I am originally from your area. I attended a hall near the center of Brum until I was 10 years old. I have been to Villa Park several times but only on a couple of occasions did I see a ball kicked there. I used to commute across town for a long time and worked near Aston. We used to use the restaurant at Villa when we had important customers.
Sorry, not my favorite city, have spent most of life moving further and further away.