1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
I always enjoy a trip to West Brom. Nice
stadium, good team, and friendly supporters.
Plus, relatively cheap tickets.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Me and my mate got a train into Birmingham,
then walked through the city (stopping for
food at McDonalds) before getting on the metro
to The Hawthorns. The walk took about 10
minutes, but it would have been longer if a
fellow blue hadn’t of pointed us in the right
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We asked a couple of home fans where a good
pub was with a T.V (so we could watch Arsenal
destroy Spurs). We were told of an away
friendly pub, so we followed them there. We
got there to find that half of the furniture
was broken/damaged, and that there was one
tiny T.V. We left straight away. We then found
a pub called the Royal Oak, which was on the
main road. We managed to get a couple of
seats, and sat down with some drinks and
watched the match. There was a good mix if
home and away supporters, and plenty of
chanting. The bloke next to us had a lovely
mixed grill, which smelled heavenly! We then
headed to the ground, placing a cheeky bet en
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
We got to our seats just before kick off. Very
good seats too. The away end is good, with a
large concourse, and good views of the pitch.
The rest of the ground is really tidy. There
is a giant stand to your right, and a really
small stand to your left. This gives the
stadium a uniqueness that you don’t get at a
lot of modern day stadia (City, Arsenal
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself wasn’t a classic. They took an
early lead through Shane Long, but we
equalised just before half time through
Hazard. Spent the entire half time break
queuing up for a beer. They were serving all
sorts, but I stuck to Carlsberg (£3.20).
Just as we were exiting the concourse, we
heard a giant cheer. We polished off our
drinks, and ran up the stairs to see the West
Brom fans celebrating. Odemwingie had just put
them 2-1 up. For the rest of the game, we
dominated, with Sturridge missing chance after
chance. Stewards were laid back, and I saw no
trouble. We were stood for the full match, and
received no hassle for it. West Brom fans were
okay. Loud after their goals, but silent
throughout the rest of the match.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
We left the stadium, and took one of the most
long winded detours of my life. We had to walk
around the entire stadium, to avoid clashing
with home fans. This took at least 10 minutes.
Got to the station, and jumped aboard an
over-crowded metro train back to Birmingham
station. Had a quick drink, then got on the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I found it to be a great day out, definitely
one of the best this season. All pubs are away
friendly, and not overly pricey! West Brom are
a really good team and I wish them the best
for the rest of the season. Would love to get
them in the cup (away), but if not, I will
just have to wait until next season to come