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Blues Through to Senior Cup Final 

16 Mar 16

Birmingham City won through to a second successive Birmingham Senior Cup Final after beating Nuneaton Town 1-0 at the A1 Gas Force Stadium.


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Blues Take Up Options to Further Consolidate Squad 

16 Mar 16

Birmingham City have confirmed this week that they have taken up contract options on David Davis and Charlee Adams, keeping both at the club until the end of next season.


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BIH Announcement: Endgame in sight? 

14 Mar 16

Birmingham International Holdings made an announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this afternoon to confirm it had come to an agreement with Carson Yeung and had brought the company a step closer to having the suspension of trading of …


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Competition: Win an Art of Football TF Print 

14 Mar 16

I’ve teamed up with Art of Football again to once again offer a lucky winner one of their fabulous prints to a lucky OP reader.


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Two Points Dropped – Wolves Reflections 

13 Mar 16

Birmingham City failed to score for the fifth game in a row away from home as they were held to a goalless draw at Molineux.


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GAMEDAY – Wolves Away 

13 Mar 16

Blues travel the short distance up the M6 to face Wolves today, looking for three points to get them back towards the playoff picture.


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Why is the takeover taking so long? 

12 Mar 16

One question that I have been asked a lot of late is “what if?” What if Carson overturns his appeal? What if Blues pull off the impossible dream and gets promoted? What if Trillion Trophy Asia decide they don’t want to fund Birmingham City …


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Time to go direct 

11 Mar 16

Blues face Wolves on Sunday in what really is a crunch match for their playoff hopes.


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Five Scholars Earn Deals 

10 Mar 16

Blues announced yesterday five second year scholars had earned their first professional deals ahead of the 2016/17 season.


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GAMEDAY – Blackburn Away 

8 Mar 16

Blues travel to Ewood Park tonight looking to build on an encouraging performance and win against Hull City on Friday.


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Blues Ladies Launch Night 

7 Mar 16

Blues Ladies launch their 2016 campaign tonight with a “beer and balti” launch event at St Andrew’s to introduce their new kit, sponsor and captain.


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Player of the Season 2015/16 

5 Mar 16

Once again, I’m proud to say OP will be presenting a Blues player with the, ahem, coveted Often Partisan Player of the Year trophy in April.


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Hull Reflections 

4 Mar 16

A deflected strike from Jon Toral was enough for Birmingham City to beat Hull 1-0 at St Andrew’s as Gary Rowett’s men reignited their playoff chase in front of the Sky cameras.


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GAMEDAY – Hull at Home 

3 Mar 16

Blues take on Hull City tonight in a crunch match for their playoff hopes – victory will see them close the gap on the top six again while defeat will leave even the optimists thinking this probably isn’t our year.


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The “P” Word Again 

2 Mar 16

Following the 2-0 loss to QPR at the weekend, Blues lie in 8th place in the Championship, four points behind Sheffield Wednesday in 6th place with a game in hand.


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Competition: Win two tickets to BCLFC Launch Event 

1 Mar 16

Birmingham City Ladies are getting ready to launch the 2016 WSL campaign with a launch event packed with announcements – and you could be there courtesy of this competition.


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QPR Problems 

29 Feb 16

Blues fans have done the team proud of late.


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OP Video Podcast: BIH Accounts Analysis 

28 Feb 16

On Friday Birmingham International Holdings released their interim accounts for the six month period ending December 31, 2015.


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GAMEDAY – QPR Away 

27 Feb 16

Blues travel to London today to take on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR, hoping to close the gaps on the playoff teams.


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Jacques Maghoma 

26 Feb 16

While it was an ugly win for Blues against Bolton on Tuesday there were a few players who caught the eye as having great games.


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Bolton Reflections – Winning Ugly 

24 Feb 16

Birmingham City got the win they wanted against Bolton on Tuesday night thanks to Clayton Donaldson’s 29th minute winner – but they could and should have more against a Trotters side that looked devoid of hope.


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GAMEDAY – Bolton at Home 

23 Feb 16

Blues return to league action after a free weekend caused by Leeds’ continued participation in the FA Cup.


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Freddie Goodwin 

22 Feb 16

Former Blues manager Freddie Goodwin died on Friday at the age of 82.


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BIH: Interim Accounts and Takeover Update Due Soon 

21 Feb 16

As the end of February draws closer, there will be a little bit of news coming from Hong Kong with respect to the holding company.


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Empty Saturday 

20 Feb 16

Due to Leeds playing in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Blues have a fixture-less Saturday along with fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesborough.


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Support and Growth 

19 Feb 16

After picking up a yellow card each at the weekend, Maikel Kieftenbeld and Stephen Gleeson are one and two cautions away respectively from a two-match suspension for receiving 10 bookings.


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OP Video Podcast – E&Y – One Year On 

17 Feb 16

On this day last year Birmingham International Holdings announced to the HKSE that they had successfully applied to go into receivership.


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Good and Bad News for Young Guns 

16 Feb 16

Young Blues striker Ronan Hale scored five times for Blues u18 side on Saturday against Leeds at their Thorp Arch training ground in a 6-2 victory.


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Monday Morning Introspection 

15 Feb 16

Birmingham City drew 0-0 with Rotherham this weekend with Neil Warnock’s new charges finishing with just nine men.


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GAMEDAY – Rotherham away 

13 Feb 16

Blues hope to bounce back today against a Rotherham side who are struggling at the bottom end of the Championship, and who have a new manager in Neil Warnock in the dugout.


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Football without Fans… 

12 Feb 16

I’ve been watching with interest what has happened up at Liverpool with the protests held by the Spirit of Shankly group against ticket price increases.


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Do you believe? 

10 Feb 16

Gary Rowett spoke on the official website on Monday about how up to a dozen teams were still in the frame for promotion from the Championship including Blues.


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Another month of speculation 

9 Feb 16

Birmingham City were plunged into more speculation last night with the news that Derby head coach Paul Clement has been sacked.


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Kung Hei Fat Choi 

8 Feb 16

Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year – the year of the Monkey.


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Competition Winner – Art of Football 

7 Feb 16

I’m pleased to announce the winner of the Art of Football competition to win a beautiful print of the Carling Cup Final.


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Sheffield Wednesday Reflections 

6 Feb 16

Two goals from Gary Hooper condemned Blues to their first league defeat of 2016 at a wet St Andrew’s.


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GAMEDAY – Wednesday on a Saturday… 

6 Feb 16

Gary Rowett is looking to continue Birmingham City’s fine start to 2016 with a seventh game unbeaten against Sheffield Wednesday today.


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Further Development 

4 Feb 16

Birmingham City Academy striker Ronan Hale scored four times in the U18 side’s 4-2 win over Coventry City at the weekend.


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Two Meals Away From Barbarism 

3 Feb 16

It’s difficult at this moment in time not to look across the expressway at our stricken brethren and smirk.


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Pushing on for promotion 

2 Feb 16

I think there was a certain amount of pride in the proclamation from the official Birmingham City twitter account that it was “highly unlikely” that there would be any further activity in the transfer window.


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Prodigious Sons 

1 Feb 16

Mitch Hancox and Reece Brown are included in a strong squad for Birmingham City’s development squad game today against Barnsley, which will be played at Solihull Moor’s Autotech Stadium at 1pm today.


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GAMEDAY – Bristol City Away – and a Competition 

30 Jan 16

Blues face managerless Bristol City away hoping to build further on back to back 3-0 victories against Derby County and Ipswich Town.


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BIH: Still No Further News 

29 Jan 16

Birmingham International Holdings announced to the HKSE this morning that negotiations were still ongoing with Trillion Trophy Asia with respect to a prospective takeover.


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Competition: Win an Art of Football Print 

29 Jan 16

It’s competition time on Often Partisan again, and courtesy of Art of Football I’ve got this beautiful print of the Carling Cup Final winner celebrations to give away.


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Competition Winner: Transfer Competition 

28 Jan 16

Now we’ve got signings out of the way I’m pleased to announce the winner of the signed Darren Randolph gloves for predicting which player Birmingham City would sign next – the answer of course being Diego Fabbrini.


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Ryan Shotton next to come in? 

28 Jan 16

It has been widely reported today that Derby County defender Ryan Shotton is due to become the next signing at Blues following yesterday’s capture of Diego Fabbrini.


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Humble Pie 

28 Jan 16

Diego Fabbrini became Birmingham City’s biggest signing in five years, signing for the club in a £1.5million deal that is the largest transfer fee Blues have paid out since they signed Curtis Davies on this day five years ago.


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Fabbrini Deal Almost Done 

27 Jan 16

It may have dragged on a bit the last few days but it finally looks like the deal to bring Italian playmaker Diego Fabbrini to the club may finally be done.


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Lowry on his way? 

26 Jan 16

Brian Dick of the Birmingham Mail has reported this afternoon that Shane Lowry could be on his way back to his native Australia.


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The Rise of… Charlee Adams 

26 Jan 16

Charlee Adams made his league debut and second appearance for Blues on Saturday coming on as an injury time substitute for David Davis.


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Fabbrini Deal Snag? 

25 Jan 16

Reports from the north-east have suggested that Diego Fabbrini’s potential move to Birmingham City isn’t as cut and dried as may have been reported elsewhere.


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Blues Ladies: Youth v Commercialisation 

24 Jan 16

Last season was a tough one for Blues Ladies.


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Moments of Brilliance – Ipswich reflections 

23 Jan 16

Birmingham City won 3-0 for the second game in succession thanks to Will Buckley’s first goal for the club on his first start and two scorching goals from Jon Toral and Maikel Kieftenbeld.


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GAMEDAY – Blues v Ipswich 

23 Jan 16

Blues face potential playoff rivals Ipswich at St Andrews today looking to build on recent good league form to force their way into the top six.


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Signing Options 

22 Jan 16

There was a lot of excitement yesterday online about the possibility of Blues re-signing Italian playmaker Diego Fabbrini.


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Rowett signs new contract 

21 Jan 16

Birmingham City have confirmed today that Gary Rowett has signed a new contract with the club along with his backroom staff.


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Blues to bid for Fabbrini? 

21 Jan 16

It’s been reported by the Daily Mail today that Birmingham City have bid £1.5million for the services of Diego Fabbrini.


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Maxwell in the House 

20 Jan 16

Birmingham City yesterday completed the signing of Luke Maxwell from Kidderminster Harriers.


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The Reece Brown situation 

19 Jan 16

Less than two weeks after Reece Brown was taken on extended trial for a month by West Ham it’s been revealed the 19-year-old has interested a top four Premier League side – thought to be Manchester City – having also spent the last week at …


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The Importance of u21 Signings 

18 Jan 16

While it’s been exciting of late to look at potential new signings that Blues may be able to bring in, one thing that has crossed my mind is how hard it must be for Gary Rowett to balance immediate need for players with the prospect of blocking…