Birmingham City is able to issue the following Club Update.
With the festive season fast approaching and the Club’s final home fixtures before Christmas on the horizon, we wish to issue supporters with a round-up of recent matters across the Football Club.
As the temperatures have dropped you have continued to follow the team near and far – a level of support that has not gone unnoticed.
Much of the good will in recent weeks has been directed towards our newly appointed Interim Women’s Head Coach, Darren Carter.
Darren’s appointment is another step towards developing an identity at the Club, which values and embodies what it means to be Blues.
The Football Club has a special place at the heart of the community and has the power to unite people from all walks of life.
This remains our aim as we welcome in the New Year and tackle the second half of the season.
Earlier today the Club announced formative plans to remember Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at St. Andrew’s.
The lasting image of Arthur, shared across social media and used by a number of news outlets in recent weeks, depicts a smiling, happy boy wearing a Blues shirt.
This is how we want to remember Arthur.
In addition to a sixth minute applause, big screen tribute and flag of remembrance at tomorrow’s game with Cardiff City, the Club with the support of Fridays, has renamed the Family Zone to Arthur’s Area and revealed plans to create an on-site memorial garden.
Following the Government’s “Plan B” announcement earlier this week, the Club will be implementing the recommended EFL safety measures.
The plans come into effect as of Wednesday 15th December and further information will be provided to supporters early next week.
In the meantime, those attending St. Andrew’s are encouraged to wear a facemask when navigating through the indoor areas of the stadium and utilise the sanitisation stations around the facility.
Visit BCFC.com next week for updates on how the changes will affect your matchday experience.
Christmas at the Kop
Blues are welcoming local street food vendors, luxury hot chocolate, market stalls and Santa’s Grotto to the Kop car park for our final home game of the festive season.
Centred around a giant heated marquee, supporters will be able to visit a number of street food outlets in preparation of the big kick-off.
In addition to the refreshment offerings, fans can complete their Christmas shopping by browsing vintage Blues shirts and a range of skincare products.
This will all be backed by a soundtrack of live music by Sammy Rogers.
Grills and bars open at midday and will finish as the game begins at 3pm.
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Half Season Tickets on sale NOW!
Following ten clean sheets so far this campaign, Lee Bowyer’s fighting Blues sit nicely in the form table, with nothing off the cards going into Christmas. And in preparation for the remaining fixtures, you can make sure you hear every final whistle at St. Andrew’s with a half-season ticket.
Starting from Peterborough United on Wednesday 29 December, fans will take in a dozen Sky Bet Championship fixtures as the season runs up until its May crescendo.
Seats available are available in most areas of the stadium, so fans can choose their own seats online or by speaking to the team at the Ticket Office to ensure the best view of the action-half of the season.
Blues were delighted to secure the signatures of young prospects George Hall and Jordan James.
The pair have risen through the Club’s Academy system to feature in Lee Bowyer’s First Team squad.
Both Hall and James have represented their respective nations at development level and have put pen to paper on their first professional deals with the Club.
Congratulations, George and JJ!
Marc Roberts has signed an extension to his current contract.
The defender has agreed terms to a further two years on his existing deal, with a further year’s option.
This news will see Roberts remain in the Second City until at least 2024, with the 31-year-old having played in all but one of Blues’ Sky Bet Championship games this campaign.
A graduate of the Yorkshire football scene, the centre-back impressed during stints at Halifax Town and Barnsley before signing for Birmingham City in the 2017 Summer transfer window.
On a cold Monday night at St. Andrew’s, 35 brave participants slept rough underneath the Gil Merrick concourse to raise money for a variety of charities and good causes.
The total currently stands at more than £40,000.
The Community Trust are aiming to launch the Blues for Life project where they will be working with 12 homeless people who are looking to change their lives and put them on a 12 week traineeship programme
During this process, Changes UK – a specialised charity in alcohol and drug addiction recovery – will assist with safe and secure accommodation and rehabilitative services.
Following the traineeship, those who have fully completed the programme will be guaranteed a job interview with Vital Rail – a leading employer on the railways – which will hopefully lead to further employment opportunities.