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Flags will fly at half-mast across Scotland this weekend as a mark of respect for those affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

Ben Foster hopes Birmingham retain Roger Johnson

Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster hopes key defender Roger Johnson stays at the club but conceded "everybody has their price".

Winning at all costs is not for Big Ben

After pioneering goalline technology with a twist in his first Carling Cup final, Ben Foster will do it again if Birmingham City's tussle with Arsenal today ends in a shoot-out. But the image of a goalkeeping geek is at odds with a laid-back approach to his trade and an aversion to the "win-at-all-costs" regime he experienced at Manchester United.

Birmingham's McLeish wants Carling Cup success against Arsenal

Alex McLeish wants to satisfy his desire for success in football with Birmingham - starting with Sunday's Carling Cup final with Arsenal at Wembley.

I wasn't good enough for Arsenal, admits Larsson

Midfielder says he has no regrets about joining Birmingham as he aims to frustrate his former club's trophy ambitions

'I was on £18 a week. I'd doubled my wage'

Bertie Auld joined Birmingham from Celtic and helped them win the 1963 League Cup. He tells Phil Shaw how the game's changed

Birmingham midfielder Alexander Hleb may be fit for Carling Cup final

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has not ruled out midfielder Alexander Hleb for Sunday's Carling Cup final clash with his former club Arsenal.

Barton: 'Pay peanuts, you get monkeys'

Joey Barton has urged Newcastle United's owner, Mike Ashley, to ensure the £35m the club received for Andy Carroll is reinvested in the team. And the midfielder warned that the club must recruit personnel of the requisite quality, rather than buying on the cheap, to bolster a squad short on depth.

Alan Pardew hails Newcastle strikers following victory

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew heaped praise on strikers Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best as they helped their side to a first victory since the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

Lovenkrands and Best give Magpies the points

Birmingham City 0 Newcastle United 2

Zigic makes giant leap to acceptance with late winner

Birmingham City 1 Stoke City 0

Hart denies Capello's claims he must learn to be more focused

Joe Hart last night delivered a barbed response to Fabio Capello's suggestion that the Manchester City goalkeeper lacks concentration in games, insisting that the England manager was wrong and asking: "What else could I be considered to be concentrating on?"

FA Cup Round-up: Hearn predicts shock when Orient entertain Arsenal

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is looking forward to welcoming Arsenal to Brisbane Road in a lucrative FA Cup fifth round tie. "We've got a great manager [Russell Slade] and we'll hopefully give them a good game." Hearn said. "This is our biggest game for 30 years." The two clubs last met in the competition in the semi-final in 1978, the Gunners winning 3-0.

Birmingham sign Curtis Davies and close in on Obafemi Martins

Defender Curtis Davies has completed his move from Aston Villa to Birmingham for a fee believed to be £3.5m.

Grant's bad luck is only half the tale as he turns to latest dogfight

With 11 minutes to go at St Andrew's on Wednesday night, Avram Grant was within sniffing distance of a familiar triumph: the shepherding of a team through the crossfire of politics and discord into a cup final. He has done so with Chelsea and then with Portsmouth; before Roger Johnson headed in a corner, he was set to do so with West Ham. But Johnson's goal, and then another from Craig Gardner, means that it will be Birmingham City in next month's Carling Cup final instead.

Police investigate Carling Cup tie violence

Police were today combing through CCTV footage to identify troublemakers at last night's Carling Cup semi-final between Birmingham and West Ham.

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