David Gold R.I.P.
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Blues Trust was saddened to learn this afternoon of the death of David Gold, formerly a chairman of Birmingham City FC. Alongside David Sullivan, David Gold bought Blues in 1993, taking the club out of administration and putting it on a sound financial footing.
During their tenure Gold and Sullivan brought many successes and good times to Blues. These included the Second Division (as League 1 was known then) Championship, the Auto-Windscreens Shield, several play-off campaigns, a League Cup final in Cardiff and a return to the top flight of English football after a gap of 16 years. This was followed by two more promotions back to the Premier League. They also laid the foundations for the Carling Cup win in 2011, something which is often overlooked, and oversaw the redevelopment of much of St Andrew’s stadium.
For those who met him during his time at the club, David Gold was approachable, open and honest. He was prepared to put himself in the firing line with supporters of the club, be that meeting fans in person or answering questions on local radio phone-ins. Things that do not happen now. His tenure at Blues was also a byword for stability, with only five managers in the space of 16 years and plenty of good football and excitement along the way.
There was, of course, some controversy over the sale of Blues in 2009 and what subsequently happened. But David Gold and David Sullivan undoubtedly left the club in a much better state than when they took over, and gave Blues fans many fond memories over their years at the club.
Thank you David. Rest in Peace.
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Spot on with your story of David Gold…a very nice guy on the occasions I spoke with him.Wish we had had him for the last 10 years
Condolences to David gold’s family he may have been an hammer but he was an honorary blue nose as well kro in heaven David
Approachable and kindly man. Sad news to hear.
A nice tribute to a very decent bloke.
As you pointed out in the article, his honesty, openness and willingness to speak to the Blues fans is the diametric opposite to the various owners we have at present.
He has been, and will be, sorely missed.
Pity his plan for our new ground was never fulfilled,think he and Sullivan lost interest after that.RIP things would have been so different.
RIP David, Pity you left our Club.
A good man rest in peace David. I wish he would have stayed with us. I was sad when some Blues
fans turned against them.