Archive for June, 2011

Yeung arrested as Rooney Brought in

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Its had been eventful at St Andrews in the past 24 hours as a new face joins the club and Mr Yeung is arrested for apparent ‘money laundering’.

Now if you are like me when you had heard this news, the first question that you may have thought but not said was …”what is money laundering?”.  So I looked into this and to put it simple, he is being accused of obtaining money in an unlawful manner.  So this can be anything from tax evasion to drug dealing. (Not saying he has done either)

Mr Yeung has been accused of this money laundering in Hong Kong and Kowloon, both of which have seem to have taken place before he took over the club. Reading the Birmingham City statement announced on by Peter Pannu, he had said this has no connection to the club.

Regardless of the arrest having no connection with the club, there will clearly be some side effects which the club will have to take. As Birmingham City is a public company these news stories can have dramatic changes in the share prices, which could de-value the club dramatically. Along with this, there is no doubt Premier League and The Championship will keep a close tab on us, monitoring the club extremely tightly.

As with the McLeish resignation, this will also bring more attention from the journalists who seem to only be interested in the club whenever there are problems, only magnifying what has happened. But you know what they say, “any publicity is good publicity” right?

What should not be forgotten as what Peter Pannu had said, we have been through a similar situation before. Our old owners (their names shall not be mentioned) had been released on bail and the club had gotten passed it. So there should not be too much panic just yet.

As you would expect, the news stories on this have not been extremely detailed. Only time can bring us more information on this issue.

Anyhow on to a more positive note, Chris Hughton has made his first signing for the club in signing Rooney. Adam Rooney that is. He has signed on a bosman from Inverness on a 2 year deal.

From what I know of the striker, looking through a few youtube videos and match reports, he seems to know where the goal is and some what of a natural goal scorer. He was top scorer of the First division in 2010 along with a number of awards such as PFA First Division Player of the Year.

Hopefully he can bring the goals to St Andrews as clearly we seem to be short on goals the past few seasons. Now with Marlon King the only striker I can realistically still being at the club, new strikers are needed.

Jerome has been linked to Stoke and Bolton which seems very close to being done. Zigic may be on his way back to Racing as this deal was being rumored in January and as he had seem to have disappeared every since the Carling Cup final, I cannot see him having any more time at Birmingham city. Whether or not Hughton can persuade him to stay is another thing. Asante may be used as part of a rotation, but not a striker which you’d want to start week in week out.

So it has been a good signing in my opinion. He can bring goals to the club which we so desperately need. As a bonus, he brings one of the best chants along with him.

I look forward to the new season.



Hi, I’m just a devoted Birmingham City fan, here to express my views and opinions on the latest that is happening at St Andrews.

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Blue or Not Blue?

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“Craigy Gardner is a Blue! Is a Blue!  is a Blue! Craigy Gardner is a Blue, He hates Villa…”  is what we would hear the Birmingham city faithful  chant and sing, but for how much longer will that chant exist at St Andews?

It seems as though from countless news articles, he is on his way out to join Steve Bruce at Sunderland, for around the region of 6 Million pounds. Personally, this is 2-3 million short of what I would have hoped for,  as he is a key player in our midfield and is a proven to goalscorer in the Premier League, with 8 goals last season.

 I’m not going to say anymore on the financial aspect of this transfer, as this is not what I’m most concerned about.

As the transfer seems imminent, with ‘sky sources’ saying he will have talks with Sunderland in the next 24 hours (as trust worthy as they are), it brought me back to the time where he had signed for us, remembering how he was apparently so excited to join the club he had supported from such a young age. This instantly made us grow to like him more, as he signed from rivals Villa to join us, only to make it sweeter to say St Andrews is the club he wants to be at.

So his Birmingham career began, working hard and showing his passion playing for the club, being influential in the midfield scoring and assisting goals with celebrations like the one in the image at the top of this post.

It won the hearts of all Birmingham city fans, making him a fan favourite and a player name all blues fans would want on the back of their shirts. He was setting himself up to become a Birmingham city legend. He only made us trust him even more, with such comments as “It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream come true and I have dedicated the goal to every single Blues fan.” And  “To get your team to Wembley, the one you’ve been supporting since you were a boy, and scoring the winning goal, you can’t ask for anything more” (taken from after the 2nd Leg Semi-Final against West Ham.

So why is a player who is apparently living his dream, playing for the club he supported from a young age leaving? Maybe he lied? Maybe he only kissed the badge and said everything he said to gain the fans trust and support.  After all, as posted on the Birmingham city forums, there was an article from where he said “I am a Villa fan through and through, I came through the ranks here and nothing can get better than playing for the club you have always supported” after signing a new deal with the club. So what is it Craig? Bluenose or Villan? Clearly he is either extremely forgetful, confused or a compulsive liar.

He had won the hearts of all Birmingham city fans with his lies and now has completely destroyed any affection we have for him and has embarrassed not only me, but any Birmingham City fan that had believed his comments, and took him on as a fan favourite.

If he had left, without all the badge kissing and comments, it would have been fine; I would still respected him and wish him the best for the rest of his career like I did with Sebastian Larsson. I can take players leaving the club but I cannot take liars.

Bluenose or not, he is now hated by many fans as expressed on twitter,  some describing this move as treachery of the highest order.

So, so long Craig, thanks for the time, but you shall not be missed and I just hope you realise that you’re leaving a club with such passionate fans and that the next time you are at St Andrews, there will not be the warmest of receptions.