Birmingham Sports Holdings Chairman and BCFC director Zhao Wenqing made his first public statement to Blues fans on Saturday, via the official bcfc.com website. The statement, which has seemingly come as a response to continued protest from Birmingham City fans sought to assuage fears surrounding the stadium and the ownership of the club.
The fourth article of my “where’s the money gone” series looks at the money Blues pay for security services provided by K2 – and in particular a series of invoices sent to the club for the period June 2019 to November 2019. These invoices indicate that K2 have done far more for Blues than providing additional stewards at St Andrew’s.
Saturday was a big day for Blues. On the pitch, the team finally managed to end a winless streak stretching back six league games to November. Off the pitch, the fans broke through the apathy that had been hanging around the club like a bad smell to make their feelings known. What momentum will carry into the future in either scenario is unknown – but it could be a turning point.
Birmingham City published a post on the official club website on Friday morning about Club decision makers meeting with fans and press on the evening of Thursday January 20. While the cynical among us might wonder if the timing of the meeting had anything to do with recent social media campaigns against BCFC owners, there was finally some factual confirmation on what is happening with St Andrew’s.
On Tuesday morning, Blues fan and commentator Ian Danter took part in a live segment about Birmingham City’s current woes with hosts Jim White and Simon Jordan. Although Danter was passionate and lucid in his argument, it did become apparent that outside the Blues bubble not many people understand why there are #BSHLOUT protests.
If you’ve spent any time on Birmingham City Twitter recently, you will know that protest season has well and truly started. The #BSHLOUT hashtag has been trending on Twitter in the UK for a couple of days as supporters vent their frustration at the owners of Blues.
Last year I started to take a look back into the recent past of Birmingham City to try to understand just why the club is in the shape it is in now. The third article in this series examines the tenure of the club’s former CEO Ren Xuandong to try and understand better some of the mistakes that were made in the past and just how the club can prevent making them in the future.
Birmingham City crashed out of the FA Cup with barely a whimper on Saturday, losing 1-0 to League One side Plymouth Argyle. The final result might say that the Pilgrims won after extra time but the sad fact is a 4-0 scoreline in 90 minutes would not have flattered them. Yet the worst part of it all seems to be the number of Blues fans (including myself) who were just resigned to defeat and numb to the pain.