Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack on Jack Grealish

A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby. Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind on the pitch about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game. Mitchell, 27, admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier. He “cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning”, his solicitor said. “His initial foolish intention was to just go on to the pitch and whip up the crowd,” said Vaughn Whistance, defending. Mitchell, of…

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Championship season review: Aston Villa, Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackburn

Aston Villa: 13th After sinking from the Premier League without trace in 2015-16, a summer of transition inevitably ensued at Aston Villa as this illustrious club aimed to lift itself off the floor. Taken over by the Chinese businessman Tony Xia, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was appointed the new manager and although a surprisingly high number of the existing squad remained, hefty sums of money were spent on strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia. Expectations were high, but there was clearly a weak mentality within the squad which showed…

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Championship Season Review – Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Brentford

Birmingham City: 10th For the second year in a row, Birmingham City have finished 10th in the Championship, but the contrast between the two seasons is massive. In 2014-15 Gary Rowett took over a side that looked to be headed for relegation and galvanised them, whereas this time around they were very much in the play-off picture until fading away during the closing weeks as a strong home record deserted them. At the beginning the aim was to stay clear of danger and maybe push for another top half finish,…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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Championship season review: Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton

Birmingham City: 10th Only a dramatic stoppage time goal at Bolton Wanderers on the final day kept Birmingham City in the Championship by the skin of their teeth in 2014. A year on, they were able to head to the Macron Stadium again to bring their season to a close with no such relegation concerns; indeed they pulled off an impressive win to secure a top 10 finish. It was an amazing achievement, as in the early weeks of the season it looked like nothing could stop them from dropping…

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Shinnie agrees Birmingham transfer

Birmingham City have signed midfielder Andrew Shinnie from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, reports BBC Sport. The 23-year-old, who had previously been reported to have had talks with the Midlands club, has made a pre-contract agreement with Birmingham, before he moves to St Andrew’s in the summer on a three-year deal. The move comes despite the Highland club’s best efforts to keep Shinnie at the Caledonian Stadium. The midfielder, who has spent the last two seasons at Inverness, has been in fine form this term scoring 15 times for Thistle who currently…

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Birmingham set for fixture pile-up

Championship side Birmingham City face a minimum of 56 games this season following their progression in the Europa League last night. The 3-0 victory over Portugese outfit C.D Nacional sealed the Blues’ place in the group stages of the competition and they now face a number of rescheduled games as a result. Their clash on the 27th September against Leeds has already bit the dust and more could be set to follow. As well as six further potential European fixtures Birmingham also await tomorrow’s Carling Cup draw after this year’s…

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Nottingham Forest close in on Matt Derbyshire coup

Nottingham Forest are understood to be closing in on the signing of Matt Derbyshire from Olympiakos. The striker spent last season on loan at relegated Birmingham City but was limited to just four starts in that time and no permanent deal was pursued. The Greek side put a number of Championship sides on red alert earlier this summer when Derbyshire was left out of their pre-season games and made available for a nominal fee. Free-spending Leicester and Brighton were amongst the teams to show an interest but it seems as…

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AFC Wimbledon set for Marcus Bent capture

Football League new boys AFC Wimbledon are understood to be closing in on the signing of Marcus Bent after the former Everton striker underwent a medical at Kingsmeadow. Bent, who is currently a free agent, was recently released by Birmingham City and has caught the eye of manager Terry Brown after captain Danny Kedwell left for Gillingham last month. Brown has bolstered his striking options already this summer with the signing of Charles Ademeno but told the Surrey Herald he acknowledges the need for a further addition: “We are definitely…

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Football League Daily – Hughton facing tough challenge while Cardiff bolster squad

Birmingham City have moved to replace Alex Mcleish by appointing Chris Hughton as their new manager. The former Newcastle boss has been the bookies’ favourite to move into the St Andrews hot seat since McLeish’s controversial decision to quit the Blues to move to their bitter cross-city rivals Aston Villa. The former Tottenham Hotspur full back beat former West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo to the job and will be tasked with guiding the St Andrews club back to the Premier League following the club’s relegation last season. That…

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Football League Daily – Managerial merry-go-round in the Npower Championship

The managerial merry-go-round has begun apace over the last seven days as teams in the Npower Championship begin their preparations for the 2011/12 season. Dave Jones has already lost his job at Cardiff City following a third successive failure to gain promotion to the Premier League, a disappointment compounded by the success of their South Wales rivals Swansea City becoming the first side from the Principality to reach the top flight. Last Sunday saw Nottingham Forest, losing play-off semi-finalists for the last two seasons, dispense with the services of their…

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LMA chief backs McLeish as Birmingham demand compensation

According to the League Managers’ Association, Alex McLeish walked out on Birmingham City because he was not consulted over transfer deals and his chief scout was sacked by the Blues executive board. The legal wrangles of the deal have been mired in controversy this week, with Birmingham claiming they have not accepted McLeish’s resignation and demanding £4.5 million compensation from any potential club who wishes to install the Scot as their manager, reportedly fierce local rivals Aston Villa. The chief executive of the LMA Richard Bevan revealed that there had…

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Birmingham want £4.5m for McLeish

Birmingham City are set to do all they can to stop Alex McLeish moving across the city to manage their rivals Aston Villa, the Telegraph report. The Blues are set to demand £4.5m from the Villains in compensation if the Scot actually replaces Gerard Houllier, but they are also mulling over other forms of action. As well as threatening to complain to the Premier League, the Championship side are also considering taking out an injunction, which would stop McLeish even being allowed to talk to their second city rivals. The…

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Birmingham must act fast to replace McLeish ahead of a marathon season

Alex McLeish’s shock resignation on Sunday has left Birmingham’s preparations for their upcoming Championship season and Europa League campaign in tatters. Acting chairman Peter Pannu gave McLeish a vote of confidence in the aftermath of relegation from the Premier League and Birmingham now have to act fast to recruit a new manager to oversee a huge season for the club. Fortunately, the core of the playing staff should remain intact, Alexander Hleb, Obafemi Martins, Matt Derbyshire and David Bentley have all returned to their parent clubs, Lee Bowyer is expected…

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Season Review: Birmingham City – Final day relegation overshadows Wembley glory for Blues

This season should’ve been remembered as one of success and celebration for Birmingham City after their Carling Cup Final victory over Arsenal at Wembley in February. Instead, Blues fans have been left with a feeling of resentment and regret after their slide down the table saw them relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season. A slow start to the season, in which City won just one of their first eight games, was book-ended by five defeats in their last six, hardly the form of a…

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Second season syndrome threatening Birmingham’s Premier League future

Last season Birmingham City were one of the surprise packages of the Premier League, finishing in the top half on the their return to the top-flight. However, this season has been one of struggle, and Carling Cup glory aside, one of disappointment, which could ultimately end in relegation. But what has changed? Since securing ninth place last term, Alex McLeish has only strengthened his squad, with their only notable loss that of the on-loan Joe Hart, although he has been admirably replaced by Ben Foster. Matt Derbyshire, Jean Beausejour and…

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Club Focus – Newcastle – Magpies defeat 10 man Birmingham

Newcastle ended a run of four games without a win to record a deserved victory over Birmingham City. The result ensures that the Magpies are now mathematically safe and they can now concentrate on securing a top 10 place in the Premier League. The games turning point came in the 36th minute when a penalty was awarded to the hosts and Birmingham were reduced to 10 men. From then on Newcastle were able to take control of the game although their inability to kill-off the visitors almost proved costly. They…

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Birmingham’s Liverpool defeat hides the reality of City’s Premier League position

Birmingham City’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday leaves the Premier League future of Alex McLeish’s side in doubt. The Carling Cup winners are only four points off the relegation zone having taken just eight points from two wins, two draws and four defeats in the eight league games since their Wembley triumph over Arsenal. The Anfield hammering was the Blues’ most emphatic loss since Obafemi Martins’ last minute winner against the Gunners, but it may not be the most costly. Since late February, they have lost…

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Liverpool 5-0 Birmingham – Rodriguez’ treble fires the Reds to emphatic victory

A clinical Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick, coupled with goals from Dirk Kuyt and forgotten man Joe Cole, gave Liverpool three points against a pitiable Birmingham side. It was a performance which typifies the impact Kenny Dalglish has made at the club, but also one which will surely help deliver a permanent contract the way of the 60-year-old. Dalglish continued his emphasis on youth as, following his impressive debut against Arsenal, Jack Robinson replaced the injured Fabio Aurelio at left-back as Rodriguez came in for the injured Andy Carroll. Birmingham manager Alex…

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Chelsea 3-1 Birmingham City – Champions’ Premier League challenge reignited by Birmingham victory

Chelsea defeated a tame Birmingham City 3-1 on Wednesday night to revitalise their Premier League title hopes just a day after Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the London club as potential champions. The Blues’ £50million signing Fernando Torres dropped to the bench once again as Didier Drogba spearheaded Chelsea’s attack with Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou supporting him. Birmingham set out in a defensive 4-5-1 formation with Alex Hleb, making his first league start since January, playing a more advanced role to kick start the Birmingham attacks and act as the link…

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Roger Johnson’s upward trajectory will not allow relegation for Birmingham

Roger Johnson has exacting high standards that will simply not allow Birmingham City to be relegated to the Championship once more; he will instead face adversity head on and come out on top, then go again. Having guided unfancied sides to cup finals on two occasions, he gave the impression that he was one of the few that actually believed that they could cause an upset and climb the Wembley steps as victors. On the losing side in the 2008 FA Cup Final, Portsmouth beating Cardiff City 1-0, he sat…

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Birmingham 2-3 Bolton – Super sub Lee sends Trotters into FA Cup semi-finals

St. Andrews hosted an enthralling FA Cup tie as Bolton’s Chung Yong Lee came off the bench to head a late winning goal, which both extinguished Birmingham hopes of a domestic cup double, and decided a compelling game of football. It is no secret Alex McLeish is jostling with the biggest injury list in the top flight, so the 4,000 travelling Wanderers fans rightfully saw this as a great chance to reach the semi-finals of a competition they last won in 1958. Lee Bowyer, Scott Dann, Craig Gardner and loanee…

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Everton 1-1 Birmingham City – Blues battle to a dour draw

Everton drew 1-1 with Birmingham City in a game where the hosts fell behind and then, once they had drawn level, spent the rest of the match camped in the visitors’ half but struggle to break down the resolute defence of Alex McLeish’s side. John Heitinga replaced Phil Neville in Everton’s only change from the team that beat Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday, while Birmingham made a raft of alterations from the XI that lost to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. Both sides were forced into further switches in…

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Birmingham City 1-3 West Brom – Blues suffer Carling Cup hangover as Baggies edge closer to Premier League safety

Birmingham City’s Carling Cup heroics came back to haunt them at St. Andrews’ as they were swept aside by West Bromwich Albion in a Midlands derby that really was a game of two halves. After an uninspiring first-half, three goals in the first 15 minutes after the break saw the Baggies take the lead, only to surrender it moments later before James Morrison seized the initiative to put the away side in front again. Paul Scharner then added to Birmingham’s woes to make it 3-1, leaving City perilously close to…

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Birmingham ready to say goodbye to Bowyer despite Carling Cup heroics

Lee Bowyer, one of the heroes of Birmingham City’s Carling Cup success last weekend, this week revealed that he is unlikely to remain at St Andrew’s after the end of the season. Although contract talks will be delayed until the end of the current Premier League campaign, the midfielder has said he expects to leave the Midlands club this summer. Bowyer was quoted as saying: “My deal is done in the summer here at Birmingham. At the moment the club have said an extension isn’t going to happen, so I…

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