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St Andrews -Birmingham City FC

Apart from the Main Stand on one side, the three other sides of St Andrews have been replaced with new stands. The Spion Kop and Tilton Road Ends were rebuilt in the 1994-95 season and the new Railway End was officially opened in 1999. The photos and video below show St Andrews before these major developments.

Spion Kop
This was replaced with a new stand in 1995.

This side of the ground got its name from the Battle of Spion Kop that took place during the Boer War in the year 1900. The Spion Kop was essentially a large hill that the British attempted to capture from the Boers and were unsuccessful in doing so. The reports of the battle captured the imagination of the public at the time and a number of grounds around the country that had large banks of terrace, named them Spion Kops. The St Andrews football ground itself was opened in 1906.

External View

Spion Kop St Andrews External View

Taken from the Tilton Road End

Kop

Looking across the Spion Kop from 'Kop Corner'

Spion Kop

A Closer Look At The Spion Kop

A Closer Look At The Spion Kop

On A Matchday

Spion Kop Stand On Matchday

Tilton Road End
It was replaced with a new Stand in 1994

Originally occuppied by just home fans it was subsequently split between home and away supporters.
One drawback that the stand had was that it was relatively easy to climb up onto the roof from the back of the terrace. It was not that uncommon to see someone sitting on the roof during the game!


Tilton Road End

A Closer look at the Tilton Road End

A closer look at the Tilton Road
                              End

On A Matchday

Tilton Road End On Matchday

Railway End
This was replaced by a new stand in 1999

External View

Railway End
                                              External View

You can see from the photo above why it was called the Railway End. During the days of steam locomotives, smoke from the trains would often drift across the ground. Visiting teams sometimes suggested that the home side deliberately arranged for a train to pass by when they were attacking the the Railway End as their view of the goal was impeded.

Taken From The Tilton Road End

Railway End

A Closer View Of The Railway End

Railway End A Closer View

Below is a video from YouTube showing the ground in 1979
Thanks to W Gibson for sharing this with us:


Thanks to David Forsyth and Han van Eijden for providing photos for this page. David took his photos of the ground before a game against Newcastle United in 1992. Whilst Han took his photos at a friendly against Liverpool in July 1993.

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