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Garry Monk has named this Birmingham City XI to face Swansea City 

17 Aug 18

Monk has rotated his squad for tonight’s match with Swansea City at St Andrew’s…


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“Our board are working” – Latest on Aston Villa’s ‘interest’ in £30m winger 

17 Aug 18

Latest AVFC transfer update includes the thoughts of Everton manager Marco Silva…


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Birmingham park to get £2.4 million from HS2 

17 Aug 18

Ward End Park and community centre to get upgrade…


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Amazing images show millions of Muslims gathering at Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage 

17 Aug 18

Birmingham-based Hajj group wishes millions of pilgrims a safe journey…


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Road closures confirmed for Eid ul Adha 2018 celebrations in Birmingham 

17 Aug 18

Thousands of people are expected at Small Heath Park – and that means road closures…


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What’s the weather forecast for Eid ul Adha 2018 celebrations in Birmingham? 

17 Aug 18

If it rains, the Small Heath Park prayers will be moved indoors to local mosques…


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Steve Bruce finally set to sanction Aston Villa transfer – reports 

17 Aug 18

Latest AVFC transfer news includes an update on possible outgoings at Villa Park…


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Manhunt as driver mows down victim in hit-and-run after alleged ‘dispute’ in Erdington 

17 Aug 18

A man in his 20s was struck on Hillaries Road, Gravelly Hill…


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Inside Birmingham’s 12,000 sq ft underground ping pong bar and nightclub SERVE 

17 Aug 18

The massive venue is the first of its kind outside of London…


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EVERY primary school in Birmingham and the Black Country is ranked and rated in our new guide 

17 Aug 18

How do your local schools compare…


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Boy, 7, escapes serious injury after being hit by car in Sutton Coldfield 

17 Aug 18

The incident happened at the junction of Rectory Road and Carhampton Road.


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Six miles of queues on the M6 near Birmingham after van breaks down 

17 Aug 18

The long queues are on the northbound side between Junction 7 and 8 and caused by a van which has its brakes ‘locked…


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Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez responds to Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden rumours amid Aston Villa links 

17 Aug 18

AVFC have been linked with loan moves for the pair…


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Supermarket in Erdington caught selling smuggled cigarettes and booze 

17 Aug 18

Extra Supermarket in Erdington has had its licence revoked following an investigation by city trading standards officers…


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Here are 12 loan players Aston Villa should seriously consider this month 

17 Aug 18

Daniel Orme looks at a dozen Premier League players AVFC could target on loan…


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Plans to turn former Birmingham police station into flats 

17 Aug 18

The Perry Barr station has been empty for some time…


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Ipswich Town vs Aston Villa: Who’s in the teams? Who’s the referee? All you need to know 

17 Aug 18

Everything you need to know about AVFC’s trip to Portman Road…


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‘It concerns me deeply’ Everything Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said on injuries, loans, Grealish and Ipswich 

17 Aug 18

The full transcript from the first part of AVFC boss Bruce’s pre-match press conference…


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Major breakthrough after carjackers steal Audi A3 with baby Eliza still inside 

17 Aug 18

West Midlands Police traffic officers have traced the stolen vehicle to a road in Small Heath…


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‘No words’ What Cheikh Ndoye said about leaving Birmingham City to return to Angers 

17 Aug 18

The midfielder has returned to the Ligue 1 club after a single full season at BCFC…


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How you can train to be a BirminghamLive Journalist 

17 Aug 18

We are recruiting two apprentice journalists to train with the very best in the West Midlands – see how to apply here…


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Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman is the latest player to go out on loan 

17 Aug 18

The 20-year-old AVFC defender has gone to the Eredivisie…


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Aston Villa injury news: Why Steve Bruce is desperate for loan additions 

17 Aug 18

Latest AVFC fitness bulletin from Bodymoor Heath…


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Transfer latest: Steve Bruce outlines how many loanees he’s hoping to bring to Aston Villa 

17 Aug 18

The AVFC boss is looking to be busy in the next fortnight…


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The new £1million go-karting track just 30 minutes from Birmingham 

17 Aug 18

The company already boasts more than 20 facilities across the country…