03/05/2014 Midlands Today


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now. There is more throughout the evening

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on bids the BBC News There is more throughout the evening

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Good evening. Birmingham City have survived in the

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

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

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

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at the game. They'd travelled north dressed for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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unthinkable happened. Paul Caddis popped in one priceless goal to

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steal one precious point and trigger one huge celebration. Mission

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accomplished, survival on goal difference, Doncaster down instead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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mistaking the pure delight and sheer relief of thousands of Birmingham

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City fans this evening. What a season.

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

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quarter to midnight. Onto football now and in the

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

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

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

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

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

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while Walsall lost to Warriors, relegated back to the

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

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

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

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

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compete against one another in sports including athletics,

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swimming, basketball and rifle shooting. Paralympian Ellie Simmonds

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is a patron of the Dwarf Sports Association.

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

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

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

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

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dwarf athletes competing.

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