v West Bromwich
By Patrick Bird (West Bromwich Albion fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Been to Stoke a few times. Albion usually lose but
the atmosphere at the ground is usually fantastic.
I generally slope off a few minutes before the end
with the Stoke fans in full cry giving a rendition
of ‘Delilah’ bellowing in my ears. Highlight of
the day for me is generally a few beers around
Burslem before the match.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Very easy, special buses are laid on for visiting
fans that run from right outside the train station
direct to the Britannia. Cost £3 return. Buses
drop you off and pick up from right outside the
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
When we bought our train tickets we paid the extra
£3 for Stoke Plus Bus tickets. After arriving in
Stoke we took the number 23 bus from outside the
railway station to Hanley bus station. Then took
the number 20 bus to Burslem. At Burslem there is
a choice of several decent pubs selling real ale.
It is a bit of a trek to Burslem but there are no
pubs worthy of a visit in the vicinity of the
Britannia in my humble opinion. After the
requisite number of pints we got the 20 and 23
buses back from Burslem to the railway station
(allow 30 minutes for this journey) in time to get
the special buses to the Britannia laid on for
visiting fans. Note the Plus Bus ticket does not
cover you for the special buses from the railway
station. Can’t honestly say that I didn't come
within 30 yards of a Stoke fan either before,
during or after the match.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Much like most modern, out of town grounds.
Nothing memorable other than the fact it is on the
side of a hill and seems to be cold and very
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Pretty average if I am being honest. Leg room was
OK, view was good but the game was awful to watch
and not much atmosphere created by either set of
fans. Toilet facilities and concourse areas are
adequate but nothing to write home about. Didn’t
try the catering.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Excellent, buses were waiting in the car park
outside the away end after the match. They then
had a police escort back to the railway station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Highlight was definitely the beers before the
match. The police operation and buses used to
transfer visiting fans to/from the ground were
good. Other than that the day was pretty average.
I paid £30 this year for a match ticket. I refuse
to pay more than 30 squid for a footie match. If
Stoke increase their charges next year I will
happily give the Britannia Stadium a miss.