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St Andrews
Birmingham City v Ipswich Town

Championship League
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 may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

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 a bit.

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 and spacious.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

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.
9/10! 


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