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Bond reflects on Birmingham City’s draw at Kidderminster and the transfer work ahead 

26 Jul 17

Joe Chapman was speaking with the BCFC assistant boss at Aggborough this evening…


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Kidderminster 1 Birmingham City 1: Full-time report with pictures as Donaldson goal ensures pre-season friendly draw 

26 Jul 17

BCFC had to settle for a draw against non-league Harriers…


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First look at Claudia Jessie in new hospital sitcom Porters 

26 Jul 17

The Birmingham actress moves from the police to nursing…


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Birmingham City transfer news: Why Harry Redknapp isn’t at Kidderminster tonight 

26 Jul 17

The BCFC boss is elsewhere – but it’s in the club’s long-term interests…


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Northfield Beach has opened in Birmingham and kids are loving it despite the miserable weather 

26 Jul 17

It was a case of umbrellas and anoraks rather than beachwear as man-made beach was unveiled…


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Exclusive: Aston Villa’s new French ‘match killer’ is ‘incomparable to another player’ 

26 Jul 17

Aston Villa’s talent spotters have been working tirelessly to attract new talent from across Europe to Villa Park…


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New African themed restaurant will serve springbok steak and crocodile burgers 

26 Jul 17

Nakira Bar and Grill is opening soon in Birmingham city centre…


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Everything Birmingham City fans need to know ahead of their trip to Kidderminster Harriers 

26 Jul 17

BCFC travel to Aggborough for their penultimate friendly of pre-season…


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Transfer news: Aston Villa man close to exit – sporting director confirms 

26 Jul 17

There are a few minor issues to resolve with Aston Villa and then the transfer will go ahead.


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JoJo Bows star causes a MASSIVE frenzy in Birmingham as she meets hundreds of fans 

26 Jul 17

US teen star who started global fashion craze caused a frenzy of excitement at the Bullring…


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Birmingham bin strike: All your questions answered 

26 Jul 17

The dispute over changes to working practices and the downgrading of supervisor jobs has now entered its third week with no sign of a resolution in sight…


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Watch: Thousands of dead fish discovered at city ‘lake of death’ 

26 Jul 17

Footage shows mass fish deaths at Salford Park, Nechells where council previously said water is ‘safe…


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Birmingham City transfers: Blues to rival Leeds United for Championship defender 

26 Jul 17

Harry Redknapp is keen to shore up the BCFC backline…


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Birmingham City transfer news: Blues youngster joins League One side on loan 

26 Jul 17

A number of Blues hopefuls are keen to get out and taste first team football this season…


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Aston Villa defender Micah Richards: What does the future hold? 

26 Jul 17

We take a look at Micah Richards’ Aston Villa career and what the future holds for the former Manchester City man…


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Birmingham City and Stewart Downing: Here’s what we know 

26 Jul 17

BCFC boss Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of signing the Middlesbrough winger…


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Pollution charges could be brought in for three Birmingham roads: What leaders have said 

26 Jul 17

Council’s urged to seek innovative measures including scrappage schemes and pollution charges to improve air quality…


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These amazing food and drink deals are up for grabs in Birmingham right now 

26 Jul 17

Great offers in Birmingham include Indian and vegetarian meals, Japanese afternoon tea, beer, wine – and kids’ meals for 1…


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Birmingham Bears give Foxes the brush-off to stay on T20 prowl 

26 Jul 17

Birmingham Bears improved their qualification prospects with a 30-run win over Leicestershire Foxes…


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Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu: Lowdown on the Birmingham City ‘target’ previously linked with Liverpool 

26 Jul 17

Sky Sport Italia claim that BCFC are looking at the Udinese midfielder…


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Transfers: Birmingham City duo make Solihull Moors loan move 

26 Jul 17

Young BCFC pair have joined the National League side until January…


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Aston Villa’s squad needs trimming – who will be moving on this summer? 

26 Jul 17

Steve Bruce knows that he still needs to reduce the size of his squad before the end of August…


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Severe delays at Birmingham Airport after raft of ground handlers call in sick 

26 Jul 17

People heading off for family holidays have reported delays of more than an hour…


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Birmingham City: The players who will be out to prove a point to Harry Redknapp at Kidderminster 

26 Jul 17

There’s plenty of competition for places in the BCFC squad…


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Police arrest four teenagers after Range Rover and BMW carjackings across Birmingham 

26 Jul 17

Three men aged 18 and a 16-year-old quizzed over spate of thefts of high-value vehicles…


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My Aston Villa matchday: Fried onions, The Sacred Heart, expectations and reality – roll on August 5th! 

26 Jul 17

Birmingham Mail blogger Ashley Preece is looking forward to the first game of the season, here he shares with us what matchdays mean to him…


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Transfer rumour: Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack subject of four-way Championship tussle 

26 Jul 17

The Scot could leave Villa – temporarily or permanently – this summer…


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First look at new Black Sabbath film The End of The End shot in Birmingham 

26 Jul 17

Trailer is released for the documentary on their last homecoming gig…


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Teens risk their lives freerunning on top of Superdrug in Sutton Coldfield town centre 

26 Jul 17

Police called as worried shoppers spot them high above ground…


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These are the six issues Birmingham City still need to solve this summer 

26 Jul 17

Shane Ireland examines the questions that still need answering at BCFC…


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Transfers: Sunderland in pole position for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick 

26 Jul 17

The centre-back is likely to be granted a move this summer…


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This is exactly when the rain is forecast to stop in Birmingham today 

26 Jul 17

Met Office is curiously predicting a sharp end to the downpour in the afternoon – after torrential rain sweeps the city…


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I Love Reggae starring Shaggy and Maxi Priest is coming to Birmingham and this is how to get tickets 

26 Jul 17

Chaka Demus Pliers and Mitchell Brunings also in the line-up at Genting Arena…


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Drivers could be charged to travel on three of Birmingham’s busiest roads 

26 Jul 17

Micheal Gove revealed plans to tackle England’s busiest roads in the UK…


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Aston Villa transfers: Second Liverpool midfielder linked 

26 Jul 17

Villa were linked with Sheyi Ojo earlier this week – and are now being linked with his teammate…


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Jordan Hugill: Preston boss Alex Neil provides update on Birmingham City target’s future 

26 Jul 17

BCFC are hoping to sign the PNE striker – here’s the latest…


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Why some Aston Villa fans have been promised a free match ticket 

26 Jul 17

Here’s who qualifies for a free Aston Villa ticket…


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Raider blasts fried chicken takeaway with double barrelled shotgun 

26 Jul 17

Police in new appeal for help one year after attack which shocked Birmingham…


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Usain Bolt is back in Birmingham! Olympic legend in city ahead of his final championships 

26 Jul 17

Jamaican legend has returned to the city ahead of his the World Athletics Championships…


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Birmingham City transfer news and digest: Key players, international midfielder target, director drops defender hint, trials continue 

26 Jul 17

All the latest news from St Andrew’s and Wast Hills…


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Aston Villa news and transfers digest: Rushian return, Andre Green in focus, Watford ticket latest, teen on trial, chance for fringe players 

26 Jul 17

A round-up of the latest news from Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath…


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Rubbish piled high around Birmingham is NOT due to strike – council leader 

26 Jul 17

Council leader John Clancy calls for tough management saying service is ‘not being delivered’ even when staff are not on strike…


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Birmingham City transfer rumour: International midfielder linked with St Andrew’s move 

25 Jul 17

Another day, another name for Birmingham City…


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Birmingham City’s director may have just dropped a massive transfer hint 

25 Jul 17

Does this mean Birmingham City are on the verge of signing you know who…


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Birmingham City announce squad for Kidderminster and there are some big names 

25 Jul 17

These are the players up for selection at Kidderminster…


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How Chris Samba earned his Aston Villa contract – and why the fans love him 

25 Jul 17

Chris Samba arrived at Aston Villa in February – five months later, he has a contract.


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Comment: The things Wolverhampton Wanderers MUST do to get promotion 

25 Jul 17

It’s a brave new world (again) at Molineux, Steve Wollaston takes a look at the season ahead at Wolverhampton Wanderers…


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A bizarre trophy and a frustrating wash-out: Aston Villa’s Germany tour reviewed 

25 Jul 17

Gregg Evans has been in Germany for AVFC’s mini tour.


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This is why you should watch new BBC1 drama In The Dark 

25 Jul 17

What time it’s on, what it’s about and how it’s based on the books by Birmingham author Mark Billingham…


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Shamed breast surgeon Ian Paterson is struck off, months after being jailed 

25 Jul 17

Birmingham doctor was sentenced to 15 years after carrying out hundreds of needless operations…


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Aston Villa sell Jordan Veretout to Fiorentina for around £6.25 million plus add ons 

25 Jul 17

The French midfielder has finally got his move…


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Andre Green and other Aston Villa players to watch this season 

25 Jul 17

Andre Green has impressed greatly over the last six months – but he isn’t the only Villa player ready to shine this season…


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Another Disney themed pub crawl is coming to Birmingham and you can book your tickets NOW 

25 Jul 17

Tickets now on sale for next event after hundreds of people dressed up as favourite Disney characters in city’s first two crawls…


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Steve Bruce considering an extra run out for Aston Villa first teamers after cancelled friendly 

25 Jul 17

Bruce contemplating playing some of the senior players in under-23 match…


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These Birmingham restaurants have been named among the best in the UK 

25 Jul 17

Birmingham has four restaurants in SquareMeals top 100 UK restaurants outside London…


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The Birmingham City players who will be key for Harry Redknapp this season 

25 Jul 17

BCFC boss has made his intentions clear in pre-season…


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Hotels, travel, time off work – but Aston Villa fans make the most of it after Germany friendly cancelled 

25 Jul 17

Trips to Dortmund, Cologne and Amsterdam for AVFC fans after Arminia Bielefeld…


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New Birmingham Airport service fails to take off 

25 Jul 17

Irish airline falls foul of authorities after it did not secure a licence to operate routes between Birmingham and Republic of Ireland…


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Woah! A Phoenix Nights appreciation night is coming to Birmingham 

25 Jul 17

A night dedicated to Peter Kay’s Channel 4 sitcom involves food, drink and a quiz…


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The hero taxi drivers on the night of the Birmingham Pub Bombings 

25 Jul 17

How heroic taxi drivers became ambulance crews after bloody attacks…