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Is this the man to solve Aston Villa’s striker crisis? 

18 Nov 17

AVFC and WWFC are being linked with Czech Republic star…


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This could be the consequence for Steve Cotterill and Birmingham City with defeat today 

18 Nov 17

BCFC take on Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s this afternoon…


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Tony Pulis answers calls for his head; West Brom’s Nacer Chadli anger 

18 Nov 17

All of the latest WBA news from the Birmingham Mail…


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Aston Villa transfer news and rumours: Winger and striker linked; Bruce offers insight into January plans 

18 Nov 17

Aston Villa transfer news and other bits and bobs from the Birmingham Mail…


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Morrison’s fears, Diamond Davis and Nottingham Forest’s inside track on Birmingham City stars 

18 Nov 17

All of the latest Birmingham City news from the Birmingham Mail…


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Revealed: How much has Birmingham’s summer bin strike cost 

18 Nov 17

Three months of industrial action, emergency cover, legal fees and lost income from recycling add up…


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Driver climbs through McDonald’s drive-thru window to SMASH till before CRASHING car and closing city tunnel 

17 Nov 17

Astonishing four-hour drama included man being spotted standing on the wrong side of the railings on Lee Bank Middleway…


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Tony Xia’s assistant, snoods and other things we spotted from Aston Villa training 

17 Nov 17

Here’s what happened at Villa’s final training session ahead of QPR…


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Food and drink price guide for Birmingham’s Christmas Ice Rink and Big Wheel 2017 

17 Nov 17

How much is food and drink at the big wheel and ice rink and how does it compare to the German Market? We went to find out…


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Mystery as man discovered with ‘number of injuries’ in Birmingham street 

17 Nov 17

Victoria Road has remained closed off all day while investigations continue…


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Multi-million pound YMCA community centre plans in Sutton Coldfield blocked as planning chiefs make U-turn 

17 Nov 17

The seven-year on-off saga for the planned YMCA community centre in Walmley has ended with the charity fuming at the ‘shocking turnaround…


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Angry Sutton Coldfield residents oppose Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School’s floodlit pitch plans 

17 Nov 17

The school has applied to extend the hours of use of its floodlit pitch but Boswell Road residents say this will lead to traffic and light problems…


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Kate and Wills – and the baby bump – are heading to Brum! 

17 Nov 17

The Royal couple have a packed schedule of events in the Birmingham – including Villa Park, JLR and even a whistle factory.


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Ian Holloway makes another Aston Villa prediction and sets his QPR players a challenge 

17 Nov 17

Holloway outraged Villa supporters last season by predicting they would finish 16th in the Championship…


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Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill on what David Davis is really like 

17 Nov 17

BCFC midfielder captained the side at Barnsley…


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Five goal-getters Aston Villa could sign to cure their striker crisis 

17 Nov 17

Aston Villa transfer news includes an in-depth look at who Steve Bruce could sign to replace his crocked front-line…


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QPR vs Aston Villa: Sky Sports pundit predicts this will happen again to Steve Bruce’s side 

17 Nov 17

AVFC head to Loftus Road on Saturday…


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QPR vs Aston Villa: This is our strongest claret and blue starting XI 

17 Nov 17

Villa travel to Loftus Road tomorrow in the Championship…


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New fashion store launching at Bullring 

17 Nov 17

Stephen Arthur is a Birmingham designer…


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Wolf Alice prove they’re the best band in Britain at O2 Academy – review, setlist and more 

17 Nov 17

Wolf Alice showed why their upward trajectory is so deserved as their tour came to Birmingham…


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Fears hundreds of children at risk of sexual exploitation in Birmingham not being identified 

17 Nov 17

Concerns at risk children in Birmingham are not being properly recorded by police and social workers…


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Birmingham Council sending homeless families to budget hotels almost FIFTY miles away 

17 Nov 17

One mum who suffered domestic violence was sent to a Travelodge in Stoke-on-Trent…


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Aston Villa and Wolves set for transfer battle in race to land 18-goal striker – reports 

17 Nov 17

AVFC and WWFC are being linked with Czech Republic star…


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The places in Birmingham most keen to scrap the TV licence 

17 Nov 17

That works out as one person in every 176 in the constituency…


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Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia crocked on international duty: The reason why he had to go 

17 Nov 17

Aston Villa striker faces another spell on the sidelines after Ivory Coast blow…


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Birmingham MP Jess Phillips reveals how she was nearly mugged before fighting off assailant 

17 Nov 17

I shouted back at him ‘What the f*** are you doing?’ The Birmingham Yardley MP tweeted about her tussle with mugger…


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‘All of a sudden the games start running out’ Ex-Birmingham City striker’s fears for Blues 

17 Nov 17

Former BCFC frontman reckons Blues have the talent to climb the table but remains worried…


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Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest: The full transcript from Steve Cotterill press conference 

17 Nov 17

BCFC boss Steve Cotterill discusses Liam Walsh, NFFC and David Davis…


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Girl rescued from Erdington house fire 

17 Nov 17

An unattended pan on a cooker caused a fire at a terraced house in Eagle Gardens…


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The Birmingham club night which refuses entry if you’re not attractive enough 

17 Nov 17

You can only attend these glamorous parties if your face fits…


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Why Birmingham’s housing crisis is actually getting WORSE 

17 Nov 17

The current housing crisis in the city is likely to get significantly worse…


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Revealed: How vandals are holding up your Birmingham train journeys 

17 Nov 17

Many of these were knock-on delays caused by earlier problems…


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Police hunt gang after brutal five-on-one attack on teenager in Perry Barr 

17 Nov 17

Police officers have released clear CCTV images of three suspects in relation to the unprovoked attack…


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Why Birmingham Christmas lights switch on was an underwhelming experience 

17 Nov 17

The Christmas lights went on at the start of the German Market Birmingham…


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Aston Villa transcript: Everything Steve Bruce said ahead of the QPR game 

17 Nov 17

These are the thoughts of Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce ahead of the QPR game…


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‘We know Jota very well indeed’ Mark Warburton’s verdict on Birmingham City’s threat 

17 Nov 17

The Nottingham Forest manager was speaking ahead of the clash against BCFC on Saturday…


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German Christmas Market in Birmingham – why it’s worth giving it a chance this year 

17 Nov 17

It’s back for the 17th year but there are changes…


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Aston Villa injury news: Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan face long lay-offs – Steve Bruce reacts 

17 Nov 17

This is what the Aston Villa gaffer had to say…


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Aston Villa injury nightmare: Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia ruled out – the fans have their say 

17 Nov 17

It’s not looking good at the top end of the field for Aston Villa…


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Olympic legend reveals he’s part Brummie as he backs Commonwealth Games 

17 Nov 17

Sir Steve Redgrave says he is delighted to support city’s bid for 2022…


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Gossip watch: Aston Villa linked with move for teen winger 

17 Nov 17

Claret and blue scouts have reportedly watched the Middlesbrough star…


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Gangs ‘using TASERS on schoolgirl rape victims as Birmingham faces tsunami of child sexual exploitation’ 

17 Nov 17

Councillor Des Flood issued stark warning and said some schools and parents are being kept in dark about menace…


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Birmingham City news digest: Departure explained; Selection dilemma; Striker’s mission 

17 Nov 17

The latest from St Andrew’s…


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Aston Villa news digest: A new hero; Life as a Villa physio; QPR preview 

17 Nov 17

The latest from Villa Park…


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Birmingham Mail Light Up Christmas for Children campaign with the NSPCC 

16 Nov 17

Generous readers offered to help brothers suffering crippling poverty – now we’re calling on YOU to help us support many, many more kids…


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A warning to Wolverhampton Wanderers fans as demand for away tickets increases 

16 Nov 17

This is the latest ticket information ahead of the trip to Birmingham City…


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‘Suspicious vehicle’ spotted in Sutton Coldfield as police hunt burglars 

16 Nov 17

The vehicle was seen in Dawney Drive in Mere Green and is believed to have had three men inside…


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Boy knocked down outside Harborne Academy 

16 Nov 17

He has been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital…


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Watch: Thieves escape with £900 haul of Star Wars Lego in raid on Smyths toy shop in Longbridge 

16 Nov 17

Police investigating after the trio threatened a woman worker before escaping with 900-worth of blocks…


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British Airways is recruiting pilots in Birmingham – how to apply 

16 Nov 17

The airline is holding an open day at the Hilton Metropole hotel at Birmingham NEC…







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