,” he said.

“Now let’s go and take on a really good side in Birmingham. It will be interesting to see which way it goes.

Birmingham City Boss Chris Hughton finds himself in a similar position to Holloway in that he too can welcome back a few that have missed recent games through injury they include Stephen Carr, Jonathan Spector, so Hughton will be able to field a full strength team for the first time in recent weeks. The rested players from the recent win over Championship winners will also be back in contention for a return to the starting line-up for a game that will be the Blues 61st this season.

Keeper Colin Doyle commented

“I think there has to be an advantage, that’s why they do it like that,” he said. “We beat Blackpool 3-0 here (at St. Andrew’s) and drew away when Ziggy scored in the last minute. It’s going to be tough but the lads have got to go in it with no fear and relish it. We’ve played 60 games now which is a lot of games but it’s not really affected us. Hopefully we’ll have three more games.”

Head to Head stats @ Blackpool

Blackpool Won 26 … Birmingham Won 8 … Drawn 10

Possible Teams :

Blackpool : Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Ferguson, Phillips M, Angle, Dobbie, Ince, Taylor Fletcher

Birmingham City : Doyle, Murphy, Ibanez, Davies, Ramage, Fahey, Burke, Ndaw, Mutch, Elliott, King

Referee : Mark Halsey

Prediction : Blackpool 2 … Birmingham City 2

By Blues Brother (Member of  birminghamcityforum.co.uk )

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