Tamworth

The Lamb

Capacity: 4,065 (Seated 518)
Address: Kettlebrook, Tamworth, B77 1AA
Telephone: 01827 65798
Fax: 01827 62236
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Lambs
Year Ground Opened: 1934
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
The Shed Side
The Shed Side
Meadow Lane End
Meadow Lane End
Castle End
Castle End
Looking Towards The Meadow Lane End
Looking Towards The Meadow Lane End

From the outside the Lamb Ground looks uninspiring. However inside you appreciate that it is well maintained and that 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.

During the Summer of 2016 a new artificial 3G playing surface was installed at the Lamb Ground. Pleasing as part of this development, the pitch which used to have quite a pronounced slop running down the the Meadow Street End to the Castle End, has been largely levelled out. This should make for better games of football.

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). If there is no segregation then you can access the Club Catering which is located next to the Clubhouse. This has a similar offering plus a range of Pies (£2.50), plus Pie, Chips and Gravy (£4). 

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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Terrace
Adults £12
Over 65's £7
Under 18's £6
Under 16's £4
Under 5's Free*

Seating 

At the turnstiles inform the operator that you wish to sit in the Main Stand and he will charge you an additional £3 per Adult or £2 per Concession. 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

Nuneaton Town.

Record Attendance
4,920 v Atherstone Town
Birmingham Combination League 1948

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 826 (National League North)
2015-2016: 846 (National League North)
2014-2015: 801 (National League North)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Tamworth v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7.45pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Lamb Ground?
 
From my home in Leicester, Tamworth is one of the closest Blyth games these days for the Coventry Spartans. We'd turned the corner on Saturday after a dismal run and so hopes were high of a good away win. we also knew that we'd be seeing a contingent from the Cannock Spartans for the first time this year.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Up the A5 and following directions on this guide took us straight to the, very, reasonably priced club car park.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
A quick look in the club shop and a pin badge and we were straight into the club house for a pint. All the home fans we spoke to were very friendly if a little downbeat at their own teams current form.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Lamb Ground?
 
I have been to The Lamb twice before and never seen Blyth win there. The ground is a good non league ground. A neat stand and two decent covered terraces with a large open terrace at the club house end. Last time we were there the pitch was awful with a wicked slope. This has now been leveled out and state of the art 3G surface. This has led to a funny snooker cushion effect at one end.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy were good and cheap but again a lack of mint sauce ruined the scores. The 30+ Spartans made a lot more noise than the home boys but given their results that's not surprising. Blyth's goal led a charmed life with the woodwork saving us on four occasions but Blyth did play some superb attacking football on a great surface. I have to say after seeing football on Sutton Coldfield's awful 3G I was worried but a good 3G is clearly better than a mudbath. Robbie Dale sent us home happy with a perfect hat trick.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy, dropping off Coventry Spartans in Ullesthorpe and I was still home in under an hour.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
0-3 away under the lights... no better way of spending a cold Tuesday night in my book.

Tamworth v Brackley
National League North
Saturday 20th January 2018, 3pm
Mike Finister-Smith (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Lamb Ground?
 
My match at Halifax, who I support, was called off because of snow and Tamworth is close to where I live. I fancied a couple of beers and the ability to watch as a neutral supporter.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by train and as Tamworth is on the mainline to London Euston I suspect connections are easy. The Lamb ground is around 15 minutes walk away from Tamworth Railway Station. If you are driving there is quite a large car park at the ground itself.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I called in a Gin bar/pub called Hogarth's in the town centre which had good beer and also had the lunchtime football on. It was very friendly and worth trying out. I also had a drink at the club bar, and all of the fans were very friendly,
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Lamb Ground?
 
It's a bit worn out I suppose but I got a good view stood at the half way line. The burger and coffee were fine and the pitch is artificial so was in immaculate condition.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It looked like Brackley were going to cruise to victory but Tamworth scored out of the blue in the first half and grew in confidence. Brackley managed to get an equaliser in the second half and 1-1 was a fair result in my view.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A stroll back to the railway station and back home in half an hour.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable afternoon at a friendly club that is doing okay in the league that it is in, but will struggle against some wealthier clubs such as Salford City. It showed me the difference between the North and National Leagues and why Halifax are struggling following promotion last year.

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Updated 15th February 2018

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