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Birmingham City FC
St Andrews

Capacity: 30,016 (all seated)
Address:
St Andrews Ground, Birmingham B9 4RL
Main Telephone No: 0844 557 1875
Fax No: 0844 557 1975
Ticket Office No: 0844 557 1875
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Zapaygo

Kit Manufacturers: Carbrini
Home Kit Colours: Royal Blue & White
Away Kit Colours: Red and White
3rd Kit Colours: Orange and Blue
Official Web Site:
www.bcfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Singing The Blues (Footy Mad Network)
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Contents
What's St Andrews Like?
Spion Kop External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Spion Kop and Tilton Road Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Gil Merrick and Main Stands (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Gil Merrick Stand (aka Railway End) (photo)
By Train
Birmingham Coach Station
Looking Towards The Tilton Road End (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzines
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
St Andrews Location Map
Old St Andrews



What's St Andrews Like?

Approximately three quarters of the ground have been rebuilt since the mid 90's. One large two-tiered tiered stand, incorporating the Tilton Road End and Spion Kop, completely surrounds half the pitch and replaced a former huge terrace. The new Tilton Road End was opened for the start of the 1994-95 season, with the new Spion Kop following in 1995. At the back of the Spion Kop Stand, which runs along one side of the pitch, are a row of executive boxes, as well as a central seated executive area which also incorporates the Directors 'box'. The other newish stand, the recently renamed Gil Merrick Stand (previously known as the Railway End) was opened in February 1999. It is a large two tiered stand and unusual in having quite a small top tier, which overhangs the lower area. Again there is a row of executive boxes in this stand, housed at the back of the lower section.

Only one 'old' stand, the former Main Stand, which was opened in 1952, now remains of the former St Andrews. This is a two tier stand running along one side of the pitch and has a row of executive boxes running across its middle. This stand is the smallest at the stadium and is looking particularly tired amongst its more modern neighbours. This stand which is now known as the Garrison Lane Stand also houses the press area, television gantry and has the team dugouts located in front of it. The team dressing rooms are situated within the Gil Merrick Stand, which results in the teams entering the field of play from one corner of the stadium between this stand and the Garrison Lane Stand. Also in this area is a large video screen that was erected at the start of the 2009/10 season.

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Spion Kop External View


  St Andrews Back Of Spion Kop

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away supporters are housed on one side of the Gil Merrick Stand, which is at one end of the stadium in the lower tier. The normal allocation is 3,000 tickets, but this can be increased to around 4,500 for cup games (when the whole of the lower tier is allocated). There are Birmingham fans housed above the away supporters, as well as to the other side of the stand (fans are separated by plastic netting). The facilities and the view from this stand are pretty good. Pies are supplied by Peters Pies and include; Chicken Balti, Steak and Kidney plus Potato and Meat (all 2.80). Cornish pasties (2.80), Cheese and Onion Pasties (2.80), Burgers (3.30) and Rollover Hot Dogs (3.30) are also available. Alcohol in form of John Smith's Bitter or Fosters Lager is also served at 3.50 per pint, as well as Bottles of Cider (3.50), Smirnoff Ice (3.60) and Wine (3.70).

John a visiting Burnley informs me; 'The beer inside the ground was drinkable and the Balti pies were delicious! On the downside, the seat I had been allocated was in Row 21 seat 002 which was right up against the wall. I've had more legroom on a package tour flight to the Canaries! What really annoyed me were a small section of the City fans who spent the entire game screaming abuse and gesturing to the away fans'. Jordan Cottrell a visiting Chelsea fan tells me; 'Away fans were searched by the stewards prior to entering the ground. I also noticed that any plastic bottles were being confiscated.'

Alan Sexton a visiting West Ham supporter adds; 'The ground itself is three quarters of the way to being a top class stadium but desperately needs a new Main Stand. If this is built, joining with the Tilton Road and Railway Stands then St Andrews will be one of the best if not the best ground in the Midlands. Atmosphere wise it was the best ground I have visited all season for sheer volume before and during the game. As for the concourses they left little to be desired and were extremely crowded, the scrum to try and get a pie was not for the faint hearted'.

It is worth bearing mind though, that a certain section of Birmingham fans are particularly passionate about their club and this can make for an intimidating atmosphere for away supporters. I would advise as a precaution to keep your club colours covered around the ground or in the city centre.'

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Spion Kop and Tilton Road Stands



  Spion Kop

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Where To Drink?
Most of the pubs near to the ground can be quite intimidating for away supporters and are not recommended. However there is the Cricketers Arms which does tolerate away fans in small numbers. Simon a visiting Chelsea fan confirms; 'On our last visit to St Andrews, we managed to find a friendly pub within proximity of the ground. The pub is called The Cricketers Arms and is about 10 minutes walk, maybe less. To find the pub (with your back to the away section) walk along the road ahead of you going away from the ground (not the road going right up by the stadium, but the road going towards Morrisons). Walk through Morrisons car park heading towards the store then join the road next to it, which is called Green Lane. The pub is 30 seconds from there on the left. The pub itself is shared between home and away fans but all the Birmingham fans were very friendly. The pub is small but you can drink outside where there are beer tables'.

It is best to drink in the city centre and get a taxi to the ground (about 6). If you are walking to the ground from the city centre, then  you may care to stop at the Anchor Pub on Bradford Street, renowned for its range of real ales on offer, and named Birmingham 'CAMRA Pub Of The Year' on more than one occasion. Although there are a number of Blues fans that frequent the pub they tend to be of the CAMRA bearded variety and therefore as long as you don't turn up mobbed handed, you should be okay. The pub is situated just behind Birmingham Coach Station. Otherwise alcohol is served within the stadium. 

If you coming by train, or decide to drink in the city centre beforehand, then if you like your real ale, then you can't do much better than visit the Wellington Pub on Bennetts Hill. With 16 real ales on tap, including 12 guest ales, this is somewhat of a mecca for real ale drinkers. In 2008 alone, the pub served over 2,000 different beers! To find this pub, then assuming that you are coming into New Street Station by train, then as you come onto the passenger concourse at the station, so straight up the escalators in front of you. At the top of the escalators turn left and then proceed towards the 'Foot Locker' outlet. Turn left at this store and then right and proceed down the ramp past McDonalds. At the bottom of the ramp turn left into New Street and walk along the pedestrian area. Bennetts Hill is the fourth turning on the right (there is a Barclays Bank is on the corner). The Wellington pub is about two thirds of the way up Bennetts Hill on the right hand side. There is also a handy Wetherspoons outlet called the Briar Rose (which is no smoking) on Bennetts Hill as well. The Wellington does not provide food, but has no objections to you bringing in your own. There are a couple of taxi ranks nearby that you can use if you wish to get you to the ground. You can get more info on the Wellington pub website , including a live 'beer board' showing which ales they are currently serving.

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Gil Merrick and Main Stands



  Main Stand

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How To Get There And Where To Park
Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38(M) (known locally as the Aston Expressway) for Birmingham City Centre. Continue past the first turn off (Aston, Waterlinks) and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road.

Turn left at the island at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry/Stratford. Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three islands. At the fourth island (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand corner) turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Birmingham City's ground is about a 1/4 of a mile up this road on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road.

There is a small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end, but availability of space for cars is determined by how many away coaches are expected as they park in the same car park, which may mean for certain games that there is no space available for cars at all. There is though plenty of street parking off the left hand side of the ring road. Either around the small park at the third island you cross or along the road next to and behind the BP garage before the fourth island. Bear in mind that if you arrive after 1.30pm these areas are likely to be already full. There are some local schools and firms that offer parking facilities for around 5.'


Location map of the St Andrews football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: B9 4RL


Gil Merrick Stand


 

Gil Merrick Stand

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By Train

The nearest station is Bordesley, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground, but is only served by trains from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street. Normally scheduled trains do not stop at Bordesley, so they don't show up on national timetables searches. Please download the local timetable from the London Midland website  for details.
 
If you arrive at New Street Station in the city centre, either walk to Moor Street station (ten minutes) take a taxi (about 8) or embark on the 25-30 minute walk to the ground. 
 
Birmingham New Street is currently undergoing major refurbishment at the moment, so if you have not been for a while it will seem quite different. As you come out of New Street station onto the street, turn left and follow the road around to the left. At the crossroads turn left into Hill Street. Passing the Gala Casino on your right and then further down the Holiday Inn. Continue straight on crossing a busy dual carriageway into Hurst Street which is Chinatown area of the city centre. Just before the Hippodrome Theatre on the right follow the road around to the left, passing the Ibis Hotel on your right. At the next traffic lights turn right and then immediately left into Upper Dean Street. Continue to the end of this road, passing the markets area on your left. At the T-Junction which has traffic lights turn right into Moat Lane. Go down Moat Lane following it around to the left, passing a Chinese supermarket on your right. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Digbeth High Street. Passing Birmingham Coach Station on your right, use the pedestrian crossing to cross over to the other side of the carriageway. Continue up the High Street Passing the Old Crown pub on your left/ You will then reach a fork in the road where you want to bear left going underneath a railway bridge. Passing the Clements Arms (not recommended for away fans) on your left just continue straight down this road, crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over on one corner). The entrance to the away section is further up the road on your left.
 
Otherwise you can take the following buses from the city centre; No: 58, 60, 97 & 97A. However the 97 & 97A drop off on Garrison Lane (near to Tilton Road) which is on the other side of the stadium to the away entrance. These can be caught near to Moor Street Railway Station on Queensway. Look for bus stops ME (58 & 60) and MF (97 & 97A) on this map on the Network West Midlands website (PDF file). Alternatively they can also be caught outside Birmingham Coach Station.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Birmingham Coach Station

Birmingham Coach Station is located just over a mile away from St Andrews and is about a 20 minute walk away. As you come out of the main entrance, turn right and proceed along Digbeth High Street. At the traffic lights cross over onto the other side and continue along Digbeth High Street. You will pass the Old Crown pub on your left and then the handily located Deritend Fish & Chip shop. At the top of the road, the road forks into two. Take the left hand fork onto Coventry Road. Pass underneath a railway bridge (where Bordesley Station is located) and past the Clements Arms (not recommended for away fans) on your left. Just continue straight down this road, crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over on one corner). The entrance to the away section is further up the road on your left.


Looking Towards The Tilton Road End



  Tilton Road Stand

Special thanks to Scott Wild for providing the photo above.

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Local Rivals

Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

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Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Like a number of Clubs, Birmingham City operate a match category policy (A, B C & D) whereby the ticket prices cost more for the most popular games. 
 
Home Fans*
Spion Kop Club Class: Adults 40 (B 35) (C 30) (D 25), Concessions 30 (B 25) (C 20) (D 15)

Spion Kop: Adults 32 (B 28) (C 25) (D 20), Senior Citizens/Students 20 (B 18) (C 16) (D 14), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Garrison Lane Stand (Upper Centre): Adults 32 (B 28) (C 25) (D 20), Senior Citizens/Students 20 (B 18) (C 16) (D 14), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Spion Kop Corner: Adults 30 (B 27) (C 23) (D 18), Senior Citizens/Students 18 (B 16) (C 14) (D 12), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Garrison Lane Stand (Upper Wings): Adults 30 (B 27) (C 23) (D 18), Senior Citizens/Students 18 (B 16) (C 14) (D 12), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Tilton Road Stand: Adults 30 (B 27) (C 23) (D 18), Senior Citizens/Students 18 (B 16) (C 14) (D 12), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Gil Merrick Stand (Lower): Adults 30 (B 27) (C 23) (D 18), Senior Citizens/Students 18 (B 16) (C 14) (D 12), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Gil Merrick Stand (Upper): Adults 27 (B 24), (C 20) (D 16), Senior Citizens/Students 16 (B 14) (12) (D 10), Under 18's 13 (8), Under 12's 11 (6), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Garrison Lane Stand (Lower): Adults 27 (B 24), (C 20) (D 16), Senior Citizens/Students 16 (B 14) (12) (D 10), Under 18's 13 (8), Under 12's 11 (6), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

Family Area (Lower Gil Merrick): Adults 27 (B 24), (C 20) (D 16), Senior Citizens/Students 16 (B 14) (12) (D 10), Under 16's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 12's 11 (6), Under 8's 5 (all categories), 1 Adult + 1 Child 35 (B 30) (C 25) (D 20), 2 Adults + 2 Children 70 (B 60) (C 50) (D 40),

Away Fans*
Gil Merrick Stand Lower Tier:
Adults 30 (B 27) (C 23) (D 18), Senior Citizens/Students 18 (B 16) (C 14) (D 12), Under 18's 13 (B 11) (C 9) (D 7), Under 13's 7 (B 7) (C 5) (D 5)

* Please note that these ticket prices are for tickets bought in advance prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on the day of the game can cost up to 5 more per adult ticket and 3 per concession.  

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Programme & Fanzine

Official Programme 3
Made In Brum Fanzine 1 

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Ground Layout



St Andrews Ground layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015

Birmingham City fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
66,844 v Everton
FA Cup 5th Round, February 11th, 1939.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
29,958 v Chelsea
Premier League, December 26th, 2009.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 15,458 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 16,703 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 18,883 (Championship League)



Fans Reviews Of St Andrews

Alex Royal (Middlesbrough) 7/12/13
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town) 31/8/13
Jack Stanley (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 1/4/13
Joe White (Bristol City) 6/11/12
James Butler (Charlton Athletic) 18/8/12
Michelle-Louise Burrows (Blackpool) 9/5/12
Andrew van den Bent-Kelly (Peterborough United) 19/11/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the St Andrews football ground.

Access their Birmingham Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the St Andrews football ground, railway stations and listed pubs



Old St Andrews
To see photos of St Andrews taken during the 1990's, whilst it was still predominantly terracing then visit the Old Grounds and Stands section of the Guide.

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Last Updated: 29 September 2014