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D-Day: 6 days to go – Played for both sides

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Only 6 days to go now, so lets take a look at current Blues and Villa squad members who have played for each side, and their impact on former derby days.

Emile Heskey

Heskey joined Blues back in 2004, and scored 11 goals during the 2004-2005 campaign. An initial fee of £3.25 million was paid for the player, looking to rise towards the £6 million mark depending on how well the player performed, and Birmingham’s own fortunes in the league. The England forward had tasted success at Liverpool and Leicester, and there were high hopes for the player to succeed at Birmingham, who were looking to push on in the league.

During that season, he was named as Player’s player of the season, Fan’s player of the season and picked up the most man of the match accolades for the season.

The next season did not pan out as well for the club, or for the player. The 2005-2006 campaign saw Blues relegated, and Heskey was criticised for poor performances in the league. Following the clubs relegation to the Championship, Heskey was sold to Wigan for £5.5 million.

Heskey signed for our rivals for a similar fee of £3.5 million during the January transfer window of 2009.

Heskey has found himself on the score sheet in a Blues/Villa match during the 2004-2005 season, in the home derby of that season. Lets hope he doesn’t score for our rivals in this match up.

Kevin Phillips

The journey man Phillips arrived at St. Andrews in 2008, to spearhead our Championship campaign to get back into the Premier League. Blues did just that, with Phillips ending the season as top goal scorer with 13 goals, and it was his goal which won us the deciding match at Reading at the end of the season.

The 37 year olds career has seen him pull on the shirt for many clubs, including local rivals West Brom and Aston Villa.

Phillips is another striker who has featured in this derby, with his goal being the decider between the two sides in the match at St.Andrews in 2005.


(Best quality I could find – sorry!)

Phillips is a name which is regularly chanted, but he would seal his name as a legend at Birmingham if he manages to score the winner against the Villa this Sunday.

Liam Ridgewell

His signing from Aston Villa to Birmingham back in 2007 was the first cross club signing since Des Bremner in 1984. The £2 million defender was somewhat viewed with suspicion when first signed because of his ties with our local rivals, but went someway to winning over the fans when he scored in the 3-2 win over Wigan at St. Andrews.

It was a derby day clanger though for Ridgewell, when he scored an own goal in the derby fixture on 11th November 2007, leading Villa fans to nickname him Agent Ridgewell, appearing to help his old club.

Ridgewell wouldn’t have forgotten his own goal blunder, and has found himself getting some important goals this season, most recently his sneaky run into the Liverpool box to equalise. Can he redeem himself this weekend?

Craig Gardner

This ex-Villa man is a new addition to the Birmingham squad, after joining in January 2010 for around £3 million pounds. The player wasn’t getting first team football over at Villa, yet he’s forced his way into the starting line-up at Blues, and has endeared himself to Blues fans, notably in the 2-2 draw with Everton where Gardner scored his first goal for the club.

He’s not yet scored in a derby: could this weekend see the Blues fan get one over his former club?

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Written by Nicole Carroll

April 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

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