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Government steps in to take over ‘appalling’ Birmingham Prison 

20 Aug 18

Justice Minister David Gauke orders drastic action following riot, violence and drug use…


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Aston Villa attendances: How Villa Park’s crowds compare to Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and more Championship rivals 

19 Aug 18

The numbers behind the clicking turnstiles at AVFC…


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More than 60 firefighters tackle “raging” fire in Aston as building collapses on road 

19 Aug 18

Emergency services rushed to the scene on Aston Hall Road, near to the location of Sutherland Street at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon…


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Orjan Nyland has a message for Aston Villa fans after Ipswich clanger 

19 Aug 18

The Norwegian summer arrival made a mistake which cost Villa a goal against Ipswich Town…


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What the bookies now think about Birmingham City’s Championship promotion and relegation prospects 

19 Aug 18

Anybody fancy a BCFC flutter…


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Premier League boss takes bizarre swipe at Birmingham City following Swansea City stalemate 

19 Aug 18

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock took aim at BCFC after his team’s draw with Newcastle United…


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The promise Aston Villa owner Nassef Sawiris has made to Jack Grealish – and when it will happen 

19 Aug 18

AVFC star performer could become the club’s highest-paid player as a reward for his rapid rise…


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What the bookies now think about Birmingham City’s Championship promotion and relegation odds 

19 Aug 18

Anybody fancy a BCFC flutter…


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What the bookies now think about Aston Villa’s Championship promotion and relegation odds 

19 Aug 18

The latest Aston Villa betting odds includes what the bookies think about Championship promotion and relegation…


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This Liverpool man could be Aston Villa’s Yannick Bolasie alternative 

19 Aug 18

Aston Villa transfer news includes the latest on Steve Bruce’s loan hunt after missing out on Everton winger Yannick Bolasie…


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This is why police and paramedics were outside McDonald’s in Birmingham city centre 

19 Aug 18

Police arrested the woman who assaulted the paramedic outside the restaurant in Dale End…


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Swansea defender on Birmingham City’s turf advantage and an ‘intimidating’ St Andrew’s 

19 Aug 18

BCFC dominated Swansea on Friday – but had to settle for a point…


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Jimmy’s back but last season’s stars are sorely missed – the early Aston Villa findings 

19 Aug 18

AVFC drew 1-1 at Ipswich on Saturday and are in need of new recruits…


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The Yannick Bolasie news Aston Villa and Middlesbrough won’t want to hear 

19 Aug 18

The Everton ace is on the radar of a number of clubs this summer…


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McGinn stands out again as Nyland has a nightmare – the Aston Villa player ratings 

19 Aug 18

Gregg Evans hands out his marks out of 10 for the AVFC players at Ipswich…


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How Birmingham City players rated against Swansea as Jota shines 

19 Aug 18

Mat Kendrick rates the Blues players following the 0-0 draw with Swansea City…


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Four injured after driver falls asleep and smashes into ambulance on Aston Expressway 

19 Aug 18

Emergency crews were called to the collision which took place on Sunday morning at 6.30am on the Aston Expressway in Birmingham…


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“I’d rather wait” The full Steve Bruce transcript after Aston Villa’s winning run falters at Ipswich 

19 Aug 18

Bruce was speaking after AVFC’s 1-1 draw at Portman Road…


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The number of people who complained about Birmingham City Council last year and why 

19 Aug 18

Official watchdog Local Government Ombudsman has published figures for 2017/18…


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Here’s what Steve Bruce intends to do about Orjan Nyland’s Aston Villa howler 

19 Aug 18

Nyland’s costly mistake gifted Ipswich Town an equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road…


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Birmingham’s ghost town – how a once thriving shopping centre was left to rot 

19 Aug 18

A look at the derelict Poolway shopping centre in Garrett’s Green months after it closed for good…


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Grim story of Birmingham’s only street hanging revealed and the secrets behind it 

19 Aug 18

Little-known plaque marks spot where defiant killer drew his last breath…


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James Bond ‘007’s watch’ could go for £60,000 at Birmingham auction 

19 Aug 18

A rare watch favoured by 007 is set to go under the hammer for an eye-watering 60,000.


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Bournville buildings set to open for first time to reveal Cadbury history 

19 Aug 18

Heritage tour of beautiful Bournville factory suburb created by chocolate hero…


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Northern Ireland veterans claim they are being hounded over The Troubles 

19 Aug 18

Campaigners meeting at summit with politicians at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall this week…


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Erdington barman offering advertising opportunity – on his forehead 

19 Aug 18

Pub worker turning himself into tattoo billboard…


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Why this Kings Heath road has become one of the coolest in Birmingham 

19 Aug 18

There is a flourishing independent scene in York Road…


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‘Undefeated but underwhelming’ The story of Aston Villa’s season so far 

19 Aug 18

AVFC made it seven points from three matches with a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town…


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Steve Bruce highlights two positions Aston Villa need reinforcements after Ipswich draw 

18 Aug 18

The manager was speaking to Gregg Evans after Villa’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich at Portman Road…


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Tony Xia tweets – and Aston Villa fans all say the same thing 

18 Aug 18

The AVFC co-owner has tweeted following the draw with Ipswich Town…


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Rest in Peace – Jon Russell 

18 Aug 18

#RestinPeace…


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Aston Villa player ratings: Nyland has a nightmare as Bruce’s boys stutter at Ipswich 

18 Aug 18

Gregg Evans hands out his marks out of 10 for the AVFC players at Ipswich…


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Neil Warnock takes sensational swipe at Birmingham City following Swansea City stalemate 

18 Aug 18

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock took aim at BCFC after his team’s draw with Newcastle United…


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Family-of-11 cooped up 100 miles away in Bristol apartments ‘because there’s nowhere to live in Birmingham’ 

18 Aug 18

Parents Simone and Ansar Hussain have spent months living in hotels with their nine children – and now they’re struggling to cope…


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This is Gary Gardner’s message to Birmingham City fans after St Andrew’s debut 

18 Aug 18

Gardner joined BCFC from fierce rivals Aston Villa earlier this month…


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Ravel Morrison teases Birmingham City transfer – and fans all say the same thing 

18 Aug 18

Ravel Morrison has hinted he’d welcome a return to BCFC before the transfer window shuts…


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Apartment blocks to be built in Birmingham’s Gay Village 

18 Aug 18

Nightclubs drop objections following meeting with developer of Timber Yard scheme…


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The Aston Villa starting XI Steve Bruce has selected at Ipswich Town 

18 Aug 18

AVFC are hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the season at Portman Road…


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This is what Swansea boss Graham Potter thinks of Birmingham City 

18 Aug 18

Swansea managed to hold Blues to a 0-0 draw at St Andrew’s on Friday night…


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Ravel Morrison sends Birmingham City fans wild with transfer teaser 

18 Aug 18

The former Manchester United midfielder is heading into the final year of his contract at Lazio…


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Police chase Corsa across East Birmingham – with boot full of stolen fuel 

18 Aug 18

The Central Motorway Police Group patrol was alerted to the car following reports of theft of fuel…


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Three more catapult attacks reported in Small Heath after two mosques hit at as police say attacks are ‘random’ 

18 Aug 18

A house and a parked car on Bankes Road and a further property on Hob Moor Road in Small Heath had windows damaged…


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Pennington, Kalas and more: The loan players Aston Villa should target this month 

18 Aug 18

Daniel Orme looks at a dozen Premier League players AVFC could target on loan…


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Here’s how Cheikh Ndoye summed up his time at Birmingham City 

18 Aug 18

The midfielder has returned to the Ligue 1 club after a single full season at BCFC…


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‘You tell me!’ Every word from Garry Monk’s Birmingham City transcript after Swansea 

18 Aug 18

Monk was speaking after dominant Blues somehow failed to see off his former club at St Andrew’s…


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Aston Villa are braced for more loan interest in talented youngster 

18 Aug 18

Latest AVFC transfer news includes an update on possible outgoings at Villa Park…


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Birmingham City injury news: A progress report on David Davis 

18 Aug 18

The latest BCFC fitness bulletin from Wast Hills…


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Garry Monk responds to questions about Diego Fabbrini’s Birmingham City future 

18 Aug 18

Monk was speaking after BCFC’s draw against Swansea at St Andrew’s…


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The one word that sums up Garry Monk’s Birmingham City blueprint after Swansea City stalemate 

18 Aug 18

Blues did everything but score in an exciting snapshot of how Monk wants BCFC to play…


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Aston Villa odds to win the Championship, get promoted and to beat Ipswich Town 

18 Aug 18

All of the latest AVFC odds from the bookies…







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