“I don’t particularly like Birmingham City after the four games we have played against them in the Premiership.
I can’t say the atmosphere between us has been brilliant.
Not that we have to like each other.”
Olof Mellberg [Quote: 2004]
“I was one of the most hated men in one half of Birmingham and one of the most loved in the other.
If I walked into the right place on a night out in the city, I never had to buy a drink , but if I walked in and the place was full of Villa fans, it went so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
For pure hatred, I don’t think I ever experienced a season like 2002-3.
Both games were madness, with people on the pitch and fights breaking out all over the place.”
Robbie Savage on “that” fiery derby in 2003 [Quote: 2015]
“I can’t see why we shouldn’t beat them
We know you can’t play ‘nice’ football against Birmingham
As a player you have to give your all in a game, and then you can be a nice guy afterwards.”
Martin Laursen [Quote: 2005]
“Delighted for Gary Rowett. Finally gets to manage in the dugout at a club he’s loved since a young boy. Fairytale stuff.”
Stan Collymore ahead of Villa facing Blues in the League Cup in 2015
On Carsen Yeungs attempts to buy Aston Villa from him…
“I just wasn’t going to hand the club over to anyone borrowing money
Mr Yu [Yeung’s Assistant] spent a day with us at Aston Villa but they were borrowing money, so I said no.
Yet Mr Yu was the Aston Villa shop’s best customer.
He had bags and bags of shirts and socks to take back to his boss.”
Final word should, of course, go to Olof Mellberg…
“I just feel, I’ve got the feeling, that I just don’t like them.
That’s just the feeling I get from the whole club and the fans.
My feelings from the games.
It is the biggest derby I have played and derbies are probably the biggest games overall in club football so Birmingham City is not an option for me, no.”