Deathwatch: Birthdays goes into administration - but at what cost for Man U?

Manchester United’s preparations for the Champions League final have been thrown into liquid chaos with the announcement that the Birthdays greetings card chain has been placed into administration.

The chain was previously part-owned by former Red Devils’ captain Bryan Robson, who was also once a director of the company but now works as an ambassador for the football club. The legendary midfielder is believed to have sold his stake in the card company some years ago when it was acquired by Clinton Cards, but the news that Birthdays is in trouble is sure raise a Robson eyebrow.

Fans and officials must be hoping that the raised eyebrow doesn’t reverberate around Old Trafford and lead to an outbreak of panic and confusion throughout the club, with the massive Champions League final in Rome in just six days time.

The news also puts 2,200 jobs at risk and the future of 323 Birthdays stores now hangs in the balance after parent company Clinton made the tough decision to put Birthdays into administration, along with Thorpalm Greetings Cards. Birthdays will continue trading for now and it is believed that Clinton will also continue to sell their wildly-overpriced cards and crappy gonks, having recently refinanced their debts and secured new banking facilities.

[Thanks to HotUKDeals reader member smithyp1 for the original tip-off]


  • SJT
    what has that got to do with Man U? You said yourself that he sold his stake years ago. Very very weak link there
  • Mike H.
    Thanks Andy for the lesson on how to link two totally unrelated topics together seamlessly
  • from_me
    not funny
  • WBRacing
    BW Deathwatch should be on deathwatch judging by the quality of this article...
  • acecatcher3
    wouldnt smithy be a hotukdeals member, not hotukdeals reader. anywhoo andy what it happening with that picture then, u have 1 more week to put it up or me and mike hock are leaving bitterwallet for good.* * Mike Hock hasnt agreed to this yet but i have faith that he will back me up with this.
  • Tizer
    Your comments bore me...
  • Mike H.
    ace, as BW's biggest reader, thought provocing commentor, raconteure and all round great guy I can confirm I will agree to this ace, I will also be leaving no further comments or reading the great articles should BW continue not to publish my comments* that enrich the lives of others. *Comments may include various and rigerous profanity (And this is probably why most of them don't get through the 'filter')
  • Mike U.
    I throughly agree
  • Hairy S.
    I agree with Mick Hock, his comments enrich my life, i admit that i am only one peson however i would be confident there is at least one other person who agrees, therfore making the "lives of other(s)" comment true. As for the subject that started this whole threds i have no comment.
  • jez
    at no cost to man u, twats

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