City v Ipswich Town
Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 3pm
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
It was my first visit to St Andrews and i was
meeting a friend of mine who lives in Worcester
who went to the game with me. Plus a have a few
Birmingham supporting work mates so it added extra
spice to the occasion.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I went with the club run coaches from Portman Road
which left about 10am. Stopped at Corley services
for half an hour and got to St Andrews just before
2pm. Fairly easy journey and have to say that
Birmingham is one of the easiest places to get in
and out from. Away fans have their own separate
parking near to where the away entrance is.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Met my friend who was waiting just by the gate to
the away car park and went for a pint at the
nearby Cricketers Arms which was about 5 minutes
away from the ground which accepts away fans and
the Birmingham fans that were there were quite
friendly. It was a hot day and wasps were out in
force so after dodging a few, we made our way to
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
St Andrews is very nicely presented from the
outside. Had a nice diagonal view of the pitch as
i was in Block 1, Row 32 of the Gill Merrick
stand. It is a very nice stadium but the old
looking main stand to the left really lets it down
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Ipswich were the better team by far in a game
where both teams went into it with similar starts
to the season. Christophe Berra put us ahead just
past the half hour with a close header from an
Aaron Cresswell cross and had plenty of other
chances to go further ahead. Their keeper Darren
Randolph was the only one who really kept them in
the game but our inability to see off opponents
when we have the chance cost us when they
equalised with 15 minutes to go from a deflected
shot by Chris Burke who has become a bit of a
thorn in our side in recent games.
The atmosphere was mainly created from our
brilliant away support with the only noise from
the home end coming from a few lads at the back of
the stand to the right of us. Had a bit of funny
banter with them. Rest of the ground was very
quiet until they scored. Facilities were very good
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the ground was very easy and as
i said above, Birmingham is quite easy to get away
from compared to other places i have been to as it
was when i went to Villa earlier in the year for
the FA Cup. Got back to Portman Road about 8.15pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I had a great time and will definitely make it a
yearly thing from now on because of my friend.