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
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 hadnít
of pointed us in the right direction!
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
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 donít get at a lot of
modern day stadia (City, Arsenal etc..).
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself wasnít 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
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 train home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
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 back!