Birmingham City

St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Capacity: 29,409 (all seated)
Address: St Andrews Ground, Birmingham B9 4RL
Telephone: 0121 772 0101
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: 888 sport
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Royal Blue & White
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue

External View
External View
Spion Kop and Tilton Road End
Spion Kop and Tilton Road End
Gil Merrick and Main Stands
Gil Merrick and Main Stands
Main Stand and Tilton Road End
Main Stand and Tilton Road End
Gil Merrick Stand
Gil Merrick Stand

Apart from the Main Stand on one side, the rest of the ground is fairly modern. This Main Stand, which was opened in 1952, is two-tiered and runs along one side of the pitch and has a row of executive boxes running across its middle. This stand is the smallest at the stadium and is looking particularly tired amongst its more modern neighbours. This stand which is now known as the Garrison Lane Stand also houses the press area, television gantry and has the team dugouts located in front of it. The team dressing rooms are situated within the Gil Merrick Stand, which results in the teams entering the field of play from one corner of the stadium between this stand and the Garrison Lane Stand. Also in this corner is a large video screen.

The rest of the ground is quite smart looking. One large two-tiered tiered stand, incorporating the Tilton Road End and Spion Kop, completely surrounds half the pitch and replaced a former huge terrace. The new Tilton Road End was opened for the start of the 1994-95 season, with the new Spion Kop following in 1995. At the back of the Spion Kop Stand, which runs along one side of the pitch, are a row of executive boxes, as well as a central seated executive area which also incorporates the Directors 'box'. The other newish stand, the Gil Merrick Stand (previously known as the Railway End) was opened in February 1999. It is a large two tiered stand and is unusual in having quite a small top tier, which overhangs the larger lower area. Again there is a row of executive boxes in this stand, housed at the back of the lower section.

In June 2018 the ground was renamed the St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium, in a three-year corporate sponsorship deal. Trillion Trophy Asia are the Club's Far East owners.

Visiting Supporters Entrance SignAway supporters are housed on one side of the Gil Merrick Stand, which is located at one end of the stadium in the lower tier. The normal allocation is 3,000 tickets, but this can be increased to around 4,500 for cup games (when the whole of the lower tier is allocated). This stand is normally shared with home fans housed on the other side who are separated by plastic netting. Although for most of the 2016/17 season the upper tier of the Gil Merrick Stand has been closed, when it has been opened then this results in home fans being housed above the away support. The facilities and the view from this stand are pretty good. On the concourse, food includes Aa range of Pies; Chicken Balti, Steak and Kidney, Chicken & Mushroom, Meat and Potato (all £3). Cornish Pasties (£3), Cheese and Onion Pasties (£3), Sausage Rolls (£2), Cheeseburgers (£3.70) and Hot Dogs (£3.70). If a large away following is expected then an additional burger van is brought into onto the open area just up from the visitors turnstiles. Fans can normally also have a smoke there in this open area, but obviously not inside the stand.

John a visiting Burnley informs me; 'The beer inside the ground was drinkable and the Balti pies were delicious! On the downside, the seat I had been allocated was in Row 21 seat 002 which was right up against the wall. I've had more legroom on a package tour flight to the Canaries! What really annoyed me were a small section of the City fans who spent the entire game screaming abuse and gesturing to the away fans'. Jordan Cottrell a visiting Chelsea fan tells me; 'Away fans were searched by the stewards prior to entering the ground. I also noticed that any plastic bottles were being confiscated.' Alan Sexton a visiting West Ham supporter adds; 'The ground itself is three-quarters of the way to being a top class stadium but desperately needs a new Main Stand. If this is built, joining with the Tilton Road and Railway Stands then St Andrews will be one of the best if not the best ground in the Midlands. Atmosphere wise it was the best ground I have visited all season for sheer volume before and during the game. As for the concourses, they left little to be desired and were extremely crowded, the scrum to try and get a pie was not for the faint-hearted'.

It is worth bearing mind though, that a certain section of Birmingham fans are particularly passionate about their club and this can make for an intimidating atmosphere for away supporters. I would advise as a precaution to keep your club colours covered around the ground or in the city centre.'

There are not many pubs located near to St Andrews and what ones there are quite intimidating for away supporters and are not recommended. However, there is the Cricketers Arms which does tolerate away fans in small numbers. Simon a visiting Chelsea fan confirms; 'On our last visit to St Andrews, we managed to find a friendly pub within proximity of the ground. The pub is called The Cricketers Arms and is about 10 minutes walk, maybe less. To find the pub (with your back to the away section) walk along the road ahead of you going away from the ground (not the road going right up by the stadium, but the road going towards Morrisons). Walk through Morrisons car park heading towards the store then join the road next to it, which is called Green Lane. The pub is 30 seconds from there on the left. The pub itself is shared between home and away fans but all the Birmingham fans were very friendly. The pub is small but you can drink outside where there are beer tables'.

It is best to drink in the city centre and get a taxi to the ground (about £9). If you are walking to the ground from the city centre, then  you may care to stop at the Anchor Pub on Bradford Street, renowned for its range of real ales on offer. Although there are a number of Blues fans that frequent the pub they tend to be of the CAMRA bearded variety and therefore as long as you don't turn up mobbed handed, you should be okay. The pub is situated just behind Birmingham Coach Station. Going on further towards the ground then you are likely to pass the Old Crown, on Digbeth High Street, which apart from being Birmingham's oldest building, is also a pub which normally allows in away fans. Also in the same area is the DigBrew Company who are based on River Street (B5 5SA) and are open on Saturdays from 12noon. This brewery which is located in an old industrial unit has a bar inside and is welcoming to visiting supporters. Although basic inside, the beer (both real ale and craft) is good and the brewery is around a 15 minute walk away from the visitor's turnstiles (going in the general direction of the city centre)

If you coming by train, or decide to drink in the city centre beforehand, then if you like your real ale, then you can't do much better tha visiting the Wellington Pub on Bennetts Hill. With 16 real ales on tap, including 12 guest ales, this is somewhat of a mecca for real ale drinkers. To find this pub, then assuming that you are coming into New Street Station by train, then as you come onto the passenger concourse at the station, so straight up the escalators in front of you. At the top of the escalators turn left and then proceed towards the 'Foot Locker' outlet. Turn left at this store and then right and proceed down the ramp past McDonalds. At the bottom of the ramp turn left into New Street and walk along the pedestrian area. Bennetts Hill is the fourth turning on the right (there is a Barclays Bank is on the corner). The Wellington pub is about two thirds of the way up Bennetts Hill on the right hand side. Also on Bennetts Hill there is the 'Sun On The Hill' pub, which also shows televised sports and there is a Wetherspoons Pub called the Briar Rose, which normally admits visiting fans as long as no colours are shown. The Wellington does not provide food, but has no objections to you bringing in your own. There are a couple of taxi ranks nearby that you can use if you wish to get you to the St Andrews ground. You can get more info on the Wellington pub website, including a live 'beer board' showing which ales they are currently serving. Just outside the main entrance to Birmingham New Street Station, is the Shakespeare pub, which is also popular with visiting supporters (normally under the watchful eye of the local Constabulary). Frequented not only those on their way to St Andrews, but those on their way to the Hawthorns, as West Brom normally play their Saturday home games on the same day as Birmingham City.

Alcohol is normally made available to away fans inside the ground in the form of John Smith’s Bitter or Fosters Lager (£3.80 per pint), as well as Bottles of Bulmers Cider (£3.60) and Wine (£3.90). However for certain high profile fixtures the Club opts not to sell any.

Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38(M) (known locally as the Aston Expressway) for Birmingham City Centre. Continue past the first turn off (Aston, Waterlinks) and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road.

Turn left at the island at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry/Stratford. Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand side) turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Birmingham City's ground is about a 1/4 of a mile up this road on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road.

Car Parking

There is a small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end, but the availability of spaces for cars is determined by how many away coaches are expected as they park in the same car park, which may mean for certain games that there is no space available for cars at all. However just before you reach the ground then on the left there is an open air private car park which charges £5. However the main Coventry Road leading up to the ground and the away entrance is closed one hour before kick off and then for an hour (starting 15 minutes before the end of the game) afterwards, so you may want to park further away to avoid the long wait. There is plenty of street parking off the left hand side of the ring road. Either around the small park at the third roundabout that you cross (by Big John's) or along the road next to and behind the BP garage before the fourth roundabout. Bear in mind that if you arrive after 1.30pm these areas are likely to be already full. There are some local schools and firms that offer parking facilities for around £5.'There is also the option of renting a private driveway near St Andrews via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: B9 4RL

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The nearest station is Bordesley, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground, but is only served by trains from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street. Normally scheduled trains do not stop at Bordesley, so they don't show up on national timetables searches. The first train back after the match departs at 17:26 on Saturdays.

If you arrive at Birmingham New Street Station in the city centre, either walk to Moor Street station (ten minutes) take a taxi (about £9) or embark on the 25-30 minute walk to the ground, some of which is uphill.

Birmingham New Street Station has recently undergone some major refurbishment, so if you have not been for a while it will seem quite different, but for the better! As you come up off the platforms onto the main concourse follow the overhead signs towards Moor Street and Bullring. After passing through some glass doors you will come out onto the street and you will see a large Debenhams Store in front of you. Cross over the street towards Debenhams and then turn right. Go down to the end of the block and on the left you will see a doorway with a sign pointing downwards towards Bull Ring Markets. Enter the doorway and go down the stairs. At the bottom, turn left and proceed along the street with Debenhams now on your left. Pass the markets on your right and then St Martins Church on your left.  As you pass the Church you will reach the end of the pedestrianised area where you turn right into Moat Lane. Go down Moat Lane following it around to the left, passing a Chinese supermarket on your right. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Digbeth High Street (busy dual carriageway). Passing Birmingham Coach Station on your right, use the pedestrian crossing to cross over to the other side of the carriageway. Continue up the High Street Passing the Old Crown pub on your left (Birminghams oldest building and normally okay for away fans in small numbers). You will then reach a fork in the road where you want to bear left passing underneath a railway bridge. Continue straight down this road, crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over on one corner). The entrance to the away section is further up the road on your left.

Otherwise, you can take the number 60 bus from the city centre to the ground. The bus departs from bus stop MS4, which is located across the road from Moor Street Station (see Network West Midlands Birmingham City Centre Bus Stop map). It is a regular service running every ten minutes and takes around 15 minutes to reach the ground. Alternatively, the number 60 can also be caught outside Birmingham Coach Station. 

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Birmingham Coach Station is located just over a mile away from St Andrews and is about a 20 minute walk away. As you come out of the main entrance, turn right and proceed along Digbeth High Street. At the traffic lights cross over onto the other side and continue along Digbeth High Street. You will pass the Old Crown pub on your left and then the handily located Deritend Fish & Chip shop. At the top of the road, the road forks into two. Take the left hand fork onto Coventry Road. Pass underneath a railway bridge (where Bordesley Station is located) and past the Clements Arms (not recommended for away fans) on your left. Just continue straight down this road, crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over on one corner). The entrance to the away section is further up the road on your left. Otherwise, you can catch Bus No 60 from across the road to the main Coach Station Entrance which will take you up to the ground.

Like a number of Clubs, Birmingham City operate a match category policy (A, B C & D) whereby the ticket prices cost more for the most popular games.   

Home Fans*
Spion Kop Club Class: Adults £40 (B £35) (C £30) (D £25), Concessions £30 (B £25) (C £20) (D £15)
Spion Kop: Adults £32 (B £28) (C £25) (D £20), Senior Citizens/Students £20 (B £20) (C £20) (D £14), Under 18's £15 (B £15) (C £15) (D £7), Under 13's £10 (B £10) (C £10) (D £5)
Main Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £32 (B £28) (C £25) (D £20), Senior Citizens/Students £20 (B £20) (C £20) (D £14), Under 18's £15 (B £15) (C £15) (D £7), Under 13's £10 (B £10) (C £10) (D £5)
Spion Kop Corner: Adults £30 (B £27) (C £25) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £15) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £10) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Main Stand (Upper Wings): Adults £30 (B £27) (C £25) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £15) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £10) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Tilton Road Stand: Adults £30 (B £27) (C £20) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £15) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £10) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Gil Merrick Stand (Lower): Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Family Area (Lower Gil Merrick): Adults £27 (£B 24), (C £20) (D £16), Senior Citizens/Students £16 (B £14) (C £12) (D £10), Under 16's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 12's £11 (£6), Under 8's £5 (all categories)
Family Area (Main Stand Paddocks): Adults £27 (£B 24), (C £15) (D £16), Senior Citizens/Students £16 (B £14) (C £10) (D £10), Under 16's £13 (B £11) (C £10) (D £7), Under 13's £5 (all categories)

Away Fans

Gil Merrick Stand Lower Tier: Adults £30 (B £27) (C £20) (D £18) Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £15) (D £12) Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £10) (D £7) Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)

* Please note that fans who become Club Members can gain a discount on these ticket prices.

Official Programme £3
Made In Brum Fanzine £1.50

Birmingham City fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Record Attendance

66,844 v Everton FA Cup 5th Round, February 11th, 1939.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

29,588 v Arsenal Premier League, November 22nd, 2003.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 21,042 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 18,717 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 17,603 (Championship League)

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Birmingham City v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday 31st March 2018, 3pm
Richard Symonds (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews ground?
 
This was going to be a trip down memory lane, I spent the last three years of my education and the first six years of employment in Birmingham but I hadn't been to St Andrews for over 35 years, I used to go and watch Frank Worthington in his pomp.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We got the train to Birmingham Moor Street, the ground is visible on the way into the station and as it was raining then got a bus back out to St Andrews, several buses leave from Moor Street and go to Bordesley Circus which is a short walk to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a wander around the city centre which is now mostly pedestrianised, I was pleased to see that Edmund House (where I met my wife to be by the coffee machine on the first floor!) was still there as was the excellent "The Wellington" on Bennetts Hill, the starting point of many a Friday night out.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?
 
The ground not surprisingly has hanged enormously since I was last there, 3 stands have been completely rebuilt and it is now really quite smart and when the fans make some noise generates quite an atmosphere. We sat in the Kop Stand which I used to stand in when it resembled an enormous dilapidated barn. The weather was a bit wet and despite being under the roof you really want to be in about row 14 or further back to keep dry.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a bit lacking in skill and was decided by a dubious first-half penalty in favour of Birmingham. Overall they were just about worth the three points.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away after the game was fine, we walked back to Moor Street station with plenty of time for our return train.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A bit of a blast from the past, the ground is improved beyond recognition, mustn't leave it another 35 years!

Birmingham City v Millwall
Championship League
Saturday 17th February 2018, 3pm
Brian Moore (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?
 
Millwall on a roll and as I live in Birmingham it meant I could have a nice lie in for an away game!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy for me as on the train line which goes to Bordesley, an easy (uphill) stroll to the ground. Now much easier as pedestrian traffic light crossings have installed on the dual carriageway!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I met some fellow supporters from various places in the city centre and headed off to the pub except it was clear many were not opening early due to the fact two sets of always fans in Town ( Southampton at West Brom in the reserve team FA Cup!). Knowing the area we wandered over to the Jewellery Quarter, where the Lord Clifden pub is recommend for good food and drink, although no football colours are allowed.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?
 
I have always liked the mishmash of old and new at St Andrews. It still has the feel of a proper stadium. The away end fine, views good, leg room average but everyone stands so no problem?
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a really poor game. Millwall were well below recent performances whilst Birmingham just weren't good enough to exploit that. A good late winner for Millwall.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy stroll downhill to Bordesley and had let the first trains go before boarding on at about 5.20 with ten other people. Back in Town all the pubs were open so a few more beers before everyone got their trains home whilst I faced a five minute walk!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A decent day with a good result from a 75% performance.

Birmingham City v Leeds United
Championship League
Saturday 30th December 2017, 3pm
Phillip Bell (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews ground?
 
As the Mighty Whites were on the march up the Championship and Brum were rock bottom, it should have been a foregone conclusion......should have been!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Our branch of the LUSC took a coach plus an 18 seater minibus. As usual for our visits to the West Midlands we booked into a pub in Tamworth pre match. The journey was relatively uneventful.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight into St Andrews on arrival but, sadly, no alcohol was on sale inside the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?
 
Disappointing to be honest as the lack on home fans made for a poor atmosphere. As usual the travelling Mighty Whites sold out our allocation.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As mentioned the lack of passionate home support led to a poor atmosphere and with Leeds losing it meant that we weren't much better!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Police convoy so there was no problem.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Good day out with mates sadly spoiled by the footie!

Birmingham City v Preston North End
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th September 2017, 3pm
Bob Davis (Preston North End fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Stadium?
 
Now that my lad Louis has got the away travel bug we decided to make the trip to St Andrews along with his mate Oscar so that he could tick off another ground visited.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We travelled by train as it's served by the West Coast mainline and a relatively short jaunt down to Birmingham New Street. Thanks to this website we took advantage of the short train journey (two minutes) from Birmingham Moor Street station to Bordesley station that runs on match days for an hour or so either side of kick time and saves the usual 35 min slog some of which is uphill to the ground that I have done on previous visits. This matchday 'shortcut' seems to be little known and the trains were pretty quiet both ways and allow for an extra half hour either side of kick off in the city centre if that like us is your thing.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Being with a couple of 15 year olds meant that options for pubs are limited in the town centre with both the Shakespeare and Sun on the Hill pubs refusing entry as they were under 18 so we ventured to the Briar Rose pub which is a Wetherspoons pub with reasonably priced standard fair and a few guest ales if you are of that persuasion. Bit of a good hearted sing off between the Preston and some West Ham fans that were en-route to West Bromwich Albion, thankfully without any incident and after a couple of pints the lads grabbed a McDonalds and we ventured to Moor Street Station for the train to the St Andrews ground which is about a ten minute walk, mainly uphill it needs to be noted. One tip being that if you arrive at New Street and intend to have a drink/eat in the city centre the nearest exits are at the Platform 1 end of the station.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?
 
Having been to St Andrews before it still remains a missed opportunity to me with three sides of the ground decent and one old Main Stand looking tired and letting the ground down. Surprised that a club the size of Birmingham has not addressed this to be honest as they could easily have a 40 thousand capacity ground to fill if they ever got back into the Premiership League. The away end was okay with decent views of the action from all the seats.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
With Birmingham being on a losing streak despite manager Harry Redknapp signing 14 players since he arrived in May the home crowd seemed pretty nervous and quiet until they broke the deadlock on 35 minutes to go in 1-0 up at half time. In fairness to the 1,700 travelling Preston fans they never gave up on the team and made most of the noise in the ground and got their reward when in a superb eleven minute spell when they totally dismantled the Blues smashing in three well taken goals to leave the Birmingham faithful and Harry Redknapp shell-shocked with many of the home support leaving well before the end of the match. The facilities under the stand were pretty dated and the usual food and drink fayre on offer at standard football ground prices. The stewards were pretty friendly allowing people to sit anywhere they wanted and only got a bit excited during the 3 goal salvo when they decided to throw a few fans out for perhaps overdoing the celebrations. The also had to deal with a group of young fans who decided to let off a couple of yellow smoke bombs under the stand. Strange given that we were playing in our home colours of White and Blue today.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a pretty straightforward walk back down the hill for the short journey from Bordesley station to Moor Street for a quick pint, provisions for the train from the Tesco Extra on New Street and then back onto the train for the journey back north.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Good day out with the bonus of three points in the bag but was shocked to hear on the train home that Harry Redknapp had been sacked after just 8 games and after the Blues had allowed him to sign 14 new players .... further evidence if needed that football really has gone mad!

Birmingham City v Newcastle United
FA Cup Third Round
Saturday 7th January 2017, 3pm
Tom Lynch (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?

This was my first visit to St Andrews, so it was a case of chalking another away ground off the list!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled down on a supporters' coach. It was fine. The away coaches park up right beside the away turnstiles.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I walked about 15 minutes to a pub called the Old Crown, which is towards, but not in the city centre. An old Tudor building, nice beers, and light meals. Toasted sandwiches, chips, soup. No problems getting in, and a mix of home and away fans as well as non match goers. I'd recommend it. There was no problem with the Birmingham fans we encountered.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?

St Andrews is fine. Aside from one old stand on one side, it is modern, but retains a traditional feel to it.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a pretty dour 1-1. After getting an early lead, it became a frustrating affair and after Birmingham's equaliser, the game descended into a dull stalemate. The atmosphere was disappointing. The attendance was under 14,000. 4,600 of which were Newcastle fans. The old Main Stand was empty, apart from club officials and the remainder of the Birmingham fans were spread out sporadically and were very very quiet. I can't comment on the food, but the stewards and the Police at the ground were fine.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Our coaches were given a Police escort and treated us to a tour round half of Birmingham. Once we were in the motorway, we made good progress, and it was actually quicker coming back than going down. Being early January though, it was very dark coming back!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Not bad. I would visit St Andrews again. Although this was my first visit to the ground, I've been to Birmingham on numerous occasions. It's an ugly mess, but strangely enjoyable.

Birmingham City v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 3pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?

This would be the first time I have visited St Andrews and so I was really looking forward to the match.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey took about two and a half hours by car mainly because of congestion on the Motorways and it being the build up to Christmas. I took the M1 South, then M42/M6 then the A38(M) into Birmingham. The directions to the ground were well signposted and therefore I didn't have any problems. I drove past St Andrews on my left and managed to park on the road by Morrison's supermarket, which was about a five minute walk to the ground. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I just nipped into the Cricketers Arms pub which is next to Morrisons but it was full of Home fans and I was on my own so I didn't stay for a drink. Instead, I headed for the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

The Barnsley fans were given whole of the Gil Merrick Stand behind one of the goals, and with unreserved seating. I believe there were about 1,000 away fans so we were spread out in the Stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

On approaching the turnstiles I was frisked by the Stewards who were friendly and sociable. The facilities inside the ground were very good and clean. I was very impressed with the stadium itself, and although the view was good I stood up for the whole of the game because the majority of our fans would not sit down, and the Stewards didn't intervene. However, it didn't stop me from enjoying the game. It was very entertaining from the kick off. Barnsley went 1-0 up midway through the first half even though Birmingham probably had the better chances. In the second half Barnsley continued to attack and added another two goals, probably due to the fact that Birmingham had a player sent off for a bad tackle. The game ended 3-0 to Barnsley. I did think the home fans were subdued right from the kick-off, but it did not prevent the Barnsley fans from creating their own atmosphere.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game I decided to head back to Morrisons and have a bite to eat. The liver with bacon, potatoes, onions and veg, followed by apple pie went down a treat. It gave me time to let all the traffic go and give me a better chance in getting away. I set off back home about 6pm and the journey back took about two hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had a brilliant day out. It was trouble free. I would definitely go back to St Andrews.

Birmingham City v Norwich City
Football Championship League
Saturday 27th August 2016, 3pm
William Horwood (Norwich City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews ground?

This was my third trip to St Andrews, but my first for ten years, so I was looking forward to going back. It was early in the season and we were unbeaten, so optimism was running high before the match.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled by train from London with my brother. I had been before and used to live in Birmingham, so I knew my way to the ground. It is clearly visible from the centre of Birmingham and therefore quite easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We headed to the White Swan pub in Digbeth pre-match. This was mostly populated by home fans in colours, but there was no bother as neither of us were wearing colours (I'm not sure I'd go to this particular pub in away colours, but that' s based on the fact that it looked like a home pub rather than any "atmosphere" - the bar staff and punters were friendly enough).

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

The small old main stand along one side continues to survive (I understand that listed buildings behind it prevent it from being extended), but St Andrews on the whole is a good ground.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It's possible to generate a pretty good atmosphere from the away end. The stewarding was hands-off and they had no problem with us standing for the whole match. My only complaint is the fact that we had to queue for the whole of half-time to try and buy a pie and a pint, but even after 15 minutes we hadn't got to the front of the queue so we gave up. The game was awful from our perspective - we carried very little threat up front and Birmingham eased to a 3-0 win courtesy of some accommodating defending on our part.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problem getting away, although our train home only had two carriages and so was jam-packed.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out, shame about the performance and result.

Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 20th August 2016, 3pm
Matty Allen (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St Andrews?

I always a love a trip to St Andrews as it's a local derby. Also, we had made a decent start to the season under our new boss Walter Zenga so I was looking forward to hopefully another victory!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I live in Penn, Wolverhampton, so got a taxi into Wolverhampton City Centre to meet some mates. We went for a few drinks and something to eat before bouncing on the train from Wolves to Birmingham New Street (it took 20 minutes or so), arriving in Brum at about 11.15ish.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As soon as we stepped off the train at New Street (along with around 30 other Wolves fans) there were quite a few coppers about, as this fixture has history of disorder at both St Andrews and Molineux. The Bull Ring Shopping Centre is situated above New Street station so there were plenty of shoppers and tourists walking about wondering what was going on. Despite being only 6 of us in our group, we received a Police escort from New Street Station to the nearby Trocadero pub, which is located just off New Street itself, which was full of Wolves fans. A few lads were kicked out and arrested, as police riot vans were outside the pub. We decided to leave the Trocadero and head for the Chinese Quarter on the other side of town, as many Wolves fans were gathering at the Dragon Inn, a Wetherspoons pub next door to the Arcadian Centre. We arrived there around 1:30pm, but the pub stopped serving beer around ten minutes after our arrival. There were Police vans sitting opposite the pub readying to give us an escort to the ground. There was around 200 Wolves in the Dragon Inn, and our Police Escort left the pub at 2pm. St Andrews is a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre, yet the Police only allowed us to move at snails pace through the back streets and old trading estates of Deritend. We were stopped and 'kettled' a couple of times too, as Police checked the route ahead was clear.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

After what must be the longest Police escort through Deritend and Digbeth ever, we only first saw the ground at 3:05pm as we marched under the railway bridge and up Coventry Road. We got into St Andrews at 3:10pm. Many thanks to West Midlands Police force for their usual incompetence and making 200-300 Wolves fans miss the first 10-15 mins of the match!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Despite missing the first 10 mins of the game, the atmosphere inside the St Andrews ground was good. Our fans were loud as usual and even the Blues fans turned up and made a decent noise. Ten minuntes after getting to our seat, Blues debutante Che Adams scored to put them 1-0 up, and it was deserved as we looked half soaked. As the half wore on (or what was left of it), we grew into it and both Bodvarsson and Mason missed decent chances to pull us level. After half-time, Wolves came out the second half a totally different side, full of energy and enthusiasm. Just 90 seconds or so into the half, the usually flattering to deceive Joe Mason produced a moment of magic to bend in a screamer across Blues Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and level proceedings to send the away end wild. That goal had Blues on the ropes, and we should've been 2 or 3-1 up before we did actually score our second in the 61st minute. A corner into the box was headed goalwards by Bodvarsson, and after Kuszczak made a good reflex save, captain fantastic Bath was on hand to smash home from close range. Scenes! For the whole of the half we were totally dominant and should've been out of site, but that's Wolves for you. After a 10 minute long fire drill in the home end, a third finally came one minute from time when the 'Ice Man' Bodvarsson coolly finished across the keeper to wrap up a deserved three points for the Wanderers in the local derby.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The Wolves fans stayed behind for five minutes or so after the full time whistle to show their appreciation to the manager and team, by that time the home end was empty. There was no trouble as the Wolves fans headed out onto the Coventry Road. As we walked down the hill to Bordesley Railway Station, there was a bit of trouble under the railway tunnel, but we just ignored it and headed onto the platform and caught the next train back into the city centre (because we're lazy!). The train terminated at Moor Street Station (next to the Bull Ring and Selfridges), and we then walked down the big tunnel (St Martins Queensway) back to New Street Station. We didn't witness any trouble in the city centre, and there was a fairly big Police presence around. We got on the next train from New Street and arrived back in Wolverhampton around 6:30pm. We headed back to the Billy Wright pub to meet some other lads and enjoy a few beers!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Always love an away day at Blues, I was surprised that the Police allowed a 3pm kick off after problems at previous fixtures. But no complaints, great day out and roll on the rest of the season!

Birmingham City v Oxford United
Football League Cup First Round
Tuesday 9th August 2016, 7.45pm
Chris Carpenter (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?

I was really looking forward to the game my first game of the season, a new ground and the league cup has been a good competition for Oxford over the years.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As it was a midweek game and everyone had work the easiest way for us to get there was driving. it's a easy ride from Oxford directly up the M40 and with the help of Google maps a traffic free route round the back streets of Brum right to the ground. We found a car park just up from the ground on Cattell Road at some random church, cost a fiver.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Thought we might struggle to find a local pub but we found a decent proper back street local, called the Cricketers. Said home fans only on the front door but there was a good mix of home and away fans and served a good pint with no trouble. From there was a easy walk across Morrison's car park to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Ground?

I was quite impressed with the ground looks modern but not really having the cheap warehouse look of a lot of newer grounds. The away end was easily found and with a proper search by the stewards we were in. Inside there was plenty of room with a big wide concourse.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Even though it was August it was a rather chilly evening. My shirt and shorts wasn't the best idea! From the beginning you could tell goals would hard to come by and it was going to go all the way. In the end Oxford scored the winner in the 120th minute. I enjoyed a chicken balti pie which was okay, quite hot with the pasty on the bottom bit soggy. Have to say they served a decent pint too.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As it wasn't the biggest crowd got away easy with very little traffic with a stop at MacDonald made it home in an hour and a bit still a late night.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was another very enjoyable evening in the League Cup with a brilliant result at the end of it. I would definitely recommend a visit to St Andrews to anyone.

Birmingham City v Middlesbrough
Football Championship League
Friday 29th April 2016, 7.45pm
Matt Sandford (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?

I was looking forward to the game as the Boro could have all but confirmed promotion with a win, added to the fact Birmingham had allocated almost 5,000 which of course we snapped up!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Got the train down with the lads, journey was long but we had a good sing song and more importantly a good drink! We got the number 17 bus which is about ten minutes walk from New Street Station and takes you right outside the away end. Birmingham is a huge busy vibrant city.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to a Wetherspoons pub called the Square Peg in the City Centre which welcome away fans and is five minutes from the Station, expensive but worth the money for the modern pub.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

St Andrews looks nice from the outside. Entering through a gate surrounded by angry looking Brummies isn't great but nothing kicked off and they all turned out to be fine. I got the usual search and entered the turnstile, the concourse was dull but very spacious considering how many of us there were. The away end view is very good and the ground is pretty good, let down by a small Main Stand to the left of us but the other three stands worthy of a lower Premier League club.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a cracker for the neutral, disappointing if you're a Boro fan like me. It ended 2-2 after a cracker by Brum and then a howler from their keeper to let us pull it back to 1-1, we went 2-1 up midway through the second half, they scored another cracker to make it 2-2 an we scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside but the less said about that the better. The atmosphere was pretty good. I'd heard about a new fan group starting for atmosphere by the Birmingham fans, I struggled to see where it was at first but I realised there was only one block standing opposite us and figured that was it. They were visually impressive, jumping and bouncing, unfortunately I couldn't hear them being so far away. Other than that the home fans were very average, a group of about 40 in the corner to our right hounded us the whole game, and we exchanged some funny banter with them (wasn't so funny when they scored and we had a goal ruled out for offside but hey that's football). Our away fans were very loud in patches, but being such an important game we were all engrossed in the footballing entertainment for large parts, but overall we outsang the home fans (as we always do). Stewards were friendly, pies were expensive but nice and the facilities were good (can't comment on leg room or seats as I never actually sat down).

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I stayed in a hotel in Birmingham, which we caught the bus too, traffic was slow and we had a laugh with a few Birmingham fans on the way.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day and night out, would love to do it again but hopefully not for a while unless they get promoted, because we are Premier League!

Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday
Football Championship League
Saturday 6th February 2016, 3pm
James Wilkinson (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?    

I had never visited St Andrews before, so I was excited to be visiting a new ground. Plus Wednesday were on a good run of form and were sitting in a play off place, with Birmingham just outside the play offs, so it was going to be an interesting game. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled by car from Sheffield. The journey took around two hours and the ground was easy to find, off the M6 then A38(M). Although at one point I misheard the SatNav and ended going in towards the city centre, but the SatNav quickly re-directed us back. Traffic was quite heavy going into Birmingham, but with Aston Villa also playing at home, that wouldn't have helped. There was an open air private car park right next to the entrance to the away end, on Coventry Road and we parked in there. It cost £5.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

After reading on this website, that there is little around the ground for away fans to get a drink, we decided instead to head for McDonalds, just down from the ground for something to eat. As you would expect on a matchday it was very busy. There were Birmingham and Wednesday fans in there, but there were no problems.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?  

St Andrews is a nice ground, plenty of room at the entrance for large crowds and equally on the concourses. Wednesday had a good following at this game and the facilities were ample. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

From a Wednesday fans point of view it was fantastic. After going a goal down just before half time and losing two players through injury, then to come back with two goals in three minutes to win the game, was brilliant. The atmosphere in the away end after our two goals was superb. The home crowd seemed rather subdued and I didn't find them as intimidating as I thought they might be. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Both sets of fans mingled outside the away end entrance/exit, but there were plenty of Police on hand and there was no trouble. We had to wait in the car park for 10-15 minutes to allow the crowds to disperse and the away coaches to exit, before making our way back to the motorway. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very enjoyable first trip to Birmingham and a great result. I would visit again. 

Birmingham City v MK Dons
Football League Championship    
Monday 28th December 2015, 3pm
David Drysdale (MK Dons fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St Andrews?

I'd previously been as a neutral to St Andrews many years ago but this was my first opportunity to visit as an away supporter.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

No problems whatsoever. We decided to drive, and found a very convenient privately run car park (£5 charge) less than a few minutes walk from the stadium close to the away entrances. The ground is sign-posted on the major roads into Birmingham.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a couple of burgers from a van outside the stadium before heading in. Our only complaint - the service before and during the game inside the away end was AWFUL - the worst I've experienced as an away fan. Considering there were several hundred away supporters in the away end, there was only two tills open serving everyone. I queued for 40 minutes before the game just to buy a beer, and missed the start of the second half with the same problem. Ordered a hot chocolate which was just brown water with no flavour. Really, really poor. Birmingham City's customer service reps didn't seem too bothered.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

St Andrews is a fairly imposing ground, decent enough for a good level of football. In the away end itself, we had no issues with and had a good view of the action. My only negative as mentioned previously was the extremely poor service in the bar/food area, with extremely long queues!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Despite holding our own for much of the game and soaking up much of the pressure, Birmingham finally made a breakthrough and won the game 1-0. Not the best game of football, but we struggled all season. Atmosphere was good, both sets of fans in good voice for much of the game, no issues with stewards. Again, service in the away end was atrocious and long, with sub-par food and drink for a football ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very quick walk back to the car nearby, but a long-ish wait to get out with all of the traffic. Overall, no different to most other car parking arrangements at other football grounds. The car park was very convenient.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An enjoyable day out, spoilt slightly by the poor service for away fans. As a ground though, it's pretty standard fayre for the Championship League. No issues aside from those mentioned, would return in the future if we ever win promotion again.

Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Football League Championship
Saturday 31st October 2015, 12:30pm
Joe Stanley (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St Andrews?

Having visited St Andrews numerous times before as an away supporter, I can safely say that Blues is always an enjoyable away day regardless of the result. Geographically, Blues were our only local rivalry during this league campaign, so effectively bragging rights were at stake! I wasn't feeling too confident however going into the game as Wolves had lost the previous three whilst Blues were on a decent run of form. Strangely enough, the fixture fell on Halloween, which marked the one year anniversary of Blues manager Gary Rowett, whose first game, in fact, was against Wolves twelve months earlier.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I live in Worcester, so therefore my brother and I decided to hop on the train (with a crate of beers) from Worcester Foregate Street, taking the direct line straight into Bordesley, passing through Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street on the way. This journey was extremely easy and efficient.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Our train arrived into Bordesley at approximately 11:30am, and because this fixture was a 12:30pm kick off (Thanks to Sky Sports), we didn't have much time beforehand to explore the pubs within Birmingham City Centre; so, therefore, we headed straight to the ground and had a few beers inside on the concourse. This fixture does have a history of crowd trouble, and although there was a large Police presence in and around the stadium, I never witnessed any bother.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Andrews?

As mentioned earlier in my review, I had visited St Andrews previously, so unless there was a stadium re-development that I was unaware of, then I had a good idea of what to expect. On the whole, the ground isn't too bad. They could do with possibly reconstructing the Main Stand, however, as this looked out of place in comparison to the other three stands. The view from the away end is great!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

A very 'professional' performance from Wolves saw them take all three points in the West Midlands derby. Goals from David Edwards and Sheyi Ojo were enough to earn Wolves the win. There wasn't a lot between both sides if I am honest; Kenny Jackett set up a side to sit back and counter Birmingham, utilising the pace of Nathan Byrne and Benik Afobe on the break which worked to great effect throughout the game. David Edwards' goal came just after 11 minutes when a mistake by Blues captain Paul Robinson lead to a scramble in the penalty box, in which the ball eventually fell to Edwards who with his weaker foot, side-footed it into the bottom right hand corner in front of the travelling army of 2,500 Wolves supporters, sending them into absolute raptures. Sheyi Ojo's goal came late on, when a short corner from James Henry was played to Ojo who cut in with his left foot and placed it superbly into the bottom left hand corner in front of the Tilton End to wrap the game up for Wolves with just five minutes remaining. Shortly after Ojo's goal, hundreds of Blues fans headed to the exits to the chant of 'is there a fire drill?' being sung by the Wolves fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No issues walking back to Bordesley train station, although I was surprised that the Police on duty allowed both sets of supporters to merge when walking through Coventry Road. I was half expecting the Wolves fans to be 'kettled' to allow the home supporters to disperse.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A memorable away day at St Andrews. Fantastic day, result and night!

Birmingham City v Reading
Championship League
Saturday 8th August 2015, 3pm
James Baxter (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting St Andrews?

I was looking forward to it because I only spend 3 or 4 weeks in England every year and these are in summer. If they overlap with the start of the football season, I’m delighted. Blues v Reading was perhaps one of the more low-key opening-day fixtures in the Championship League, but, with two new(ish) managers looking to improve their teams’ prospects, it didn’t lack interest. Also, there was a definite sense of Blues fans beginning to feel at one with their club again – a factor that can turn St Andrews into one of England’s most atmospheric grounds.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

It was easy because we were staying in Shropshire, not far from Stafford. From Stafford Ralway Station there are frequent trains to Birmingham New Street, taking only 35 minutes or so. St Andrews is walkable from New Street (there’s a good view of it from the nearby Bull Ring, which gives an idea of the distance), but it’s a tedious, deceptively uphill slog through the unappealing districts of Digbeth and Bordesley. I’d recommend taking the bus there (58 and 60, among others, will get you there in less than 10 minutes) and walking back.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We went to the very gentile Edwardian tea-rooms in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a good option if you’re not intending to drink alcohol or are with the family. There were a few Blues fans in there as well. As for pubs, I’d stick with those in the centre. The ones on the way from the centre to the ground don’t look like viable options for away fans. The Royal George, near the Tilton Road End turnstiles, was packed with Blues fans, and might be fun for neutrals, but I don’t think I’d venture in there in away colours.

The Edwardian Tea Rooms

Edwardian Tea Rooms Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

What you thought on seeing St Andrews, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?  

The approach to St Andrews from the city-centre is uphill – you’re still going up as you walk alongside the Kop Stand. This means that the far end – the Tilton Road End - is built into the hill, with its turnstiles almost at roof-level. Overall, the ground doesn’t overwhelm from outside, but there are nice touches, like the blue-painted fences and gateways around the Kop car-park. They’ve even planted a couple of hedges and shrubs – a rare rural touch in this most inner-city of places. Inside, the three modern stands offer first-rate facilities. The older Main Stand does look out of place, but I don’t mind one reminder of St Andrews as it was when I first starting watching football.

Spion Kop Car Park

Spion Kop Car Park

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

It was an exciting game, with Reading dominating until the 40th minute and from the 55th. Crucially, Blues scored in the 41st and 47th minutes and, despite conceding in the 58th managed to hold Reading off. The visitors might have been awarded an equaliser following a shot that hit the underside of the bar and may well have bounced down over the line, and missed a penalty in the last seconds of injury-time. The atmosphere was decent. Blues fans have a couple of cracking anthems and didn’t resort to ‘S**t on the Villa’ as much as I’d feared. The stewards were very good – at least in the Kop Stand.

Tilton Road Stand

Tilton Road Stand

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was a discreet police escort for Reading fans walking back to the city-centre. The home-fans were in good humour following their team’s late let-off. The police are helpful on the walk back, as they stop traffic at crossing-points etc.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a fine day out. A city with plenty to do, ‘proper’ ground, ‘proper’ fans, and a good game too!


Birmingham City v Leicester City
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 1st August 2015, 3pm
Joe (Neutral supporter)

Why you were looking forward to going to St Andrews?

I was looking forward to going to St Andrews because I enjoy visiting different football stadiums. I knew St Andrews was a historical ground and had been reading about the history of it and therefore heard that in recent years the stadium had undergone some major redevelopment so I was interested in how St Andrews had been rebuilt. I had also heard that St Andrews is a good ground to go and watch a local derby, so therefore I was looking forward to see how Birmingham City fans were with the Leicester City fans. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I got the train from Coventry Station to Birmingham New Street and this was quick and efficient for me. From New Street I spent around 25-30 minutes walking up to St Andrews. The stadium was well sign posted and was easy to find. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

There was a Morrisons Supermarket just outside of the stadium in a small retail park, so I went into Morrisons and purchased a drink and a snack. There was also a cash back option available when paying by debit card which was convenient as I did not have any cash on me to purchase my ticket and I was in desperate need of finding a cash point. I then walked to the ground and queued up to pay on the turnstile. The stewards were very friendly and welcomed us into the ground. They did search my bag however and then I made my way into the ground. I sat in the Kop Stand alongside the Birmingham City fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

Walking up to the stadium I was impressed with the size of each of the stands. There were catering facilities outside of the ground as well as inside and the food did look absolutely delicious. The first thing that I noticed however when walking up to the stadium was the large number of Leicester City fans who had made the trip to St Andrews. All of the stands were fairly full considering it was only a pre-season friendly and I was very happy with how close we were to the pitch. Being a Coventry City fan I am used to a large track around the outside of the pitch and therefore being further away from the action. However this was not a problem at St Andrews and I did rather enjoy the Stadium and the build up to the game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was fantastic. Both teams started brightly with some good football and lots of energy to both teams attacks. There was a lot of chanting between the two sets of fans which just made the atmosphere even better. Birmingham took the lead through a fantastic David Cotterill free kick which went in off the crossbar. Shortly after, young English winger Demarai Gray made a run down the left wing and then cut inside the box to curl the ball into the far top corner which was an a phenomenal goal. Birmingham lead 2-0 at half term however we knew this wouldn't be the end of it. Early in the second half German defender Robert Huth tapped in at the far post, to pull one back for Leicester. Shortly after a Mahrez free kick came off the post and the Foxes reacted first and midfielder Danny Drinkwater tapped in a rebound which goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was unlucky not to save. Now Leicester seemed to have control over their Championship opposition. The visitors completed their second half turn around when Okazaki headed in unmarked at the near post. 3-2 to Leicester City. Criticisms I did have of the the ground was that the seat was fairly uncomfortable as the plastic was very thin and also there was very little leg room. However I am fairly tall.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I left the ground after the whistle and had no problems getting away. I got back to Birmingham New Street Station after around 20 minutes walking due to the fact I knew the route this time around.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I did thoroughly enjoy the day at St Andrews and I will be returning in the near future once again and hopefully it will be a rivalry between Birmingham and Coventry this time! St Andrews is a fantastic venue for watching football and I would definitely recommend visiting the Stadium as it is one of my favourite stadiums now I have visited.

Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 11th April 2015, 3pm
Aimee Henry (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to St Andrews?
It would be my first trip to St. Andrews, it’s a ground with a reputation of being unwelcoming, shall we say, towards visiting fans. Especially, in our case, if you happen to be a rival of the Blues. My dad has some really horror stories about previous visits, including having a sink basin thrown at him. “They’d nicked the taps though”, he tells me. Aside from being a derby, Wolves had gatecrashed the top places in the League on Bank Holiday Monday with an extraordinary 4-3 win over Leeds at Molineux, and the game offered a chance to add weight to our claims of being a Play-Off candidate. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Purely for safety reasons, we decided to use the club’s official travel. I’d suggest that’s the best way to get in and out of St. Andrews, as there is a coach park right outside the away end, so you shouldn’t really have to venture amongst the home fans. We had a police escort in, and aside from a few home fans making gestures (I think they were holding up fingers to indicate their IQ), it was a trouble free journey. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We went straight into the ground, so didn’t really have any interaction with the Blues fans. They were serving fairly priced booze inside the ground, as well as some lovely Balti Pies! 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
On the exterior, St Andrews looks good, all four stands are different. The away end is nice, and separate from the other stands. Our seats were right in the corner, which meant we were next to the tunnel where the Wolves players came in and out to warm up. 

The Home End

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Like many local derbies, there was real tension in the game, and that filtered down to the players. Both Blues and Wolves really struggled to get the ball down and play, the early stages were punctuated by weak long range efforts, mistimed passes and niggly fouls. Wolves did take the lead after about 20 minutes though. Nouha Dicko showed great persistence down the right, holding off at least three challenges, before sliding the ball across the penalty area. If you asked all of the 4,000 travelling fans who they’d want that ball to fall to, they’d all say Benik Afobe, the January signing who looks an asbolute steal at £2m. Indeed it was Afobe who latched onto Dicko’s pass, and calmly gave the away side the lead.

Sadly the lead didn’t last long. A Birmingham corner caused a scramble in the 6-yard box, and despite both Richard Stearman and Kev McDonald clearing efforts off the line, eventually Blues’ Rob Kiernan was able to bundle the ball over the line to equalise. The first half continued to be scrappy, James Henry’s long range effort the closest Wolves came to regaining the lead, whilst at the other end, Carl Ikeme twice had to get down well to make saves to deny David Cotterill. 
Blues grabbed the lead not long into the second half. A Wolves corner was cleared to Demarai Gray, Blues’ tricky, pacy winger. He broke downfield, but seemed to lose the ball to Scott Golbourne. However, Golbourne inexplicably tried to play the ball back inside, and Gray took it off his toes, before racing through to beat Ikeme. It was a horrible goal to concede, not only because 30 seconds previous we had an attacking position of our own, but because Golbourne is such a reliable player. 

I was expecting an onslaught from Wolves, as a defeat would be really damaging to our Play-Off hopes. However, it never really came. Bakary Sako danced past Paul Caddis on several occasions, but his final ball was poor, and right at the death, McDonald’s effort was wayward, having been set up superbly by marauding full back Dominic Iorfa. The Final whistle sounded to cheers from the home stands, and a general groan of disappointment from the travelling Wolves fans. 

Main Stand

The atmosphere seemed a little flat to me. Despite it being a local derby, there were plenty of empty seats in all three Birmingham stands, and the expected animosity seemed half-hearted. The stewards did their job effectively, although they kept congregating at the front of the stand, as though something was about to happen. It didn’t look like it was to me. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The concourse was pretty crowded, as everyone wanted to leave at the same time. It meant the inevitable shuffle to the exit, which meant there was time for someone from the staircase above to drop a pint of beer over me. For us it was a case of straight back onto the coach. We were kept in the coach park for a while, so many of the home supporters had left by the time we drove out into Birmingham. Sadly, for the fans who decided to walk back into the City centre, there are reports of trouble involving both sets of supporters. I’m not going to comment on what did/didn’t happen, as I wasn’t involved, but it’s sad to hear of violence at football. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A disappointing defeat, coupled with a pretty poor performance. It undid a lot of the hard work of recent games, as we found out after the final whistle that we had inevitably dropped out of the top six. St. Andrews is a decent ground, but the problems the club has had recently seems to have crept into the stands, as the atmosphere didn’t quite live up to the reputation. Obviously the trouble which flared up after the game was unnecessary and a pretty poor show from both sides, but sadly it seemed inevitable, going on recent years.

Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 3pm
Lee Jones (West Brom fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

A local derby in the FA Cup is always exciting but the general demand for tickets from Baggies fans for this cup tie, had been overwhelming. We sold our initial allocation in a few hours and were then given extra to take the total allocation up to 5,500. The extra tickets went in hours too. Those of us with tickets were certainly looking forward to the game.

2. How easy were your journey/ finding the ground/ car parking?

As it was a local game, the train was the obvious choice. It is about a 25 minute walk from the City centre to the stadium, so it’s quite important to allow enough time. It is easy to find the stadium, though I have been many times. Car parking is not easy to find but one of the lads did drive over and parked at the Ibis Hotel for about £7.

3. What you did before the game pub/ chippy... home fans friendly?

For us it was inevitable that we would have a pre-match beer or three in the City centre. Though Blues and Baggies had no great history of trouble we were obviously in their town and bore that in mind. We chose the Old Contemptibles near Snow Hill station. As it turned out, there were mainly Baggies in there but the Blues fans were more than happy to join in the singing about our friends from Aston. We had an enjoyable couple of hours in there before heading off and got on very well with all the Bluenoses.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

St Andrews has improved over the years and is a pretty impressive stadium. It is at the top of a hill so you can see it above you as you walk up the road to it. The access is easy, through the away coach park, though as we had both sides of the Gil Merrick lower stand, some Baggies had to walk to the other side. The area below the stand is quite large but the pie and beer stands were very busy and the queues were too long to bother with. Getting to our seat, we were immediately hit by how large our following was, with the whole visible area being given over to us. The Blues fans had turned out too though and the ground looks great when it’s full like that. Even the old Main Stand which is much smaller than the others appeared packed to the rafters.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The atmosphere was really good. The Blues were in full voice and so were we. The stewards were drafted in from Albion and so we had no problem with them. Everyone stood as usual and settled down to a cracking cup tie. I must say here, that full respect must go to the Birmingham City fans and Club. We have a tradition this season of applauding for one minute at the 9th minute in honour of our “King”, Jeff Astle who died from a football related illness. At the ninth minute, Birmingham City put a picture of Jeff on their scoreboard and the Blues fans to a man/woman joined in our applause. It was a very moving gesture from the Club and does Birmingham City great credit.

The game itself was very good and was just about shaded in the first half by us. We took a 1-0 lead through Anichebe who repeated the deed a little later. Blues scored right on half time to deservedly get back in the game. That goal had the effect of making us all a little nervous.

At Half time we didn’t try the catering simply because of the amount of us there, it would have been a long battle to get a pie and pint. The lads next to us, got back to their seat 10 minutes into the second half!

Blues proceeded to throw everything at us in the second half and on another day, would have got a replay. Their keeper made and excellent save from Lescott early on in the second half and we hit the post from a tight angle. Blues had a couple of long range shots but never got the goal they needed.

Final whistle signalled celebrations (and Boinging). Through to the next round. I really expected a slip up, so was very pleased.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Birmingham has been a place where in the past, getting out of the ground was a bit unpleasant. This is not really the case these days, and the relationship between the fans is quite good. To be fair, I heard a few Baggies say, if there wasn’t an Albion, they would follow Birmingham! It was a very enjoyable trek back into town and as we were walking, there were no traffic delays. The best way if possible is to go on the train. We headed back for a post-match celebratory beer and found ourselves accompanied by mainly other celebrating Baggies. The few Blues drinking with us were in pretty good spirits and were happy they had played so well. Even the fans on the train wished me all the best for the rest of the season and hope we stay up, to play them again in the League next year.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a much anticipated day for all the Baggies going and very much lived up to the billing. Got there and away easily and had a great time drinking with other supporters in the City before and after the game. The other lads stayed out longer into the night than me and had a great time.

Love local derbies, even better when we win and not quite the problems we have with some other local sides. It’s just a major pity that we have to play Villa (boo!) on a Tuesday night because Birmingham is a great place to play Saturday afternoon football.

Birmingham City v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 3pm
Alex Royal (Middlesbrough fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was my first visit to St. Andrews, and it is a ground that has always been of interest to me.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with the club coaches from The Riverside which left just after 10am and got to St Andrews just before 1.30pm . One of the easier grounds to get to, not far off the M6.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Upon arrival at the ground, I went to the club shop, to buy my beanie hat, which is my way of saying; 'I've been to that ground', Purchased the 'Made in Brum' Fanzine and an official matchday programme, priced at £1.50 and £3 respectively.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first impressions of the ground was that it was a well maintained, friendly ground, although the old Main Stand somewhat drains the impression of a terrific stadium, the other three stands are relatively modern. The leg room and the view of the pitch in the Gil Merrick stand, where the away fans are housed, were excellent. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

In terms of positioning, Middlesbrough and Birmingham were 18th & 19th going in to this match, so it was, as one might say, an early season six-pointer. 

The stewards were helpful and amicable, and allowed us to sit where we wanted. The facilities on the concourse were good, and, unlike other away grounds I have been to, it was very spacious, with a good range of food and drink available, with a pint of beer costing £3.25 and chips costing £2. There wasn't much atmosphere from the home fans, apart from a group of lads in the Kop corner, with whom we exchanged banter.

Boro took the lead in the 24th minute after good work from Marvin Emnes down the left hand side, who teed up Muzzy Carayol to beat Darren Randolph. Half time Brummies 0-1 Boro. Shortly after half-time, Boro conceded a penalty, which Paul Caddis coverted. 1-1.

10 minutes to go, Daniel Ayala scored a somewhat scrappy goal after a Darren Randolph punch was headed back into the danger area by Lukas Jutkiewicz, 2-1 Boro.

Yet again,we conceded a late, late goal, but I felt Birmingham's overall second half performance merited an equaliser. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was very easy, 20 minutes and you're back on the motorway.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

One of the best away days I've done, would definitely return, although I would've liked to have seen more atmosphere from the home fans. 9/10

 

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 3pm
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was my first visit to St Andrews and i was meeting a friend of mine who lives in Worcester who went to the game with me. Plus a have a few Birmingham supporting work mates so it added extra spice to the occasion.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with the club run coaches from Portman Road which left about 10am. Stopped at Corley services for half an hour and got to St Andrews just before 2pm. Fairly easy journey and have to say that Birmingham is one of the easiest places to get in and out from. Away fans have their own separate parking near to where the away entrance is.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Met my friend who was waiting just by the gate to the away car park and went for a pint at the nearby Cricketers Arms which was about 5 minutes away from the ground which accepts away fans and the Birmingham fans that were there were quite friendly. It was a hot day and wasps were out in force so after dodging a few, we made our way to the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

St Andrews is very nicely presented from the outside. Had a nice diagonal view of the pitch as i was in Block 1, Row 32 of the Gill Merrick stand.  It is a very nice stadium but the old looking main stand to the left really lets it down a bit.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Ipswich were the better team by far in a game where both teams went into it with similar starts to the season. Christophe Berra put us ahead just past the half hour with a close header from an Aaron Cresswell cross and had plenty of other chances to go further ahead. Their keeper Darren Randolph was the only one who really kept them in the game but our inability to see off opponents when we have the chance cost us when they equalised with 15 minutes to go from a deflected shot by Chris Burke who has become a bit of a thorn in our side in recent games.

The atmosphere was mainly created from our brilliant away support with the only noise from the home end coming from a few lads at the back of the stand to the right of us. Had a bit of funny banter with them. Rest of the ground was very quiet until they scored. Facilities were very good and spacious.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was very easy and as i said above, Birmingham is quite easy to get away from compared to other places i have been to as it was when i went to Villa earlier in the year for the FA Cup. Got back to Portman Road about 8.15pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had a great time and will definitely make it a yearly thing from now on because of my friend.
9/10!  


Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Monday, April 1st, 2013, 3pm
Jack Stanley (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was a West Midlands derby, and we were on a decent run of form leading up to the game having won three out of the last four in what had been a disastrous season for the club.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I live in Worcester which is about a 30 minute drive from Birmingham, so I decided to drive rather than mess about with the trains for once. Of course the only negative of this being that I could only have one drink but that didn't matter too much. We left at about 1:15pm and got to our parking spot in an estate in Small Heath at around five to two. The estate was only a 10 min walk to the ground thankfully.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Well we arrived at the ground at about 2:15ish and went straight through the away gate and into the away stand. The Chelsea-Man Utd FA cup game was on the TV's inside the stand and while we were watching that, I grabbed a cheese burger which didn't cost too much along with a pint of Carling. I didn't witness any trouble before the game, although to be fair we were only given around 1,650 tickets for the game after the police reduced it. Also trains weren't running from Wolverhampton to Birmingham so most supporters would have drove or used the supporters' coaches.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I've been to St. Andrews before a few times and it's actually bigger than you think. It holds 30,009 and when looking at it on TV it looks smaller than that. Three of the stands are nice inside the ground, however the Main Stand on one side of the pitch is old and tatty, and looks quite small despite it being two tiered, they could do with redeveloping this. The away end is situated in the Gil Merrick stand (behind one of the goals) in the lower tier. We were given about half of the lower tier, and there were a few Blues fans on the other side of the divider, as well as a couple above us in the smaller upper tier.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It had been a disastrous season for us, and we were in real threat of a second successive relegation even though our form had lifted recently, winning three out of the last four games. Blues had also experienced a difficult campaign, although their form had risen miraculously since the end of February and they were no longer hovering dangerously above the relegation zone, instead that was now us. So therefore I was expecting a really tough game and if I'm being honest, I thought we'd lose. First 10 mins they were all over us and we looked nervy. But we managed to settle into the game, and unexpectedly stormed into a 0-3 lead at half-time. The funny thing about being a Wolves fan, is that even though we were 3-0 up at half time, the game still felt far from over. Blues were awarded a pen early in the second half and I was thinking 'here we go'. Blues did have a few good chances throughout the second half, but we looked to have weathered the storm and hold on for the win. But in the 95th minute, they were awarded another pen which they scored to make it 2-3. Just a minute later they were awarded a free-kick just outside the corner of the box in a very dangerous position, and I thought that they were going to score. Thankfully we managed to clear it and the whistle went. What a great win it was.

As always, the atmosphere from our fans was excellent even though there was only 1,623 of us. There wasn't a lot of noise coming from the home end surprise surprise, although they did sing a couple of songs after they made it 1-3 and lifted their noise.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left the stand and walked out of the away gate onto Cattell Road, where hundreds of Blues fans were walking past. We managed to keep our heads down and walk through the crowd and back to the car. I'm surprised the police didn't keep us in the ground afterwards or blocked off the away gate outside the ground to stop us walking onto Cattell Road.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very good day out and a very good result for us. Also love winning a local derby!  

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Updated 17th July 2018

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