Author: Harvey Lawrence

Birmingham City have signed 24-year-old Alen Halilovič on a free transfer after being released by AC Milan. The Croatian has played 10 times for his country and is hoping a move to England will revitalise his career. Speaking to Birmingham City Football Club in his first interview, he said: “I spoke with the coach a lot and he gave me the confidence, I am now 24 and I really think now is my time to show everyone what I can do.” https://twitter.com/AlenHalilovic/status/1330929393930280962?s=20 The attacking-midfielder started his career at Dinamo Zagreb and has been at nine other clubs since then including…

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Craig Gardner has left his role as first-team coach at Birmingham City after returning to Blues in 2017 as a player. https://twitter.com/BCFC/status/1328352448386363392?s=20 The 33-year-old had two spells at the club, playing 109 times. At the end of the 2019-20 season, Gardner retired from playing and took up the role as first-team coach at Blues. Adam Dee, a reporter and podcaster for ‘Blues Focus’, the online news site for Birmingham City supporters, was surprised to see Gardner leave the club, “Once a blue always a blue, but this one definitely came out of the blue! “He [Gardner] will always be held…

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After Walsall’s 1-0 defeat to Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy last night, Saddlers player Jack Nolan urges his side to be more clinical in-front of goal. Nolan Said: “I thought we played well and created chances but we need to be more ruthless as a side.” The Saddlers failed to have a shot on target in the game unlike their opposition who managed seven but Walsall came inches away from finding the net after Lavery’s header rattled back off the crossbar. Jack Nolan, Walsall (Credit: Jack Nolan) Walsall have won only three of their eleven league games this…

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James Shan’s Solihull Moors will take on league rivals Wrexham at Damson Park in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. The tie will take place on the 24th October with the winners progressing to the first round proper which will take place on the 7th November. The two teams have already met once this season in the league, with Solihull coming out 1-0 winners thanks to a James Ball goal. Last season was the furthest The Moors had gone in FA Cup, narrowly crashing out in the second round proper to now Championship club Rotherham United. Moors were leading 3-0…

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Former Birmingham City boss Garry Monk returns to St. Andrew’s this weekend for the second time since being sacked by the Blues in 2019. New manager Aitor Karanka will be hoping his Birmingham City side can remain unbeaten as they take on Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship. Blues’ last win came in the first game of the season against last year’s play-off finalists Brentford and since then have drawn their other three games. As for The Owls have won one, drawn two and lost one but sit bottom of the table on minus seven points due to…

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Aston Villa are continuing to pay their employees at the club as usual throughout the current pandemic but have not included stewards under this category. The Premier League club label match day stewards under the ‘casual match day’ staff and therefore will not get paid during the pandemic. Many clubs across the top four leagues in England have been furloughing non-playing staff to help with finances in what is a difficult time for football clubs with little revenue being made. Aston Villa have not released a public statement on their plan of action for during this pandemic. However, Guardian Journalist…

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Fazeley Three Horseshoes midfielder Ethan Alston thinks the FA made the logical decision in voiding the season. Ethan Alston (bottom right corner) with England legend Peter Shilton and some of his team-mates. Alston, 21, who plays in the Tamworth & District league, said that before the pandemic, his side had only played four games in Division Three this season. This was one of the reason as to why he thought the decision was a sensible one. Alston said: “We missed so many games due to the weather and pitch conditions so we were about 15 games behind, it made sense.”…

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Walsall’s cup run came to an end as they were beaten by Middlesbrough in a dramatic 5-4 defeat in the second round of the ‘FIFA-Ultimate-Quaran-Team’ cup, despite pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament so far against Roma. The concept behind the tournament was to give supporters their ‘football fix’ and prevent boredom after the season was recently postponed because of the current pandemic. League Two club Leyton Orient organised the knockout competition, inviting other clubs, through their Twitter accounts, to compete in the tournament which was being played on the popular football computer game, FIFA 20. Originally, it…

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For Walsall youngster Jack Nolan, the role of a professional footballer is a job where he eats, sleeps and breathes football for six days of the week, every week. However, recently, this lifestyle has been put on halt due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic. Originally, the teams in the English Football League (EFL) were meant to return on the 3rd April but it has now been extended until the 30th April with another later date expected. https://twitter.com/EFL_Comms/status/1240624623584239617?s=20 The EFL’s latest statement on Coronavirus. Nolan, 18, agreed that the EFL made the right decision in postponing the league on the earlier…

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