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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.