Tag: Birmingham City

Birmingham City: Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues

If convicted money-launderer Carson Yeung Ka-Sing’s gruesome tenure as Championship strugglers Birmingham City’s main shareholder taught the club’s fans anything, it was ‘be careful what you wish for.’ West Midlands football is currently a Chinese hotbed, of course. And many risks and controversies are covered by owners at Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. Investment conglomerate Fosun International turned Wolves £7.5m profit into a £23.18m loss in their first financial year at Molineux, indeterminate amounts of which have made their way to Jorge Mendes’ players’ agency, Gestifute, which is part-owned by…Fosun. Tony Xia’s ‘ambitious’ plans for his...

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Birmingham City: A Mess Of The Blues 

Since relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season, life hasn’t been particularly easy for the supporters of Birmingham City. A fourth place finish the following season was a decent enough return to the peculiar world of the Football League Championship, but since then the club has returned only two relatively soporific mid-table finishes and a narrow escape from the further ignominy of a further relegation to League One, on goal difference. It may even be worth considering that the most entertainment that Blues supporters have been able to grasp at over the last three...

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Birmingham City: Taken Over At Last

“Birmingham City takeover saga drawing to a conclusion” ran the Birmingham Mail newspaper headline. “A sale looks increasingly imminent,” the article claimed. “Blues…director Panos Pavlakis returned to Hong Kong…at the start of the week…that in itself is significant,” it added. “Sources” confirmed: “The fact he jetted back shows we could be coming down to the nitty-gritty.” And it was noted, with weapons-grade understatement, that: “The process has been drawn out a little longer than hoped for.” The Mail’s take on the takeover. On 15th May 2014. The saga has now drawn to a conclusion, leaving the two major clubs...

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Video of the Day: Birmingham City vs Wolves, November 1981

At the time of writing, there’s a strong possibility that West Bromwich Albion may be the only West Midlands representatives in the top division of English football next season. With Aston Villa still sitting hopelessly adrift of the rest at the bottom of the table, though, at least the Football League Championship could be in for some interesting derby matches next season. Birmingham City are currently five points off the play-off places – although they do have two games in hand on the teams above them in the table – in ninth place in the table and Wolverhampton Wanderers...

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Video of the Day: Birmingham City vs Ipswich Town, 1982

This morning’s video of the day continues our run for this week of half-forgotten FA Cup Third Round matches of the past, taking us all the way back to January 1982. The winter of 1981/82 was a savage one, with snow blanketing much of the country for several weeks, but groundsmen at Birmingham City got the pitch playable for their match against Ipswich Town, who had reached the semi-final of the competition the year before being beaten by Manchester City at the penultimate hurdle. The commentary comes, in his last season as the Midlands’ voice of football, from Hugh...

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