Saturday July 15th 2006
Vs West Bromwich Albion, Pre-Season Friendly, 3pm
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to going to
Aggborough as this was Albion's first pre-season
friendly of the season and although I am a life
long Albion supporter, like many other Albion
fans, Kidderminster is my home town. The stadium
itself being a 10 minute walk from my home.
How easy was your journey/finding the
Kidderminster resident the journey to
Aggborough and finding the ground is not
really relevant and I walked to the
ground. For those fans travelling to
Kidderminster by train Aggborough is about a
10 minute walk. If arriving at Kidderminster
station from the direction of Birmingham, walk
up the ramp and turn left, walking down the
hill towards the town centre. You'll
find that 90% of the people who alight at
Kidderminster will walk in this direction.
Keep on walking and after about 2 minutes
you'll see the large Magistrates Court to your
left, head towards the court and keep
going along an alleyway that will take you
straight to the ground, which is clearly
visible straight ahead. Alternatively you can
keep walking down the hill until you come to
Hoo Road, walking up Hoo Road will again lead
you straight to the ground.
arriving at Kidderminster station from the
direction of Worcester come straight out of
the station and walk straight ahead, then
follow the directions as above.
There will be plenty of people around to ask
but you'll find this won't be necessary, the
ground can clearly be seen to your left.
For those planning to
travel to the town by train from
Birmingham please be aware that trains run
from Moor Street and Snow Hill stations in
central Birmingham and not from Birmingham
Both Moor Street and Snow
Hill stations are only a few minutes walk
from New Street.
arriving by car there is a car park at
the back of the away terracing and a much
larger car park at the back of the home end.
away from the ground from the larger car park
can be very time consuming as there is only
one entrance out.
None of the residential
roads off Hoo Road allow car parking by
3. What you did
before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Although I went
straight to the ground I am very familiar with the local
area. There is a decent Fish & Chip shop just across the
road from the station, in addition walking down the hill
towards the town there are numerous other take-aways.
There is a pub opposite
the station called The Railway Bell, on some match days they
have bouncers on the door but I understand most away fans
can get access as long as they are sensible. For the
real ale fans there is an excellent pub, just in front of
the main entrance to Kidderminster station called the King
& Castle, part of the Severn Valley Railway complex. A
popular pub that has appeared in the "Good Beer Guide"
There is also an
excellent little pub that is seldom used by away fans but
still handy for the ground, if arriving by train turn right
away from the town centre, you will come to a road called
Farfield and The Station pub is just on your right.
their own social club next to the ground and away fans
can gain access by paying a small fee, there is also
another pub in front of the main stand called The Harriers
Arms but I have never been in there so cannot comment.
Kidderminster Harriers do not have a hooligan problem and
from my experience wearing colours around the ground and in
the town centre is unlikely to present any problems for
4. What you
thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away
end then other sides of the ground.
is a very good non league ground which if anything is
probably too big considering their present non league
status. Very neat and tidy and all the stands in the
uniform red colour. There is covered terracing behind each
goal and smart seating areas in two relatively modern
stands along the side of the pitch. Seating for away fans
is on the corner of the new East Stand. The view is
excellent with the seats on quite deep terracing and there
is reasonable leg room.
away end can be accessed via the car park at the rear of
the terracing (which could really do with
tarmacing to tidy it up) or by walking behind the
East Stand if approaching from the railway station or the
Social Club. Entrances for away fans are well
signposted. I understand away supporters coaches park
directly behind the away end.
5. Comment on the
game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was a typical low key pre-season friendly.
Albion had split their first team squad and were also
playing at Walsall later in the afternoon so this meant that
our support, of about 500 would have been mainly
Worcestershire based as the bulk of our support had chosen
to watch the game at Walsall. The stewards were friendly and
helpful and the toilets are quite spacious and seemed quite
clean and well maintained.
6. Comment on getting
away from the ground after the game:
With the attendance
around the 1000 mark there were no problems getting away,
also a few of the Albion supporters had left well before the
end to make the dash up the M5 to watch the game at Walsall
which was kicking off just over an hour after the
Kidderminster game finished. Being local I was home
within 10 minutes of the final whistle.
7. Summary of overall
thoughts of the day out:
recommend Kidderminster for away supporters, it's a decent
ground, all away supporters being housed in either a smart
stand or decent covered terracing and a number of
pubs within just a few minutes walk plus the Social Club
at the stadium itself. Kidderminster fans are
friendly and you'll be fine in your club
colours, I'd definitely recommend visiting
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