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St Andrews
Birmingham City v Middlesbrough

Championship League
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 3pm
Alex Royal
(Middlesbrough 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 it is a ground that has always been of interest to me.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with the club coaches from The Riverside which left just after 10am and got to St Andrews just before 1.30pm . One of the easier grounds to get to, not far off the M6.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Upon arrival at the ground, I went to the club shop, to buy my beanie hat, which is my way of saying; 'I've been to that ground', Purchased the 'Made in Brum' Fanzine and an official matchday programme, priced at 1.50 and 3 respectively.

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

My first impressions of the ground was that it was a well maintained, friendly ground, although the old Main Stand somewhat drains the impression of a terrific stadium, the other three stands are relatively modern. The leg room and the view of the pitch in the Gil Merrick stand, where the away fans are housed, were excellent.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

In terms of positioning, Middlesbrough and Birmingham were 18th & 19th going in to this match, so it was, as one might say, an early season six-pointer.

The stewards were helpful and amicable, and allowed us to sit where we wanted. The facilities on the concourse were good, and, unlike other away grounds I have been to, it was very spacious, with a good range of food and drink available, with a pint of beer costing 3.25 and chips costing 2. There wasn't much atmosphere from the home fans, apart from a group of lads in the Kop corner, with whom we exchanged banter.

Boro took the lead in the 24th minute after good work from Marvin Emnes down the left hand side, who teed up Muzzy Carayol to beat Darren Randolph. Half time Brummies 0-1 Boro. Shortly after half-time, Boro conceded a penalty, which Paul Caddis coverted. 1-1.

10 minutes to go, Daniel Ayala scored a somewhat scrappy goal after a Darren Randolph punch was headed back into the danger area by Lukas Jutkiewicz, 2-1 Boro.

Yet again,we conceded a late, late goal, but I felt Birmingham's overall second half performance merited an equaliser.

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

Getting away from the ground was very easy, 20 minutes and you're back on the motorway.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

One of the best away days I've done, would definitely return, although I would've liked to have seen more atmosphere from the home fans. 9/10! 


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