Capacity: 4,065 (Seated 518)
Address: Kettlebrook, Tamworth, B77 1AA
Telephone: 01827 65798
Stadium Tours: 01827 62236
Club Nickname: The Lambs
Year Ground Opened: 1934
Home Kit: Red and White
Although the ground is on the small side, it is well maintained and it has a certain charm about it. The Main Stand is the most recent addition to the ground, being opened in 1996. It is a tidy little all seated covered stand that straddles the halfway line of the pitch. It has a capacity of 518 seats. The other side is a small covered terrace, known by the fans as 'The Shed' which runs nearly the full length of the pitch. This terrace is home to the 'The Shed Choir' (in reference to the Tamworth fans who sing in this stand). On its roof is a television gantry, complete with a large model owl to help deter the presence of other birds. The Castle End is an open terrace, whilst the other end is a partly covered terrace (to the rear). This end, the Meadow Street End, is given to away supporters. The pitch has a slope running up from the Castle End to the Meadow Street Terrace. The ground is overlooked in one corner by the sizeable Tamworth Snowdome. It gets its unusual name from a former public house called the Lamb Inn that used to be situated near to the entrance to the club car park.
If fans are segregated, then away supporters are mostly housed in the Meadow End where around 850 supporters can be accommodated. This small terrace is partly covered and also comprises some flat standing areas. The good thing is that the fans are situated close to the playing action. The facilities are okay and refreshments are provided by the obligatory burger van. In addition to the terrace around 90 seats are made available to away supporters in the Main Stand. For teams with a larger following then in addition half the 'Shed' terrace can also be allocated.
If segregation is in force then catering is provided by a Burger Van, which is situated inside by the turnstiles. It offers amongst other things; 1/2 Pound Cheeseburger (£5), 1/4 Pounder Beefburger (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Bacon Baps (£3.50) and Chips (£2).
Over the years I have attended a number of games at the Lamb, as Tamworth is fairly local to where I live. I have always been impressed with the good atmosphere at the games that I have been to. The small covered stands allow a lot of noise to be generated and this is taken advantage of by the supporters of both sides.
Inside the Lamb Ground there is a fair sized club house, which serves real ale. This is open to all fans, unless segregation is in force, when then it is only available to home supporters. The Club's main catering outlet is conveniently situated near its entrance and always seems to do a brisk trade throughout the game.
There are no pubs nearby, so it is a case of getting there early and taking the 10-15 minute walk into town, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. There is a Wetherspoons pub called the Bole Bridge, however on match days the pub operates a no football colours/shirts policy and is for home fans only. A better bet would be either the Market Vaults on Market Street, the Sir Robert Peel pub on Lower Gungate or further up the same road on the same side as the Sir Robert Peel, is a small micropub called the King's Ditch. All these three pubs are included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, with both the King's Ditch and Market Vaults stocking an impressive number of real ciders and perries.
To walk in the direction of the town centre, simply come out of The Lamb car park entrance at the ground and turn left. Before you get to the main road turn left along a path way and down to an underpass. Go through the underpass and out the other side an through another underpass. Then bear right and then up the pathway alongside the main road. Go straight on along this road passing a garage on your right and an Odeon Cinema on your left and you will reach the town centre in front of you.
Leave the M42 at Junction 10 and take the A5 towards Tamworth. Follow the A5 bypass into the town and take the turn for the town centre. Follow the signs towards the Snow Dome and Glascote/Amington. After passing the Snow Dome on your left, you should see the ground on your right. There is a fair sized car park at the ground, which costs £2 for cars, £5 minibuses and £10 for coaches. otherwise street parking.
Tamworth Railway Station is around a 10-15 minute walk away from the Lamb ground. Sited at an intersection of two major rail lines, it is well served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Crewe and London Euston.
Exit the station and walk down the station approach to the traffic island in front of it. Turn left along Saxon Drive and continue to follow it, bearing round to the left at the next roundabout, which takes you over the river. Turn left into Amington Road, cross the road and cross over the grassed area. Cross Glascote Road close to the railway viaduct. Go straight on into Kettlebrook Road and the ground is on the right.
Thanks to Brian Scott for providing the directions.
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Over 65's £7
Under 18's £6
Under 16's £4
Under 5's Free*
At the turnstiles inform the operator that you wish to sit and he will charge you an additional £2 (per person). He will then stamp the back of your matchday ticket, which you then show inside the ground to gain admittance to the Main Stand.
* Must be accompanied by a paying adult or concession.
Official Programme £2.50
4,920 v Atherstone Town, Birmingham Combination League 1948
2014-2015: 801 (Conference North)
2013-2014: 978 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,019 (Conference Premier)
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Tamworth v Forest Green Rovers
Saturday, 30th April 2011, 5pm
Sam Foord (Neutral fan)
Why you were looking forward to going to the Lamb Ground?
I was looking forward to this game as it was to be my first taste of conference level football with my mate who is a huge Forest Green Rovers fan. The game itself was an end of season relegation decider so I was looking forward to an important game for both clubs.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey was from my house in north Birmingham via the good public transport... Even though Tamworth is less than 10 miles from my house it required two trains to reach for us! After getting the first train to Lichfield Trent Valley we missed our connection...meaning we had an hour or more to kill...there is nothing to do in Lichfield Trent Valley, we walked for a mile in some vague direction and all we found was a pet shop! After finally getting our train we got to Tamworth, where we took a brief detour to the town before heading up to the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Before the game, (apart from our boring adventure in Lichfield Trent Valley pet shop) we went to Tamworth town centre taking in some of the sights quickly; like Tamworth Castle. After this we went to a Wetherspoons pub where we had a few pints with a group of other Forest Green fans before making our way to the ground.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Lamb?
As a West Bromwich Albion fan myself I am used to the big glitzy stadiums of the Premier league... The lamb ground at first seemed like a bit of a novelty to me! Terraces at a football stadium...an attendance of under 2000 and a kid who I went to school with in goal for Tamworth... welcome to the Conference! The ground itself was alright, the Shed End is literally a big shed! I enjoyed the terraces though!
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Game itself was dreadful...like a carry on football film! Maybe I've been spoiled by top flight football but my Forest Green Rovers supporting friend claims that Conference football is 'real football'! Tamworth took the lead before Forest Green levelled... only for Tamworth to score from a cross in the 77th minute... with relegation threatening the loser my friend was panicking, however, due to a bizarre twist of fates both clubs survived thanks to Southport having a worse goal difference than both sides! Both sets of fans ended up celebrating on the pitch. It was like something out of Mike Bassett!
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Managed to get away from the ground with no problems, got a lift home and I was back home in half an hour.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall, it was a bit of an adventure, the game itself was dreadful but like all my trips to a new ground I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!