Friendlies, Injuries and Unsigned Deals

Blues have two friendlies tomorrow, one behind closed doors and the other against Northampton. The Closed door friendly was originally scheduled to be Oxford but it was confirmed on Wednesday that due to a Covid outbreak the game was cancelled, so it was quite a quick turnaround to get Salford as a replacement opposition for…

Transfer Round Up

Well, the weekend was an anticlimax that has spiraled out of control from national pride to a few little dickheads taking the shine off the first major tournament final the lads have reached in 55 years by deciding it’s okay to aim racist abuse at a few of the lads who did nothing more than…

Another Addition in Juan Castillo

There wasn’t a lot to write about in this week’s Transfer Round Up so I gave it a miss, then of course out of nowhere Blues signed Chelsea youngster Juan Castillo on loan until the end of the season. I’d said Blues needed protection at the back and it seems that Bowyer has agreed and…

Transfer Round Up

As it was Fathers Day the weekend I didn’t get around to writing up anything ready for yesterday, and then work had the audacity to be extra busy so I couldn’t get a late one in until today. It’s been a far quieter transfer window than in recent years, the usual torrent of rumours just…

It’s Transfer Season

It’s that time of year again, the Transfer Window is now open and the race is on to get that much needed player that will hopefully help a club improve on the previous season. Bowyer has already hinted at only a few additions to the squad he inherited from Aitor Karanka as he’s generally happy…

Season Tickets and Bowyers Transfer Plans

Season Ticket prices have been released and have increased for the first time in eight years (If I remember correctly) yet despite this increase there’s an air of excitement around the place. It does seem like the usual reset though, we tend to get excited about this point, but at the same time I feel…

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

A raft of players were released this week as the big summer build commences but there was one man who stood out from the crowd, a fan favourite despite never making an appearance for the club. The man, the myth, legend that is Bernard Sun. Sun was brought to Blues in 2019 but never featured…

Ding Dong, Ren Has Gone!

One of the biggest issues over the last few years down the Blues has been the magnitude of incompetence by the CEO. His inability to run anything associated with football (I mean just ask Figo) in even the basic of manners should have seen him axed a long time ago, yet he managed to cling…

No Last Day Drama Here!

Blues secured survival at the weekend meaning, like teams in a European Super League, we’re guaranteed a spot in next years competition. It seems like a while since we’ve not gone down to the wire, it’s going to be weird playing two meaningless games but I still want us to win them and push for…

We’re Nearly There!

Blues were robbed of all three points against Forest thanks to a late, disappointing penalty issued by the ref after a far more likely penalty shout was denied down the other end. It was a blow to a scrappy game which Blues looked to have secured the three points in. Asked before the game though…

Two Days That Rocked Football

Two days after the announcement of a breakaway European Super League all 6 English Teams have pulled out of it following huge backlash from well, everyone. That said I assure you it won’t be the last we hear of it. A Super League, a breakaway league, a franchise has been long on the cards and…

Is The European Super League The Start of a European Franchise?

So the European Super League has finally been announced after years of rumours, speculation and condemnation. As expected it has been poorly received with some of the sports biggest names heavily criticising the greed that has influenced this breakaway, even cross-party condemnation has been issued as PM Bojo and Labour leader Keir Starmer both voiced…

That Winning Feeling

A few weeks ago I felt that Blues were certain for relegation, that League One was destined and there was nothing really to be done as toxic hands poisoned the team. I never thought I’d be this happy watching the Blues for a while, perhaps even ever (Well as long as these owners are there…

Keep Right On

Blues climb up the table, away from the drop-zone, to a more secure place in the league is now well underway. I’ve gone from certain relegation to some kind of euphoric optimism, to the point I can’t see us losing many games going forward. It’s a complete reversal and just goes to show how different…

Victories, Sales, Embargos

I don’t even know where to start today! I was excited to write a piece reflecting on Blues victory over Swansea and last nights draw, about Dong’s comments that we wouldn’t win another game without Karanka and how Bowyer has not only proven the basic comment wrong but also picked up a minimum 6 more…

Learning Curves and Banners

Blues suffered defeat at the weekend to 2nd placed Watford who look extremely likely to go straight back into the Premier League, but there were a few positives to take from the game which many suggest was flattered by a 3-0 score line. It’s early days for Bowyer and given the position we are in…

A Great Start, Now For Watford And Beyond!

Could Bowyers time at the helm have started off any better? Not just the performance and result but all the talking points such as Dean’s celebration and Dong’s frustrated face as he watched the decent performance from the stands. I said in my last Blues post that I fear with Dong still there any manager…

Karanka Goes, Now For Dong!

Karanka becomes the latest to fall under the knife making it 7 managers sacked in as many years but whatever you make of Karanka surely it leaves another man sweating under the collar a bit having stuck his neck out for this manager as well as overseeing the embarrassing decline of our club. It’s not…

A Tall Order

As we go into the game at the weekend we’re a little better off than we have been having managed a decent couple of results when we needed them most. This has been important for Blues and it can’t be stopped now, it can’t be a supporters banner kicked them into gear for one game…

The Start of a Long Road

Blues managed to secure a vital win in the battle for survival at the weekend, beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 courtesy of Scott Hogan who has perhaps started to find his feet again, but this was the start of a gruelling battle for survival that will likely be far more difficult than in the years before.…

We Need A Miracle

Another defeat, another poor performance and a manager who seems to be well and truly losing the plot. It’s the same week in week out, year in year out. Blues are once again in trouble but this time there’s little hope we’ll make it out without falling down a division. It was a week where…

Panic Stations at the Ready

Blues sunk into the relegation zone and would no doubt be further down if it wasn’t for Sheffield having a game yet to play. My main thought is that this is all a bit of an embarrassment, but we’ve been here before. It’s not as though Blues have never dropped into the third tier. I…

Karanka Out?

Bottom of the league, just lost 7-2, have scored fewer goals than Blues (By one goal to be fair), conceded more than Blues. Honestly, as negative as it is, I had no hope before this game. I said in a previous post that if we don’t beat Wycombe I believe we will go down and…

Striker Deadline Day

Today is the last day Blues can make any signings and it’s been a disappointing window so far. Blues needed a striker from the off but decided to first add to the U23s and do a midfielder trade off. Hope was that there may be some freeing up of wages by this or space made…

Midfielders Out, Midfielders In

We all knew this transfer window would be an important one given out utter lack of goals and an abysmal run that makes Cotterill look successful, we also knew that there would need to be players departing before anyone was brought in and that’s fine but when the likes of Kieft have been nudged on…

An Attacking Option

Blues managed to secure all three points at the weekend thanks to a Hogan goal. It follows rumours of disruption as Hogan was claimed to have had a bust up with Karanka during the cup game against Man City, ultimately refusing to play the second half. Blues have been limited in terms of attacking options…

Can January Transform Our Season?

All that excitement, all that expectancy, all that hope. The summer window raised the bar as Blues brought in a mix of experience and raw talent. “The next big thing!”, “We’re just a stepping stone for him!”, “How did we manage that?”, these were regularly banded about and the expectation was that we’d have a…

Time is Relative

It’s not a look at the Special Theory of Relativity but rather a look at “Karanka Out” vs “Give him time” and I’ll be honest enough to admit that I do lean more toward giving him time. The problem is we’re approaching traditional sacking season with TTA and Karanka is certainly hovering around an unimpressive…

The Draw Specialist

Blues reached their 7th draw of the campaign so far at the weekend and with the fixtures coming in thick and fast I suspect we’ll see a few more in the coming weeks. As we take on Barnsley tonight you get the feeling we’ll see another draw but I’m hopeful of a win. Barnsley come…

It’s A Long, Long Road

Blues are just over a quarter of the way through the season and despite the positivity at the start, despite all the next big stars that have been brought in, despite the manager everyone wanted, Blues find themselves sat 17th in the table with three wins under their belt and only ten goals. At this…

Blues Sign Halilovic

Blues have confirmed the signing of Alen Halilovic, the 24 year old Croatian Midfielder, on a free transfer. Blues Focus labelled him the Croatian Messi and the attacking midfielder will hopefully bring that clinical edge which I mentioned is lacking earlier. Having played for both Barcelona and AC Milan Halilovic looks like an absolute steal…

A Disappointing Affair

Blues played out a drab goalless draw at St Andrews on Friday as they took on tenants Coventry City. I say tenants, newly promoted may be a better description but both paint a frustrating picture. Blues are nearly a quarter the way through the 20/21 campaign and the excitement that was present in the close…

Away At Home (Again)

Blues are in action tomorrow as they’re away to Cov… at St Andrews. Yeah that’s happening again! It will be the second time that this has happened as Blues faced Cov last season in the cup. In that game we saw Clotet approach the game as he would any away game, he tried not to…

Partial Sale Same BSH?

I saw over on Twitter, specifically Almajir’s and then later the Birmingham Mail, that the club is expected to be partially sold with an emergency general meeting called by BSH to approve the sale. For me there are already alarm bells ringing, it’s certainly not about to be a sale that heralds a golden dawn…

He’s One Of Our Own

I don’t often talk much about players that have left, once they’re gone they’re gone is usually my attitude. Yeah it’s always nice to look back occasionally in nostalgic fashion but I generally don’t follow them around or write about them. Of course Jude would be the exception. The wonderkid continues to impress, he’s shown…

The Corner Isn’t Turned Just Yet

Blues have suffered another two defeats, back to back, after having managed to secure back to back victories before this. It’s not been the strongest start but there are definitely the green shoots of progress showing, even though Bournemouth did manage to put three past us. It’s Blues heaviest defeat of the season so far…

A Disappointing Defeat

Blues were unable to establish a winning run despite the fact it looked as though we might. Wycombe managed to nick the game at the death and I suspect many of the players will be feeling a bit cheated to not come out with anything as a result. Blues took the lead in the first…

A Much Needed Win

Blues registered a much needed win, turning the tide before a potential free-flow of defeats was on the cards. Following back to back defeats Blues managed to hold on for a draw and I said then that goals were going to be a huge issue, last night we bagged the win and found the net…

We Need Goals!

Blues are without a win in their last five fixtures, in fact they’ve won just once in the league so far this season and only once in their last 24 attempts, and while I’m glad we seemed to plug the potential run of defeats we’re really struggling to find goals which is becoming a huge…

Can Blues Bounce Back?

Blues suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend as Sheffield Wednesday managed to claim all three points curtesy of a spot kick. Defeat was always going to come as Blues have been lacklustre in front of goal and chalking up draws wasn’t going to last forever. Of course there are some fans…

It’s a Feeder League

When Blues signed aspiring youngster Riley McGree on loan it seemed to be a catalyst for some fans who are frustrated at the club being used by players who want to make it into the Premier League. When these reactions first emerged I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly interested. It’s a fair assessment and so if…

Penalties All Around

Blues were held by Rotherham at the weekend in a game which I’d been worried we would see an old problem rear it’s ugly head, the fact Blues can’t win if they’re not on the counter. It took two penalties, one for each team, to see goals that weren’t struck off in this fixture so…

Keep The Good Times Coming

We’ve enjoyed an unprecedented surge of summer positivity this year with 9 senior signings, two professional contracts offered (If I remember correctly off the top of my head), an ex Barca youth player brought into the U23s, the appointment of Karanka and then an unbeaten start to the season with what actually appears to be…

They Just Keep Coming!

Blues are still at it, not content with 8 signings this summer they’ve added Spanish defensive midfielder Mikel San Jose to the ranks and don’t look like letting up there either. I missed the boat on this one a bit and hadn’t even picked up any of the rumours of him set to join until…

Winning Beginnings

The league kicked off at the weekend and although Karanka’s first competitive fixture didn’t quite go as planned his first league fixture was bang on the money. I was worried that I was getting carried away with the appointment of Karnaka and hadn’t considered the huge task it was to not only build a team…

Neil Etheridge, In the Middle of our Goal

Moments before the actual announcement came out the BCFC social media was smashing it again. Teasing the upcoming reveal that Neil Etheridge had signed they Tweeted a clip of Karanka being interviewed and asked how close to signing the 30 year old Blues were… it’s now officially a done deal. I spoke of my concern…

Familiar Problems

Blues played their first competitive fixture of the new season at the weekend as they took on League Two side Cambridge United in Carabao Cup. It was a fixture Blues should have comfortably won but instead we suffered a shock defeat. It’s still early days so I’ll be honest I’m not at panic mode just…

A Blue Horizon

It feels as though we’ve barely just finished the league but competitive football makes a return this weekend as the first round of the Carabao Cup kicks off (Well it actually kicks off today but Blues are in action tomorrow). Blues will host Cambridge United and although you can’t attend the match is available via…

Can We Get A Bit Excited Yet?

Blues have signed two players in under 24 hours and it’s getting me a bit excited… but then I thought hang on doesn’t this kind of happen every summer lately? Blues announced the signing of Ivan Sanchez last night on a free while rumours were circulating that Leko was undergoing a medical. The 27 year…

Blues Confirm Jon Toral Return

If you’ve not been on social media in the last hour or so you’ve missed some fantastic Social Media activity from Blues but better still it’s the announcement of another arrival, former loanee Jon Toral. Toral of course spent time at the club during the 2015/16 season and many fans would have loved to see…

Transfer Round Up

Transfer news has been a tad scarce which if I’m honest is probably a positive sign. Given how in need of players Blues are, I highly doubt that there is nothing going on but the facts that it’s not all over social media hopefully suggests two things. Firstly any leaks are being somewhat stemmed and…

Transfer Round Up

We’re back (A week later than advertised but not a lot happened in that week before) and we’re looking at all the latest done deals, rumours and sheer speculation. There’s a lot of rebuilding to do before the season kicks off, so there’s sure to be gossip in abundance. I’m going to begin with the…

The Search for a Keeper

Blues find themselves in quite an interesting position, it’s a bit mental when you think of it but I doubt things would be any different at Blues, the search for a keeper must surely be in full swing as currently we have none. The first Transfer Round Up of the new window will be up…

Half a Season Two Hogans?

Before we all had to watch on in horror as the house seemed to burn down at the end of the season Blues did have some positives and especially one man in particular whose services we’d loaned from across the road, Scott Hogan. Hogan started off firing at Blues, in fact he scored in his…

Targets But No Manager?

It’s the first week of the transfer window being open so I will be returning the Transfer Roundup Series. I had a quick look to see if there was any news expecting mostly departures with no manager currently in place so I was slightly surprised to see Blues as being close to signing a midfielder…

An Abysmal End… Same Again Next Season?

Blues suffered their final defeat of the season in a game which sadly didn’t have a fairy tale ending for our young starlet, who did look destined for a goal that never came. It’s been a disappointing end to the season, ironically we’d have done better had the season been cancelled and average points been…

Bellingham Completes Dortmund Move

The worst kept secret in football is now officially complete as Jude signs for Borussia Dortmund for a figure expected to be between £22-25m. It may seem like small change for one of the countries hottest prospects and in fact it does seem a bit low for him relative to other signings over the last…

Bowyer To Replace Pep… After That?

Blues almost gave up more ground in the fight for survival last night as we missed a penalty and then fell behind. Thankfully there was some fight in the old dogs this time and right at the death Juke bagged the equaliser, his 15th of the season, to give us a point. I must admit…

Other Results Help, But We Need A Win!

Hull took a bit of a battering last night. 8-0 makes you feel a bit better about the free fall we’re in as we’re yet to suffer such a heavy defeat (And hopefully unlikely to) but with two games for Hull remaining, three for Blues as we play tonight, and a mere four points between…

Ding Dong We Want Ren Gone

Ren made sure that no dust could settle on the managerial merry-go-round, and who wants a normal end to a regular season let alone an unprecedented one, four games left with relegation flying up closer and closer why worry about it, and we seem to be in a bigger crisis than ever. Pep was only…

Pep Axed Already But Is It Too Late?

Blues really are a club in limbo at the moment and it’s showing. A third defeat on the bounce see’s Pep’s position terminated earlier than advertised but with four games remaining is it going to help anything? Blues haven’t won since football resumed, in fact you have to go back to early Feb to find…

Desperately Seeking A Win

Blues suffered a second consecutive defeat leaving us without a win since the restart but also with only one win in the last eight fixtures overall. It’s beginning to get a bit concerning to be honest. Blues now sit a mere 5 points ahead of the relegation zone having handed over a nice buffer to…

A Manager With Nothing To Play For?

Pep was confirmed to be departing this summer just before football was able to resume. Football has now resumed and Blues have failed to win, has a recipe for disaster been created? I’d personally hope not but then again to the man in charge what does it really matter? Well, for one thing I’d suggest…

A Second Half Redemption

It was typical kind of day for Blues, despite the lack of fans in the ground, as it looked certain Blues would be able to defeat Hull based on the table and Hull’s poor run of form, but of course Blues made a meal out of it. Hull took the lead early on and looked…

Blues vs Hull: A Must Win Game

Blues are in action tomorrow and will be hosting Hull at St Andrews, playing at home competitively for the first time since 7th March when we faced Reading. We’re all hoping of course that the result goes our way this time. Hull currently sit within the relegation zone and haven’t managed to win a game…

Jude Watch

Jude Bellingham is still being pursued by a raft of clubs having impressed during his breakthrough season. Clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Dortmund have all been linked with the young Brummie but as of yet there’s not been any official announcements on anything to do with the sale of Jude, that is until…

The Search for a Replacement Keeper

Blues won’t be keeping hold of our regular keeper Lee Camp after the season ends and with Ramos returning to Real Madrid attention has already turned to who Blues will be bringing in. I always used to think Blues did alright with keepers, in fact some times we’ve had some truly excellent keepers in Joe…

Blues Are Back!

Blues held Baggies to a goalless draw taking a point on their travels although we still remain 16th, eight points off the play offs. It wasn’t an explosive game, it was a bit sluggish to be honest, but I guess that’s partly to be expected after so long out. Blues did have a warm up…

Football Without Fans

Competitive football is back in the UK as it kicked off last night beginning with the vile facing Sheffield United and Man City facing Arsenal. Despite the game returning there was of course a glaring omission as the 12th man wasn’t there (Although we’re talking about vilers and Man City fans so it could well…

The Managerial Shortlist

So with Pep gone at the end of the season speculation has already begun as to who will be his replacement. I’m not sure it’s a fantastic array of prospects as it is but someone will have to come in. I think it’s a case of wishful thinking to be linking Hughton to the job,…

Pep to Leave Blues

Pep and Blues have confirmed, in the least acrimonious way TTA have every changed a managers, that Pep won’t be in charge of Blues next season. Despite not pushing the club particularly forward Pep seems to have really struck a chord with the owners and that in itself is an achievement. It does seem however…

Are Blues For Sale?

There’s been a few stories in the news over the last couple of weeks that doesn’t outright say the club is for sale but it all relates to takeovers of the club. Initially it was a shareholder scam I saw and now it’s a couple of people “interested in buying the club”. To start with,…

A Gard of Honour

Craig Gardner has been named as one of the players that won’t be having his playing contract renewed but this is something we’d been expecting anyway. His full role will now be as Head Coach of the First Team, a role which he has already began to transition into as Player-Coach. Gardner has been a…

Some More Shredding of the Fat

On Monday Blues announced a further two players will be departing at the end of June having not had their contracts renewed and perhaps it’s a couple of releases that are going to be miles away from anyone being concerned. Stockdale and Keita are the players in question and for many the release of Stockdale…

First Hits on the Release List

Last week Blues confirmed that two players will not have their contract renewed. The players are Jacques Maghoma and Jonathan Grounds. The news isn’t unusual for this time of the year, the season would usually be finished by now and we’d be thinking of the summer activity. The weird bit is that we’re still unfinished…

Do We Really Want To Bring Back Che?

There’s been a flutter of excitement online at the prospect of Blues bringing back some former glory in the form of Che Adams. Adams has been unsuccessful in his attempt to step up to the Premier League, failing to live up to the success of his last season at Blues, but then again it was…

The Never-Ending Transfer Window

Coronavirus is shaping everything at the moment and of course football isn’t safe either. The game itself has paused/stopped and there will inevitably be a large financial fallout from it all, hence some players doing their bits to help their club where they can. All of this is creating lots of different proposals and one…

Busy Blues

Blues have been busy this past week and not all of it should be considered good news, just yet anyway. Over Christmas I reported that Pep had already been told he won’t be remaining for the long term and my source expected it to be “after the busy period” which was either going to be…

The Second City Derby

I saw a piece in the villingham Mail yesterday that was busy sucking off John Terry and celebrating the fact he wasn’t aware of how big the Blues viler derby is. I do suppose this is a paper that practically defended a drink driver who was flouting the rules of quarantine so I suppose to…

The Storm From Wage Deferrals

As the Coronavirus was getting sporting events cancelled some clubs began to take appropriate action and defer large salaries. Blues were one of these clubs. Players who earn £6k a week were asked to defer 50% of their wages for four months to help protect the club. Other clubs that haven’t done this now want…

Will The Season Now Be Abandoned?

As the Covid19 measures continue to affect businesses of all description all over the world many sports fans have kept an eye on what will be happening with their respective competitions, football is no different. Originally there were plans for the league to resume this month which seemed ambitious at the time and even more…

The EFL Appeal Over Blues Decision

Now it was something that was a possibility but I’d said I didn’t think it would happen. Just as with rumors of Pep going after Christmas though I was wrong. An independent commission dismissed the EFL’s claims Blues breached an imposed business plan by refusing to take less money for Che than we could get…

Will Blues Land Hogan?

Prior to joining Blues Hogan looked like a shell of his former self. Loan spells did no justice and veela just weren’t interested. At Blues however Hogan has found his form, he looks happy and he has become an integral part of the team. It’s no secret that Blues want to make the move permanent…

Blues Suffer 2-0 Defeat to Sunderland

Blues have been knocked out of the Ultimate Quaran-Team as they suffered 2-0 defeat in front of a packed out St Andrews. It wasn’t the result we wanted and fans on social media were quick to call for Pep’s head so disappointed were they at defeat to Sunderland while some put the blame on Camps…

What Happens If or When the League Gets Cancelled?

The very real possibility that this years Football Leagues could be cancelled has crossed the minds of a few fans, especially following postponement of them for a few weeks, and it would definitely mark a first in peacetime for competitive football.# It’s an unusual situation to be in and it does have many asking “What…

Fixtures to be Played Behind Closed Doors?

I guess it was something we all knew would be coming at some point, as we watched out from our little island at the continent collapsing under the threat of Corona. Governments around the world have resorted to unprecedented measures to try and curb the spread with many large public events being cancelled as a…