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Alan Pardew reveals his promise to the West Bromwich Albion fans – the full transcript 

22 Feb 18

The Baggies taken on Huddersfield at The Hawthorns on Saturday…


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Seven superstars Manchester United are chasing this summer – including a Real Madrid duo 

22 Feb 18

Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his squad…


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Exclusive: Impressionist Darren Farley offers Roy Hodgson’s response to Taxigate 

22 Feb 18

Farley and Chris Kamara are guests on this week’s Woodman Corner podcast…


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Serial sex beast living on ‘Millionaire’s Row’ jailed for 18 months for attacks on women 

22 Feb 18

Benjamin Clarke, 42, of Walsall Road, Little Aston, was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.


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Craig Bellamy is set for his first job in football management 

22 Feb 18

The striker, who also played for Celtic, Newcastle United and Liverpool, has emerged as the preferred candidate…


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Rio Ferdinand makes this Manchester United admission about David De Gea 

22 Feb 18

The ex-United teammate of De Gea was speaking to BT Sport…


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‘Wobbly, wobbly, Wanderers’ A cautionary tale that Wolves – and West Brom – fans know only too well 

22 Feb 18

The historic moment that both sets of supporters will never forget…


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The story of the Aston Villa and Wolves ‘rivalry’ – does it even exist? 

22 Feb 18

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


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‘His dinner was in the dustbin’ Amazing story of David Unsworth’s Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton U-turn 

22 Feb 18

Football editor Mat Kendrick looks back at a bizarre chapter in AVFC history…


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Aston Villa’s promotion push is box office – and this proves it 

22 Feb 18

AVFC are among the favourites of Sky Sports…


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Newcastle United and England ace Kieron Dyer praised after revealing this harrowing story 

22 Feb 18

The winger has recently released a new book which contains this story…


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Birmingham City analysis: Why Steve Cotterill had to pick Cheikh Ndoye against Brentford 

22 Feb 18

Brian Dick looks into a problem area for BCFC…


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This is what every Championship manager has said about Wolves 

22 Feb 18

Some focused on their own sides, some gave praise to Nuno and his team – and then there was Steve Cotterill…


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Wolves player ratings: John Ruddy and co assessed after Norwich City throwaway 

22 Feb 18

Ryan Leister gives out the marks…


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Four police officers suffered a ”gratuitous and sustained’ attack by father and his two sons 

22 Feb 18

Kyle Needham, 19, Sean Needham, 22, and their father John Needham, 47, all of Kingsbridge Avenue, Hattersley, pleaded guilty to affray…


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Former Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker training with new club 

22 Feb 18

Reo-Coker aiming to kickstart his career in League One…


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Detectives continue to probe ‘tragic and shocking’ murder of Wolverhampton mum Sarbjit Kaur 

22 Feb 18

Officers are calling for residents to remain vigilant, almost a week on from the brutal killing…


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Judge lets burglar who went on crime spree choose her own sentence 

22 Feb 18

She begged the judge to give her a chance, and he did…


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Wolves 2 Norwich City 2: Nuno on being ‘punched’ and why he made his half time substitution 

21 Feb 18

WWFC boss tells BBC WM ‘the result is not the most important…


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Wolves 2 Norwich City 2: ‘Nuno cost us three points today’ – Wolves fans react to another draw 

21 Feb 18

Norwich pounce late to deny WWFC another victory…


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Wolves star Ruben Neves lands himself a two match ban – and his team are held again 

21 Feb 18

WWFC midfielder has picked up another booking…


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The players more likely to make the World Cup than Celtic star Scott Sinclair 

21 Feb 18

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


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Liam Payne lifts the lid on his arguments with Cheryl – over West Brom and Newcastle United 

21 Feb 18

Joking around, Liam said the pair row over which team 11 -month-old son, Bear will support…


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Spurs and Villa legend David Ginola becomes a dad two years after his near death 

21 Feb 18

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United star has had a child with his new partner…


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Top tipster turns 50p into £61,000 on 17-fold accumulator thanks to three stoppage-time goals 

21 Feb 18

Punter picked AVFC and BCFC results – but it went right to the final whistle…


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FA Cup matches on TV, sixth round fixtures, fifth round replays: All you need to know 

21 Feb 18

All you need to know about FA Cup, including details of televised matches…


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West Brom rumour: Jonny Evans set to regain captaincy 

21 Feb 18

National reports claim 30-year-old set to lead WBA this weekend…


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Ex-Liverpool star claims Alexandre Lacazette’s prospects at Arsenal are bleak 

21 Feb 18

Arsenal splashed out on France international in the summer but he’s already been displaced…


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Wolves v Norwich City: Nuno’s named his team for Championship showdown 

21 Feb 18

WWFC attempting to go 14 points clear at the top…


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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate 

21 Feb 18

FA announce their decision in statement…


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Liverpool youngsters breeze past Manchester United kids into UEFA Youth League quarter-finals 

21 Feb 18

Steven Gerrard gets one over Nicky Butt as former foes face off on the touchline…


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What happened to Leeds United in the pre-season super computer? 

21 Feb 18

A so-called ‘Super Computer’ has predicted the outcome of the Championship season – here are the results…


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This is where Nottingham Forest will finish in the Championship – according to the ‘super computer’ 

21 Feb 18

The outcome of the Championship season has been predicted – here are the results…


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Will Sheffield United make the play-offs – here’s what the ‘super computer’ says 

21 Feb 18

The outcome of the Championship season has been predicted – here are the results…


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Traffic delays on main Lichfield road after lorry overturns 

21 Feb 18

Police are advising motorists to avoid Wall Island after lorry overturns…


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How criminals are trying to steal £10,000 from Staffordshire schools 

21 Feb 18

Spoof email addresses from fraudsters pretending to be target’s headteacher…


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A street food ‘celebration’ coming to Lichfield park 

21 Feb 18

Caf International will feature the most delicious and wonderful flavours from around the world…


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Liverpool star Mo Salah and Christian Benteke are at the very top of this league 

21 Feb 18

The former Villa striker, who has been goal shy ever since leaving Villa Park, has scored just two Premier League goals this year…


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What did Jay Rodriguez say? The latest on the West Bromwich Albion striker race row 

21 Feb 18

Rodriguez vehemently denies any wrongdoing following the allegation from Brightons Gaetan Bong…


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Championship Sky sports matches coming up – Wolves, Derby County and Bristol City among those screened 

21 Feb 18

Sides near the top of the Championship are featuring…


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Here’s where West Brom scouts have headed to identify transfer targets – and there’s a twist 

21 Feb 18

Latest West Brom transfers news includes an update on club’s scouting efforts, joined by West Ham United…


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PFA Player of the Year odds: Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City stars are favourites 

21 Feb 18

Four of the most likely candidates are Manchester City players…


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Premier League top goalscorer odds: Mohamed Salah is challenging Harry Kane at the top 

21 Feb 18

It is shaping up to be a two-horse race between the Tottenham and Liverpool stars…


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Which Premier League games are on Sky Sports? The fixtures that are coming up soon 

21 Feb 18

Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United feature…


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Premier League relegation: Stoke City second favourites for drop with West Brom 

21 Feb 18

Swansea City, West Brom, Stoke City, Huddersfield and Newcastle United are among the most likely, according to bookies…


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This is what Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois had to say about his future amid Real Madrid interest 

21 Feb 18

The La Liga side are keen on signing the Belgian international…


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When does the summer 2018 transfer window open? Everything you need to know 

21 Feb 18

Everything to know about the transfer window…


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Arsenal are looking to bolster their midfield AGAIN – and this man is on the radar 

21 Feb 18

The latest transfer target for Arsene Wenger…


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Next manager sacked odds: West Brom boss Alan Pardew now favourite for the boot 

21 Feb 18

The latest Oddschecker verdict on who is set for the chop from the Premier League…


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The Mo Salah I’ll be a Muslim too chant: How the star responded 

21 Feb 18

The 37million arrival has lit up the top flight…


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West Brom next manager odds: Potential replacement down to evens to replace Pardew 

21 Feb 18

Here’s a look at the West Brom next manager betting market as Pardew faces pressure…


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The FA Cup sixth round fixtures, fifth round replays and televised games on BBC and BT sport 

21 Feb 18

All you need to know about FA Cup, including details of televised matches…


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Manchester United squad for Sevilla trip revealed as boss says “maybe we can KILL” Alexis Sanchez in Champions League tie 

21 Feb 18

Latest Manchester United news includes the latest on Paul Pogba and teammates ahead of Champions League tie…


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Manchester United on alert with transfer target keen on Old Trafford switch but Liverpool and Arsenal also interested 

21 Feb 18

Latest Manchester United transfer news includes an update on Stefan de Vrij…


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Lewis Grabban scouting report: Aston Villa forward announces his arrival against Preston 

20 Feb 18

Lewis Grabban scored the decisive penalty as AVFC fought back to claim a point against PNE…


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Birmingham City player ratings: The Blues flops embarrassed at Brentford 

20 Feb 18

BCFC were on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing at Griffin Park…


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Aston Villa player ratings: Poor nights for John Terry and Co as Villa blow the chance to go second 

20 Feb 18

Gregg Evans hands out the marks after the 1-1 draw with Preston at Villa Park…


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‘I want Zola back’ Birmingham City fans reach new levels of despair after the Brentford debacle 

20 Feb 18

BCFC suffered a 5-0 defeat at Griffin Park – and the fans have had enough…


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These chants sum up the growing unrest of fans as Birmingham City are battered at Brentford 

20 Feb 18

BCFC took to poking fun at themselves and their team during the 5-0 defeat at Griffin Park…


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Maths is not Paul McGrath’s forte – but delivering rousing Aston Villa team-talks definitely is! 

20 Feb 18

McGrath was speaking ahead of AVFC’s clash against Preston at Villa Park…