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This week in court: A gangster, an evil couple and a sick driver who ran over man’s head 

22 Apr 18

Criminals jailed at Birmingham Crown Court are named and shamed…


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Walsall in van crime epidemic after 25 thefts and break-ins in just one month 

22 Apr 18

West Midlands Police has released figures of vehicle thefts in Darlaston and Bentley…


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‘We have to keep winning and keep momentum’ – Aston Villa haven’t given up just yet after thumping win over Ipswich 

22 Apr 18

The promotion race is still alive – and Aston Villa still believe they have a say…


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‘A big step forward’ – Birmingham City earn a great chance at Championship survival – all you need to know 

22 Apr 18

This was a good afternoon for Birmingham City…


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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…