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‘There could still be a really joyous day’ – why Aston Villa have not given up – Colin Calderwood 

21 Apr 18

There is still hope of automatic promotion says Colin Calderwood…


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Captain Conor Coady is the Wolves star man – here’s how everyone played in Bolton barnstormer 

21 Apr 18

Wolves destroyed Bolton to clinch the title – Birmingham Live columnist Ryan Leister gives his verdict from the ground…


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‘The best free transfer in the history of football’ – Birmingham City fans react after victory over Sheffield United 

21 Apr 18

This is what the Birmingham City fans have been saying after the game against Sheffield United…


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Garry Monk reveals how he masterminded Birmingham City’s comeback win against Sheffield United 

21 Apr 18

Marc Roberts and Jacques Maghoma struck to give Blues a huge win in their battle against the drop…


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‘A good old-fashioned spanking!’ – Aston Villa fans are delighted after Ipswich Town thrashing 

21 Apr 18

The Aston Villa fans have their say after watching their side dismantle Ipswich in style…


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Birmingham City player ratings: Jacques Maghoma stars as Blues take a giant leap towards safety 

21 Apr 18

Brian Dick hands out marks out of 10 for Garry Monk’s BCFC players after their win against Sheffield United…


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Triumphant Team England receive hero’s welcome at Commonwealth Games 2018 homecoming spectacular 

21 Apr 18

The homecoming party was held in Birmingham – a week on from the spectacular handover ceremony…


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Aston Villa player ratings: Lewis Grabban on the double against Ipswich – here’s how everyone else contributed to the clinical display 

21 Apr 18

What a win for Aston Villa – Gregg Evans rates the performances against Ipswich…


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Ed Sheeran and fiancée Cherry Seaborn watch Ipswich Town vs Aston Villa 

21 Apr 18

Prince William recently watched Villa beat Cardiff City 1-0 at Villa Park…


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“Waste of points” – Jurgen Klopp aims astonishing blast after Liverpool are held at West Brom 

21 Apr 18

The LFC boss wasn’t pleased after Salomon Rondon snatched a late point for the Baggies…


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The notorious Aston Villa v Glasgow Rangers ‘friendly’ – the worst hooliganism Villa Park has seen 

21 Apr 18

Saturday, October 9 1976 was dubbed ‘Sick Saturday…


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Revealed: The top ten Aston Villa players of all time 

21 Apr 18

We have compiled our list of the greatest Aston Villa players…


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Birmingham City: The ten best St Andrew’s atmospheres of the past decade 

21 Apr 18

Some memorable home matches for BCFC – which is your favourite…


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Aliou Cisse – here’s what happened to the Birmingham City favourite 

21 Apr 18

A look back at Cisse’s time at BCFC and his career path after leaving the Midlands…


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What league are Aston Villa in? All you need to know about your club 

21 Apr 18

The key information about AVFC…


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Former West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa star filmed being verbally abused 

21 Apr 18

Scott Carson, the Derby County goalkeeper, was targeted by a string of insults in a tirade that lasted for more than two minutes…


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

21 Apr 18

Villa make two changes with John Terry and Jonathan Kodjia both missing out altogether…


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Garry Monk has named this Birmingham City XI for huge Sheffield United match 

21 Apr 18

The manager has made changes to the team beaten by Wolves last weekend…


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Hay fever misery as pollen and pollution creates ‘toxic storm’ 

21 Apr 18

Hay fever symptoms can be far worse in cites – and Birmingham named among top hotspots…


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Tony Xia’s next Aston Villa game and an Arsene Wenger tribute lost in translation 

21 Apr 18

The owner has been tweeting ahead of Villa’s match with Ipswich Town…


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Library of Birmingham has been closed and the council doesn’t know when it will reopen 

21 Apr 18

Window issue prompted shutdown…


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This is exactly when thunderstorms are set to hit Birmingham today 

21 Apr 18

This weekend will see temperatures stay steady in the low-twenties…


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Watch: Cops armed with battering ram smash through home in drugs raid 

21 Apr 18

Patrolling officers ram down door of Shard End home while executing drugs warrant…


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The one change Aston Villa are expected to make against Ipswich Town – predicted XI 

21 Apr 18

Steve Bruce is having to contend with a few injuries at a crucial time in Villa’s season…


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Birmingham’s first kids-only hair salon has car for chairs, soft play and PS4s 

21 Apr 18

Trimz and Tantrumz in Rubery also has train tracks and hairdressers in fancy dress…


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Australian Commonwealth Games mayor came to Birmingham and this is what he said 

21 Apr 18

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate given tour of city’s athletes village site and stadium…


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Birmingham millennials have one of the UK’s highest unemployment rates 

21 Apr 18

16,000 young adults in Birmingham affected…


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Birmingham retiree Jenny, 68, to belt out Highway to Hell on Britain’s Got Talent 

21 Apr 18

Jenny, impressively, belts out Highway to Hell by AC/DC – but we’ll have to wait until tonight to see how she gets on…


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Residents in Small Heath blasted for blocking pavements with their cars 

21 Apr 18

Situation in Bankes Road, Small Heath, branded an ’embarrassment’ as council allows spate of dropped kerbs…


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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce on Jack Grealish transfer fee as side to face Ipswich revealed 

21 Apr 18

The latest Aston Villa news and views from BirminghamLive ahead of Ipswich Town clash…


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Birmingham City man tracked by Leeds United and others as side to face Sheffield United revealed 

21 Apr 18

The latest Birmingham City news and views from BirminghamLive ahead of Sheffield United clash…


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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere warned off Wolves as transfer spending revealed 

21 Apr 18

The latest Wolves news and views from Birmingham Live…


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West Brom have two players back as Liverpool’s injury crisis revealed 

21 Apr 18

The latest West Brom news and views from BirminghamLive ahead of the clash against Liverpool…


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Steve Bruce issues brutal response to rumours Jack Grealish could leave Aston Villa 

20 Apr 18

The AVFC attacker has been linked with a move to Leicester City this past week…


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The Birmingham City XI Garry Monk is expected to pick against Sheffield United – our writers decide 

20 Apr 18

Brian Dick and Shane Ireland pick their preferred Birmingham City line ups and you can too…


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Former West Brom and Aston Villa star filmed being verbally abused 

20 Apr 18

Scott Carson, the Derby County goalkeeper, was targeted by a string of insults in a tirade that lasted for more than two minutes…


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Drug dealer suspects arrested and two cannabis farms destroyed after police blitz on Erdington crime 

20 Apr 18

More than seven suspects were arrested after the Erdington crime blitz…


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Former factory site in revitalised Sutton Coldfield district up for sale 

20 Apr 18

The old TRW Automative site in Mere Green is on the market…


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‘Nail on the head’ – Birmingham City fans impressed with Garry Monk’s latest plea 

20 Apr 18

Birmingham City take on Sheffield United at St Andrew’s on Saturday…


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Car ends up on metal railing after crash in Aston 

20 Apr 18

The incident took place on Park Circus during rush hour…


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Watch: Mercedes ‘crashed into police car following pursuit’ 

20 Apr 18

Drama after driver allegedly failed to stop for police in Cobham Road, Bordesley Green…


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Revealed: What Aston Villa have planned for their eight returning loanees 

20 Apr 18

Gary Gardner, Aaron Tshibola, Tommy Elphick and Co are all experiencing life away from AVFC…


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Hunt to find graffiti vandals blighting Sutton Coldfield town centre 

20 Apr 18

West Midlands Police are appealing for information…


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Residents anger as second Sutton Coldfield green belt homes plan revealed for land by golf course 

20 Apr 18

The homes will be built on land sandwiched between Kempson Avenue and Walmley Golf Club in Wylde Green if the land owners Catesby Estates are granted permission…


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

20 Apr 18

All you need to know ahead of AVFC trip to Ipswich Town…


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Birmingham City vs Sheffield United TV details: Who’s in the teams? What time’s kick-off? 

20 Apr 18

All you need to know ahead as BCFC take on SUFC…


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Here’s what our writers predicted for Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolves in August 

20 Apr 18

The Birmingham Live football desk predicted the Championship in August – here’s what we thought of Wolves, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Leeds United and co back then…


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Suspected arson attack at flat above Handsworth nail bar 

20 Apr 18

Flammable substance and objects thought to have been thrown at window…


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Hutton, Tuanzebe, Steer – Aston Villa’s injured stars and their expected return dates 

20 Apr 18

Latest Villa injury news ahead of trip to Portman Road…


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BGT winner to appear at Birmingham’s Commonwealth Homecoming festival in Victoria Square 

20 Apr 18

Full rundown including performance times for Tokio Myers and Sons of Pitches…


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Wolves, Fulham and Aston Villa stars aplenty as our writers name their Championship team of the year 

20 Apr 18

Aston Villa, Wolves and Fulham players all feature heavily as our football desk pick their teams of the season…


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“Rogue landlord” who did not care about her tenants’ safety ordered to pay record fine 

20 Apr 18

Leila Amjadi runs Vertu Capital Ltd and was responsible for four properties in Selly Oak and Edgbaston…


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Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K 2018 – closing date, route, road closures and more 

20 Apr 18

All you need to know about the event…


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Keita, Fabbrini, Tesche – what will happen to Birmingham City’s loan stars? 

20 Apr 18

BCFC have some serious housekeeping to do this summer…


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A flower-power family rave is happening in Birmingham this summer 

20 Apr 18

The next Big Fish Little Fish Rave is happening at The Nightingale in Digbeth…


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Aston Villa hand highly-rated winger new contract 

20 Apr 18

Blackett-Taylor has made two first team appearances for AVFC…


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Huge police presence as two teens arrested on busy Sutton Coldfield high street 

20 Apr 18

Two 16-year-olds arrested in broad daylight after short police chase ending
on Boldmere Road…


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How Nikola Zigic became a Birmingham City cult hero 

20 Apr 18

Kane Styles takes a warm look back at the Birmingham City career of cult hero Nikola Zigic…


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This is the Aston Villa XI Steve Bruce is expected to pick against Ipswich Town 

20 Apr 18

Steve Bruce is having to contend with a few injuries at a crucial time in Villa’s season…


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‘It hits players hard’ Birmingham City coach reveals the dark side of football 

20 Apr 18

James Nursey was speaking to Richard Beale at Solihull Moors…