Capacity: 4,893 (Seats 400)
Address: Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove B61 0DR
Telephone: 01905 23003 (non-matchday)
Ticket Office: 01527 876949 (matchday number)
Pitch Size: To be advised
Club Nickname: City or Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Home Kit: Blue and White Stripes
Worcester City left their St George's Lane ground in 2013, after it was sold to be redeveloped for housing. It was expected that the proceeds from the sale would fund the building of a new stadium in Worcester. However, this has failed to materialise and having ground shared with Kidderminster Harriers for the last few seasons, the Club now share the Victoria Ground, the home of Bromsgrove Sporting, a 29 mile round trip for Worcester fans.
By Conference North standards the ground is of a fair size, having a capacity of just under 5,000. The ground is a traditional older one, with plenty of character. The Main Stand on one side, is a classic looking old stand, the design of which was to be seen in similar guises at many grounds around the country. Alas many of those have now disappeared as clubs have moved onto new stadiums. The Main Stand runs for around a third of the length of the pitch and sits aside the half way line. The stand is covered and has a raised section of seating, located above a small front terrace. Access to the raised seated area is gained by climbing a small staircase in front, whilst the terraced area is split by the players tunnel, which on either side has some seats fitted, which serve as team dugouts. There are also a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the seated section, although some protection against the wind is given, with windshields on either side. There are areas of flat standing to either side of the stand.
Opposite on the Birmingham Road side of the ground, there is not much in the way of facilities for spectators, just a narrow flat standing walkway, that mostly runs in front of the Social Club building, although there is a small cover above the walkway, by the half way line. The tea bar can be also found on this side of the ground. At the North End of the ground is a sizeable covered terrace, although it does have a fair number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Whist at the South End is a smaller open terrace, which has 'Bromsgrove Sporting FC' emblazoned across its back white retaining wall in big red letters. The pitch has a fair slope which runs down from the North to the South end. The ground has a set eight tall thin looking floodlights, four of which run down each side of the pitch.
For those who like the older traditional grounds, then Victoria Road will not disappoint. The covered terrace at the North End of the ground, has quite good acoustics, meaning that a relatively few supporters can really make some noise. If segregation is put in place then away fans are housed in this covered North Terrace, with a small number of seats also being made available in the Main Stand. Normally a visit to Victoria Road is a relaxed and enjoyable one. The tea bar at the ground has a good selection of pies, plus chips, curry sauce etc.. which are recommended!
There is a small supporters club at the ground, called the Rousier Bar, which normally welcomes visiting fans. However for matches where crowd segregation is in force, then this bar is for Worcester City fans only. The closest pub to the Victoria Road ground is the Hop Pole Inn, a few minutes walk away along Birmingham Road (going in the opposite direction to Bromsgrove Town Centre). This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Otherwise Bromsgrove Town Centre is around a 10-15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include on the High Street the CAMRA God Beer Guide listed the Red Lion, whilst towards the far end of the High Street is a Wetherspoons pub called the Golden Cross Hotel.
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From the North M5
Leave the M5 at Junction 4 and take the A38 towards Bromsgrove. After going across the M42 junction continue on the A38 towards Bromsgrove. After half a mile turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto the Birmingham Road (signposted Bromsgrove North & Retail Park). After going straight across a small roundabout and the passing a BP Garage on your left, then you will reach the Bromsgrove Retail Park on your left (which includes a Co-operative Store). Just before the retail car park entrance, then opposite situated in-between some houses is the entrance to the Victoria Road ground.
From The North and East
Take the M42 to Junction 1. Leave the M42 motorway at Junction 1 and take the A38 towards Bromsgrove, then as above From the North M5.
From The South West M5
Leave the M5 at Junction 5 and take the A38 towards Bromsgrove. on reaching Bromsgrove Town Centre, you will reach a roundabout, where you take the second exit towards Redditch. At the next traffic lights, go straight ahead and this leads you into Birmingham Road. The entrance to the ground is a short way down on the left, in-between a row of houses and opposite the entrance to the Retail Park.
There is very limited parking available at the ground itself. Free parking is available at the Heart of Worcestershire College and the nearby company Artrix, both located off School Drive (B60 1PQ). At the bottom of Birmingham Road there is a small Pay & Display Car park which costs £2.40 for three hours. Otherwise there are a number of other Pay & Display car parks located in the town centre, which is around a 10-15 minute walk away from Victoria Road.
Try to avoid parking in the Retail Park opposite the Victoria Road entrance, as parking is limited to just two hours and you may end up with a parking ticket for your troubles.
Bromsgrove Railway Station is located just under two miles away from the Victoria Road football ground. It is served by trains from Birmingham New Street and Hereford.
On exiting the station by the main entrance, turn right along Garrington Road and follow this road around to the left as it becomes South Road. At the end of South Road, turn right at the T-Junction onto Stoke Road. At the mini-roundabout (with the Ladybird Inn on one side) take the first exit onto New Road. Continue straight along New Road for around one mile until you reach the predestrianised High Street in Bromsgrove Town Centre. Turn right along the High Street. At the end of the High Street turn left onto the road and then take the next right onto the Strand. At the end of the Strand take the pedestrian pathway through onto Birmingham Road. Turn right along Birmingham Road and the entrance to the ground is down on the left (in-between some residential houses) opposite the Co-operative store and Retail Park.
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Seating or Terrace
Over 60's/Unemployed £9*
Under 21's £6*
Under 16's £3
* Please note that proof of age or status may be required to quaify for the reduced entrance price.
Official Programme £2.50
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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos of the Victoria Road Ground, Bromsgrove Sporting.
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