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Was that save of the season from Aston Villa’s keeper Sam Johnstone? 

21 Oct 17

What a stop that was by the Aston Villa stopper…


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Aston Villa 2 Fulham 1 – John Terry and Albert Adomah seal victory for Steve Bruce 

21 Oct 17

Full time from Villa Park and the game between Aston Villa and Fulham…


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Steve Cotterill has chosen this Birmingham City XI to face Millwall 

21 Oct 17

The manager is looking to maintain his 100 percent start as BCFC chief…


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John Terry scores first Aston Villa goal since joining from Chelsea 

21 Oct 17

The defender struck midway through the first half against Fulham…


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Aston Villa half-term reports: A detailed look at the performance of every player so far 

21 Oct 17

It’s time to take a close look at how every player has performed so far this season…


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Tim Sherwood on the moment that sparked Aston Villa’s decline 

21 Oct 17

This is where it went wrong at Aston Villa, according to Tim Sherwood…


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‘In 20 years’ time people will forget that we played ok’ Shay Given on his Aston Villa regret 

20 Oct 17

Given reflects on the 2015 FA Cup final defeat to…


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‘You get eye contact with him’ The Birmingham City new boy so keen to progress 

20 Oct 17

BCFC boss Steve Cotterill adds that Isaac Vassell’s biggest challenge is yet to come…


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Steve Bruce outlines his formation plans as Aston Villa prepare for Fulham 

20 Oct 17

How will the boss line his team up this weekend…


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Steve Bruce lauds John Terry and believes Chelsea’s loss is Aston Villa’s gain 

20 Oct 17

The Villa skipper has made a big impression since moving from Stamford Bridge…


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Phillips in, Barry out: This is the West Brom starting XI that Paul Suart would select at Southampton 

20 Oct 17

Albion go to St Mary’s this weekend – here’s the team our man Paul Suart would go with…


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West Brom swingometer: This is what is at stake for Albion this weekend 

20 Oct 17

WBA take on Southampton in the late game…


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Four men jailed for burglaries across Tamworth 

20 Oct 17

The group attempted six burglaries in one night, stealing two cars worth nearly 50,000 combined…


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Steve Bruce: Aston Villa must erase Wolves defeat; Fulham are a dangerous side; Why Molineux defeat hurt 

20 Oct 17

These are the thoughts of Steve Bruce ahead of the game…


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FA investigates Eni Aluko’s claim coach spoke to her in fake Caribbean accent 

20 Oct 17

Lee Kendall faces a Football Association investigation…


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How Birmingham City should line up against Millwall- predicted XI 

19 Oct 17

Alex Dicken picks his side for the trip to the New Den…


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Police arrest 54 people as they recover heroin, cocaine and cash in ‘cuckooing’ raids 

19 Oct 17

Officers from five forces were involved in the crackdown on so called cuckooing…


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Man accused of infecting lovers with HIV ‘deliberately injured one during sex’ 

19 Oct 17

Daryll Rowe, 26, is accused of forcing the young complainant into rough sex…


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The Aston Villa academy graduate back at Villa Park – and desperate to prove a point 

19 Oct 17

Gregg Evans
looks at what became of Jordan Graham ahead of his return with Fulham…


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Birmingham City fan Troy Deeney gives his verdict on decision to appoint Steve Cotterill 

19 Oct 17

BCFC fan and Watford striker has discussed the new boss on Twitter…


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“He could be dangerous”, West Brom ace Jay Rodriguez tipped to revel on Southampton return 

19 Oct 17

Rodriguez will face his former club on Saturday for the first time since joining WBA…


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Birmingham City: Steve Cotterill will hope to break this long-standing record at Millwall 

19 Oct 17

BCFC are on a high after beating Cardiff last week…


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Silent supporters? No slide tackles? My take on the 12 rules for kids’ football 

18 Oct 17

The FA are using a sledgehammer to crack a nutmeg, argues Birmingham Mail football editor Mat Kendrick…


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Transfer rumour: Aston Villa rivalling Manchester United for Polish goalkeeper 

18 Oct 17

Villa have been linked with starlet stopper…


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Revealed: The chances of West Brom’s players making it into the England squad for Russia 2018 

18 Oct 17

We check out the odds on Albion’s seven England stars – will they make the plane…


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Inspirational MENCAP fundraiser invited to birthday party at Buckingham Palace 

18 Oct 17

A Lichfield charity fundraiser has been invited to Buckingham palace next month to celebrate MENCAP’s 70th birthday…


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West Brom and Wolves transfer target not for sale – Premier League manager 

18 Oct 17

West Brom and Wolves are both reportedly keen on this man…


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Sam Allardyce interested in USA job after Bruce Arena resigns 

18 Oct 17

He has been linked with replacing Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City…


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Ratings: Here’s what Aston Villa can expect from the Fulham players 

18 Oct 17

We take a look at how the Fulham players performed in their last match and might be the men to watch…


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This is what the nation would have made of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers 

17 Oct 17

There has been plenty to talk about in the West Midlands after the weekend fixtures…


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Why the West Midlands is preparing for a CAR-FREE future 

17 Oct 17

Cities need to plan for a transport system without private cars says Andy Street…


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Birmingham City man has seen off all-comers to approach appearance landmark 

17 Oct 17

BCFC full back has been a constant in unsettled times…


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When you can watch Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant appear on Celebrity First Dates 

17 Oct 17

Flamboyant Conservative MP is taking part for charity to raise 25,000 for Cancer Research UK…


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Police warning after elderly Lichfield residents conned out of £20,000 in phone bank scam 

17 Oct 17

Elderly residents are being targeted in phone scam and police are calling for vigilance…


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Court’s “bad decision” will see 750 more homes built in Lichfield 

17 Oct 17

It’s been slammed as a bad decision for the city…


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Parliamentary boundary change will shunt platform for Lichfield to London trains to TAMWORTH 

17 Oct 17

Plan to slice off corner of Lichfield and move Streethay and Whittington to make up neighbouring town’s shortfall…


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Labour promises to increase number of health visitors 

17 Oct 17

In June 2017 there were 8,588 health visitors working in the health service…


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West Brom player ratings: How Myhill, Chadli and co fared at Leicester 

16 Oct 17

The WBA group scored individually after the 1-1 draw…


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Chadli starts: West Brom’s squad at Leicester as Tony Pulis makes three changes 

16 Oct 17

This is the WBA side Tony Pulis has selected to face the Foxes…


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The worst online sexual abuse is suffered by the youngest 

16 Oct 17

The data has been compiled by the Internet Watch Foundation…


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Most households having to pay for bulky rubbish and garden waste collections 

16 Oct 17

Three-fifths (60%) of local authorities with responsibility for rubbish collections impose costs for picking up waste from the garden…


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Six-month minimum sentence proposed for thugs caught TWICE with acid 

16 Oct 17

The new two strikes rule will mirror the regime for those convicted of more than one knife possession offence…


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Schoolgirl sexually assaulted on bus in Walsall 

16 Oct 17

The 15-year-old was travelling through Walsall Wood on the number 10A…


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Warning over iPhone text message scam trying to hack your Apple ID 

16 Oct 17

The aim is trick people into giving up the password that they use to get into their Apple account…


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Knifepoint robbery gang hunted after stealing bikes from Sutton Coldfield schoolboys 

16 Oct 17

Two 13-year-old were threatened in the cowardly attack in Blackwood Road, Streetly…


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Steve Cotterill reveals which Birmingham City player he ‘loves to death’ 

16 Oct 17

BCFC boss was thrilled with the 24-year-old’s full Championship debut…


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Revealed: The impressive numbers behind Birmingham City’s win against Cardiff City 

16 Oct 17

Here’s how BCFC recovered from a 6-1 thumping to down Cardiff at St Andrew’s…


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Gareth Barry’s nephew Bradley saved by referee after SWALLOWING tongue 

16 Oct 17

Bradley Barry was saved by the quick-thinking official i…


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Campaign to bring empty Lichfield homes back into use 

16 Oct 17

Empty Homes Week is calling for vacant properties to be made habitable…


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Why shoplifters and vandals may be set to dodge justice in future 

16 Oct 17

New guidelines would mean officers could determine very quickly if it is proportionate to investigate lower level, higher volume offences…


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West Brom: Tony Pulis on the impact of Jonny Evans’ summer bidding – and the potential of a new contract 

15 Oct 17

Evans was sought after by Monday’s opponents Leicester and also Manchester City…


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West Brom boss Tony Pulis on his preferred system while waiting on Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke 

15 Oct 17

The WBA boss was speaking ahead of the Monday night trip to Leicester…


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Birmingham City transfer rumour: Blues invite midfielder for trial 

15 Oct 17

Youngster could spend a week training with BCFC…


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Here’s what Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill will have learned about Aston Villa from his Wolves scouting mission 

15 Oct 17

The BCFC boss was at Molineux to check out AVFC ahead of the Second City derby…


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Full transcript: Nuno Santo on signing Diogo Jota, Wolves fans and remaining patient 

15 Oct 17

Everything Nuno Espirito Santo said after Wolves defeated Aston Villa 2-0 at Molineux…


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‘It’s where we want to be’ The table-topping Wolves digest after victory over Aston Villa 

15 Oct 17

Relive WWFC’s win over AVFC that lifts Nuno’s men to the Championship summit…


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Why Aston Villa were no match for Wolves: Tactics, player ratings and other talking points 

15 Oct 17

AVFC reaction and analysis after the 2-0 defeat to WWFC at Molineux…


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West Brom boss Tony Pulis fears for his job – like most Premier League managers 

14 Oct 17

Pulis has a theory why top flight coaches are under pressure at any one time…


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Why West Brom boss Tony Pulis sees club vs country row intensifying 

14 Oct 17

Pulis has made it plainly clear he’s no fan of international breaks…


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Paedophile who abused young girl had 60,000 indecent images of children 

14 Oct 17

Paul Piper jailed after police also discovered WhatsApp messages in which he spoke of assaulting child…