In January of this year, a series of invoices dating from 2019 from security firm K2 were revealed by this website that would indicate the possibility that Birmingham City was paying for the protection of the elusive Mr King, Wang Yaohui. Today, I can reveal that Birmingham City director Zhao Wenqing has been contacted by K2 about payment for further invoices connected to the London residence of Wang.
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.
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.
The second article in my series looking at where Birmingham City have spent money in recent years focuses on St Andrew’s stadium. The stadium has been the centre of news throughout most of the current regime’s tenure due to the sale of the stadium to Birmingham City Stadium Ltd to get around P&S rules; the closure and partial reopening of the Tilton and Kop stands due to structural issues and the ground share deal with Coventry City FC.
In October 2017, it was reported that Birmingham City had entered into a strategic partnership deal with Unio Esportiva Cornella, a team playing in the Spanish third tier. In this first article of a series looking back at the way the current regime have run Blues, I’ve taken a look at what that partnership did for Blues – and at what cost.