It’s derby day this Sunday and after six straight wins in the league, we are heading into the tie with arch enemies Birmingham full of confidence and vigour.
A couple of league wins for the Blues has helped their cause in a bid to avoid relegation, but coming to Villa Park will weigh heavily on their minds especially with the Villans in such fine form and pushing to chase down Derby County in second.
With the bitter rivalry in mind, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane at three of the biggest Villa derby day wins in our 119-year history of playing one another.
Aston Villa 5 -1 Birmingham – Premier League 2008
The season was drawing to a close when Brum visited Villa Park at the end of April in the 2007/08 season.
Villa were pushing for Europe whilst the Blues were in the midst of a relegation fight that they would eventually lose.
Ashley Young and John Carew had given us a 2-0 lead at the break with the pair repeating their first half antics with a second a piece in the latter 45 to put us 4-0 up after 63 minutes to the delight of the home crowd.
Mikael Forssell scored Birmingham’s consolation before Gabby Agbonlahor made it 5-1 to give the Villans a day they would never forget.
The Blues ended up 19th in the table and relegated whilst Villa ended the campaign in sixth.
Aston Villa 6 – 2 Birmingham – Old First Division 1960
In October 1960, 46,306 people witnessed Villa put six past Birmingham in a thoroughly entertaining and high octane affair.
Alan O’Neill made his debut for the Villans after moving from Sunderland and scored a brace in the game but it was Gerry Hitchens who stole the show by netting a hat trick.
Villa ended the campaign in in 8th with the Blues narrowly avoiding the drop after losing their last five games in a row and finishing 19th.
Aston Villa 5 – 1 Birmingham – Old First Division 1939
Just over 40,000 people turned up at Villa Park in March 1939 in a season the Blues finished second bottom of the old first division.
The game was notable for John Martin rifling home a hat-trick and Eric Houghton scoring a brace which included a penalty.
Joseph Rutherford made his debut for the club in the game during a season in which Villa finished mid-table in 12th and Birmingham ended 21st in the 22-team league.
Any of these results would be very welcome come Sunday with the midday kick off set to take centre stage in the midlands.
Come on Villa!