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In this episode, we spoke to Emily Drakeley from Birmingham Fan TV. She was on the show to give us the Birmingham City perspective of this match against Fulham.
General Discussion / Re: I know clappers aren't everyone's cup of tea
« Last post by OhConnah on July 03, 2020, 10:26:09 PM »
They’re horrifying!
General Discussion / Re: Captain Tom Cairney!
« Last post by SP on July 03, 2020, 10:11:27 PM »
 :plus one: quite right, well done TC.
General Discussion / Re: Captain Tom Cairney!
« Last post by OhConnah on July 03, 2020, 10:09:27 PM »

I know we’re a sorry, sad lot right now with people in all sorts of moods over our current predicament ... but can we all please show TC the respect he deserves as a steward of FFC? 200 appearances is no small feat!

What’s your fondest memory of TC? I think Wembley takes the cake, but my lord I’ve never see a *bad* Tom Cairney goal. What a wonderful left peg he has.
General Discussion / I know clappers aren't everyone's cup of tea
« Last post by SP on July 03, 2020, 09:48:24 PM »
But I think these fan cardboard cutouts are worse. What a waste of time & money.

As always the big losers are the clubs loyal supporters, great shame.

You have to feel sorry for the owners of these clubs too. These owners build 25,000 seater stadiums and 24 months out of the premier league they getting average attendance of 9,000 fans.

If an owner has no TV money, no players to sell, only 9,000 loyal supporters per game, and FFP rules limiting the amount he can invest, then how can he possibly afford championship players.
The paper today said that they had new owners last month who are refusing to put any money into the Club. All sounds a bit fishy to me.

Me too!

This part of the story gives great concern:

Administration one month after change in ownership
Until 2018, the club was owned by Dave Whelan, who steered them from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League in 2005, and they also won the FA Cup in 2013.

Whelan sold the club to Hong Kong-based International Entertainment Corporation in November 2018 and there was a further change of ownership in May when Next Leader Fund took control.

Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson of Begbies Traynor have been appointed as joint administrators.

Krasner said in a statement that the suspension of the Championship season because of the coronavirus pandemic has had a "significant impact on the recent fortunes of the club".

However, when asked by BBC Radio Manchester how big an impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the situation, Stanley said: "I don't think it's played a massive part in terms of the way the club's been run, because the club's been run very well.

"The funding that was due to come in from the owners didn't come in. I've had no contact with the owners and I don't know why the funding didn't come in. It might be coronavirus-related, I just don't know

My question would be: If the EFL oversee such changes of ownership (Fit & Proper stuff) then how did they not spot this crap was on the Horizon?

The EFL cannot have it both ways, either they take responsibility for due diligence in such transaction, or they sod off and keep well clear of it and just deal with the fall-out (which they do anyways - with some glee - whilst shaking their heads at the owners of such clubs)
General Discussion / Re: John Collins, Terry Angus and the Homeless World Cup
« Last post by Barrett487 on July 03, 2020, 09:41:52 PM »
A great cause - thanks for letting us know.

 :plus one:
I feel quite sad about this. Always liked Wigan a good club well run by a passionate owner in Dave Whelan. A true footballing gent.

Me too, I've only been there once but the locals were as friendly as ours. The function room for away fans was superb along with the pies.
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