Tag: Birmingham City

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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Birmingham City & The Self-Importance Of Being Peter

Birmingham City’s still-acting chairman Peter Pannu recently dismissed Birmingham City supporter protests as something of a norm for English football. More of a norm for English football, however, is Pannu’s sense of self-worth, which is only matched by whoever is responsible for paying him £400,000 a year for his role at the football club. And attached to this heightened sense of self among certain personalities in English football is a heightened sensitivity to criticism, which almost appears to be directly proportional to the justification FOR that criticism. Pannu, lest we forget, has been Birmingham City’s senior and best-paid executive during a period of considerable on-and-off-field decline at the club. It is tempting to suggest that if Pannu was on some form of performance-related pay, Blues’ debt problems would be considerably eased at a stroke. Instead, Pannu seems unperturbed at the prospect of adding to club expenditure by involving the club’s lawyers in a rather pointless spat with the Blues fan website Often Partisan (OP). OP is written by Blues fan Daniel Ivery, whose work in covering former club benefactor Carson Yeung’s recent trial on money-laundering charges was hugely comprehensive and informative, right up to Yeung’s conviction last week on all five money-laundering offences with which he was charged and his sentencing to six years in prison. Ivery even travelled to Hong Kong on a number of occasions to report...

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