Birmingham City training camp delay as season ticket fever continues

Birmingham City had to delay their trip to Austria after their flight was cancelled. Blues were due to jet out for their pre-season training camp in the Austrian mountains on Monday but they are now due to travel today instead.

Manager Chris Davies and his squad were all checked in at the airport when their flight was cancelled, prompting a logistical rejig. Not wanting to waste a day, Blues trained at their base in Henley-in-Arden on Monday evening.

The club announced: “Unfortunately, due to our flight being cancelled, we will now make the trip to Austria tomorrow. Instead, the lads have this evening had a training session at the Elite Performance and Innovation Centre.”

Blues are visiting Austria for the first time since 2018 when Garry Monk was manager. The club also spent a portion of pre-season in Austria under Harry Redknapp in the summer of 2017.

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While Davies’ full tour squad hasn’t yet been revealed, it is understood that Juninho Bacuna isn’t part of the travelling party. Blues accepted a bid from Turkish side Sivasspor for Bacuna over the weekend and his two-and-a-half year St Andrew’s stay appears to be reaching its conclusion.

Blues will end their Austria camp with their first friendly against German second tier side FC Paderborn on Saturday afternoon. The game will take place in Thiersee at the Pendlingstadion.

Supporters flock to St Andrew’s

Blues have recorded their best season ticket sales in more than a decade. More than 15,000 fans have purchased season tickets in the early bird and renewal window which ends at 5pm on Thursday.

Trackers predicted record-breaking sales following a first day in which almost 4,000 fans snapped up season tickets. Fans are eager to get behind Davies and a new-look Blues team in their quest to win promotion back to the Championship.

Blues have already added four players to their squad this summer in the form of Ryan Allsop, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Alfie May and Emil Hansson. More players will inevitably follow as Blues build a squad to win League One.

A word on the facilities

Had Blues been relegated to League One two years ago, you can guarantee we wouldn’t be witnessing such extraordinary ticket sales. Supporters have seen first-hand the investments Knighthead have made on the club’s facilities during the close season and have in turn pledged their hard-earned cash.

Knighthead have funded a huge revamp of St Andrew’s during the close season to whip it into shape and improvements are constantly being made to both training grounds. The first team facility in Henley, in particular, has been key to attracting new players.

Hansson – who has experienced life at top level clubs Hannover and Feyenoord – commented: “It’s amazing. It’s unreal that I’m going to be working here. The pitches and everything look top class.”

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