5 Second City Derbies Which Are Remembered Far More Fondly by Aston Villa Fans

Sunday's Championship clash sees the latest instalment of Aston Villa vs Birmingham, which is being eagerly anticipated in the West Midlands.


Over the years the derby has thrown up a number of fiery encounters, which in recent times, Villa have tended to emerge victorious from.


With that in mind let's reflect on a few recent meetings between the two, which still bring a tear to the eye of even the most robust Villa fan.

1. Birmingham 0-1 Aston Villa, October 2005

After six unsuccessful attempts to beat their rivals in the Premier League, Villa finally managed the feat in 2005.

 

Kevin Phillips' 19th minute strike earned Villa their first win against Birmingham in 12 years.

 

The game will probably be remembered by Villa fans for then manager David O'Leary's enthusiastic (crazy) celebrations at full-time.

2. Aston Villa 3-1 Birmingham, April 2006

Villa managed to complete the double over Birmingham later that seasons and for the first time in 25 years.

 

A double from Milan Baros was overshadowed by Gary Cahill's acrobatic strike just before the hour mark. The defeat was ultimately crucial for Birmingham, who were relegated a few weeks later

3. Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham, April 2008

Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa put the Blues to the sword in late 2008.

 

A brace from both Ashley Young and John Carew, as well as a customary derby goal for Gabby Agbonlahor helped seal all three points for the Villans.

 

Again defeat proved costly for Birmingham, who were relegated just weeks later, by a single point.

4. Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham, April 2010

A controversial late penalty saw Villa complete another double over Birmingham in the 2009/10 season.

 

Roger Johnson's late tackle on Gabby Agbonlahor was viewed differently by both Martin O'Neill and Alex McLeish after the match.

 

Nevertheless, James Milner converted the spot kick causing scenes of jubilation at Villa Park. 

5. Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham, April 2017

Gabby Agbonlahor may divide opinion amongst Villa fans, but one thing that cannot be questioned is his goal record against Birmingham.

 

The stage was set perfectly for the Villa striker in Harry Redknapp's first game as Blues boss, at the end of last season.

 

Agbonlahor came off the bench around the hour mark, and managed to score his only goal of the season (and first for 14 months) to secure victory for the home side.

A look back at some of Villa's most memorable victories against Birmingham in recent years, ahead of the Second City Derby this Sunday

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