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Postcards From HK: The Cantonese Press

Finding out match report details from Birmingham City’s excellent comeback win over Blackpool is a little bit tricky in the newspapers over here as there isn’t much coverage but Blues have made the papers here today in relation to the protest flags over the past few weeks.

The above photo is taken of today’s (February 23) edition of Ming Pao and as you can see my lovely mug is also gracing the page as they have used quotes from an interview I gave them last year. You can read the interview here, along with a comment about my sartorial elegance…

As I said when I did the interview, I tried to make it plain that I had no personal beef with Carson – his reign did coincide with some of the best memories I have of being a Blues fan. However, it’s clear that the reporter also took into account what has been said online, mentioning “the Carson song” and the postcards that were sent to Barker Road last year.

Whether it will do anything is another matter. The impression I get is that Carson will only sell the club when he is good and ready, for the price he wants and to a party he wants to do business with. I’ve made some enquiries with regards to the Beijing media business that are to buy 12% (although no announcement confirming the deal has been made and the deadline for payment was yesterday)  and I’m hopeful of being able to post some further details at some point this week.

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57 Responses to “Postcards From HK: The Cantonese Press”

  • Berkshire Blue says:

    I thought I read somewhere that Carson had diluted his BIHL shareholding by selling some shares – is that correct?

    • almajir says:

      Reduced not diluted

      • Poppa999 says:

        Has the % of his share reduced because of the additional share issue?

        Could the new potential share holders now run for the hills (as well as any further investors) due to adverse publicity caused by the negativity of this campaign by fans? :-(

  • Quokkasskip says:

    Well we have been waiting for this media coverage.

    Timing wise it is good, BIHL can sell soon once their oil prospecting starts. And Carsen may well be behind bars soon.

    Good work Dan. From small acorns..

    • AussieBlue says:

      Hi Quokka (gotta be in WA?) – BIHL is not going oil prospecting with its purchase of the Indo outfit; they don’t drill – they supply analysis and measuring services to those that do.

  • DoctorD says:

    “….Daniel often wearing a straw hat, wearing a T-shirt to court hearings, and therefore particularly prominent…”

    Is there some kind of subliminal message with your choice of headgear?

  • chas says:

    Reading that report, you can understand the difficulty with translation, Well done, Daniel. Shame that the disgusting language got so much publicity, but that was always going to be the case.

  • telfordblues says:

    Do you think it we will hear the out come on 28th or do you think will take longer than a day to hear the verdict? .

  • BigmanSteve0 says:

    Nice beard m8, I’m in the process of growing 1myself “not as good as yours though” anyway have you thought that with all this renewed interest from investors that blues have got a chance of some very good investment &would it be a step to far to think we may even do rather well out of all this???
    Kro sotv

  • Mickey07 says:

    Mayor,Is this the first time that these actual protest pictures have been shown in the Hong Kong/Chinese press?

    • almajir says:

      No, they were in the SCMP after the Derby game. You should pay more attention to what is posted online fella.

      • Mickey07 says:

        People have other things going on in there lives as well you know mayor,we can’t keep a tab on everything that goes on…….roll on the 28th and here’s hoping..,

        • almajir says:

          The amount you go on about it Mickey I thought you’d have noticed when someone posted something about it in the comments here mate.

          • Stephen Wood says:

            Is Carson aware of the disdain against him among the supporters ? Do you think he is aware of the protests against his ownership of the club? If he is , i doubt he gives a twopenny cus. He has mega bucks invested in the club and in the words of the song “we dont care about Carson, He dont care about us” If he is oblivious of any of the fans feelings let re-itterate “your about as welcome as a rattlesnake in a Lucky Dip over here mate!

  • Poppa999 says:

    I can’t help thinking we don’t just kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, we have to humiliate it first!
    Still if we want change we need to force it I suppose.

  • rhees says:

    I just hope it will encourage investment, or sale of club
    not make cy dig his heels in
    great blog and reporting though

  • DoctorD says:

    Three big days coming up:

    27 February 2014: Third anniversary of the League Cup victory
    28 February 2014: Carson Yeung verdict
    1 March 2014: Ipswich v Birmingham City

  • Bluehobba says:

    When reading the interview, who is Yanghwajin two balls? :) kro

  • mark says:

    you not miss anything Daniel other the Novak knockers have gone awfully quiet…………….dont you just love it……………….

  • mark says:

    he had tremendous game effort,desire, passion magnificent………………….never moaned when ask to fill other positions 100% commitment………….kro

  • mark says:

    sorry Daniel should have noted your picture, there me thinking you were a suit……….lol

  • Chris W says:

    Glad you arrived safely Dan.
    The atmosphere at Blackpool was once again tremendous and of course so was the result.
    Since the paper published their report on the protests do you think they will follow up for a reaction from Carson Yeung or could it enhance your chances of having a proper in-depth interview with him?
    Bet you look like “Our man from Havana” in your straw hat, very suave and dignified.
    Good luck with your endeavours and look forward to your “Postcards from Hong Kong”, reports, especially Fridays on the verdict.
    Will you be back for the Q>P>R game when the new flag is hopefully unfurled?
    KRO+DNM

    • glosblue says:

      Why can’t we get the same crowd support at St Andrews then maybe we would get the results? Once again we were a changed team with Zigic, and the other subs were also spot-on. If we could play the same 11 that finished the game, at Ipswich and then against QPR at home and get 4-6 pts out of the 2 games I reckon we would almost be safe.

      • mark says:

        Clark thinking of changing the dressing room at the stans to away end., and the home support for our away problem solved I did lol.

  • bluenose08 says:

    “our man in hong kong” as become “our man in Havana hat” thanks for the update dan regardless of what happens Friday carson is only going to sell the club on his terms if he sells at all !! enjoy your no 8 on the menu with fried rice and prawn crackers. k.r.o. delay no more.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Its baffling why we perform away and stutter at home, it can only be the players feeling additional pressure at Stans. I also think Elsie shows flashes of tactical genius (Blackpool second half) and tactical naivety (home to Huddersfield whole game) I think we need to settle on a best 11 and try to get asome consistency.

  • Tony says:

    Settle on a best eleven, christ were almost in march Steve. Just the same as last year.

    • bluenoseneil says:

      And tell me Tony how many of the current (fit) squad were available to Clark in August, September or October?

      Give it a rest pal it’s utterly dull and has no merit..

  • Tony says:

    The man who made the difference Big Zig

    • mark says:

      Yes Tony ziggy did okay with the only manager willing to kick his arse if he drops below the standards neccessary…….thats why we see the best out ziggy until.he gone imo………

      • blueboy88 says:

        Utter rubbish Mark…What the tactical genius Clark has never got his head around is we are a much better team with Zigic in it.

        Blackpool being the very latest example,

        He should be the first name on the team sheet.

        • Royalblue says:

          No chance blueboy, if you think that you haven’t watched us this season!

        • StaffsBlue says:

          First name on the team sheet? Hardly. Zigic is a nuisance at best. He still can’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo from 3 feet. He is, and always has been more useful off the bench later in games. For all his knockers, if it wasn’t for Novak, we might have lost on Saturday.

  • rhees says:

    If we survive lee Clarke will have done an excellent job
    and i believe we will survive i just pray hes given financial support next
    season to build a team not just around loan players

  • bluenoseneil says:

    Rhees you are right he has done a superb job circumstance considered.

    And we WILL be a Championship side next season. You can take that to the bank!

    • rhees says:

      Yes bluenoseneil i believe so too
      i just hope next season we have a team of our players not loan players.
      im not knocking them they have done us proud but
      dosnt feel right

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Unfortunately rhees, I can’t see next season being any different. I think it will be the usual loans and freebies Clark has to find to try to drag us through another season. The best we can hope for, is that he only has to find one team next season, instead of the usual two.

        • rhees says:

          I know what you mean bluenoseneil but we live in hope
          and i have a little feeling things might change,
          or it may be wishfull thinking.lol

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I think Novak deserves a pat on the back too and its good to have the ever versatile Specs back.

  • ray says:

    I have a strong feeling that Birmingham City’s obvious trust from Premiership clubs with their youngsters,such as Ravel Morrison, ant the latest crop from Man City, Man U and Liverpool that things are about to change, and that people behind the scenes are waiting for the demise of CY on the 28th to move in and rescue the club. KRO

  • dave mann says:

    great day saturday, sunshine, beers good company, great win after dull first half but
    the police were a nightmare and brought on a lot of the trouble in the ground with there
    heavy hand tactics…no wonder blues fans responded by fighting with stewards and
    recking the toilet areas after stewards stormed in and started punching innocent blues
    fans and throwing fans out of the ground for no apparent reason…..disgracefull !!!!!! KRO.

    • Chris W says:

      Have to agree Dave, the police were looking for trouble and made their own.
      First time I have seen this sort of intimidation this season at any game, the only one I have missed is Wigan.
      However, the Police action will not hit the headlines but Blues fans will for all the wrong reasons.
      It was a great weekend, the Blues fans were in good humour in the pub I was in near the opposite the ground and in Molloys after the game….
      KRO+DNM

  • Tony says:

    Sounds like were going back to the 80s Dave Zulus etc.

  • AussieBlue says:

    Wishing you all the best for your last week in HK Dan.
    Dave – did you personally witness our supporters’ jaws callously striking the innocently clenched fists of Blackpool stewards?

  • Wingman Blue says:

    Nothing lasts for ever, this time next season Carson, Clark and many of the team will be gone. What they’re replaced with is anyone’s guess tho’.


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