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Finances

Gambling for Big Stakes

It’s been a bit of a strange week, even by Blues’ recent standards. Three players signed on the Wednesday followed by an announcement yesterday that Blues now have a transfer embargo placed upon them. This season has been run by deadlines and it appears Blues gave themselves just a fortnight (between the 17th, when they could loan players until the playoff final and last night) to complete their loan business. No wonder they signed Cian Hughton.

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BCFC, BIH and Finances: The OP Perspective

Long term readers of this blog will know that one thing I have tried to do is to work out exactly what is happening with regards to Birmingham City, and to it’s parent company Birmingham International Holdings Ltd. I have tried consistently to find information that is researched and provable to pass on to Birmingham City fans to stop some of the hyperbole and outright lies that are out there. I’ve put this article together to give you an idea of where I’ve got to; what we know for sure and what is still unknown.

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Extra Special or Smart Price?

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A recurring theme I’ve noticed in the comments on Often Partisan is how much the financial side of Birmingham City matters – to some people, it’s a disgrace that more fans don’t care deeply about what Carson has or hasn’t done to the club; to others it’s a distracting sideshow when people should be getting behind the team. With the very real possibility that Carson could be at St Andrews tomorrow, I’ve tried to think some more about this.

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“There May Be Trouble Ahead…”

One thing that is certain with relegation is the end of the Premier League gravy train. Despite the new and improved parachute payments, it’s certain that there will be a fairly hefty hole in Birmingham City’s cashflow next season. There has been quite a lot of comment about how this is going to affect Blues, and I thought it might be worth looking at further.

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China Diaries

I wrote a piece on the blog last week about Carson Yeung purchasing more shares in Birmingham International Holdings, via his company Great Luck Management. More information has now come out into the public domain which I thought I should share with you.

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Attendances

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Today my attention was caught by this article in the Birmingham Mail about declining football attendances in the West Midlands. It’s not something we as Blues fans didn’t already know about, but I think the question as to why it’s happening is worth asking.

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Won’t Be Fooled Again

One thing I’ve noticed in the last few days is that a little knowledge is dangerous. A couple of press releases about Birmingham City’s interim results are put online, and it seems the world and his dog go into overdrive to prove that Blues are about to follow last season’s financial chumps Portsmouth into the […]

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More transfer speculation

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An article in the Guardian last night has brought fear into the minds of Birmingham City fans everywhere, in that it suggests that there is no money available for transfers in the January window. With us lying fairly precariously in sixteenth position, I think many fans were hoping for a real strengthening in the window […]

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Ownership

Whilst the tour by Birmingham City to Hong Kong and the Peoples Republic of China has helped to raise some of the veils of mystery that surround our Chinese owner, Carson Yeung, I have to admit I’m still intrigued by just how much we don’t know about them. Trying to research Carson Yeung and his […]

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