Tag Archives: Blues Trust

Something should be done: Part 1

A lot of Birmingham City supporters seem to agree that something should be done to protest about the current plight of our club. Most of them seem to mean, “Somebody else should do something,” and have various reasons why they themselves can’t organise anything. I’m sure that many of those reasons are perfectly valid; we all have lives and some things are more important than football. So I’m not writing this to condemn anyone who is not organising a protest; in fact having several thousand people organising protests would probably be far worse than having nobody do it. Continue reading

Leadership and communication

I think this is going to turn into a bit of a rant so I need to start by acknowledging my share of the blame. I was involved in the group that got Blues Trust started, which means I’m partly responsible for any weaknesses in the organisation. I think we all meant well and did our best but looking back I can see that there were some things that we didn’t do very well. Continue reading

I bought a lemon

Harvest a lemonI actually bought several lemons today, at Sainsbury’s, Selly Oak. I was taking part in the ‘Harvest a Lemon’ campaign organised by the Community Partnership for Selly Oak.1 Will a spike in lemon sales result in a better plan for the new store than the one proposed by Harvest and Sainsbury’s?  Does a community group stand a chance against big business? I don’t know, but I do know it makes me feel better.  Fighting back makes people feel happier than just moaning and doing nothing. Continue reading

Can Birmingham City supporters work together?

Fans at Bruges 20 Oct 2011There are more Blues fan groups and websites than I can keep track of. The club lists 36 official supporters’ clubs on their site1 and there are various other unofficial groups in addition to those.  There’s also a great clutter of forums and blogs, including this one, that aren’t associated with any particular fan group. I notice that one page on the Forza Blues site is now a forum called Blues Liaison Collective2, which sounds like an attempt to get Blues fans to talk to each other. It will be interesting to see how that works out; the site is under construction at present.   Continue reading

All together now

All together nowI’ve spent a lot of time thinking about football in the last few days.  I went to the Supporters Summit1 on Saturday and to an associated workshop on Supporter Liaison Officers (SLOs) on Friday.  On Sunday I went to the Blues Trust Open Meeting.  I don’t have time to write about all the ideas that are buzzing round my brain at the moment so I will just note some of the things that stood out. Continue reading

Strategy quibbles

Yesterday I said I agreed with Blues Trust’s proposal to increase the number of members on their board. I was planning to write something more critical about their proposals1 today. The trust’s message to members had invited me to  “Debate, review, challenge and have your say.” and I was ready to do all of that.  But then I listened to Steve McCarthy talking to Forza Blues on Sports Radio2 and that made it harder for me to be too critical. Continue reading

Fan power

I have been thinking about people power since the Big IF rally last Saturday.  As I wrote in my last post1, I was more impressed by the 45,000 people who turned up in Hyde Park than I was by the big names on the stage.  Yes, it helped to have Bill Gates as a speaker but it wouldn’t have been impressive without the crowd, people who had put aside their differences to work together on one issue. It set me dreaming about what could be achieved if football fans could set aside rivalries and unite to fight for the future of the game we love, if Birmingham City fans could march alongside Villa fans to protest about the problems caused by foreign owners who don’t listen to fans. Continue reading

Will Blues Trust help?

Gabriel Sutton asked a good question on the Talking Blues blog1 and I’ve been trying to think of a good answer.  He asked how Blues Trust could secure influence and representation within Birmingham City FC when it is obvious that Peter Pannu and Carson Yeung don’t want to communicate with the fans. Gabriel said he didn’t know what the trust could do to help in this situation.

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