Birmingham City v
Championship Play Off 2nd Leg
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, 7.45pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Play-Off Semi-Final second leg. Wembley on
the horizon. Pool 1-0 up from the first
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Took the supporter's coach from Bloomfield Road
which went straight to St Andrew's without
stopping. Very easy but considering we ended
up arriving in Birmingham two hours before
kick-off, then we could have stopped off to a rest
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Needed the toilet pretty badly so nipped into the
Morrisons around the corner. Got myself a
burger from the stand opposite and chatted to a
few home fans. A pretty friendly bunch, it
has to be said and interviews for local media in
the West Midlands and the Granada region.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Impressed. Seriously impressed. It
reminded me a bit of Goodison with the obstructed
views. The old Main Stand though could do
with demolishing and linking to the rest of the
ground so it could really be a stadium to behold.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Stewarding and Police were very good. Had a
lovely chat with them before the match. Not
too impressed with the facilities though, too
small for a club the size of Birmingham and there
was a bit of grumbling from us in Tangerine when
they ran out of beer. The atmosphere itself
was superb. 30,000 Zulu really make St
Andrew's a sight to behold, especially when they
get behind their team. We managed to silence
them however through Steven Dobbie (his goal had
to be checked on the big screen to the left of us
because we weren't sure if it had gone in. There
was a seconds pause then an eruption from all
those in tangerine) and Matty Phillips before
Zigic, despite being a mile offside got Blues back
into the game. However, when Curtis Davies
got the equaliser on the night, I swear to God you
could have heard the noise back in Blackpool!
However, Birmingham strangely didn't threaten much
after that and we comfortably held on to go to
Wembley again. Cue party time in the Lower
Gil Merrick Stand!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Very easy. Back to the supporters coach jubilant
at booking another trip to Wembley.
Obligatory interview with TV and radio and back on
the coach. Back in Blackpool just after
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
What a fantastic evening! Pool through to Wembley
yet again but what a superb ground and support
Birmingham have. For me, they are a proper club
with proper fans - the People's Club of the Second