Birmingham City has invited representatives of supporters groups to a meeting in April. The invitation said that they would be happy to discuss off field matters such as ticketing, catering and safety. Understandably they will not be answering questions about what happens on the pitch or in Hong Kong. I have no complaints about them limiting the scope of the meeting; the Birmingham based club staff may be as much in the dark about the owners as we fans are. However, I do believe that there needs to be some way that fans can get answers to their questions about the ownership of their club. And I agree with those who say that since football has failed to regulate itself, it is time for the government to step in. Continue reading
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On Tuesday evening it felt as though everything had changed for Birmingham City. It had only been a couple of weeks since one manager was sacked and eight days since a new one was appointed. Our previous home game on October 25th had ended 0 – 8, utter humiliation, but hope was renewed following our no-score draw away on November 1st. The crowd too was transformed, from miserable silence to loud support. I stayed to the end of the Bournemouth game because the team that had capitulated were my team and I felt I needed to be there as long as they were on the pitch. On Tuesday night, I stayed because I wanted to. Continue reading
Before I add to the torrent of comment in reaction to Birmingham City’s 0-8 loss on Saturday, I’d like to remind readers that this is a personal blog. The opinions expressed are mine alone and don’t represent the views of any organisations to which I belong. Continue reading
Do we judge club owners and directors just on how much money they put into or take out of our club? Or do we also care about their respect for our traditions? Continue reading
I try not to spend my whole life thinking about Birmingham City but the worry about it lurks in the back of my mind. I can start off thinking about something completely different and my mind finds a way to relate it to the sorry state of modern football. Continue reading
“Yes and no,” is my answer to the question in the title. Continue reading
I think that the Blues Trust #BCFCACV Twitter campaign is a good idea but I’m too old for Twitter. Everything I want to say about football grounds as assets of community value requires more than 140 characters to say it. Continue reading
There’s no doubt that there’s a huge cloud over Birmingham City; The Two Unfortunates described it as “at ticking time bomb”.1 But I caught a glimpse of the silver lining at the game yesterday. Continue reading
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’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
I don’t want to be negative about Blues Trust; I’m a member and believe that it has enormous potential. So I’m going to write about one of their proposals1 that I agree with: board expansion. Continue reading
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
I just read an excellent article about a man who got involved in fan activism early in life. His name is Brian Lomax. When he was young he supported Altrincham and when financial problems threatened its existence he wrote a six-page letter to the local paper, pleading for someone to save the club. Two men read his letter and bought the club. Lomax was 11 years old at the time.
I was pleased to read that representatives of Blues Trust were among those who met at the Championship Trusts Group meeting last Saturday. This group was set up by Supporters Direct as a network where members from different trusts can share knowledge and identify issues that are important for all football supporters. Representatives from trusts in the group meet several times a year and keep in contact between meetings.