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 it is a
ground that has always been of interest to me.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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
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
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.