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Copy from Football Unlimited of 10/01/2005.
Robbie Savage has had better weeks. After Birmingham City's co-owner David Sullivan described his transfer request as motivated by greed and he had been banished to the reserves by the manager Steve Bruce, the one-time darling of St Andrew's suffered more affronts on Saturday.
The match programme, blaming a misprint, featured an apology to the referee Matt Messias after Savage's column in the previous issue had described him as a "puddin".
Predictably, there was no place in the magazine for Savage's column alongside the apology: "for reasons well documented". Neither, not least because of suspension, was there a place for him in Bruce's squad.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 09/01/2005.
Robbie Savage and controversy have always been close bedfellows, but never have they appeared so intimately intertwined as they do now.
The Welshman, in the news all week after asking for a transfer, was absent again for this match, although he was always going to be unavailable because of suspension. In the end, he was not missed as Birmingham strolled to their first FA Cup victory in four meetings against a club briefly returning to a stage they once trod with distinction.
Leeds's fall from grace has been so swift and spectacular that it is hard to believe this match marked three years to the day since they were top of the Premiership.