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To the blue side of Birmingham, September 16, 2002 brings back the happiest of memories. Air Max 97 Just Do It Blanche . To the other half of the second city, it was a grim Monday evening, a night where just about everything went wrong for Aston Villa fans, their manager Graham Taylor, and their star-crossed goalkeeper Peter Enckelman. To those outside of Birmingham, it put a ferocious rivalry on the national map. Birmingham City were led back to the top flight by Steve Bruce after a 16-year absence and faced Aston Villa in only their third home game of the season. The rivalry goes back to the 1870s, and though the decade-and-a-half absence of a league game meant battles on the pitch were rare, no love was lost between the two sides.It was kept alive by the likes of Paul Tait, the Birmingham City midfielder who revealed a T-shirt with an expletive aimed at Villa after scoring the winner in the 1995 EFL Trophy final at Wembley against Carlisle, and also by Villas relative failure to push on and cement themselves in English footballs top few clubs despite knocking on the door throughout the 1990s.  Graham Taylor is escorted off the pitch at the end of the game at St Andrews The clubs were kept close, and when Birmingham finally gained promotion with a penalty shoot-out victory over Norwich in Cardiff, this was the first fixture every fan of both sides looked out for.Despite going into the game as underdogs, the Blues were 3-0 winners in a game that saw some over-exuberant crowd celebrations and one of the worst goalkeeping mistakes in Premier League history.The return fixture in March at Villa Park was equally eventful, producing another goalkeeping calamity, more crowd trouble and an infamous Dion Dublin headbutt on Robbie Savage.  Commentator Rob Hawthorne was present both nights with Sky Sports alongside Alan Smith, and despite both growing up in the Midlands, the ferocity was still surprising. There was an intense build-up to the first match, and these types of games are quite difficult to prepare for as a commentator, Hawthorne said. You can research the history right down to every single previous fixture, but youre aware that this particular game is creating history.There are certain things that are going to happen that you cant predict and the Enckelman incident was one of them. Dion Dublin was sent off and heavily fined for his heatbutt on Robbie Savage in the second fixture that season There was a moment where Alan and I looked at each other and thought, Did what we think has just happened actually just happen?It was such an innocuous situation. Suddenly, I was faced with thinking, Who do I give this goal to? Eventually it went down as an own goal, but I didnt know who to give the credit to. What gave the game away for Enckelman was that he put his hands on his head, even though we werent 100 per cent sure he touched it, and as Graham Taylor said after the game, we werent sure Enckelman even knew what the rules were. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Then there was the idiot who ran on the pitch and gestured to Enckelman, and Im thinking, Should I refer to this? Should I not? because I dont want to give this guy any publicity.Smith, born seven miles away from St Andrews, added: I remember it as being very, very feisty. From a commentators point of view, you see the throw-in going back to Enckelman, and youre half-turning your head up the field to see whats going on up the pitch.Then you hear the crowd, quickly turn back, and see it roll under his foot and into the net. An amazing moment, I couldnt quite believe it.The fan ran onto the pitch and teased Enckelman, who kept very cool, I must say. Savage shields himself as he walks off the pitch at Villa Park That night in September went down in folklore among Birmingham fans, and a chant to celebrate the memory to the tune of The Four Seasons December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) was quickly thought up. For that period of the early to mid-00s, it was one of the fiercest games Id covered, Hawthorne said. It was a completely mad, mad night. The other goals are almost obliterated by the memory of Enckelman. It was just so bizarre and so unexpected. The goal absolutely floored Villa. It was manic. Id been aware in the build-up that the West Midlands police had put extra numbers out, but it did feel particularly toxic on that September night, especially with the game being at St Andrews. Savage celebrates with the Birmingham fans at St Andrews I think Birmingham have probably felt theyve always been treated as the poor relations of the second city, by the fact that traditionally Villa have been the most successful of the two neighbours.Six months later, three miles across the city at Villa Park, the return fixture was arguably even more eventful. In another night game in front of the Sky Sports cameras, Birmingham ran out 2-0 winners this time, thanks in part to another shocking error from Enckelman to allow Geoff Horsfield to score at the Holte End. Dublin was sent off, banned and fined for his heabutt on Savage. Cristophe Dugarry was fined for spitting in the direction of Joey Gudjonsson, who himself was sent off for a nasty two-footed lunge on Matthew Upson.Dublin branded Savage a cheat, the crowd problems continued with over 40 arrests, while Taylor turned on his heels in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, choosing to do his talking in the dressing room and not to camera.  Birmingham City fans celebrate during the 3-0 win over Aston Villa in September 2002 Next up in March 2003 at Villa Park, it was just as poisonous, Hawthorne said. It had everything.The preparation for this game was slightly different. Bearing in mind all the scars left from the September game, you expected all the rough and tumble. It was one of those games again where you felt you needed your eyes and ears as much for what was going on off the ball as on the ball.  It was one of those games where you needed to be at maximum concentration level. You cant afford to be looking down at your notes all the time.People were storming on the pitch, and we had shots on supporters in the stand with their faces covered so they couldnt be traced.Smith added: The return game in March was a very hot atmosphere, very lively. It was buzzing that night. Dion Dublin just lost it, just got wound up, and thats what derbies can do to you. Birmingham fans celebrate at Villa Park after the 2-0 win Lee Hendrie, on the bench for the first game, played the full 90 minutes at Villa Park, and remembers the incident with Dublin and Savage well, revealing that he and the former Villa striker still discuss the game. The Villa fan and former midfielder also insists the second city derby is up there with the fiercest in the country.Sav was obviously a wind-up merchant back in his day. I still speak to Dion about it, I know it still winds him up because of the way the situation was and the way he got sent off in such a massive game.The derby games stand out a mile for me, especially being a Brummy lad, its pride of the city. They talk about the Wolves and West Brom games, but this is the big clash. Dublin leaves the pitch after being sent off You look at the big derbies around, the Manchester derby and others, I still dont think they come close to this.The two sides have met 14 times since, but on Sunday they face off in the second tier for the first time since 1987, live on Sky Sports 2 HD, where the Birmingham fans will be looking to build on a six-point lead over their rivals. Just another match? Smith, who played in tens of north London derbies with Arsenal, knows from experience that the atmosphere at a sold-out St Andrews will have an impact on the players. Derbies are definitely not just another game. It is a cliche, but derbies are levellers. Form does tend to go out of the window. The atmosphere in the crowd does transmit itself to the players. Theyre the only clubs in Birmingham. Obviously, Birmingham have lived in Villas shadow in terms of the size of the club and the trophies theyve won, so its always special when Blues win and they dont hesitate to rub it in.Will they be rubbing it in come 2pm on Sunday? Watch Birmingham City v Aston Villa live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11.30am.You can watch Premier League and EFL Cup football, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the Mexican Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! Air Force One Just Do It Pas Cher . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. Nike Just Do It Pas Cher http:///...esto-just-do-it.html . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Germany is looking to establish a run of Olympic mens field hockey dominance unseen in more than half a century.The Germans seek their third straight gold medal in Rio this August. With a victory, Germany would become the first nation to win at least three consecutive golds since India won six straight from 1928 to 1956.Theres plenty of veteran leadership and experience left over from Germanys past winners, including two former FIH (International Hockey Federation) Player of the Year award winners -- Tobias Hauke (2013) and Moritz Furste (2012). Maximilian Muller, Benjamin Wess, Oliver Korn and Christopher Zeller also have a pair of gold medals.The path is lined with tough challengers, including top-ranked Australia led by stars Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles. The Kookaburras won the Champions Trophy in June.Dwyer, the five-time FIH Player of the Year, was on the 2004 gold-medal winning squad, but Australia settled for bronze in both Beijing and London. Hes 37 years old, but still performing at a high level.He has an underlying competitive desire, Australia coach Graham Reid said. The way he approaches training and the way he approaches games -- he brings that to everything to do with hockey, even off the field. Hes diligent, hes professional. And thats what, I think, gives you that longevity. Longevity is not easy in any sport, to be honest, especially in quite a physically demanding sport.Knowles is coming into his own at age 31 as he heads into his fourth Olympics. He was the FIH Player of the Year in 2014.The Netherlands is ranked second and has a long history of being strong at the Olympics. Robert van der Horst, the 2015 FIH Player of the Year, leads the Oranje. He was a part of the Dutch team that earned silver medals at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup.Great Britain should be a threat -- England is ranked No. 4 in the world. India is ranked No. 5 and Belgium is No. 6.AArgentina, which won the Pan American Games last year, is No. Air Max 95 Just Do It Pas Cher. 7.Here are some things to watch as competition begins in Rio:AUSTRALIAS SUCCESSThe Kookaburras have the No. 1 ranking and perhaps something even more important -- a victory at the 2014 World Cup. Australia rolled past the Netherlands 6-1 in the final.I think perhaps it helps a little bit in belief that some of this group has, Reid said. That always helps to know that you can win a really important title like that. Unfortunately, its a long bow to draw to say that just because we won the World Cup, it will have too much bearing on the Olympic Games.INDIAIndia finished second in the Champions Tourney and has moved up to No. 5 in the world rankings. The squad seeks its first medal since 1980, when it claimed the gold in Moscow.HOME COOKING?Brazils men will compete in the tournament, though the team was just No. 30 in the latest rankings. The squad finished fourth in the Pan American Games last year.Host nations have done well the past few Olympics. Chinas women finished second in Beijing in 2008, and Great Britains men were fourth in London in 2012, while its women were third.LUCK OF THE IRISH?Ireland will make its first ever appearance at the Olympics. The team is No. 12 in the latest rankings and features David Harte, the 2015 FIH Goalkeeper of the Year.RISING STARGermanys Christopher Ruhr was named the FIH Rising Star of the Year in 2015. He scored 15 goals in 30 international matches last year. He also won the award in 2013.KEY MATCHES: Belgium vs. Great Britain, Aug. 6; Netherlands vs. Argentina, Aug. 6; Belgium vs. Australia, Aug. 9; Great Britain vs. Australia, Aug. 10; Netherlands vs. Germany, Aug. 12. 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