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Half-time score: Aston Villa v Birmingham City

Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak is challenged by Birmingham City's David Davis. Credit: PA Images

It's currently 0-0 at half-time in the Second City derby.

Harry Redknapp is making his managerial debut for the Blues since he took over from Gianfranco Zola.

Aston Villa are currently unbeaten in their last nine league games in comparison to Birmingham City.

Bruce & Redknapp look ahead to Villa v Blues derby

Harry Redknapp takes charge of Birmingham City for the first time this weekend - and his managerial debut couldn't be much tougher.

With just three games to save Birmingham from relegation his side are away to their biggest rivals Aston Villa.

Here's the thoughts of both managers:


Harry Redknapp holds first press conference as manager of Birmingham City

Harry Redknapp Credit: Peter Bearne/ ITV News Central

Harry Redknapp has held his first press conference as manager of Birmingham City.

Redknapp also met and trained with the Blues players for the first time today, after Gianfranco Zola handed in his resignation on Monday (17 April).

The club are placed 20th in the Championship table, three points above the relegation zone.

Birmingham City have three final fixtures against Aston Villa, Bristol City and Huddersfield Town.

Watch: Police clash with football fans after derby

A former Police Inspector has filmed West Midlands Police using what he calls 'excessive force' on fans after Friday night's game between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Midlands Police says it was quelling disorder and used appropriate and proportionate force.

  • Watch the mobile phone footage below.


Gianfranco Zola 'surrounded' at Birmingham New Street after match

After Birmingham City's defeat to QPR yesterday, manager Gianfranco Zola was 'surrounded' at Birmingham New Street Station. The Coventry branch of the British Transport Police came to his aid and tweeted this selfie.

Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham new Street Station Credit: @BTPCoventry

Birmingham City star pays for 50 families to see QPR game

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Birmingham City star Craig Gardner will be paying for fifty families to see the Blues play QPR this weekend at home.

All children under the age of 16 will be charged £1 to see the fixture, under the club's 'Kids for a Quid' scheme.

It's important we continue to attract families and the younger generation of fans. All the players appreciate the support we are being given as the manager changes things and hopefully the atmosphere will be like it was in the last match at St. Andrew's, when there was a real coming together.

– Craig Gardner
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