Date: 6th November 2018 at 1:09pm
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Guest post by Arthur Ash: Following the international break Birmingham City FC has, on Sunday 25 November, the pleasure of taking on Aston Villa in the first proper Midlands derby of the season.

The Championship fixture is bound to stir emotions hence the reason why I want to know which local team grinds your gears?

Villa Park is, geographically the Blues nearest neighbours but what I would love to know is how City supporters feel about Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion or to a lesser degree Walsall or even Coventry City?

You may be able to tell; I am not from the area hence the reason for my question.

I was talking to a Villa fan the other day, hence this article and he stuttered and nearly choked on his pint when I told him about my soft-spot for Birmingham City and how I hoped they would be in contention for promotion at the end of the season.

I won’t divulge his answer but he did say that City and Villa’s rivalry goes way back to the 1950’s or probably earlier, he couldn’t remember. The chap, who seemed fairly intelligent began to describe the bitterness between both sets of supporters albeit he said the feelings in recent years were not as fierce as they once were.

Your help in answering my poll questions, and perhaps a comment will be greatly received.

The result will be announced tomorrow once the poll question closes.

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