With a cast starring the Queen and 007, an anarchic spectacular answers Beijing's challenge – in style
Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.
Birmingham have refused to comment on reports they have turned down a £6million bid from Southampton for teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland.
New Birmingham manager Lee Clark says the Blues are a "Premier League club in waiting" and has backed himself to build on the work done by predecessor Chris Hughton.
Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (Blackpool win 3-2 on aggregate)
It was the 59th minute of a game that had not yet lived up to its billing. Blackpool had taken a fortuitous lead on the stroke of half-time and came out all guns blazing; Matt Phillips beating left-back David Murphy before pulling the ball back to Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Six yards out, the striker had the goal at his mercy and half of Bloomfield Road was already celebrating. But Peter Ramage threw himself in front of the shot and saved a second goal. In moments like that, in play-off games, resolute defending can book a ticket to Wembley.
Birmingham manager '100 per cent focused' on play-offs despite past interest at Hawthorns
Birmingham City 2 Reading 0
Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has been refused permission to travel to the United Kingdom by a magistrate in Hong Kong, according to local reports.
Acting chairman Peter Pannu has confirmed Birmingham will have to offload players being paid Premier League wages - but has allayed fears of a financial crisis at St Andrew's.
There's plenty going on indoors, too, including some brand-new attractions.
Great things are expected of Tom Lewis, not least by his dad who named him after the man he plays with tomorrow
Striker Nikola Zigic looks set to become the latest high-profile player to leave Birmingham following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
Leicester have completed the signing of midfielder Neil Danns.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists he will fight to get the best price for winger Charles N'Zogbia.
Swapping clubs in the Second City is a career choice fraught with animosity