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Birmingham City digest: Cotterill comes out fighting; Midfield problems; Must-win game 

23 Feb 18

The latest BCFC news ahead of tomorrow’s crunch relegation clash with Barnsley…


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Aston Villa digest: Take a bow Hutts; Key injury update; Trial by TV; Interesting sales figures 

23 Feb 18

The latest from AVFC as Steve Bruce’s troops prepare for Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday…


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Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa – our XI and Steve Bruce’s expected XI 

22 Feb 18

All the news and views from AVFC…


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Police appeal after man and woman punched near Molloys in Sutton Coldfield town centre 

22 Feb 18

Officers want to speak to these men…


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New rules introduced by the EFL to avoid a repeat of the Birmingham City vs Huddersfield Town controversy 

22 Feb 18

The Terriers made ten changes to the team at the end of last season and lost – but it won’t be happening again…


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Teen ski star from Sutton Coldfield eyes Olympic dream 

22 Feb 18

Tyler Nicholls Stubbington who hails from Streetly and skis at the SnowDome is aiming to take part in Beijing 2022…


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‘I don’t dislike anyone for disliking me at the moment’ – Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill’s full transcript 

22 Feb 18

The boss reflects on the Brentford battering, looks ahead to Barnsley and provides an injury update…


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Driver caught after dramatic Sutton Coldfield police chase and helicopter pursuit 

22 Feb 18

Erdington man Michael Glasheen admitted dangerous driving after he was arrested following a crash in Monmouth Drive…


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‘How **** must you be?’ Those Birmingham City chants at Brentford 

22 Feb 18

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


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This is why thousands of Birmingham students are accessing counselling 

22 Feb 18

The NUS said institutions across the UK were struggling to keep up with demand…


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The story of that Aston Villa training ground clash between Martin O’Neill and Nigel Reo-Coker 

22 Feb 18

Football editor Mat Kendrick looks back at the Bodymoor Heath spat between Martin O’Neill and Nigel Reo-Coker…


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The West Midlands GP surgeries closing or merging as pressure builds on NHS 

22 Feb 18

Birmingham CrossCity NHS area saw seven GP practices closed or merged…


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Steve Cotterill gives incredibly honest response to criticism from Birmingham City fans 

22 Feb 18

BCFC manager admits to pain of current situation…


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Homes targeted in Perry Barr after three burglaries in one night 

22 Feb 18

Raids took place at properties in Bayswater Road…


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Former Wolves defender is tipped for a bright future 

22 Feb 18

Regan Upton is on loan at Sutton from Tamworth…


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An IMAX Film Fest is coming to Birmingham – these are the films you can see and where 

22 Feb 18

Cineworld in Broad Street and at Resorts World showing five top films as part of celebration of big-screen format…


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Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to three heritage railways near Birmingham 

22 Feb 18

The famous train is coming to Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Didcot Railway Centre and Dean Forest Railway…


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Police bust cannabis farm in leafy Handsworth Wood 

22 Feb 18

Around 100 plants were found in a property in Cornwall Road…


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Why Brentford midfielder’s comments are alarming for Birmingham City amid relegation battle 

22 Feb 18

BCFC succumbed to a 5-0 thrashing in West London on Tuesday…


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Emirates launches massive sale on flight prices – this is where you can go 

22 Feb 18

Airline announces cut-price fares from Birmingham Airport…


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Sex attacker from Sutton Coldfield jailed for assaulting five women 

22 Feb 18

Benjamin Clarke from Walsall Road in Little Aston assaulted the women over a two-year-period…


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New images released of Birmingham landmark restoration 

22 Feb 18

CGIs show how Methodist Central Hall will look following 35m makeover which is set to be approved next week…


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Birmingham halal abattoir Pak Mecca Meats fined for failing to undergo meat inspections 

22 Feb 18

Sheep were sent to slaughter without undergoing vital checks…


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Former starlet reveals brutal reality of his Aston Villa release 

22 Feb 18

Rory Hale was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season…


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Can Birmingham City beat the drop?: Our predictor lets you find out 

22 Feb 18

Can Birmingham City beat the drop…