Saturday 27th April 2013 Npower Championship Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City [b]Referee Graham Salisbury[/b] Joe Clark and Paul Harris Fourth Official Tim Robinson Barring a last minute change Referee Graham Salisbury will take charge of Saturdays Npower Championship game between Ipswich vs Blues at Portman Road
Salisbury has been a referee since 2001 so its quite surprising to learn he's only officiated Blues on a handful of ocassions, last time was in January in the Championship against Lee Clarks old team Huddersfield Town. Blues drew that game 1-1 with Callum Reilly getting his first professional goal.So far this season Mr Salisbury has reffered 40 games and dished out 125 yellow cards and 5 red. In his matches 7 penalties have been scored, 5 to the home side 2 to the away. His last five games in which he has officiated Ipswich Town they have won 2 drawn 2 and lost 1. A full account of Mr Salisburys stats record vs Blues can be found on the forum birminghamcityforum.co.uk #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
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so it looks like the club have sold two players without anyone knowing, except of course the players and their agents and most probably the management team at Blues
my problem with that is, if its a secret they've been sold, which club holds the registrations? if it is Blues, how have they been sold?, and if its not Blues those players must have been loaned back. But how is that possible without that info being release to the media?
Pre contract agreements maybe with the buying clubs getting first dibs on those players?
Lee Clark has backed Wade Elliot to continue scoring despite blazing over when it looked easier to score against Blackpool. Clark said "Wade passed up a glorious chance to snatch all three points for us in the 87th minute against Blackpool, somehow blazing over his shot from six yards with the goal at his mercy although the ball may possibly have taken a slight bobble."
But Clark is hoping the midfielder, who has six goals to his name this season, finds himself in exactly the same spot against Derby at St Andrew's this weekend.
"He's been fantastic for us this season and he'll never be criticised by me or anybody in the dressing room," Clark added. "I want him on Saturday to be in the same position to miss the same chance, because I know the next 1,000 times he has that opportunity on the training pitch or in matches he'll just bang it in." #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
Blues starting XI V Hull City: Butland; Caddis, Davies, Caldwell, Hancox; Burke, Reilly, Elliott, Spector; Lovenkrands, Zigic, on the Blues bench this afternoon: Doyle, Robinson, Gomis, Mullins, Ferguson, Redmond, Thomas. #BCFC www.bcfcfan.co.uk
Next Game : Saturday 23rd February 2013 NPower Championship Peterborough vs Birmingham City Referee MICK RUSSELL Ollie Yates and Matt Foley Fourth Official Carl Fitch Referee MICK RUSSELL will take charge of tomorrrows match with The Posh. He last reffed Blues in the 2-3 Home defeat to Hull City, ex Blues player Sone Aluko came back to haunt us with a Brace, In that game he booked Zigic. he has reffed Blues 5 times in the past with 2 wins and 3 defeats. a full account of Mick Russells stats vs Blues can be found by joining birminghamcityforum.co.uk
Looking around online and Mick Russell has not got a lot of people saying good things about him especially Doncaster Rovers fans, He also caused controversy In December after booking the same Sheffield Wednesday player (Jeremy Helan) twice during a match but failed to send him off! The Independent called it a "Staggering Error"
Mr Russell was taken off refereeing duties while investigations took place and this will be his first Championship match since that fixture. This season he has officiated in 34 games and given out 75 yellow cards and 4 red cards (2 home and 2 away, 2 of the cards have come in the last minutes of a game so maybe he gets bored, lol. Penalties scored this season in his games are 15, which is a hell of a lot (Home 8 Away 7) in 34 games.
In the past he has awarded Blues two penalties and none against with a 40% win rate for Blues from the fivegames he has reffed Blues. Posh last had Mick Russell take charge of them two seasons ago when Posh drew 1-1 with Lee Clark's unbeatable Huddersfield Town. Four yellow cards were issued with both sides receiving two apiece. He gave Posh a Penalty that day. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
Looks like he loves giving Penalties out, beware Blues!
Blues starting XI vs Sheff Wed 19/02/2012: Butland, Caddis, Hancox, Caldwell, Davies, Burke, Spector, Reilly, Elliott, King, Zigic And on the Blues bench: Doyle, Ibanez, Mullins, Lovenkrands, Thomas, Redmond, Hall. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
Saturday 12th January 2012 NPower Championship Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City Referee Graham Salisbury Ian Hussin and Mark Jones Fourth Official Mark Duncan Referee Graham Sailbury will take charge of Saturdays nPower Championship game between Blues and Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. The Lancashire official has officiated Blues three times previously and Blues have won all three 1-0. A full account of his stats vs Blues can be found here or by Clicking Here (you may need to be a full member to view the stats)
The Last time Salisbury Officiated Blues was at Elland Road earlier this season, When a Leroy Lita strike gave Blues a unlikely 1-0 away success, before then in January 2009, Blues beat Derby at St Andrews thanks to a Lee Carsley goal, previously the only other time was a Blues 1-0 win up at the Stadium of Light when a Mikael Forssell Goal gave Blues a 1-0 in the Championship with a penalty. In the three games four Blues players have received yellow cards and no reds. This season he has officiated 25 games and dished out 81 yellow card and 4 reds (3 away, 1 home), he has awarded 5 penalties this season 3 home for the home team and 2 for the away #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has turned his attention to Scotland again in his attempts to stabalise a Blues squad facing multple departures when this season ends. Motherwells Keeper Darren Randolph is top of Lee Clark's shopping list as a replacement for Jack Butland who will be joining his parent club Stoke City when his loan period ends when Blues face Blackburn Rovers in 10 days time at St Andrews to seal his January Transfer and Lee Clark is wasting no time in the market having already secured Andrew Shinnie from Inverness
Shinnie has signed a pre-contract agreement with Blues. And have already had a look at three Ayr United players with David Sinclair, Mark Shankland and Robbie Crawford having a trial with Blues. However nothing seems to have been agreed between the two clubs.
Darren Randolph is currently with Motherwell, but his three year contract expires in the summer and Clark is interested in bringing the 25 year old to St Andrews on a Bosman move. Randolph has been an ever present between the sticks this season making 39 appearances with the Well currently lying 2nd in the SPL.
Chris Burke has today found out he has retained his place for Scotlands forthcoming World Cup games. The lively winger impressed Gordon Strachan after recently being recalled to the new international setup. Strachan said “My old assistant and former Birmingham player and manager Garry Pendrey goes to every Birmingham game. He says Burke is the best player Birmingham have got, along with Curtis Davies. I have also seen him many times live as well. He has deserved his call up and his place”. #bcfc www.bcfcfan.co.uk
Tuesday 19th February 2013 NPower Championship Birmingham City v Sheff Wednesday Referee STUART ATTWELL David Avent and Robert Merchant Fourth Official Geoff Law Referee Stuart Attwell will take charge of Tuesdays nPower Championship game between Blues and Sheffield Wednesday The Lancashire official has officiated Blues three times previously. A full account of his stats vs Blues can be found on the forum bcfcfan.co.uk
Attwell made a prominent debut in 2008 as the youngest person ever to referee in the Premier League, however Attwell and one of his assistants, Nigel Bannister, were heavily censured for a decision to award an early goal to Reading in a Championship game at Watford on 20 September 2008. Bannister flagged for a goal instead of a corner kick after Watford's John Eustace played the ball over the byline - four yards wide of the goal post - before Reading's Noel Hunt hooked it back into play. Attwell awarded Reading a goal. The incident, dubbed in the media as a "ghost goal", led to both Attwell and Bannister being dropped from their duties the following weekend. In February 2012, Attwell was demoted from the list of Select Group Referees and returned to Football League duty on the National List. The move was said to come by mutual consent. The last time he reffed Blues was earlier this season when Mick McCarthys new charges came to St Andrews and beat us 1-0.
This Season Attwell has officiated in 31 games, and given out 86 yellow cards and 2 reds, both players sent off played for the away side. This season 3 penalties have been scored in his matches, 1 home 2 x away
His last game officiating Sheffield Wednesday was a 1-0 away win at Barnsley in December 2012 and prior to that a 2-2 draw vs Newcastle #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk
Next Game - Saturday 16th February 2013 npower Championship Birmingham City vs Watford Craig Pawson Gavin Muge and Andy Newbold Fourth Official Daniel Meeson Barring any last minute changes Craig Pawson will take charge of our game vs Watford. Pawson has been a referee for around 6 seasons and last time he Officiated Blues it must have felt like a case of Deja vu as he has reffed Blues only twice in his career and both times vs Blackpool. First time he officiated Blues won 3-0 and sent off Blackpools Barry Ferguson at St Andrews. the 2nd time was earlier this season when a Curtis Davies goal cancelled out a Tom Ince goal for the seasiders
Following his last game Pawson had officiated in 24 games giving out 68 yellow cards and 3 red this season, 1 x home and 2 x away. Penalties scored in his games are 6, 3 x home 3 x away. Last time he officiated Watford was last season at Selhurst Park, when they were beaten by a rampant Crystal Palace 4-0. a full account of his stats vs Blues can be found on the forum visit bcfcfan.co.uk #bcfc
Striker Wes Thomas has joined Blues on loan until the end of the season from Bournemouth.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed two successful loan spells under the management of Michael Appleton this season, at Portsmouth and Blackpool respectively, and will now be looking to continue that fine form at St. Andrew’s.
The Londoner joined the promotion-chasing Cherries on a permanent basis last January having initially impressed on loan from Crawley Town.
And Blues boss Lee Clark has admitted to bcfc.com that he’s been a big admirer of his new recruit for some time.
Clark explained: “I first became aware of Wes at Bournemouth when I was Huddersfield Town manager and I’ve always rated him highly.
“He’s strong in possession, very quick, has an eye for goal and is capable of playing in a pair or as a lone frontman. He’s already done well in the Championship with Blackpool this season and he’s a young and hungry player who wants to keep on improving.
“Wes fits the bill as he’s exactly the type of player that I’ve been looking for.”
Thomas cut his teeth in the non-league game with Waltham Forest, Thurrock and Fisher Athletic before joining Dagenham & Redbridge. Following loan spells at Grays Athletic and Rushden & Diamonds, the goal-getter joined Cheltenham Town before moving to Crawley.
Thomas joins Blues on a standard loan with no option to recall in place.
former Blues loanee Leroy Lita has signed for Sheff Wed til the end of the season as the yorkshire club bid to avoid the drop, Blues will come face to face with Leroy again on February 19th. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk