“It is the biggest derby I have played and derbies are probably the biggest games overall in club football.”

Olof Mellberg Aston Villa Birmingham City

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“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]

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“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]

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“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]

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“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

[Quote: 2015]

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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.”

[Quote: 2012]

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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.”

[Quote: 2004]

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