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The race for promotion to the Premier League is shaping up to be a cracker! With just 11 games left there are still several teams fighting for automatic promotion, not to mention several vying for a play-off berth.
The top spot is held by Burnley however Middlesbrough, Hull and Brighton are all within touching distance. Derby find themselves safely in fifth place whilst Sheffield Wednesday, holding the final play-off spot, are under pressure from  Cardiff, Birmingham and Ipswich, snapping at the final play-off position. So who’s got what it takes to go up?
Burnley
After beating Lancashire …

Leicester City staged a dramatic comeback to beat Birmingham 3-2 after a buzzing afternoon at the King Power Stadium which left Foxes fans on the edge of their seats.
Nigel Pearson’s men got off to a good start with Jamie Vardy and Matt James both coming close within the first ten minutes, before Birmingham’s Matt Green ran past Jeff Schlupp to get on the end of a Shane Ferguson cross after eleven minutes, taking the Blues in front. Despite the early setback, the Foxes dominated the first half, left-back Jeff …

Not even the spur of the home crowd could help promotion hopefuls Sheffield United as they were comprehensively beaten 0v4 by Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round.
Striker Adam Rooney reiterated before the game that Blues’ FA Cup challenge is serious, despite the demanding number of fixtures to play already this season: “We want to win every game we play in. We showed our desire against Wolves and we wanted to get through to the next round – Sheffield will be no different.” Chris Hughton had decided to shuffle the pack …

Just as Birmingham City had picked up a great deal of momentum in their chase for promotion, the Blues look set to lose some of this impetus. Much to the disgrace of many Blues fans, the Chinese-led board appear to have accepted an “undisclosed” fee from Wigan Athletic for winger Jean Beausejour; a player who has played a significant role in Birmingham’s Championship campaign so far.
After breaking into the play-off positions for the first time this season, with a game in hand, and on a good run of form, news of …

Curtis Davies has been heading in the right direction (in both senses of the phrase) during recent weeks. The ever improving centre half notched up another two headed goals either side of half-time as his contribution to a straightforward 3v0 victory against struggling Watford at St. Andrews on Saturday.
In a game where the Blues were slow out of the blocks, Birmingham eventually finished Watford off without breaking too much sweat.  Davies’ first goal came from a Keith Fahey cross, whilst his second was courtesy of a corner. Chris Burke got …

Twenty-six games into the Championship season, and Birmingham City have just completed their 36th match. The Championship is unquestionably a long and protracted year, but the Blues aren’t stopping there; they’re challenging on all fronts. Last night’s F.A.Cup victory against Wolves at Molineux means that yet another game will be added to Birmingham’s fixture calendar, however, this is being savoured rather than shunned by the players and fans alike.
In terms of the victory last night, there were a number of positives that were taken from the game. First and foremost, …

It is not surprising that Blues fans have been fairly quiet on this blog of late considering the traumatic anti-climax of last season’s relegation. Following the euphoria of Carling Cup success last February, Birmingham’s season took a dramatic U-turn. The 2v1 victory against Arsenal, despite leading to their first haul of silverware for 48 years, disguised the severely limited capabilities of a team that regularly fielded such negative tactics (the good old “hoof and hope”). It was less a shock than a formality that after totalling the fewest goals for …

After a week of media speculation about an exit from London Road in January captain Grant McCann showed he hasn’t let it affect his performance by rescuing a point with yet another spectacular freekick and stunning the Birmingham support in the process.
Birmingham had only conceded one goal in the league at St Andrews all season so were rightly confident going into the game however Peterborough were on a high again after ending a run of 3 straight defeats and coming from 2-0 down to beat Derby 3-2 just before the …

In my second Npower Championship preview of the forthcoming season, I give my thoughts on relegated Birmingham City. Even though the West Midlands club claimed Carling Cup silverware last season, they still felt the raft of relegation from the Premier League. Birmingham City will be one of the early favourites for promotion; however with many players leaving St Andrews and a new manager in charge what will the season actually bring for the boys in blue…
Birmingham Preview
The 2010/2011 Carling Cup winners will now have to focus on life in the Championship, …

‘Once Scum Always Scum’, said the banner held aloft by two Aston Villa fans during last Wednesday’s protest at Villa Park. Part of a crowd of around 500 people, they were, of course, voicing their discontent at the soon-to-be-confirmed appointment of Alex McCleish as Aston Villa’s new manager – a move which, for obvious reasons, has caused outrage in the Second City.
Consider that message for a minute. Initially, as a football fan, it will wash over you – we are exposed to this type of language (and much worse) and …