Birmingham City fans decided to fly a plane over Watford’s ground in-game with their side 2-0 down at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The Championship fixture was televised live on Sky Sports and it left viewers tuning in laughing at what they were seeing.
It took just four minutes for Hornets midfielder Ken Sema to open the scoring, before Nathaniel Chalobah doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half and then Andre Gray netted for Watford’s third with 10 minutes remaining.
Outstanding finish from Andre Gray!
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 20, 2021
A plane carrying a banner calling on Xuandong Ren to be removed from his position as Birmingham City’s chief executive was flown over, stealing much of the talk from the game played.
The pressure is well and truly on, with teams below them in Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham winning on Saturday, leaving the West Midlands outfit three points above the drop zone, both the Millers and Owls have games in hand.
It was just a week ago when Aitor Karanka’s time as Birmingham City manager came to end after just seven months in charge.
The Blues parted ways with the Spaniard after a wretched run of form that has left the club in danger of relegation to League One.
Speaking after the 3-0 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday, Karanka laughed off suggestions he would resign, saying there is “no chance” he would walk from his post.
But a decision had already been made with just 10 matches of the Championship season left to play.
Lee Bowyer got off to the perfect start as Birmingham City head coach recently by defeating promotion-chasing Reading 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Harlee Dean.
There was something missing however for Boywer, who said post-match: “I was really disappointed on Wednesday evening because I wish they (the fans) were there,” said Bowyer. “I know it would have been electric in there.
“I know what they bring. I am disappointed but can’t wait for that first time when I walk out that tunnel and all the fans are singing.
“We miss them here, every football club is missing their fans at the moment. There is nothing we can do about that.
“The most important thing is when it’s safe enough everyone comes back and sings their hearts out – and I am sure that’s going to happen.”
Though one way that Birmingham fans made themselves known to their club, manager and owners was by flying a plane over their game against Watford in-game at Vicarage Road on Saturday…
Ready to take flight…. pic.twitter.com/MrjMY3nAzD
— BLUES COLLECTIVE (@BluesCollective) March 20, 2021
Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson, who was reporting no the game, condemned those who decided to fly the plane in protest.
They weren’t happy with the timing of it, saying that they should have protested at the end of the season instead.
His comments caused a stir on social media, with Birmingham fans criticising him for trying to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do.
— Des Oh Connor (@devopunch91) March 20, 2021
It’s not the first time that Birmingham fans have protested against the owners as back in February 2020 they did so in the Blues game against Bristol City.
A group of supporters posted messages on the side of a van which was been driven around the city and to St Andrew’s.
Images have circulated on social media, showing a message which read: “Time for a change #bcfc. The fans deserve better. The club deserves better// Dongout //BSHL DO THE RIGHT THING”
A video posted via social media by disgruntled supporters, seen below, shows the messages on the van’s video wall for the owners.
Frustration is growing at unfolding of yet another relegation fight but the message is directed not at the players and manager.
Birmingham City fans also protested against the club’s owners with a banner during their Nottingham Forest clash back in 2020.
The banner read: “Killing the club. Get Dong out now.” The second part was a reference to the club’s chief executive Xuandong Ren.
Back then, supporters particularly aggrieved by the lack of business in the transfer window. They failed to sign a striker despite Alvaro Gimenez leaving on loan.
They tried to sign Wolves forward Renat Dadashov on a deadline day loan deal but the move collapsed.
— Kieran Doody (@kierandoody) February 1, 2020
Despite Birmingham going 1-0 down to Forest to Tiago Silva’s 18th minute goal, they went on to pick up all three points… leaving Blues fans going home happy despite being in protest.
Scott Hogan got them back on level terms three minutes before the break before Kristian Pedersen hit the winner in the 74th minute.
Fans reacted after seeing that Birmingham fans decided to fly a plane over Watford’s ground in-game…
@LewisKerfoot11: Paul Merson slating us for the plane protesting against Dong and his band of dickheads. You try putting up with the shit we’ve done for 10 years and see if you’d have a say.
@outofcontextbir: DONG LOOKING AT THE PLANE AHAHA
@LWOSBirchLuke: Fair play to who ever was behind that plane and kudos to Sky Sports for getting the camera on Xuandong Ren in time to watch him read the message #WATBIR #BCFC #DongOut
@RichMcCausland: Hope he gets the message! #dongout #bcfc
@Stuj4z: Imagine pretending like you are the Peaky Blinders to make a point. Joke club 😂
@nathanbrown31: Sky sports couldn’t of turned the camera to Dong at a better time #DongOut #BCFC
@Fitzehh: Dong’s face when he saw it was brilliant! 😂 #dongout
@WolfgangDikface: Did Paul Merson just say “Dong out”. Im not immature enough to find that funny.
@kingkenny_7: Paul Merson just said it’s ‘poor’ that Birmingham fans are calling for new owners. His mate Jeff Stelling said the same about Liverpool fans for protesting about Hicks and Gillett. Who the fuck do they think they are?
— BrummieJoe (@BrummieJoeHD) March 20, 2021
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) March 20, 2021
— Stu KRO 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@stuartroberts18) March 20, 2021