I watched the FA Cup Final on TV on Saturday hoping that Leicester would win. It was much easier to empathise with a club that had never won it than with a club like Chelsea. So, I was very happy when Leicester scored and won the Cup.
I also felt envious when their owner came onto the pitch to join in the celebrations, and it was clear that he had a good relationship with the manager and players. Click here to see the video of him on the pitch. That is the kind of owner that I want for my club. I want to know who the owner is, and I want him or her to come to some games.
The ownership of Birmingham City seems more complicated than that. There was a change noted at the end of last year, which you can read here on the BCFC website. It says,
“Birmingham City PLC has been notified of the following changes to interests in over 10% of its issued share capital as at 31 December 2020. This information is provided pursuant to the rules of The Football League Limited.
Birmingham Sports Holdings Limited (“BSHL”) owns 61,131,519 shares in Birmingham City PLC representing approximately 75.00% of its total issued share capital.
Oriental Rainbow Limited, a company controlled by Mr Vong Pech, owns 17,637,682 shares in Birmingham City PLC representing approximately 21.64% of its total issued share capital.
Trillion Trophy Asia Limited (“Trillion Trophy”), a company controlled by Mr Suen Cho Hung, Paul, holds 5,425,000,000 BSHL shares representing approximately 30.63% of BSHL’s issued share capital. Trillion Trophy has also acquired a direct interest in Birmingham City PLC of 0.24%.
Dragon Villa Limited, a company controlled by Mr Lei Sutong, holds 3,294,366,000 BSHL shares representing approximately 18.60% of BSHL’s issued share capital.
Ever Depot Limited, a company controlled by Mr Vong Pech, holds 4,539,161,000 BSHL shares representing approximately 25.63% of BSHL’s issued share capital.
Birmingham City Football Club PLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Birmingham City PLC.”
I hope that Mr Vong Pech, Mr Suen Cho Hung and Mr Lei Sutong have all passed the fit and proper person test in order to have part ownership of the club but I don’t know how that is checked.
I am also hoping that the fan-led review of football will lead to some constructive changes. In a press release announcing the terms of reference, it said, “The review will be wide-ranging in nature and will examine the potential for changes to ownership models, governance, how finance flows through the game and how to give supporters a greater say in the running of the game.”