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Good evening. Birmingham City have survived in the


Championship with almost the last kick of the season. They equalised


in the third minute of stoppage time to earn a 2`2 draw at Bolton. And


that was enough to avoid relegation on goal difference. Ian Winter was


at the game. They'd travelled north dressed for


an end of season party. But fearing an end of season wake. Over the


years, Birmingham City fans have come to expect the unexpected. But


none of them saw this one coming. It was crazy.


Outside, the England legend Nat Lofthouse listened to the cheers as


Bolton raced into a 2`0 lead. With 12 minutes left, Birmingham were


down and out of the Championship. And that's when their Serbian


striker Nicola Zigic made it 2`1 to throw Blues a possible lifeline.


And then, incredibly, in the third minute of stoppage time, the


unthinkable happened. Paul Caddis popped in one priceless goal to


steal one precious point and trigger one huge celebration. Mission


accomplished, survival on goal difference, Doncaster down instead.


Amazing scenes here. Birmingham City have survived by the skin of their


teeth. The fans cannot believe it. It has been the most remarkable,


dramatic end to a dramatic season. That is what football is all about.


They kept on going. I have just said to the players, let's use this as a


learning curve. We have diced with death is a bit.


To go down and then come back like that is amazing. Everyone saw the


joy of the fans. Tonight, news of the Blues' great


escape will have reached Hong Kong where Carson Yeung is serving six


years for money laundering. His reaction is unknown. But there's no


mistaking the pure delight and sheer relief of thousands of Birmingham


City fans this evening. What a season.


And you can see more on the match on tonight's Football League Show at


quarter to midnight. Onto football now and in the


Premiership, Aston Villa beat Hull at home 3`1, almost guaranteeing


their place for another season and a comfortable win for Stoke against


Fulham 4`1. And in League One, a 1`1 draw for


Shrewsbury away at Gillingham, a goalless draw for Port Vale, also


away at Peterborough. Coventry City were beaten by Sheffield United 2`1,


while Walsall lost to Warriors, relegated back to the


Championship after losing 44`20 to the Saracens, while Gloucester beat


London Irish at home 35`30. The 21st National Open Dwarf Games


got under way this morning, at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. Over


the course of the weekend, around 200 athletes with dwarfism will


compete against one another in sports including athletics,


swimming, basketball and rifle shooting. Paralympian Ellie Simmonds


is a patron of the Dwarf Sports Association.


This is grassroots sport, really, at its best. It is great to be here and


to see them all enjoying it and hopefully they will get inspired by


it all and maybe find a sport for them that they enjoy for the future.


It shows that the legacy of London is continuing with record numbers of


dwarf athletes competing.


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