Boothroyd hails goalkeeper’s heroics as Northampton reach League Two play-off final

The Northampton manager, Aidy Boothroyd, was quick to hail Lee Nicholls after the goalkeeper inspired his team to the npower League Two play-off final following a 2-0 aggregate win over Cheltenham.

75-year-old man stabbed to death in Birmingham

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Leicester City 2 Birmingham city 2 match report: Burke hits spot to dent Leicester hopes further

It is testament to the Championship’s unpredictability that Leicester City remain play-off candidates even though this tumultuous draw with Birmingham City extended their winless run to nine games.

West Ham 3 West Bromwich Albion 1 match report: Andy Carroll hopes his goals will be worth an England place

Andy Carroll hopes his impressive double against West Bromwich Albion will persuade Roy Hodgson that he deserves an England recall this summer. Carroll has endured a difficult time since he joined West Ham on loan from Liverpool last August, but the 24-year-old looked back to his best on Saturday.

Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond celebrates his opening goal

Crystal Palace 0 Birmingham City 4: match report - Palace fail emphatically as Blues take advantage of Zaha absence

Crystal Palace would have gone second had they beaten Birmingham City at home this evening, and most expected them to do just that. But they failed emphatically, and were well beaten 4-0, their first home defeat since August and their worst home league loss since 2009.

Jack Butland is as grounded and intelligent as Joe Hart

Jack Butland takes the loan route to success

England's level-headed Under-21 goalkeeper is in the vanguard of future stars learning the game outside the Premier League

Romelu Lukaku slots home a penalty from West Brom

Match Report: Romelu Lukaku steers West Bromwich Albion back to winning ways

West Bromich Albion 2 Sunderland 1

David Bentley makes a Blackburn Rovers return

David Bentley has rejoined Blackburn Rovers on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season and could face the club with whom he started his career, Arsenal, in the FA Cup today.

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Lee Clark 'disgusted' after Nicola Zigic gives 'the worst training session ever'

Birmingham manager angered by striker's attitude in training

Lee Clark: Survival battle
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Cash-strapped Birmingham have said they will listen to offers for any of their players, including England international Jack Butland. Despite appearing for England Butland is still only 19-years-old, and may not have the neccessary experience Alex Ferguson is seeking.

Chelsea yet to make formal bid for Jack Butland

Birmingham are prepared to sell their goalkeeper

Chris Hughton wants a reaction from his players after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool

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Norwich coach hopes Cup tie against Luton will spark revival for Premier League side

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Birmingham City's Callum Reilly curls a shot at goal against Leeds

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