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Representing Blues for today is Journalism student Andy Willetts, lifelong Blues fan.

“While there have been big matches between Birmingham City and Aston Villa, the 100th Birmingham derby was always going to be a massive game.

Blues met the Villa expecting a tough game at Villa Park having achieved nothing but a goalless draw in the home fixture. Considering that the Blues had achieved home and away victories during the first season, the bar had been set very high for Birmingham’s second visit to Villa Park of the 21st century.

With goals from Darius Vassell in the 21st minute and Thomas Hitzsperger in the 47th, Aston Villa’s first Premier League victory against the Blues looked all but certain. As a Blues fan, I was dreading Monday morning, expecting relentless taunting from my Villa colleagues. Thankfully, against the run of play, Mikael Forssell tapped in an easy side-footer past the hapless Thomas Sorenson in the 60th minute to bring Blues back within a goal of the Villa.

For the next thirty minutes, Blues waged a terse battle against the Villa, fending off attacks from Angel, Vassell and Samuel.

As the game looked poised to finish as a Villa victory, David Dunn made a scorching run up the right flank which saw the Villa fans squeal for touch. The linesman ignored the cries of the Holte End and allowed Dunn to play the ball in to Clinton Morrison whose shot was saved by Sorenson. The ball fell to the feet of substitute Stern John. In slow motion, the Trinidadian struck the ball with his right foot and hammered it in to the top right hand corner of the net.

The Lower North Stand of Villa Park erupted.

The Blues fans were up on the seats.




Jeff Winter blew the final whistle and this draw meant as much as both the wins in our first season.

My most vivid memory of the whole game is walking along the upturned seats in Villa Park, face to face with the Villa fans in the executive boxes, kissing the badge on my shirt. Showing them who was the best team in the Midlands.

Two-Nil and you fucked it up.”

(This video still gives me goosebumps!)


Written by Nicole Carroll

April 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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