The Historical Abuse Of Blues Fans By Uncaring Owners and What Might Be Lurking At The End Of The Road
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60 Years ago when I was an 11 year old kid delivering newspapers and proudly wearing my Blues scarf, an old guy in a black trench coat approached me. He smiled but shook his head and said “ Son, give them up now or they will break your heart, they have already broken mine.” He had a point. Now I am at the other end of my life I can only reflect upon the betrayal of us fans by useless incompetent owners who fobbed us off with second best managers and players.
Not long after I received that advice from the guy in the trench coat, a proper Blues supporter did buy the club………..
See below for ownership performance in different eras. Click on red < > arrows.
I have to say that a recurring theme of the club during my lifetime has been the lack of quality and entertainment. I do not go along with the DNA theory. We must not be satisfied by courage and a battling attitude. The best players make the difference and especially during the last few years we have suffered in that respect. The owners are right in wanting to give us something entertaining. The problem is they don’t want to pay for it.
Of course, keeping Mutch, Redmond, Butland and Gray would have made a massive difference to the quality in the team. We received £10 Million for the bunch of them. What a scandal that is. Why bother having an academy at soft touch BCFC.
In fairness the recruitment in the summer and since then with McEachran and Bela was not completely disastrous. Yet everyone knows that we are crying out for a goalkeeper, striker and centre back, all of Championship quality or better. I was not surprised when the owners spent nothing in the January window and ignored the goalkeeping problem completely. Loans are only a temporary solution. Letting five players leave and signing one has left us very thin in midfield options. How can we not afford to sign a Wolves reserve player?
To be fair to Pep he has been trying to do the impossible. When you think about it, the whole spine of his team needed refreshing before the season started. It is not his fault that this didn’t happen. When the management failed to replace Adams with a proper Championship striker, we all knew that we had a massive problem. Although Morrison was not a fancy footballer, he played a very big part in the clean sheets we used to get and he scored goals. His departure for want of an extra year on his contract was a dire mistake. Did this have Ren’s fingerprints all over it?
How could the ground be sold and no announcement to the club’s fan base? The sale of the ground to a BSH subsidiary company really concerns me. The £1.2 Million annual rental from BCFC will probably go to Hong Kong. The ground rental from Coventry City FC will also find its way to the same place. Then just imagine the Hong Kong money men deciding to sell the club on but to retain the ground. This may well be the plan. If we did get promoted the BCFC ground rental would probably double overnight. That would make the property company a very valuable asset. This is what Venture capitalism is all about. Perhaps a Rugby club might then come along and pay a bigger rental? What a disaster that would be.
I have been surprised that the local journalists on WM radio have not been all over this but of course they are all obsessed by that one-man team from the other side of the expressway. If it was their club at risk, they would be all over it.
In case this article is read by the owners please note the following. Our money as fans is just as good as the money spent by fans at other clubs but we never get what we hope for. We are fed up with the club buying cheap strikers who cannot do the job. We are fed up with Ren. We need a Chief Executive who listens. Surely you need a CEO who stops giving you bad advice. It would be a relief to us all if we had a CEO with a long‑standing knowledge of English football who tells us what is happening. Currently nobody sells the owners vision of where we are going and how it will be done. Some frank and fearless discussions with Blues Trust would be helpful; the Trust Board tell me this may be possible – let’s hope so.
So, what awaits us all at the end of the road. That guy in the black trench coat did tell me it would be a bumpy ride, but I took no notice. Too late for me to change; like all of you I am Blues till I die. We are the most loyal fans in the world but the most abused. We deserve better.