BCFC: Academy in China

Birmingham City reported on their official website that the Academy’s u14 team have gone to China to play in the Beijing International Schools Cup. The website confirms that the Board of Directors of the club have arranged the trip which “signifies the intent of the of the Board and the Club owners to promote and showcase the Academy programme”.

BCFC: Transfers and Misdirection

Birmingham City wrapped up the signing of Cheikh N’Doye on Friday, with news first breaking of the potential for the deal only the day before. In a time when rumours are rife and with a manager who is eminently quotable, how are Blues pulling these under the radar deals off?

BCFC: Mystery Trialists

When the party for Birmingham City’s pre-season tour to Austria was announced, it was also confirmed that the 24th man of the party was an unnamed trialist. As of Wednesday night the trialist has still not been named with the only word coming from Harry Redknapp being that the player isn’t technically a trialist at all.

BCFC: Recruitment Process

The Birmingham City squad flew out to their pre-season training camp on Sunday complete with Ravel Morrison and news of a mystery trialist. However, the two signings that Harry Redknapp had wanted to make haven’t quite come off and the more excitable members of the Birmingham City support have started to worry.

BCFC: Feelgood Factor Returning?

The appointment of Ren Xuandong to the board of directors of Birmingham City FC has been confirmed by Companies House, with paperwork being lodged confirming the 35 year old Chinese was named a director as of June 15, 2017.

BSH: Investment in Cambodia

Birmingham Sports Holdings have today announced that they are to buy a company in Cambodia. The investment will see BSH own a stake in a mixed office and residential development along with building an international school. Furthermore, the investment will see a new company own a substantial stake in BSH and by extension BCFC.

BCFC: Does FFP matter?

Financial Fair Play was put into place to try to even the playing field. It was a measure to stop clubs from overspending in a bid to reach the top flight and gain an unfair advantage against those who were frugal. It’s fair to say it’s not working.

BCFC: Homegrown Quotas

In April EFL clubs agreed to a proposal that all clubs in the Football League would have to name a player who was “club-developed” in their matchday squad as one of seven “home-grown” players from the 2018-19 season.

BSH: The Beijing Power Shift

Yesterday I talked about directorial changes at Birmingham City FC. Today I wanted to catch up on what has changed in Hong Kong – and how I think power is shifting away from the fragrant harbours to mainland China.

BCFC: The Birmingham Power Shift

The summer has seen changes for both Birmingham City and Birmingham International Holdings. The latter went through a name change, becoming Birmingham Sports Holdings as the new regime look to move on from times of old.