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Tightening restrictions

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The takeover of Doncaster Rovers by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction collapsed earlier this week in acrimony as their attempt at crowdfunding collapsed £1.25mil short of the £2mil target. Ryan has now angrily threatened to walk away from football completely, bitterly complaining that he has been “used and abused”.

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Kids and Practice Games

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Blues were forced to play a seventy minute practice match at Wast Hills yesterday after the planned friendly against Mansfield Town was cancelled due to escalating police costs.

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Late Night Positivity

Lee Clark has hinted in recent days that he may abandon the thought of bringing in a further player such is his positive impression of the younger players of his squad in pre-season. Demarai Gray, Reece Brown and Koby Arthur have all impressed Clark greatly and have seemingly made claims on staying in his first team squad.

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There But the Grace of God…

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Championship side Blackpool FC have cancelled their pre-season tour due to the fact the club only have eight contracted players, having seen twenty-seven depart in the close season.

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The Ownership We Deserve

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With Jeremy Wray’s takeover of Birmingham City seemingly stalled once again people online have questioned whether BIH want to sell the club. Although there is undoubtedly difficulties in selling the club due to the intertwined nature of its finances with BIH and the hoops that the regulatory authorities want BIH to jump through, one does wonder if there is other reasons for the continued delay in news let alone a sale.

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Great Expectations

One thing that seems consistent in player interviews during the pre-season training camp was the emphasis on how the team were aiming to do much better than last season. There is a collective urgency from the players and staff to stress that they are aiming for the top half of the division rather than scrapping for survival on the last day as they did back in May at the Reebok stadium.

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The More Things Change…

The weird thing with moving away from Birmingham is how easy it is to disconnect with what is going on at St Andrews. You may have noticed that in the last couple of days that there has been no updates on site and I’ve been quiet on social media and in the comments. Admittedly, a lot has to do with the changes in my worklife but I’ve also noticed how easy it is not to care so much about football when you’re not immersed in it.

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Return to Action

Birmingham City kick off their pre-season campaign tonight with a friendly fixture away to Cork City. The match against the Leesiders kicks off at 6:45pm tonight at Turners Cross and will be a first opportunity for Clark to see his new signings in action.

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Look what you could have won

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Lifelong Birmingham City fan Darryl Eales became chairman of Oxford United over the weekend having taken a stake in the club of between 30 and 50%. This morning’s Birmingham Mail has the story about Eales having previously been in negotiation to buy Blues over the past year.

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James Rodriguez and Work Permits

Agent Barry McIntosh told the Mirror yesterday how Birmingham City were close to signing James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in 2008 but for the transfers to fall down because of work permit issues.

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Haircuts and League Cups

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