Often Partisan

The End

So that’s it. The takeover has finally gone through and the Carson era is over… and with it so is Often Partisan.

When I started OP I never intended for it to become the beast it has become. OP was just a way to hone my craft, to write stuff every day about a subject I loved – my football club. The arrest of Carson in June 2011 changed that and suddenly the whole site was thrust into the limelight somehow as the place to find out what was happening in HK about Carson, his trial and the takeover.

It’s been a bit of a ride for me personally; six visits to the far east, a book and a couple of mentions on the HKSE as Peter Pannu finally came up against one person who wouldn’t be threatened. If there is one achievement I’m going to take from OP it’s that this hairy-arsed blogger from Kingshurst took on a hated football club CEO and beat him, armed with nothing but the truth.

When the news broke that the deal end date was defined I made a conscious decision that I was going to end OP. Life has changed so massively for me now; I’m less able to devote the time to the site that I once did and I’m once again moving abroad. If I’m honest, I don’t think I can do the football side of things justice any more (although I’m sure there will be some who said I never did).

There are a few people out here who deserve a public thank you for all the help they’ve given me with OP.

I owe a debt to Colin Tattum and Tom Ross for putting up with a jumped up upstart and for all their guidance when I really didn’t have a clue. I also need to thank Brian Dick who has been a beacon of encouragement to me when I’ve felt surrounded by darkness – someone who has gone above and beyond. In the ever changing local media landscape I can honestly say Brian has become one of us.

I’ll be forever grateful to Will Giles and Swissjonny. Without their knowledge, contacts and assistance I might never have made the inroads I did into the murky world of HK dealings. Will in particular put a lot of time into talking to people to get the deeper story and I say hand on heart we all owe him for his role in this saga. I also owe massive thanks to Shai Oster, Kelvin Chan, Aaron Tam, Alexandra Hoegberg and many other HK journalists who were there during the court case and related times for their patience with this novice.

There are so many people at the club too who have helped me; I’ve always spoken about how important those people are and I’ll repeat it now – without Jo Allsopp, Julia Shelton and Roger Lloyd Blues would have suffered so much more. It’s only thanks to those people among many others that we’re finally at the end of those difficult times.

I’m also grateful to all of the people that have read, commented and supported this website over the past five and a half years – I only hope that I’ve served you well.

I will be writing about the Paul Suen era – but not here. You’re welcome to read my new project at almajir.net, where I’m planning to write solely about ownership in football, including at Blues.

I’ll leave OP up for comments tonight, but after then I’ll close it off completely. Before anyone asks, I will not be handing on the reins to anyone else – as I always said, OP is my site, and mine alone.

Peace Out.


270 Responses to “The End”

  • terryfied says:

    R.I.P. op thanks for smoothing the path of what was a very bumpy ride.

    • Des says:

      Cheers Dan, so pleased that we were able to sponsor you, I was always chuffed when I saw our Logo alongside such great insightful stories, so pleased you name checked Tatts & Rossi, two great true blues and hopefully Brian Dicks going the same way.


  • Kazakblue says:

    Nooooooooo, but your future is paramount, all I can say from Astana in Kazakhstan is Thank You, and good luck in your life as an expat, its not easy at all.
    I for one will certainly miss all the posts and up to date news of our beloved Blues.

    KRO Daniel, onwards and upwards

  • BillyBow says:

    Like so many other Blues fans I am deeply indebted to you for your coverage over the past few years. You were the catalyst for sorting out the ownership issues and should be considered a Blues non-playing legend. Best of luck with your future plans and wishing you every success.

  • Luke Butler says:

    I would be really great if the site was left up so we could read back on your brilliant articles over time.

    Any chance this can happen?

  • Dave Mann says:

    We’ve had our differences Daniel but I always respected your views and your hard work in what you’ve achieved , all the best in your future life and let’s hope we all move onwards and upwards and that once again all us fans can feel proud and honoured to be bluenoses .. Cheers mate . KRO

  • southcoast blue says:

    You have been a star through these dark times. I will really miss OP but understand why it’s time to move on . Hope you enjoy the next phase of your life!

  • FlowerPower says:

    Best of luck.

    Thank you.

  • Matt says:

    Thank you for your time, dedication and insight,, You are very appreciated,, Good luck in your next adventures Dan – you are a bloody star, who will be sorely missed.


  • gazzabcfc says:

    sad to see you go dan, but understand the decision. its not easy trying to juggle all the eggs in one basket sometimes. i know there are other media sites out there that discuss all things blue, but they pale in comparison. you did well to last this long, and it was appreciated by the majority. Best of luck in the future. safe travels. KRO

  • Andy g says:

    Good luck mate. Your hard work and commitment to our club during one of our darkest periods will never be forgotten. You were the only source of information for most of us didn’t have a clue what was going on. I can only thank you from myself and all the other thousands of blues fans who you e guided through the Carson era darkness. Good luck with whatever you do in the future. Kro

  • Kimber says:

    Thanks for everything Dan, from the shenanigans in HK to your reports on our European tour.

    KRO & all the best for the future!

  • rvh1t says:

    Well done Dan and all the best for the future. I have had a peek at the new site and it looks very interesting! KRO

  • Blues97 says:

    Without the tireless efforts of OP, much of this saga under Yeung would have been extremely complex to break down and work out – fortunately this website did it for us. At times, the only clarity blues fans got was through OP, when the club often had a lack of transparency. Good luck in what happens from now and thank you.

  • Tomski says:

    Every Blues fan owes you a massive debt, whether they know it or not.

    This one knows it.

    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.


  • Deb P says:

    Thanks again Dan. Much appreciated!! Good luck in your next ventures, hope to keep contact

  • Jeff Hall says:

    Cheers Dan. Kept us well informed. All the best for the future

  • Jamie V says:


    Thanks for devoting so much time and energy into giving us an informed insight into what’s gone on at blues for the last 5 years. Your site became my go to place for news and comment.

    Good luck in your future ventures, life abroad. Thanks again KRO

  • Womboune Blue says:

    Thanks for all your hard work over the years Dan. You have kept us fans informed of all the nonsense that’s been going on at our club over the last five years and and your role in hastening the demise of Pannu can never be under estimated. Often Partisan has always been the first website I have gone to when I’ve wanted to find out what’s really happening at Blues. I will miss the views of contributors to the site, particularly Dave Mann, Staffs, Mitchell and others too numerous to mention. Good luck Dan and kro

  • Mark H says:

    Thanks for all the info, though you’ve reached the end of the road, keep right on!

  • RJones says:

    Thanks Dan
    I have enjoyed reading your insight in to what has gone on over the past 5 years or so.
    We would have been in the dark with a lot of what has happened.
    All the best for the future.

  • Neil Jones says:

    Good Job well done and thank you for giving us all some clarity through these dark times.

    lets allhope there is never need for such a blog site to be set up again in the eternal future of BCFC.


    Joys and Sorrows Too

  • chudlt says:

    Well done Dan , you have been my first port of call for all things Blue for the last few years. For that I thank you. Good Luck in the future with everything you do. KRO

  • Jdownesbcfc says:

    Not been a huge OP reader/follower to be honest, and I’m quite the Carson fan (although not sure this completely contrasts with your opinion/findings as seems your issue is more with PP) however – have nothing but respect for the way you’ve dealt with things over the last few years and achieved some remarkable things given your position, that we can all hope will be for the good of the club as a whole going forward. Best of luck in the future.

  • robc306 says:

    You’ve done a great job Dan

    I’ve followed you for around 3 years to keep up to date on a football club and supporters being done wrong. I loathe Sullivan & Gold.

    Good Luck for future, from a Wolves fan.

  • willvbcfc says:

    Thank you for everything Dan.

    Reading Often Partisan over the last 5 years has offered a modicum of sanity to our situation and your endeavours given hope and insight to a lot of Bluenoses.

    All the best as you KRO.

  • bigdavet says:

    Dan, your blog was the first web page I opened every morning. Myself and many others will miss your insights, but it does seem an appropriate time to call it a day. I will be following your new site. Will you have a new twitter account also?
    Thanks for everything.

  • Nigel Sale says:

    Thanks for all your time and dedication. I know from past experience with The Blue Revolution and Blues buy a player fund that times move on. Time to recharge your batteries.

  • richieblue says:

    An intelligent link to what’s been going on behind the chaos of this club.Thanks for your hard work and good luck with your new endeavour.

  • OltonBlue says:

    Thanks Dan perfect timing you could always do a Christmas special.
    Keep Right On.

  • Pedantic Pete says:

    Best wishes in your new venture Daniel. Thanks for all the splendid insights you’ve given us over the years.

  • Stan Moye says:

    Dan, l’ve found your site invaluable, it’s enabled me to keep track of events from wherever l’m currently based with the knowledge the details are accurate and factually correct. BCFC along with all Bluenoses should be eternally grateful for your hard work and commitment. You will never be forgotten, l sincerely wish you every success for your future. KRO

  • John Ramsay says:

    A bitter sweet day, a new chapter for both #bcfc and yourself. I can only repeat what others have said. Your writing has been bloody marvellous without which most of us wouldn’t have had a clue about what was going on at our beloved club.
    Embrace the future whatever that holds. The very best of luck.

  • steve says:

    Dan i no wot hard work u have done a massive thank you from this bluenose today im on cloud nine new owners fantastic manager and the team not bad either now it would be real nice to see st andrews packed again like it use to be us bluenoses have been threw absolute hell and often ad the piss taken out of us because of the situation we were in well those ppl should take a look now iim real proud of bcfc ever since i was 9yr of age so all i can say is COME ON YOU BLUES

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Thanks Dan for giving Blues’ fans a Blog in which they could vent their opinions about every aspect of their beloved Club.
    You will be missed.

  • Leon tg says:

    Massive respect for all you’ve done..I think you’ve helped make us all a great deal wiser on such matters.
    Blues fans are the best read on economics, corruption, the free market and Chinese culture.

  • mad says:

    Thanks Dan,

    Has been a great site to get any info on this prolonged saga of ownership and takeover, you’ve been a superstar.


  • Danny Sullivan says:

    Thanks for your hard work, honesty and dedication. Good luck in whatever life brings.

  • Michael h says:

    Long time reader, first time poster all the way from melbourne australia. Forever thankful. Thanks and good luck.

  • Mikey D says:

    Thank you for everything you have done. Often it was this site that provided any light to the darkness of Carson’s reign. Your best asset was to tell it to us straight, there have been so many rumours spread over the last 5 years but you always tried your upmost to ignore them and give us facts, or as close as you could get to them. On your trips to Hong Kong you gave us all information we would have never gotten otherwise because virtually no other media cared, or had the desire, to do the footwork.

    All the best in everything you do and Keep Right On!

  • Gerrard hehir says:

    Thank you. Leave this site on a high note. I love you’re style.
    Been a fantastic source of information throughout this crap time and often confusing time. I do feel that bcfc should commend you officially because I think many other clubs have resorted to alot more negative press (protests etc) whereas, we haven’t really. I believe this is down partly at least to sites like this. All broken down and i believe with the right amount of facts (personal opinions) and of course the banter with it. I am really going to miss this site. Thanks again. Kro. Good luck with you’re new ventures abroad. Remember the blues and don’t loose touch with us! Kro!!!!!

  • Darren Brown says:

    Thank you for all your effort and the information on our club over the years.
    You will go down in our clubs history forever…
    Good luck in the future
    Season ticket holder.

  • The Francis Fake says:

    We are all indebted to you. Carson’s reign post his arrest has been a tortuous period for Blues fans however, you have managed to bring clarity to one of the most complex situations and least help us all to have some sort of understanding of the relevant issues during what I believe to be the most frustrating period in the clubs history. I’m very sad to hear that you are finishing and I will greatly miss your intelligent and common sense analysis of all things Blues. All the best going forward.

  • KLB says:

    Your a proper Blue Nose, well done you did us proud.


  • Alan Richardson says:

    Very well done & thank you.

  • Jeremy says:

    Thanks for keeping me informed over the years. All the best

  • KC says:

    As the old Sinead O’Connor song ” Nothing Compares “, and that certainly has applied to OP Daniel.. Well done and best wishes mate. KRO .

  • Mike Raybone says:

    IMHO by outing Pannu you saved the club from Oblivion. Not a statement I make lightly but on balance fair I feel. All the best Daniel

    You’ll be missed ( especially by the Bromsgrove Mourinho lol )

  • neil says:

    Best of luck
    And a big thank you Dan.KRO

  • Big Al says:

    I didn’t know you were a Kingshurst lad? Are you also a CTC lad? Anyway thank you for everything you’ve done. The David v Goliath moment when PP cracked under the pressure will live long in my memory.

  • LatchfordHattonFrancis says:

    Thank you Dan.

    I have checked your blog practically every day for the last 5 years and will miss it. You have provided all your readers with invaluable information which we couldn’t get anywhere else and the Pannu episode will live long on the memories of many of us.

    Good luck in your new life!

  • North Yorks Blue says:

    For fucks’s sake, I’ve just bookmarked OP on my new laptop……

    Seriously, thanks Dan. You’ve given us more information than many others who were paid to do so, and we’ve watched them rely on you, no greater commendation can be given than that. When the upstart amateur upstages the paid professionals it’s obvious you belong amongst them – I’m sure we will all support your future endeavours!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Thank you for everything you’ve done. A fond farewell to you and all the posters. Taraa.

  • Ken says:

    Dan the man you certainly have been! OP is the first go to site when booting for many people that I know. What we will do know, where will we get breaking news on our club? News and comments that are concise, level, informative in depth and well written? Please don’t go but I hold your decision in great respect and if this is your want then you must go.
    I feel this is an end of an era, I and many others will be thinking every day ‘something is missing today’ and it certainly will be.
    Good luck with your next step in your career. I look forward to reading about ownership in football.
    P.s. Would you just consider staying on until Blues win the P remixer League?
    Regards Ken

  • Andrew Downes says:

    Thank you Dan. Fantastic job.

  • Mineheadblue says:

    I just want to thank you so much for all that you have done. OP is always the first site I turn to for balance and reason. We no longer live in the midlands and you have been something of a voice in the wilderness. Best wishes for the future mate. David Jones

  • BCFC83 says:

    Good luck in your new venture Dan and thank you for all your hard work over the past 6 years in getting to the bottom of this mess that comes to and end today. Shame we won’t have your blog to read from now on.

    Any chance of letting us know what you know about Dr Tony before you go as you mentioned something last week or is that for your new project?

  • oldburyblue says:

    Perfect timing Daniel. Your blog has been brilliant for many years but I think it would’ve been impossible to sustain such a high standard going forward. I will miss OP greatly but will not miss reading the thoughts of certain people who have tried to hijack it for their own purposes. Good luck in your future endeavours and hope that your journalistic skills are suitably rewarded.

  • Oldbluenose says:

    Daniel, [ O,P. ]. you will be sorely missed, Your tenacity and thoroughness, Had/have shed light to we Blues, [ Fans/supporters ] of long standing who indeed found these last few years ” tired + weary “.

    Whatever you do in the future — Good Luck, amongst others, I hope we will hear from you again sometime.

  • Charlie says:

    Thanks Dan, you and OP will be sadly missed. Always looked forward to reading it.

    Thanks for all your hardwork and dedication, true blue and real blues legend.

    Good luck on your next chapter in life and hope to read some more of your work soon.

    Keep Right On Dan!


  • DoctorD says:

    Just to put on record my sincerest thanks for your heroic efforts on behalf of all Blues fans over the last 5.5 years. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride but you’ve helped everyone to follow events — and more importantly, to understand them.

    As I’ve said before, you deserve a season ticket for life or at least a half-time balti pie.

  • Blueboy88 says:

    OP has changed your life positively & through it you have helped change BCFC’s future positively.

    Good luck in all your forthcoming endeavours.

    Raise a glass tonight.


  • Mark Powell says:

    Dan, many thanks for all your hard work over the past 5 years, goo luck for the future projects



  • zr says:

    you will be missed by me and thanks for your posts. At least someone like Thongs isnt taking over.

  • Bluefire says:

    Thanks for everything Daniel.

    Although I never posted often, I checked for news from this blog daily. It was always insightful and well balanced and was exactly what Blues fans needed after relegation n 2011.

    The very best of luck with all your future endeavours.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Just a thought, will the OP Facebook and Twitter pages still be upkept, or will the lights be turned out there too?

  • AlexT says:

    Sorry to hear this news Dan… although its great that we are rid of Pannu & Yeung, your site was a beacon of information for ALL things Blues, not just the goings on at HK… sometimes from the comments on here as well as your blog.

    So you and your site will be very much missed. I will look up your new site with interest, but this was always the first port of call when I was specifically looking for bluesnews.

    Good Luck Dan!!

  • Vern says:

    Huge thanks for all of the efforts (and indeed bravery) put into OP. You brought insight and transparency at a time when the future seemed oh so cloudy.

    It is remarkable that a football blog had such a huge impact on our football club, including its shareholders on the other side of the world – amazing accomplishment.

    I sensed this coming over the last few months and wholly understand – Almajir.com seems like a natural progression and I hope you can help other sets of supporters in the same way you have us.

    Best of luck in the future, we will be forever in your debt KRO

  • Marc B says:

    Thankyou for all your hard work and dedication to this. If it wasn’t for OP then most of us would have been left in darkness, not knowing anything. You should be proud of all of what OP has become, and will always be. Now go and enjoy yourself!!

  • Clubclassblue says:

    Dan, Many thanks for all the hard work and hours you have put into this. Good luck to you and your family in all that you do. As the new owners have now taken control it would be good to see some of the stay-away fans return tomorrow night to give the gates a bit of a boost. I realise that its a bleak Tuesday evening in October against a struggling side but lets all try to persuade a friend/family member to get back to St Andrews.

  • Gerard says:

    We may have and sometimes agreed and sometimes not but my sincere thanks for your insight continued up dates and knowledge without which many of us would be no wiser an perhaps our glass would still be half empty not half full sincere thanks say safe , healthy and good luck in the future yours Gerard

  • Paul Scott says:

    I’ve only posted on here once before, but have I been another regular reader who has greatly appreciated your persistence and clarity. Many thanks for all your time and efforts on behalf of bluenoses everywhere and best wishes for whatever you do next..

  • MAC says:

    I can only say that the news that OP is closing has taken the shine off the new ownership.
    For the past 4 or 5 years I have checked the OP site every day – sometimes several times a day. Thank you for keeping us informed of the various events in Hong Kong and for clarifying (what seems like) hundreds of confusing developments.
    You can take with you the FACT that your steadfastness in the face of a sinister bully had a direct effect on this happy outcome. I wish you every success in the future and thank you again for your hard work.

  • edd77 says:

    Thanks Dan for keeping us in the know during these terrible few years for our club ,let’s hope there is nothing now to write about apart from the football and he’s to a more boring future in terms of the owners and more success on the pitch .GOOD LUCK AND KEEP RIGHT ON

  • Ben says:

    Have always read but never commented on your website as to not involve myself with the politics too much amongst other blues fan. However, I would just like to express my deepest gratitude for you and the site, you and your blog have been an absolute joy to read and I will sincerely miss loading the often partisan pages on a daily basis. Thank you and good luck

  • Quokkasskip says:


    You helped save our club.

    For that I and thousands others will be forever grateful.

    Cheers Dan and good luck with the future

  • MarkC says:


    Thank you for time and hard work over the years. I looked forward to reading your blog on my commune home each evening and will miss it greatly. We all owe you a debt of gratitude for what you’ve achieved.

    Thank you & Keep Right on!

  • AussieBlue says:

    As I’ve said in a PM to Dan, silly sentimental bugger! But what a job he’s done. What a fan he is. What cojones he’s displayed! Stared down the legal threats and innuendo of Pannu & co….dug deeper than any paid journo ever did.
    I’d also like to say thanks to all of you fellow posters who I’ve had the privilege of arguing with. You are Bluenoses and therefore friends of mine!
    I’ll miss the crapper out of youse all!
    Next trip to Brum, I”ll just roll up at The George and sit quietly with a pint and see who comes up and say ‘who’s that new canute in the corner?’ Take good care mates.

  • AussieBlue says:

    Quokkaskip…gotta be WA!
    Maybe see you on Rottnest Island?

  • Dug says:

    Thanks Dan, you kept us informed throughout, quite the sleuth well done. don’t disappear completely look forward to your views.

  • DerbyBluenose says:

    Thank you for everything you have done with OP
    It has been a real beacon of hope during the Dark days under CY
    I wish you all the best in you future endeavours


  • Jonathan says:

    It’s finally at and end,the dark years are over,thank you Dan for keeping us informed,during the wall of silence you were there to give us as much information as you could glean,we are forever in your debt KRO

  • Keith Fortey says:

    All the best for the future Dan. A big thank you for all your hard work in keeping us bluenoses informed of all the goings on, both here and in Hong Kong.

    Good luck and KRO

  • Mickey07 says:

    Dan we will always owe you for taking on pannu and putting him in his place…

    Keep right on fella.

  • Swedish Bluenose says:

    Thanks a lot, Daniel!
    You’ve done a fantastic work in a difficult time for the club and I will miss your comments.
    But I also understand that somewhere there’s an end of the road.
    Keep right on with your new projects, job-wise or OP-related!

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Forgive me Dan and Dave for pasting Dave Mann’s comment below because it seems ms up my thoughts exactly. This is a pleasant way to be behind us any disagreements. I said on Friday what immediately follows on from the takeover is an anticlimax and a void and it will take getting used to but we can all happily live without a rerun of the last five years!

    Over to Dave:

    “We’ve had our differences Daniel but I always respected your views and your hard work in what you’ve achieved , all the best in your future life and let’s hope we all move onwards and upwards and that once again all us fans can feel proud and honoured to be bluenoses .. Cheers mate . KRO”

    Very best wishes


  • Bluedad says:

    A truly meant best wishes to you in what ever ventures you undertake in the future. I have not left comments very often but I have read all your articles and always looked forward to the next one So thank you from a bluenose of over 50 years for all the information and hard work.

  • Bluenosemase says:

    Gutted! Thanks for everything Dan. Not sure if I’ve ever looked forward to reading articles as much as yours. I hope one day I get to see you down Stans so I can buy you a well deserved pint. Good luck mate.

  • Donna styche says:

    I’m gutted to hear this news,no OP!
    Would like to say though I’m very thankful to you for your hard graft & commitment without you things would have been very different.
    Good luck with your future. KRO

  • Wiggy1875 says:

    First ever comment, always read with interest, so very thankful for all your efforts because without you and your information, and I`m sure most would agree, we`d have all been in the dark for a lot longer than we were.

    Thanks again.

  • Oldbury Blue says:

    Thanks Dan, enjoyed reading your posts, good luck the future Keep Right On x

  • Mitchell says:

    Your efforts have been worthwhile and provided a much needed outlet for fans who had lost hope and hunger to see the club survive. More than this,the OP has amazingly brought a huge number of like minded fans together in an almost ‘family’ environment without ever seeing them or shaking their hands. In this day and age that is truly remarkable. Memories not ever forgotten.

  • Tolster says:

    Thanks for all your fantastic work Daniel.
    OP will be really missed by everyone Blue.
    Good luck in your future ventures.

  • Superbluemeanie says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in over the last few years. Without this site a lot of fans would’ve struggled to keep up with what was happening to the club that we all hold so dear. You’ve done yourself and the fans proud. Good luck with your future endeavours. Let’s hope the next 5 years are plain sailing.

  • ThaiBlue says:

    As an expat your site gave us much sought out info on our club and it’s ups and downs..Thank you so much for your time..good luck in whatever you decide to do in your future KRO.

  • Baloos says:

    A huge thanks for all your work with the Hong Kong saga and keeping Blues fans updated and informed. I believe it would have taken many more months/years for the mess to be sorted without your digging and interventions.

    OP will be missed but good luck with your new projects and I will look forward to your new writings on the new website.

    OP – “So long and thanks for all the fish”

  • Bluestaines says:

    Many thanks for the excellent news updates and opinion pieces over the years. Will be missed.

  • I for one are totally gutted at this news ..we pass this way but once , and only a few people impress us .. you are one of those people that have impressed me ..this really is a sad day for football in the city …I do hope you come back in the near future with OP when you realise what a real value to this club you have been …I for one think that you should be given a life time season ticket at the club …and from a man that finds it very hard to suck richard that is some accolade …KEEP RIGHT ON CHUM …and thanks for making our lives easier…William Morgan…

  • Luke says:

    Dan, you’re a star. Thanks for OP and good luck with the new stuff.

  • Colin farmer says:

    Thanks Dan ,you were the only way we could get information that we could understand !!
    Thanks a trillion
    Keep right on

  • Emma says:

    Good luck dan and thankyou for putting it all in lay mans terms for us.
    KRO emma

  • Steve says:

    Thanks Dan, you have done a great job keeping us bluenoses informed.
    Good luck for the future.


  • Richard Kane says:


    Many thanks from sunny Uxbridge.

    Good luck pal.


  • AdamTrueBlue says:

    It feels like I am losing a member of my family!! Thank you Dan and OP, can we bring back CY so that you carry on? End of an era on both counts, all the best with your new ventures.

  • Matt says:

    Thanks so much, Dan. You’ve done an unbelievable job over the past few years, really. Good luck for the future! KRO

  • Alan says:

    Dan, Thanks for all of you very hard work. If only all journalists were as genuine and honest with your reports as you have been. Every single Blues fan owes you a massive debt of gratitude. In the dark days when the future of our club look in serious jepody, you gave us hope, when all looked as if the club could fold, you gave us honesty and integrity with your probing investigations.

    Well done!

    I hope that the future is bright for you in your new venture and I wish you every success.

    Thanks and KRO

  • Phil says:

    Brilliant work Dan, thanks for keeping us well informed throughout this whole saga.

  • Northfield Blue says:

    Thank you for the effort you’ve put into bringing us news about our club, where nearly all other sources couldn’t be bothered.
    I will miss my daily check on your site for any new news!
    Good luck for the future.

  • ChrisG says:

    Well Dan you’ve certainly gone above & beyond over these last few troubled years & it’s mostly down to you that we supporters were kept so well informed, especially over in HK. I will miss reading & commenting on your blog but would like to wish you all the best for the future, and a big thanks for everything ( especially the cashmire scarf.lol ) KRO

  • Gary says:

    I have followed your Blog for quite some time but never posted although I did join in the crowd funding for your book, What happened at Blues could easily happen to any club. You have done a great job and you should be very proud.

    from a wolves fan.

  • Aussiebrum says:

    Over the years I have some slight understanding of the personal sacrifice you have made maintaining your awesome blog. You had a young daughter when this started, now she’d be a young lady and we are all that bit older.

    As one of the passionate Bluenoses abroad your insight and research has been the most valuable of commodities, with all Bluenoses we wish you every success and prosperity.

  • YetAnotherBluenose says:

    Hey Dan….

    Thanks for your hard work and efforts over these past 5 and a half years in keeping us all informed.

    I knew you when we were kids, I’ve read your blog throughout the saga, and I’ve posted under various names occasionally, but mainly I’ve just been a passive reader.

    Good luck with your next move abroad, with your new projects and for all the future holds for you. :)

    It’ll be a shame to see OP end, but I understand totally where you’re at and why you’re finishing it.


  • Brightside says:

    So very grateful for your insight and journalistic skills in explaining some complicated stuff. You are a Blues legend mate. Please keep contributing to other sites as well Dan when you can because you bring valuable info and a great sense of humour to other sites / topics

  • Jim Shaw says:

    Thanks for everything!

    Have kept us informed and entertained throughout this whole saga.

    Good luck in anything you pursue in the future!


  • Distant Blue says:


    Thank you.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Mr Paul Suen has spoken on bcfc.com.

  • Eggman says:

    Thanks Dan

    Just echoing all the other comments on here. The shear volume of them must itself tell you what an integral part of every true Blues fan’s life you have been over the last 5 or 6 years. The personal sacrifice and effort you have put in is genuinely rare in today’s self serving society and although we will all feel the void from the loss of OP I for one truly thank you and totally understand why its time to move on.
    Good luck mate!

  • Rodney Dennis says:

    Thanks for all your hard work and the commitment you’ve shown over the years in covering Blues and the ownership situation. It’s very much appreciated.

  • NorwegianBlue says:

    I have been an avid and passive reader for so many years it seems. This excellent blog has been the ONLY source of reliable information during the Carson years. I am grateful to you because of the effort and the stress you have been put through to get this information. I hope these thanks are enough for your troubles for that is all I have to give.

    Good luck in all your future endeavours.

  • Mark Smith says:

    Thank You

  • Phil J says:

    Thank you for your excellent work Dan. For years it seemed OP was the only source of credible information about what is REALLY going on around Blues ownership issues, as well as the more day-to-day stuff going on in and around St Andrews. You stuck to your principles in the face of fierce intimidation and managed to wheedle out the truth from those who certainly didn’t have the clubs’ interest at heart.
    I, along with many others will miss your regular commentary and the way you managed (to me anyway) to demystify all the legal jargon and present it in layman’s terms.
    I wish you all the best for your future endeavours,

  • Martin says:

    What are Mr Cho Hung Suen’s links with Century Ocean LTD and the Panama Papers leak?

  • BluePete says:

    Thanks for everything over the past few years, you’ve done an excellent job.

    I’ve just bought a couple of extra copies of Haircuts & League cups that’ll do as good Christmas presents for lapsed Blues Fans. No excuses now, time to come back to supporting Blues.

  • Kazakblue says:

    Daniel, have these comments from around the world bought a tear to your eyes yet ??

  • Alan Dawson says:

    Daniel , You can be proud of yourself , standing up and telling the truth and against the odds went to the end of the road and exposed the bare facts of what was going on , as a Blues fan of many years I would like to say thank you ! Regards Alan D

  • Captain Blues says:

    Good luck Dan, your blog has been a godsend (and indeed Haircuts and League Cups was a real eye opener) with all the lack of any detail from HK in the local media (much to their shame and much cudos to you) shame your calling it a day with OP even with the ownership transfer but you must do what’s best for you.


  • Barny Blue says:

    Thank you for all your hard work and effort which helped keep Bluenoses as up to speed as was possible with on-going events when faced with a wall of silence through one of the club’s darkest periods.

    Best wishes for your future endevours.


  • Eddie lees says:

    Well done and thanx for your work…good luck for the future …..KRO

  • Steve says:

    Thanks Dan for all the hard work you put in on this intelligent and insightful blog that was a must-read for bluenoses. It helped provide some transparency during some very dark years!

    As a fellow ex-pat (from Kingshurst) I wish you all the best for the future.


  • Micko says:

    A simple and sincere thank you.

  • BigNoseBlueNose says:


    Thank you for everything OP has discovered, uncovered and reported in the last 5 and a bit years.


  • Bluesfan says:

    I have had a few disagreements with you but you have done a great job with the OP keeping blues fans informed good luck in the future. KRO

  • Craig Buckton says:

    Thanks Dan,

    Followed this site for a few years now, it has become my first port of call for all things blue!

    You will be missed, good luck for the future.

  • Andy says:

    Truly the end of an era. OP is one of the few sites I look at every day, and I shall be very sad to see it go.

    Thank you Daniel, and good luck in your future ventures. Your services to the club and the fans will be remembered forever.


  • JHBBluenose says:

    The previous comments say it all but I just want to add my thanks to you Dan. Living 6000 miles away in South Africa it was hard to go through the dark days of the past few years with any clear information,but you kept me up to date brilliantly and fought the fight and won! Also, speaking as a Castle Bromwich-born kid it’s great to see a near-neighbour defy all the odds! All the best for you in the future. Will follow your new website with interest.

  • thereal deal says:

    The go to site to learn of the HK developments.
    Bought your book which was so very enlightening.
    Good Luck for the future…I will view your new blog with much interest
    KRO good Sir

  • Nick Thompson says:

    Please, Take a bow!

    Excellent work throughout the whole process.

    Good luck with your future ventures.

  • Barry says:

    Long time reader but first time poster . Would just like to say a big thank you Daniel for all your hard work and dedication over the last five and a half years. Good luck for the future kro

  • Steve says:

    All the best Dan! Your efforts have been greatly appreciated. Look forward to seeing the new blog / site whatever you want to call it, I know how much that has annoyed you ;-) KRO

  • Nik Spooner says:

    Hi Dan.

    Top man

    I didn’t agree with everything you said but then isn’t that life in general. I really enjoyed reading your posts and will miss them. I enjoyed your weekly spin on all things blue and will miss the Monday emails. Good luck fella and can’t wait to read the follow up book. Do you plan another kickstarter project for that. If so I’ll be looking out for it. Thank you from Tonyrefailbluenose

  • andy says:

    I sit here in New York and have logged on religiously over the last 5 years .. an enormous thank u as getting this factual, no nonsense, blunt, and HUMOUROUS news would have been impossible without u and all the others involved. And yes Dan I will also miss the videos of the suave you and your Brummie Palace !!! HAHAHA. Are u headed to Stratford for an acting career I wonder !!!!
    Many many thanks and good luck with where ever the future might take u …
    Will miss your top quality blog for sure…………

  • David Sheedy says:

    Dan, nothing really to add, thank you and good luck.

  • Reading OP over the years inspired me to start my own blog. I’ve enjoyed following you over the years and hope to read more from you over the coming years.


  • Ray says:

    First, a great big thanks Dan. Without your efforts, who knows…
    Secondly, I cant believe we wont have that insight available in the future.
    Thirdly, all the best whatever you do…
    Fourthly, the future – I hope many of your faithful readers get behind the Blues Trust – now only 147 members and desperately needing effort and commitment. It would be such a huge legacy for what Daniel has done if one day our Club had real fans involvement in its Governance.

  • Wootto57 says:

    Dan , I have followed Often Partisan over many years. I am sure there are many people out there like my who have rarely posted comments but found Often Partisan the best way to keep in touch with all things BCFC. Your posts and those of the other contributors have been insightful and thought provoking. Good Luck in your future projects we will miss you.

  • zr says:

    will you consider coming back in two years if it all goes pear-shaped ?

  • Barry says:

    Thanks for all the hard work and effort you have put in to keeping us all informed and I wish you the very best in your new venture

  • Kevin Kelly says:

    Dan, having religiously devoured the content of OP in the vacuum of information that BCFC became during the CY Era, I will be at a loss not to have my daily fix. Thanks for the hard work and tireless, no selfless efforts in keeping your fellow Bluenoses informed and involved. The Book was good but I hope there will be no need for a TTA sequel as we moved forward and go from strength to strength. Best of Luck with all your new Ventures.

  • AndyBlk25 says:

    Legendary efforts throughout Dan. Thank you so much. I still chuckle at the double meaning in Delay No More!

    All the best for everything moving forward.



  • Jason says:

    Thank you and good luck in your future endeavours. Blues fans will always remember how you outed Pannu

  • blueboi14 says:

    There are so many tributes I could write Dan, but I’m keeping it to the simple and to the point…

    “You are – Simply The Best”

    My sincere gratitude for everything you’ve done for me and fellow Bluenoses. And I wish you every success in your new ventures.

    I look forward to applauding you on to the pitch at some time in the near future.

    KRO Dan.

    p.s. I have book marked almajir.net , and look forward to reading your reports on the troubled ownership at B6.

  • Paul Lester says:


    This the end of an era in more that 1 respect. Firstly a very happy goodbye to the Carson times and all that was bad and the very bad. Secondly and with much sadness goodbye to OP.

    Your posts and book always kept us well informed of what was going on. You always told it as it was, no spin or bias despite all the rubbish and threats that were thrown your way

    A True Blue and an excellent journalist

    Good Luck for the future

  • MA24 says:

    Just another commenter on here which may or may not be read.
    I think the scale of the well wishers really indicates what a stalwart you have been to many blues fans lives. I would like to personally say thank you for all your efforts and your (at most times) level headed approach to writing your articles.
    I hope you do reconsider cutting OP off completely, I think you’ll still be the much needed voice of reason when things on the pitch go bad – and there is the potential of another takeover in 24 months which may need some ‘interpretation’ (or investigation).
    What ever you decide, good luck and you have earned “hero” status at least along with the likes of Zigic and Dugarry.

    KRO and I’ll keenly keep an eye over your new projects.

  • Zulublue says:

    Thank Dan for all the time, effort and dedication, OP was always my first go to for the latest news, it’s a sad day, however understand and appreciate that you have new goals.

    Good luck for the future,

    With Joys and sorrows – KRO

  • Bill Geoghegan says:

    Thanks Dan . A true Blue Nose that kept right on till the end of that long and winding road. Good luck with every thing you do in the future. The futures bright,the futures blue.

    Bill G.

  • Brummie Brian says:

    I am just gutted Daniel,best wishes my friend and a big thank you.We will never forget OP and please remember to KRO

  • MisterFrain says:

    Hi Dan,

    Posted before reading all the above comments. I’m sure I won’t be saying anything original, but THANK YOU… For being a beacon of light & hope during – not for the first time – a particularly dark period in our Club’s history. Your efforts, stoicism and fortitude very much help slay the Chinese dragon. While the B’ham Mail , local radio & the national press (The Guardian) waited for things to happen, you MADE them happen. For that, we supporters, should be eternally grateful, and there should be a permanent mention of you in every programme, and on the official Blues website.

    Very best wishes in your future endeavours, good luck to you & your family, and REMEMBER, when the Club achieves success in the future, you can rightly claim to have played a SIGNIFICANT part.


  • Trev says:

    Gutted that o.p is at an end dan thanks for all the work you have put in and good luck with all you’re future endeavours k.r.o

  • Art says:

    Very sad day and I will miss your early morning read..

    Good luck my friend in anything you take on and thank you for helping us through the dark days.


    In Cyprus.

  • ian says:

    many thanks for all your work Dan, OP will be missed,

  • John in Torquay says:

    Dan, just to echo everyone else, as a Blues supporter living away from the city you have always been the first place I would go to for informative, honest opinion about the Blues. Thank you for all you have done for Our club and best wishes for the future

  • Chris W says:

    Thanks dan. It’s down to you that we have been able to hear what’s really been going on. This has been along old slog for us all as blues fans but when hasn’t it been. I thank you for all the time you’ve taken keeping us in touch with all the ins and outs even if half the time I didn’t understand the legal wrangling. I wish you luck with your new project. I have received the message through almajr, will you be continuing to stay in touch through that email. I hope so mate. As a fellow kingshurst man I wish you much brother. And more importantly KRO

  • Julie Jordan says:

    Julie,South Yardley
    Many, many thanks Daniel and every good wish for your future.
    You will be missed.

  • Lionel Fountain says:

    Many thanks for all your investigative hard work over the last few years
    At times in the early days we have been glued to your website anxiously waiting for any crumbs of information.
    Now hopefully it is all over and you can put your feet up – a job well done.

  • Tom says:

    Thanks Dan. Best wishes for the future.

  • stephen hayes says:


    simply..thank you for your constant efforts.

    Keep right on bluenose


  • Azzurri says:

    So long & thanks for all the fish !

    Will you be joining Thongs in being paid for your postings on SHA now ? :)

  • Bluenose_Matt says:

    Just want to echo what everyone else has said. I’ve been an avid reader, thank you for your efforts I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ride!
    KRO brother

  • Bluedook says:

    So long and thanks for all the fish

  • Derbyshire Blue says:

    Just a note of thanks for all your efforts over the last few years. Let’s all hope we don’t need another site like this again. Best of luck in the future.

  • Bluenosejohn says:

    Thank you for your efforts. Good luck in your future projects.


  • Rick says:

    Thank you for all your efforts.

  • DaveP says:

    As Douglas Adams so profoundly said “So long and thanks for all the fish!”*

    *The fish being the unparalleled level of journalistic prowess you’ve displayed in the past few years feeding us lowly Bluenoses.

    All the best in the future Dan, I’ll be sure to look out for your new work.

  • Martin says:

    With a heavy heart i will miss this alot. I respect what you have dona, and why you are moving on. In our darkest days we always had this view and information. Best of luck with your new venture.
    Thank you so much and Dan KRO

  • chris saunders says:

    Thank you Dan. Our club is now safely out of there hands forever. We all have your dedication and very hard work to thank for that. So with sadness I cant read this blog know more but will follow your new site with grate interest.

    Thanks Dan your the man every Blues fan owes such a debt to..

  • Bluejohn55 says:


    My daughter – another true Bluenose gave me your book that both you and Will signed. I will treasure it forever.! Thanks for the memories mate!


  • Eric says:

    You will be missed. Thanks Dan for being the main source of information for Bluenoses during a chaotic period of our history. It wont be the same turning on our computer and not tuning into your comments – you are hereby knighted as a TRUE BLUE.

  • Cbrccc says:

    I havnt always been your biggest fan Dan but I feel its only right i thank you sincerely for what you have done for my beloved .bcfc as i dread to think where we would be without you.
    It is people like you that make England the great country it is.

  • Nick Culhane says:

    Thanks Dan. This site has been a regular visit for me day to day. You have done a great job on keeping us all updated over the years. Good luck in your new challenge(s) and I for one will be checking in on the new site.KRO!!

  • Jake says:

    Congratulations on the success you’ve made of OP.

    I’m sure you’re now an inspiration to all the aspiring young Blues journos out there, and you’ve given Blues fans with all they’ve ever wanted, to know what’s been going on in the club.

    Good luck in your future endevours Dan.

  • Simon says:

    Dan – I have never been a commenter, just a silent observer but closing OP is worthy of comment; what I have enjoyed most about your work is the matter of fact, objective analysis combined with a real sense of warmth for the subject matter. I have never seen you stray far into blind optimism but you never press the panic button either; both roads are frequently well travelled by the greater Blues population! At the end of this particular road I hope the signs are there for a bright future for Blues, and an equally rewarding path for you. It’s a sure sign of your success with OP that there is a sense of loss from your readers; well done on this project and all future success to you too. KRO.

  • Glosblue says:

    The end of an era in more ways than one. Thanks for all you’ve done for us on OP and good luck for the future. KRO.

  • Jazzzy786 says:

    Cheers Dan OP has been a good read. We all know ur new job is gonna be a groupie for Girls generation or should that be gropey.

  • kevb8ll says:

    Daniel your diligence and persistence on the takeover topic, and the matters prior to that, are a credit to your abilities as an author.

    I wish you well on your new project, actually I speak on behalf of everyone at Joys and Sorrows, we hope to continue to see your writings appear online in whatever way you choose to do.

    Thanks again mate.


  • James says:

    Thank you for all you have done, during this difficult time for us. I hope the future is bright for both the blues and yourself. KRO

  • Blue Steve says:


    Really quite sad about this I have often disagreed with you but always respected you. As this is the end I have always wondered why the alias Almajir………

  • Steve says:

    Thanks for all you have done Dan, you have kept us all well informed and have had a great influence on what has happened today, with the new take over.

    All the best in whatever you do.

  • Darren says:

    All the best OP, cheers for the hundreds of updates. Would have enjoyed seeing final stats for your site??
    KRO mate, take care

  • Bluehobba says:

    Thanks for all the information over the years, Good luck in your move and new venture, wishing you all the success you deserve…kro

  • bluenose 42 says:

    As an elderly female fan ,you made things clear to me, and like everyone else I will certainly miss your
    Informative posts,good luck to you in all you do,and I will miss OP .

  • Texas Pete says:

    Well all goods things come to an end. As someone who is too far from home, your work has brought me so close to the news, action and real info. Much of which is off the field.
    I would be in the dark without it. Thanks for maintaining a goood group of commenters who are real fans too.
    Good luck mate.

  • carlos says:

    Big thankyou Dan for all the hard work and dedication you have shown over the last five years, make no mistake all Blues fans owe you a dept of gratitude. Haven’t always agreed with your analysis but have always appreciated the efforts you have put in. Good luck in your future projects

  • Jon Day says:

    Fair play. Always an interesting read especially when the Birmingham evening mail wasn’t reporting anything back in the Carson days. It became the main source of info and first page to check out for honest blues news!

  • Jakel83 says:

    Thanks dan for all the hard work and effort you’ve put in over the past few years and good luck to you in the future KRO

  • EamonCav says:

    Good luck in the future and many thanks.

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    Thanks and good luck in your future exploits Dan.As a Blues fan your blog has been intriguing as you’ve been our man on the ground through one of the toughest periods in our history.If your investigative journalism exceeds the bounds of what OP has been for us bluenoses you will have deserved recognition on a much larger scale.Good luck on that front and if I see you down the Blues I will buy you pint.Cheers mate.

  • bluenose1949 says:

    Thanks a million Dan .Through those dark years, yours was the only light of information we had. On behalf of all bluenoses near and far, thank you and your family for the time and effort you put in for us. I feel it would be justified if some form of recognition relating to the above could be made as a show of appreciation from us bluenoses to you Dan. Maybe a plaque at the football club or local pub. Maybe it,s something that may be picked up on. Take care Dan and all the best for the future. K.R.O.

  • Richard HR says:

    Dan – long time reader from the U.S. Very appreciative of all your work to keep fans across the world on top of an amazing story. Best wishes for your future efforts. KRO.

  • River says:

    Thank you dan best of luck KRO

  • Murph says:

    Thanks for all your effort and information through op been so helpfully to us the readers and the club , job we’ll done dan !

  • Jimmy F says:


    This is the first time I have commented but I have always respected and appreciated the work you have done for the boys in blue.

    On behalf of all the people who haven’t commented I say a big thank you and wish you all the best in future

    Keep Right On!!

  • Lee says:

    Indeed, the end of an era but with it the Blue shoots of recovery. Your search for clarity and honesty throughout the last 5 years reminds me of this;

    To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Fellow bluenoses will be watching your progress with pride, one of us.

  • Mal Hassall says:

    Very grateful for everything you’ve done. There’ll be a big hole in my surfing now OP is closing .
    Good luck with your next venture.

  • Gbblue says:

    Superb blog and source of hope and salvation for a long time. Enjoy your new venture

  • nicko says:

    hi Dan its nicko here from the Birmingham ladies we speak in the press lounge when you come home pop and see me at the moors. I think you should do a Christmas o/p special. thank you for what you have done for bcfc and the supporters. KRO

  • Steve M says:

    Quite simply,
    Thank you for everything Dan and good wishes for the future.

  • Letsby Avenue says:

    THANK YOU AJ :-)

    Above and beyond your tireless work regarding our club…

    I think many of us recognise your true and lasting achievement with OP.

    From an enthusiastic ‘amateur’ and fan, getting absorbed into a devil’s cauldron, you have emerged as a professional investigative journalist.
    Integrity and Respect intact and growing.

    Thank you for Five plus years of honest toil. A pleasure to see you grow, month by month.

    Thank God you are a nose. :-)

    Best of luck in your future to you and your family.

    Take care of yourself friend.

  • ian says:

    Well done thanks to dan work hard…Take time to Gary Rowett,


  • mrbluesky says:

    All the best for the future and a big thank you for all your efforts in keeping us in touch with events.

    Your tireless work is much appreciated

    Good Luk

  • Bluenose Clarkey says:


    I’ve read every article you’ve posted for around the last 4years. This is the first time I’ve commented. I want to say thank you for doing such a fantastic job. No other ‘media sources’ spent half as long as you getting to the bottom of exactly what was going on behind the scenes & in Hong Kong. I would always update friends & family on all things Blues, and they would be like ‘how the hell do you no all this?’. I’d just say my friend Dan knows everything about the club and keeps me updated.

    I’m gutted that you’ve decided to call it a day but I completely understand the time an effort it takes, God only knows where you have time for your own life. I wish you every success in the future & when your some big time writer I’ll say ‘he was my mate before he got all famous’ lol. Take care & always remember, KEEP RIGHT ON!!!

  • Richard Darby says:

    Gone but not forgotten!!
    Thanks for all your hard work over the last few years.
    All the very best in your next chapter.

  • AndyP says:

    Hi Dan,all the best with whatever project you are moving on to ,we all have a debt of gratitude for your tireless work over the last 6 years,and you can hold your head high in knowing you played a massive part in this saga,and the clubs history.Hopefully we haven’t heard the last from Op.

  • Danny says:

    Dan, thanks for everything. OP was always my choice for news and views about our beloved club. Wish you all the best and hopefully you will be back.
    Thanks again SOTV

  • simmo says:

    Thanks for all the good and hard work Dan.OP has been a little part of my daily routine for the last five and a half years,to say i’m going to miss it is a massive understatement. Glad to here about your new project on almajir.net heres looking forward. Big respect and best of luck for the future mate.KRO.

  • macca salop blue says:

    Without you I don’t think we would have seen today, you’ve played a big positive part in this. Thanks to you you’ve helped countless Blues fans like me try to understand what’s going on. Even after you’ve tried to simplify things it’s still not been easy to follow (…some of us are thick you know!). You’ve stated the facts and somehow managed to unravel a complicated twisted state of affairs. Your blogs have been an essential daily routine internet check for me, it will now feel like something is missing. I wish you all the best going forward, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard from you!

  • Trish says:

    Thanks for getting me through the dark days. All blues fans will miss this fantastic site. Good luck for the future. I will be looking at your new site. Trish

  • Dan says:

    Not a frequent commenter but I’ve always read your articles from afar and I’ve agreed with 90 per cent of the stuff you have said. A great insight into everything surrounding the club. Admire your dedication over the years. Best of luck for the future and thank you for all your efforts!

  • Bluejimbo says:

    Many thanks Dan, I did not often contribute to the site but never missed a day without checking out your comments and updates about CY and the events taking place in HK. In fact we got more information from the OP site than from the B’ham Mail and the Blues official site. Once again thanks for all the info and all the best for the future.


  • Neil says:

    Like all have said the fantastic job you have done covering all things
    At BCFC and not being paid to do this the time you must have spent
    Doing this is a credit to the person you are I wish you all the very best
    For your new projects take care Dan.

  • Peter bates says:

    Thanks Dan you did a superb job keeping us informed about a pretty dark period in the clubs history good luck to you in all your future ventures thanks again Dan and kro

  • Mitchell says:

    With Daniels permission may I pay tribute to fellow commenters who have found OP fun as well as informative. With this in mind I have put out a Blues Veterans Team to take on anybody. This leaf taken out of Daniels stance against Pater Pannu. Team: William Morgan,Bluey,Staffs, Hillfield Blues,Richard Granfield,Wombourne Blue,Oldbury Blue,Ghris G,Gerrard Hehir,Swissjonny and No.9 and Captain David Mann. Manager and mentor Blue Eyed Boy. Bless you all.

  • Andrew says:

    Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this and helping everyone (even us young ones) understand what’s been happening with our club. All the best for the future KRO

  • Zuludave says:

    Thanks for all you’ve done you’re a legend mate

  • Garibaldi says:

    We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude. All the very best in whatever you do

  • Ian Lowes says:

    Thanks for your insight, you have been the go to source through this mess of the last 5 years of farce. Now you & OP are going, many other websites (& newspapers) will have to spend more time doing their job, instead of copying your thoughts!

    Enjoy retirement Dan, KRO

  • Scoobay1875 says:

    Gutted that you’re locking the site. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blogs and the club may well have been a lot worse of if not for your tenacity in uncovering the ugly truth. Thank you for all your hard work, Dan. All the very best in the future.

  • Roger_me says:

    Thanks for all your help with finding out what was going on behind the scenes.

  • Philip Walsh says:

    Thanks for all your efforts against the dark forces which came close to destroying our club. You showed up the national and local media for the spineless cowards they are. The pressure you exerted on Pannu just by scrutinising his bluster produced one of the classic meltdowns of all time- the late night “Wan Chai Girly Boy” e-mail rant (we need a YouTube reconstruction of that for a laugh!). I marvelled at your tenacity in this long, long campaign. Best of luck in your new venture- you’re going to be the scourge of bad football owners everywhere, it seems!

  • Dave Lewis says:

    So grateful,you deserve all the accolades Dan,thank you doesn’t feel like enough

  • Gerrard hehir says:

    Yeah I almost feel emotional. Fair play to you Dan. Seriosuly well done. Massive respect and love going out to you

  • DLesser says:

    Thanks Dan,

    Certainly the end of an era.

    I usually linked to you through NewsNow, as I open this a few times every day to find out about Blues from up in the North.

    Whenever I saw a post from OP, it was the first I opened and I knew it was worth reading, rather than 90% of the dross that gets linked to on there.

    Your blog will be sadly missed by me, and I hope you can tell from all the responses above (and no doubt below) how much your thoughts, insight and investigations have meant to, and been appreciated by so many.

    Good luck for the future

    Hopefully you will cover Blues as much as possible on your new blog.
    No doubt I’ll be reading it with interest.

  • Art says:


    Before you sign off will you just answer one last question.

    Do you think the club will have new owners and do you think the club will be in Premership within the next two years.?

  • Derek Hayes says:

    Wow. Thanks for the great work.

  • Stuart Hamilton says:

    Thank you Dan, really appreciate the time and effort that you’ve devoted to the cause and in turn how you’ve kept us all updated within the tough murky period we’ve endured. Good luck with the new venture.

  • Rich says:

    Hey Dan. I’ve never posted before but before you go, I just needed to say what a terrific job you’ve done in doggedly following the Carson story over the years. You should be really proud of what you’ve achieved. I’m gutted that OP is closing but totally understand your reasons. Good luck in the future, thank you and KRO.

  • BuntwoodBlu says:

    A fantastic blog Daniel, I will really miss reading it. Good luck in the future.

  • David Ladywood says:

    You thoroughly deserve all of the above plaudits. Many thanks for your determined efforts over the years. Blues fans owe you a debt of gratitude. KRO

  • Mike Davies says:

    Thanks. KRO

  • Clarkey says:

    Never commented before but always read your site & emails. Massive thanks for keeping your fellow bluenoses up to date with the goings on in HK. Would have been completely lost without your reports. All the best in the future. KRO

  • Margaret says:

    Thanks for all you did to find out the truth and keep us informed. Much appreciated.

  • Payno says:

    Great work ! KRO !

  • Ray says:

    Many thanks bud, great job on gathering all the info over the past 5 and a half years! TBH my favourite bits used to be reading some of the comments people would leave. Thanks from Cork, Ireland.

  • Jonaldo says:

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the work put in to each and every article, I will make sure to follow your next venture too.

    Keep Right On Dan!

  • Bluegirl says:

    Fully understand this is a watershed moment and the right time to close and on such a high note, too, but I’m gutted and will miss your blogs enormously. I echo everyone’s comments on here – thanks, Dan, you have done a awesome job and will be greatly missed.

    Good luck for the future.



  • RichardM says:

    Gutted Dan, but understand your reasons, I will really miss OP, but thank you for standing tall in one of the club’s darkest moments, it really needed someone like you.

    I don’t think we will ever fully appreciate the difference you made.

    Good luck mate.

  • matthew stanley says:

    Thanks Dan for all the hard work! This sums you up mate a super hero!

  • kiwipete says:

    Thanks for all the info over the years Daniel.
    We really do need to meet up over that pint or two, my shout.
    Good luck with the future

  • Marshman1875 says:

    Thanks Dan for the brilliant job you’ve done. Enjoyed following your blog and the comments it has generated from many Blues fans over the years.Good luck with your move and future projects. Kro

  • Sid says:

    Just a question before you put your old laptop on e-bay, if the situation at board level turned ugly again, would you feel inclined to flex your fingers once more or is that definitely definitely it??? Seriously kidder, thanks for O.P. Insightful is not the word. Hopefully T.T.A. will be at least, a little bit more transparent in their dealings. KRO

  • kro48k says:

    Your tireless search for answers throughout this insane saga has meant so much to all of us. Great work Dan. Top man! All the very best for the future.

  • Chris Cole says:

    Great job done. Thanks and best wishes. Keep right on. Chris Cole.c

  • Brummie says:

    If I could put into words how much the supporters owe you for your efforts, I would.

    Dan, you have done a first class job in your relentless pursuit of justice.

    Not only did you help us avoid a drop into League 1, or worse, but you saved us from even more years teatering on the edge of financial abyss (or worse).

    At times I was worried that certain people would attempt to shut you up by whatever means possible, but thankfully you came through relatively unscathed.

    One of the highlights of the past few years was when a certain big fat ****** of a bully lost the plot early one morning and started typing threats.

    We’ll miss your contributions, but hopefully you’ll continue to visit free forums as well as other Blues forums

    Good luck with everything..

    We’re often partisan, la la la; we will journey on, la la la …..

  • Eddie says:

    As you go through life,
    It’s a long long road,
    There’ll be joys and sorrows too.

    As we journey on,
    We will sing this song,
    For the boys in royal blue,
    We’re often partizan,
    We will journey on,
    Keep right on to the end of the road,
    Keep right on to the end.

    Though the way be long,
    Let your heart beat strong,
    Keep right on to the end,
    Though you’re tired and weary,
    Still journey on, ’til you come to your happy abode,
    Where all the love, you’ve been dreaming of will be there,
    At the end of the road, Birmingham! Birmingham!

  • Andrew says:

    Well done almajir for bringing the fans a lot of light on club dealings. Will miss you sharing your opinions and discussing them. Good luck for the future.

  • Romford Blue says:

    First time poster. Dan, i just wanted you to know what a rock you have been to thousands of bluenoses all over the world who without your dogged determination would have been left in an information limbo land.You deserve any and all success that comes your way and i sincerely hope that one day us bluenoses can find a way to show our appreciation and respect that we all have for you.

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