Tag: Birmingham City

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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Birmingham City: The Receivers Take Control

So. Farewell, then. Peter Pannu. This time, for good and forever. Probably. Receivers are now in charge of Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), the Hong Kong-based corporate soap opera that is Birmingham City FC’s parent company. And these are the best two pieces of off-field news Blues fans have had in years. On St Valentine’s Day, five BIH directors voted to “apply for the appointment of receivers for the Company.” Three days later, accountants Ernst & Young (E&Y) began the task of applying proper corporate governance to the firm. And last week Hong Kong’s stock exchange (HKSE) were given the...

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Blues’n’ Trouble – The Continuing Story Of Birmingham City

When I last wrote about Birmingham City things were grim, on-field and off. In the intervening seven months, NOTHING has changed… apart from the entry in the club’s record books marked “heaviest home defeat.” On May 3rd, Blues avoided relegation to League One by about as long as it took me to type this far. Yet Blues fans may have forgotten Paul Caddis’s drop-saving, stoppage-time equaliser, at fellow-financial basket-case Bolton, when Tokelo Rantie made it eight-nil (EIGHT) to Bournemouth at St Andrews on October 25th. Blues’ then acting-chairman, Peter Pannu, said in an interview with Tom Ross on the...

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