1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
First visit to St Andrews, and one of the relatively
bigger grounds I would have gone to over the years
so I was looking forward to it. I was
hoping that there might have been some banter with
home fans and that they would have good support;
have heard differing views to this effect.
We were 2nd from bottom at the time having lost our
last 5 matches on the bounce and Birmingham
were only a few places above us having not won at
home in the last 5 attempts. Our terrible run had to
end sometime and was hoping it would be tonight.
Looking at pictures of the ground before the game I
liked the look of the old Main Stand
and the Gil Merrick Stand
that we would be stood in, but the other two stands
are rather like half of a bowl of a stadium (which I
really don't like).
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Only traffic encountered was coming out of Bristol
at 5pm, found the ground fine
thanks to the satnav. Did seem weird that there were
no signs for the ground until the very last minute
(when you could see the ground close by anyway) so
good luck to anyone hoping to rock up by car in Birmingham and then relying on
signs to direct you to the ground. We parked for
free on a nearby residential street which was good. At Ashton Gate
arriving at as close to kick off
as we did we'd have to parked A LOT further away
even with smaller attendances.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
Didn't get to around the ground till about half 7 so
only had time to park up and queue to pay at get in. We'd sold about 400 before
the game but most seemed to be paying on the day and
there was a large queue for this. Only two ticket booths were open and
quite a few fans would have missed the start of the game. We got in right
on kick off which is the time
I like to get in to avoid having pop music blasted
through the tannoys when trying to sing.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Away end was steep so had a good view of the game. As mentioned earlier half the
ground is a bowl shape although I did quite like the
home end. The Main Stand
looked proper old school which I thought added
character to the ground. I think we were in the most
interesting stand however with a
small top tier that overhangs a larger
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, facilities etc..
Less talked about the game the better.
We lost 2-0 and never looked like scoring. They
even had a penalty saved. I'd guess about half our
support stood at the back and sung throughout the 90
mins. Birmingham seemed to
have a group of 200 in their home end behind the
goal who stood throughout and sung the odd song,
think I only heard them once though.
To our right there was a group of about 40 who
started singing in the 2nd half once they were
winning, couldn't hear them too well cause we were
singing but could see they were making an effort. I
did not see stewards making any attempt to get fans
to sit down or stop doing this or that as they can
do which is refreshing to see. There were quite a
few police at the game, a couple stood next to the
turnstiles on the way in, very friendly having a
laugh and chat with queuing city fans (hopefully the
West Midlands Police of old have
finally changed for the better).
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the
Did not come across any trouble when leaving the
ground, didn't wear colours so
nobody said anything. Hit a bit of traffic coming
out of the ground but nothing like Ashton Gate.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Decent ground, terrible result, home fans were poor
but stewards allowing fans to stand and get on with
it made it as an enjoyable experience as it could