We give you FIVE things on why Blues fans should feel optimistic coming into the new season.
1) New signings
Yeah we’re talking about those all important signings again. But this time we can actually say we’ve signed not one but two players!
The additions of winger Jacques Maghoma and Adam Legzdins is yet to prove a good move by Gary Rowett, but he has silenced the worried fans by signing two championship experienced players on free’s in the space of 2 days. He’s paid a price already though – A £700 phone bill. Also youngster Koby Arthur has penned a new two year contract which shows Rowett and his team still believe there is more talent to be unlocked from him.
Back to Maghoma, he now wants to take himself and Blues to the next level and believes they can better last season’s tenth spot.
“Speaking to the manager and the plans that he has, I think it will happen,” Maghoma said.
“You don’t want to be big headed or anything but we want to achieve a minimum of at least the play-offs.
This brings more competition into the side, which is a good thing. The regular starters such as Demarai Gray and David Cotterill on the wings will be starting to look over their shoulders as Maghoma will be aiming to stamp his mark on the pitch.
Not only will he bring something different to the game but fans, you and I, will be eager to watch the new boy in action. Albeit he’s no Ronaldo but seeing a new burst of pace on the wing will excite the worshipers of the ‘Bromsgrove Mourinho’ and his new 2015/16 season revolution.
2) The Rowett Revolution
We move on to that revolution. Members of staff, players and fans alike have had a real struggle over the past 12 months, staring relegation in the face in the 13/14 campaign, only to survive on the final day and the actions of their criminal former president. The factor for the tough season was undoubtedly down to Lee Clark and his players, who were in capable of finishing in a respectable league positon. A clear solution was needed.
We all know what that solution was. Gary Rowett now get’s his chance to reform his own team. That itself makes me excited to see what he comes up with in the coming months. In Rowett we trust.
And there will be other new players to join, Rowett stressed.
It’s been probably my most challenging summer so far,” Rowett reflected on the weeks since he guided Blues to a 10th place finish in the Championship.
“If I told you my mobile bill for the last month was £700 for just making calls and working on doing various things, then I think you’d get the idea.
“I think it’s important for everyone to understand, and also so people know, is that the type of players we want are the type to make a difference.
“And to get those players you have to persevere. There is a lot of competition out there and sometimes you must be prepared to wait.
“It’s a long season in the Championship and if we can get our targets in place before we begin, then I will be happy.”
3) Season tickets
Partly thanks to the Rowett Revolution, revenues are now finally on the rise. With the last day drama over – scrapping at the bottom of the table there is a feel of optimism around the club. I myself treated my dad to a father’s day dinner at St Andrews in the legends lounge and even though I was only ordering a meal there was a good vibe around the place. The staff including the stewards, who I had a great chat with by the way, were very happy to be working, even on Father’s Day.
Behind the scenes things aren’t too shabby either. So much so season tickets sales are up.
Blues head of marketing Tom Rowell reports:
@Tom_Rowell – Fantastic Season Ticket sales for @BCFC up 10% on last season. Things across the whole Club have been on the up over last 12 months!
Chris Brewerton, Senior Commercial Exec at Blues has also said:
This upbeat attitude has had a big effect on early seasonal sales in our corporate areas, which is great to see, and our renewal rate of current seasonal members is well over 95% across the majority of our suites.
4) The Fans
Some fans are calling to boycott matches and are not returning to St Andrews aslong as the takeover saga carries on. But it has been for 4 years now and it could be a further 2 before we see any kind of change regarding the takeover situation.
Nevertheless ticket sales are now booming and not only does it benefit the team with the fans getting behind the lads on match day, it also gives Rowett a bit more money to spend on wages/signings etc, maybe even on his phone bill…
It is set up to be a great season for Blues building on from last season. Keep Right On will be louder at Stans. and who knows, maybe the KOP stand will join in once again too. All we know is football is our passion and hopefully our weekends become more enjoyable when the Blue boys kick off again.
5) New sponsors
Last but not least, sponsors. Did someone say Barristers?
Often Partisan explains:
Blues have also secured a new diamond partner in No5 Chambers with the name of the legal firm being emblazoned on the back of the home shirt while their sister public access company Novate Direct Legal Solutions will take pride of place on the back of the away shirt. This in itself is breaking new ground – I don’t believe a barristers chambers have been involved with sponsoring a football club before – and like Panos, I believe it makes a change to have a good set of barristers connected to the club.
But this section is mainly aimed at Panos Pavlakis. The man now in charge of the operations at the club. I myself think no one could be doing a better job behind the scenes. The wiseman has had nothing but praise for the work and effort Mr Pavlakis has put into the club in a short period of time.
Hopefully Trillion Trophy Asia are able to push forward their plans for BCFC sooner rather than later…