1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
It was a West Midlands derby, and we were on a
decent run of form leading up to the game having
won three out of the last four in what had been a
disastrous season for the club.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I live in Worcester which is about a 30 minute
drive from Birmingham, so I decided to drive
rather than mess about with the trains for once.
Of course the only negative of this being that I
could only have one drink but that didn't matter
too much. We left at about 1:15pm and got to our
parking spot in an estate in Small Heath at around
five to two. The estate was only a 10 min walk to
the ground thankfully.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Well we arrived at the ground at about 2:15ish and
went straight through the away gate and into the
away stand. The Chelsea-Man Utd FA cup game was on
the TV's inside the stand and while we were
watching that, I grabbed a cheese burger which
didn't cost too much along with a pint of Carling.
I didn't witness any trouble before the game,
although to be fair we were only given around
1,650 tickets for the game after the police
reduced it. Also trains weren't running from
Wolverhampton to Birmingham so most supporters
would have drove or used the supporters' coaches.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
I've been to St. Andrews before a few times and
it's actually bigger than you think. It holds
30,009 and when looking at it on TV it looks
smaller than that. Three of the stands are nice
inside the ground, however the Main Stand on one
side of the pitch is old and tatty, and looks
quite small despite it being two tiered, they
could do with redeveloping this. The away end is
situated in the Gil Merrick stand (behind one of
the goals) in the lower tier. We were given about
half of the lower tier, and there were a few Blues
fans on the other side of the divider, as well as
a couple above us in the smaller upper tier.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
It had been a disastrous season for us, and we
were in real threat of a second successive
relegation even though our form had lifted
recently, winning three out of the last four
games. Blues had also experienced a difficult
campaign, although their form had risen
miraculously since the end of February and they
were no longer hovering dangerously above the
relegation zone, instead that was now us. So
therefore I was expecting a really tough game and
if I'm being honest, I thought we'd lose. First 10
mins they were all over us and we looked nervy.
But we managed to settle into the game, and
unexpectedly stormed into a 0-3 lead at half-time.
The funny thing about being a Wolves fan, is that
even though we were 3-0 up at half time, the game
still felt far from over. Blues were awarded a pen
early in the second half and I was thinking 'here
we go'. Blues did have a few good chances
throughout the second half, but we looked to have
weathered the storm and hold on for the win. But
in the 95th minute, they were awarded another pen
which they scored to make it 2-3. Just a minute
later they were awarded a free-kick just outside
the corner of the box in a very dangerous
position, and I thought that they were going to
score. Thankfully we managed to clear it and the
whistle went. What a great win it was.
As always, the atmosphere from our fans was
excellent even though there was only 1,623 of us.
There wasn't a lot of noise coming from the home
end surprise surprise, although they did sing a
couple of songs after they made it 1-3 and lifted
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
We left the stand and walked out of the away gate
onto Cattell Road, where hundreds of Blues fans
were walking past. We managed to keep our heads
down and walk through the crowd and back to the
car. I'm surprised the police didn't keep us in
the ground afterwards or blocked off the away gate
outside the ground to stop us walking onto Cattell
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very good day out and a very good result for us.
Also love winning a local derby!