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Discoloured water in Sutton Coldfield after burst water mains 

22 Feb 18

Two incidents reported in Sir Alfreds Way and Brooks Road in Wylde Green…


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Revealed: The HUGE fee Bristol City paid for Aston Villa’s Nathan Baker 

22 Feb 18

Baker finally appeared to have come of age at Villa Park in their first campaign in the Championship…


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Aston Villa digest: Steve Bruce’s selection posers, the rise of Callum O’Hare, Sali’s career, Preston pondering 

22 Feb 18

All the news and views from AVFC…


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Birmingham City digest: Stockdale remorse, unhappy homecoming, Cotterill’s thoughts, Lakin’s deal 

22 Feb 18

All the news and views from BCFC…


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Crime-fighting schoolgirl who chased burglar out of her home named Pride of Birmingham winner 

22 Feb 18

Robyn Birdsell, now 11 years old, tackled the serial robber as he raided her family home.


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Aston University and University of Warwick staff on strike today – what you need to know 

22 Feb 18

Academics at Aston and Warwick Universities are staging the walk-outs in protest at changes to their pensions…


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£100m fund to support Midland SMEs launches – how companies can benefit 

22 Feb 18

Secretary of State Sajid Javid announces latest wave of Midlands Engine Investment fund in Birmingham…


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The Jonathan Kodjia video which offers Aston Villa a glimmer of hope 

21 Feb 18

Star striker Jonathan Kodjia is stepping up his recovery following ankle surgery…


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This is what every Championship boss thinks of Aston Villa 

21 Feb 18

It was interesting to hear the Villa fans mocking us, Bruce flicking the ball all over the gaff…


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How Brentford’s victory over ‘hapless Birmingham City’ was reported by the victors 

21 Feb 18

Bees’ Aston Villa supporting manager had too many positives to mention…


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What happened to Luke and Stefan Moore – the Aston Villa brothers tipped for greatness? 

21 Feb 18

Aston Villa pair Luke and Stefan Moore were tipped to enjoy prosperous careers, but it didn’t quite work out on the big stage for either of them…


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What the super computer says about Aston Villa and Birmingham City 

21 Feb 18

It makes hard reading for both Aston Villa and Blues fans…


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Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa – our XI and Steve Bruce’s expected XI 

21 Feb 18

Villa are looking to get back on track at Sheffield Wednesday…


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What the ‘super computer’ predicted for Wolves; former Molineux kid finds new club 

21 Feb 18

All of the latest WWFC news from Birmingham Live…


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Teenage Birmingham City star Charlie Lakin signs new long-term contract 

21 Feb 18

BCFC youngster puts pen to paper on new deal…


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When is Greek Easter in 2018? Why is it different and how is it celebrated? 

21 Feb 18

What is the date of Greek Orthodox Easter 2018 and where do the celebrations take place in Birmingham…


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He’s tearing up Scottish football but these players are more likely to make Russia 2018 than former Aston Villa and West Brom man Scott Sinclair 

21 Feb 18

ex-AVFC and WBA attacker hamstrung by view of Scottish league…


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The Wolves view on the Aston Villa powershift 

21 Feb 18

Wolves columnist Ryan Leister on the AVFC rivalry…


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This is what Aston Villa cult hero Moustapha Salifou is doing now 

21 Feb 18

Salifou became a cult hero at Aston Villa during his four-year stay in B6…


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The Vamps stars, Tony Iommi and Jamelia among celebrity presenters at Pride of Birmingham Awards 2018 

21 Feb 18

Michelle Heaton, two stars from The Vamps, Tony Iommi and Jamelia set to appear at awards…


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Brentford fans react to that 5-0 victory – and there’s not much sympathy for Birmingham City 

21 Feb 18

Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin, Jota and Co were beaten convincingly at Griffin Park…


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Deliveroo drivers describe attacks by hammer and knife-wielding thugs in Birmingham 

21 Feb 18

You can hear it in their voices – the fear- but we have to work…


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Birmingham City vs Barnsley: TV details, team news, predicted XI, boss thoughts 

21 Feb 18

All you need to know about BCFC’s trip to Brentford on an important Tuesday evening in the Championship…


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Where Birmingham City would finish in the Championship if the bookies got it right 

21 Feb 18

We have looked back to the start of the season, when bookmakers were making odds for Premier League promotion…


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Where Aston Villa would finish in the Championship if the bookies got it right 

21 Feb 18

While Villa are fighting it out for a likely second spot with four others, at the start of the season the bookies saw a different battle…


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Much-loved Kings Heath dad James Chadwick tragically dies at the age of 40 

21 Feb 18

Friends hope to raise 50,000 to help support his young family…


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Mind the gap or mind your own business? The story of the Aston Villa and Wolves ‘rivalry’ 

21 Feb 18

AVFC and WWFC have been thrust into each other’s field of vision during the Championship promotion push…


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Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa TV details: Who’s in the teams? What time is kick-off? 

21 Feb 18

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Championship clash…


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Revealed: This is when new £1m gym will muscle into Perry Barr 

21 Feb 18

The Gym will be situated next to Nike in One Stop Shopping Centre…


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Birmingham City’s David Stockdale receives support from an unlikely source 

21 Feb 18

Goalkeeper’s union remains strong for BCFC man…


Blog feature
Join us for the last weekend of Fitness February – activities and social 

21 Feb 18

Our #FitFebBrum month-long programme of free sports, activities and fitness tasters for the LGBT Community in Birmingham is coming towards the end! It’s been fantastic so far and we’ve been thrilled to have so many of you join us for everything …


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MPs endorse Labour council candidate who claimed ISIS doesn’t exist 

21 Feb 18

Birmingham MPs Jess Phillips and Liam Byrne endorse candidate who urged people to ‘grow up’ after Westminster terror attack…


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Here’s what Aston Villa flop Joleon Lescott is doing for a living now 

21 Feb 18

Lescott was part of the first Aston Villa squad to be relegated from the Premier League in 2016…


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Brentford hero offers these kind words to Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota after Birmingham City rout 

21 Feb 18

Bees star scored twice in BCFC’s heavy defeat…


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KFC chicken crisis ’caused by Rugby depot chaos’ 

21 Feb 18

Chicken is going to waste as lorry delivery drivers queue for hours at the site, it is claimed.


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Top 5 things to do in Birmingham this weekend including X Factor Live 2018 

21 Feb 18

Not far away in Solihull and Walsall, there are also special family friendly activities going on this weekend…


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Police charge victims of car crime hundreds of pounds to give back their stolen vehicle 

21 Feb 18

Prime Minister Theresa May to investigate after Birmingham MP condemns ‘outrageous’ charges…


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‘Zero atmosphere again at Villa Park’ – Aston Villa and Preston fans rate the B6 experience 

21 Feb 18

Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Preston North End at Villa Park…


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Here’s how Birmingham City’s former Brentford men endured a nightmare return to Griffin Park 

21 Feb 18

Jota, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin all swapped Brentford for BCFC in the summer…


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When do Aston Villa’s parachute payments run out? All you need to know 

21 Feb 18

Villa will count the cost after losing out on a significant slice of the bumper new broadcasting deal – unless they can get back in the top flight…


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Aston Villa: The one that got away as Tottenham chase Serie A star 

21 Feb 18

Roberto Di Matteo was interested in signing this man back in 2016…


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The eye-watering amounts Aston Villa have blown on transfer flops and sacking managers 

21 Feb 18

The price paid for signings which didn’t work out and sacking managers is quite a thing…


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Plans to deliver 34 new homes in Kingstanding ‘woefully short’ 

21 Feb 18

Plans to bulldoze and redevelop the former Pudding and Pint pub into 34 homes have hit a snag…


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Aston Villa or West Ham United – Robert Snodgrass has an easy choice 

21 Feb 18

Snodgrass is set to become the subject of a claret and blue tug of war in the summer transfer window…


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The origins of Aston Villa’s famous terrace chants 

21 Feb 18

Football editor Mat Kendrick picks out some classic claret and blue cover versions…


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Aston Villa fans call for change as the clamour for Callum O’Hare continues 

21 Feb 18

This is the man supporters want to see in the squad against Sheffield Wednesday…


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Meet the first ‘people power’ Birmingham election candidates to be selected 

21 Feb 18

Group hoping to smash the party political system chooses three candidates following open auditions…


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The fixtures for Aston Villa’s Championship rivals this season 

21 Feb 18

Aston Villa are battling it out with Cardiff City, Derby County and Fulham to make the leap into the top flight…


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‘The only one with any b******s’ – Birmingham City star issues apology that fans appreciate 

21 Feb 18

Goalkeeper has apologised on social media after Birmingham City were beaten 5-0 by Brentford…


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Horse of the Year Show 2018 in Birmingham for 70th anniversary – how to get tickets 

21 Feb 18

Horse show will be at Genting Arena in October 2018 with some major changes following customer feedback…







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