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Last updated : 25 October 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The Independent:

Birmingham make fine start to new Chinese era .....

"We are family" declared the song which blared out to greet the new father figure, Carson Yeung, to the first home match since his £81.5million takeover of Birmingham. There was a warm welcome, too, for the prodigal son, Steve Bruce, but from then on the reunion turned sour for Sunderland's manager.
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The Guardian:

Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden give Birmingham deserved victory .....

A new era at St Andrew's. This was Birmingham's first home match since being taken over and the new chairman, Vico Hui, paraded around the ground before the game, grinning and shaking hands like a politician on election day before grabbing a microphone and promising "an exciting future".
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The Telegraph:

Birmingham City 2 Sunderland 1 .....

Birmingham City welcomed their new owners to St Andrew's with a victory over Sunderland, a lavish celebration by their own standards at the home team managed to score twice in a Premier League game for the first time this season.
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The Times:

Birmingham pair ruin Steve Bruce's return .....

This was an occasion that was supposed to be about Birmingham's future under the ownership of Carson Yeung and the home fans left the ground with a thoroughly deserved victory to relish, but their turbulent recent past just wouldn't go away. Sunderland manager Steve Bruce received a welcome on his return as warm as the one that greeted new chairman Vico Hui when the Chinese businessman came out to make a speech to the faithful.
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