Tag Archives: Carson Yeung

New start

Birmingham City fans greeted the arrival of new owners in 1993 and 2009 with hope and great expectations. David Sullivan and the Gold brothers were heroes when they rescued us from the receivers. Carson Yeung was welcomed when he talked of investing money in the club. Continue reading

Enjoy the day

CC Final screenshotThe Telegraph put the 2011 final first when they ranked and rated League Cup finals since 1996. It said, “Relegation from the Premier League later that year inflicted lasting damage on Birmingham City, but there is more to football than merely surviving in the top division. The cost of relegation was huge, but the memories of that stunning day at Wembley are priceless.” Priceless indeed! I’ve just watched video highlights of the game and am still smiling. Continue reading

Fit and proper

Jack Hayward was a philanthropist, patriot, and football supporter. He bought Wolverhampton Wanderers, stabilised it and developed the ground.  And, judging by the tributes and anecdotes, he did what he did for the good of the club and not to make money or boost his ego.  It sounds as though he was the epitome of a fit and proper owner. Continue reading

No Epiphany

The Annual General Meeting of Birmingham International Holdings Limited took place on Tuesday January 6th, the feast of Epiphany. This is the day that the Church celebrates the arrival of the magi to worship the infant Jesus and the manifestation of the glory of God to the Gentiles. In a secular context an epiphany is a moment of sudden and great revelation.  Continue reading

Interesting times

It looks as though the next couple of weeks could be interesting for Birmingham City, both on and off the pitch. In tomorrow’s game, we will see how Rowett reacts to last weekend’s loss: who he puts in the team and how they play. I’d like to see Zigic in the squad and coming on as a sub. He would get a good reception: fans were singing his name at Blackpool and he wasn’t even there. Continue reading

Dubious pursuits

One of the reasons that football spread from the playing fields of public schools to the working classes, was that it was thought to be good for them.  Clerics and others concerned for the welfare of working men thought that playing football was a healthy way to use time that might otherwise be wasted in gambling, drinking or other dubious pursuits. The game became popular and attracted spectators. And, of course, the spectators found that watching football could be combined very easily with gambling, drinking and other dubious pursuits. Continue reading

Not the time for blame

I recently attended a training day on conflict resolution and some of the ideas from that day are rattling around in my brain. The speaker talked about taking responsibility for situations in groups that you belong to and how that is not the same as taking the blame.  He said that individuals are accountable for their actions and that there is a time and a place to consider that but that training day was not the time or place.   Continue reading

Thoughts while waiting for a verdict

Carson Yeung at St Andrew'sThe day we’ve waited for, the day when the verdict in Carson’s Yeung’s trial was to be be handed down, turned out to be a bit of an anti climax.  We found out that the judge has to read aloud his 112-page judgement before he announces his verdict and he only managed to get through the first 46 pages on Friday.   Continue reading

Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbow over St Andrew'sAs I said in my last post, I feared the worst as I went to watch Birmingham City play on Saturday but I was pleasantly surprised.   The sight of a rainbow arching over St Andrew’s lifted my spirits before the game began.  In the flood story, the rainbow is a reminder of a promise and the sight of one always makes me feel hopeful.

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