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Delay No More: An Update

About a month ago whilst I was in the far east I talked about a newspaper interview I had given to the Cantonese press, mentioning a slogan – “Delay No More” – which I thought was apt for the situation and which I thought could be used if people wanted to show visually their unhappiness at the current situation.

In the intervening time it’s certainly caught some interest – I think people definitely liked the idea of a double-edged sword that would have a meaning in both English and Cantonese. I’ve not seen anyone mention it at the ground however, and bar comments on here and a few tweets it’s not been massively used. Despite much talk of protest, I’ve still yet to see anyone try to set up anything even slightly coherent. As I’ve often said, I’m not fond of the idea of protest as I don’t think it will achieve much more than division but I do like the idea of something visual that a) will be picked up in Hong Kong and b) won’t affect the team whilst playing.

To that aim I have been contacted by a lifelong blues fan and graphic designer  who has put together this for me to post on this site. Like me, he has no aim to be the forefront of a protest but also like me he wanted to contribute some ideas for someone to carry forwards.

We both agreed that if anything like this was to be done we would prefer it if any money raised at all would be put into an escrow account that either went towards investing in the club if it went into administration or should the club be sold without administration happening then the money could go into something like sponsoring player(s) at the academy – ie used completely as reinvestment in the club and with no profit to whoever went ahead with it. The idea would be that even though the visual representation would be that there was a demand for change, it would still be supporting the club financially in the long-term. However, as previously stated neither of us want to lead it; that’s for someone else to step up to the plate.

With the accounts announcement on Tuesday indicating that the holding company is still struggling yet has absolutely no plans to sell the football club in its entirety it does appear that Blues are very much stuck in a state of limbo until something change. Whilst a visual protest might not achieve much in the short-term the hope is it would help to give fans who want to do something a feeling of achieving something – especially as I know for sure it would be picked up in the Far East. However, it’s down to someone out there to take the next step.

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46 Responses to “Delay No More: An Update”

  • Alan Harris says:

    Oh yes Oh yes loving this the way to go

    • Alan Harris says:

      Yes these will sell no doubt and will get the message across in Hong Kong with the bonus of the money generated by selling the shirt designs to the fans would be going in the right direction for the good of the club. So come on you Blues fans who can make this happen I for one would buy for sure.

  • DaveBCFC says:

    I absolutely love those designs – I’d buy one of each!

  • Magp says:

    Spot on …

  • Alex T says:

    Excellent… not there must be someone who works at a clothes distributor/manufacturer who can make these up on the cheap. Maybe the cost can be funded through the Blues trust (via donations, of course)?

  • Alex T says:

    i meant now, not NOT :)

  • kneesup mother brown says:

    Yes i would buy one Al …although no tee shirt i wear will be seen out in public during the winter months as it will be the first of several layers !! A badge might be more subtle , weather – immune and ultimately more successful .

  • Bluenosesol says:

    Dan, brilliant graphics and a fantastic idea. Like you say we need a business entrepeneur and a media launch. Not my skillsets but would be happy to support. DNM&KRO!

  • parchy99 says:

    Looks good. I’m in. I’m sure many people would buy the shirts given the chance.

    Count me in.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Blocked on my work PC but will have a butchers when I get in. From the comments above it sounds promising.

  • blueb says:

    There used to be this little company in HK that sources apparel. Think it went by the name of Grandtop Internatiioanl Holdings (http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/company?companyId=118261382&targetid=profile). Worth contacting them perhaps!

  • dave mann says:

    nice work, good idea, good designs, will definetley invest, count me and my family in.KRO.

  • Mutch says:

    I agree that something has to be done to show our thoughts and this is a great suggestion, as for it being the first layer in the winter months, just but an XXXL and wear it as the outer layer !
    The designs are spot on (maybe show the dragon squeezing the ball and world a touch?)
    KRO

  • Tony says:

    How awfully English, tame, weak, and ineffective, I have a couple of modifications get a colour that is considered unlucky to the Chinese emblazen the garment in that then think of the biggest insult in chinese and put that on too with a picture of Yeung and Pannu.

    • almajir says:

      Tony

      Why dont you come up with a design instead of being negative? Easy to criticise but much more difficult to do something…

      • Applebob says:

        DNFTT, you should know this already. Also are there any copy right issues surrounding the modification of the badge? And how soon can I get a red one?

  • Chris W says:

    Like the scarf’s it is certainly the way to go, a silent protest with a poignant message.
    With the badge design won’t it cause copyright issues? Not tying to be negative.
    Does anyone know an outlet that would possible set them up (Underworld Corrie the wife said).
    Would certainly buy one.
    KRO+DNM

  • Kav says:

    I disagree, apart from defacing our logo, this will not make any impact whatsoever! A few posters or a few t shirts will have no bearing at all, you said yourself Al an empty stadium wouldn’t work so a few logos here and there I couldn’t see working either! It will go the same route as the scaves did. I think it’s great people are coming with ways to act by I think “shock & awe” is the way to go and I don’t think t shirts and posters is the way forward.

    Why not take out a full page ad in the Hong Kong daily newspapers from blues fans asking for new owners with a picture of a half empty stadium? I remember Karen Brady pulled this trick in the Times when we all moaned then we wanted change, she advertised the club was for sale!

    • almajir says:

      Kav – nothing is stopping you from investigating that. Indeed, I put that very idea out at a trust meeting nine months ago…

  • TracyKRO says:

    Im in if anybody gets this on Started
    how about the Forza group they have done there own in past.
    DNM + KRO

  • andy says:

    halleh bloody lujah !!!! now thats what I’m talking about

  • Pop_Pop says:

    How will a blank grey page help?

  • jimbo says:

    Dan,

    Would your contact at Hollywood Monster be interested in producing a banner? I don’t know if they produce that kind of sign or whether they only do hoardings.

    • almajir says:

      I’m not sure – I would have to ask. I think it would have to be paid for to some degree though I think.

      • Big Bill says:

        YES YES YES. A bl00dy great banner the width of the Tilton the next time we are on TV (and don’t forget we are on TV Chez Carson for EVERY Match).
        C’mon, let’s find the money and get Hollywood Monster to make that MONSTER BANNER.
        (we’ll need to spirit it into the ground through the Disbaled Gate….. no problem, as someone can divert their attention by faking a heart attack).

        Any more ideas on this theme?

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      Would HM want to do something that was critical if one of its customers?

  • Skywalker says:

    To make more of a visual impact, you would need one of those huge parachute banners that is passed along by the crowd, preferably at a televised game. I’d chip in for that.

  • Paulo says:

    Love it. Great design by your pal. All we need is some generous Bluenose to pay for production. I`ll buy a couple! KRO

  • Texas Pete says:

    Fantastic. The red is a must buy. Pity the blue doesnt have the same dynamic. Feng shui would need purple and silver added to make it auspicious.

  • The Hurc says:

    Like it but I think the dragon needs to be shown squeezing the world and the football. At present it looks like the dragon is wrapped around them but in reality our current owners are squeezing the life out of OUR beloved club.

    • almajir says:

      Am I being silly here, but that’s what I thought it looked like?

      • Big Bill says:

        YES YES YES. A bl00dy great banner the width of the Tilton the next time we are on TV (and don’t forget we are on TV Chez Carson for EVERY Match).
        C’mon, let’s find the money and get Hollywood Monster to make that MONSTER BANNER.
        (we’ll need to spirit it into the ground through the Disbaled Gate….. no problem, as someone can divert their attention by faking a heart attack).

        Any more ideas on this theme?

      • The Hurc says:

        Almajir, from my perspective it just looked like the banner in between the world and the ball was narrower because it just contained the word ‘no’ instead of ‘football club’. The world and the ball are still round and so it does not look like they are being squeezed.

        That’s just my personal view but still think your idea is great.

  • Bognorblue says:

    Shirts should be blue though.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    IMO protest will only really occur if BIH decide to sell Stans and groundshare, then we’ll see if we can raise enough keep the bull dozers away

  • Lee says:

    Surely someone on here has a printing business, I’m more than happy to contribute towards the costs of a huge banner to be made that can be passed above our heads in the titon, let’s get this done guys

  • Eamon C says:

    Great design I will buy a tee shirt if produced.
    If not taken up by anybody would you allow people to use the design to get it printed themselves for there own tee shirt or indeed a mug or calendar etc?


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