West Bromwich Albion

The Hawthorns

Capacity: 26,850 (all seated)
Address: Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LF
Telephone: 0871 271 1100
Fax: 0871 271 9861
Ticket Office: 0121 227 2227
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Baggies
Year Ground Opened: 1900
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Ideal Boliers
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: White and Navy
Away Kit: Yellow and Green Stripes
Third Kit: Black and Sky Blue

External View
External View
Looking Towards The Brummie Road End
Looking Towards The Brummie Road End
East Stand
East Stand
Halfords Lane Stand
Halfords Lane Stand
Birmingham Road End
Birmingham Road End
Smethwick End
Smethwick End
The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion FC
Jeff Astle Gates
Jeff Astle Gates
Tony
Tony "Bomber" Brown Statue
Hawthorns West Brom Tour

East Stand External ViewThe Hawthorns is a compact ground, that is totally enclosed, with the corners filled and is all seated. However, unlike most modern 'bowl' stadiums, the Hawthorns has a bit more character with a mixture of different looking stands. On one side is the impressive looking East Stand. Opened in 2001 it is an impressive, large single tiered stand, with a row of executive boxes running along the back. The lower part of the seating area extends around the corners and above the previous open corners have been filled with corrugated sheeting. There is a thin supporting pillar on each side of the stand to support the corner structures. On the other side is the smaller Halfords Lane Stand. This stand which was opened in 1982 stretches around two corners of the ground. The home end, the Birmingham Road Stand is large, covered, and quite steep. At the other end away fans are housed in the Smethwick End. Both these ends were built in 1994/95. There are two video screens installed in opposite corners of the ground, one at the Smethwick End side of the East Stand and the other in the opposite corner of the Halfords Lane Stand.

An interesting feature of the ground is that in one corner of the ground (between the East Stand  & Birmingham Road End) you will notice perched up on a wall, a large Throstle standing on a football. This has been kept over from the previous stand (it used to sit above the clock on the half time scoreboard) and maintains the links with tradition. Outside the ground on the same corner are the 'Jeff Astle Memorial Gates' erected in tribute to the legendary striker. Whilst just beyond the East Stand Car Park is a Memorial Garden.

One strange fact about the Hawthorns is that it is the highest ground in England (in terms of feet above sea level).

The Club are believed to be drawing up plans to expand the capacity of the Hawthorns to over 30,000 by either redeveloping or adding an additional tier to the Halfords Lane Stand.

Smethwick End External ViewAway fans are housed on one side of the Smethwick End, where the normal allocation is 3,000 seats. This means that this stand is shared with home supporters. For cup games, the whole of this stand can be allocated to away supporters, raising this figure to 5,200. The facilities and the view of the pitch in the Smethwick End are okay, although the leg room is a little cramped. I have been to the Hawthorns on a number of occasions and have always found it to be a fairly friendly place. The only thing against it, in terms of a day out is the lack of nearby pub for away fans, meaning that most elect to drink inside the ground instead. Considering that the concourse at the back of the Smethwick End is pretty small in comparison to its overall capacity, then it can have an uncomfortable feel, especially when there is a capacity away support. The Club allow those away fans who need a smoke to stand outside the ground at half time. Food available on the concourse includes; Cheeseburgers (£3.70), Burgers (£3.50), a range of Pukka Pies; Chicken Balti, Chicken & Mushroom, Cheese & Onion, Steak & Kidney (All £3.30), Sausage Rolls (£3.30) and Pasties (£3.30).

There is a Club 'Fan Zone' located just across the road from the Stadium on the corner of Halfords Lane and Birmingham Road. This area has live music entertainment, a large screen showing the early kick off, plus food and alcoholic drinks are available. There is also a Greggs outlet nearby which is very handy. Currently this is free to enter and away fans are welcome (although there may be an exception to this when it comes to Wolves and Villa fans!).

One annoying thing is that located by the away turnstiles is a huge metal gate. This is usually open before the match meaning that you can easily access the visitors turnstiles from Halfords Lane. However after the game has ended, it is normally closed, meaning that you can’t access Halfords Lane, Instead, you have to go in the opposite direction, walking along paths ways and streets taking you right around the other side of the ground. You can easily get back to the Hawthorns Station this way, but if you are parked on the other side towards the M5, it can be a pain.

Apart from the West Brom Mascot called 'Baggie Bird', the Club also have another 'mascot' this season in the form of the fan christened 'Boiler Man'. This is from the Clubs Sponsors Ideal Boilers and due to its appearance, it has shall we say caught the attention of the away support!. 

The Vine Pub HawthornsThe main pub for away fans is 'The Vine' (pictured right) which is about a 15-20 minute walk from the ground. From Junction 1 of the M5 turn left towards West Bromwich town centre (opposite direction to the ground). Take the first left into Roebuck Street. The Vine is down on the left. You can also street park in this area and then walk to the ground. This pub also offers Indian food and has an indoor tandoori barbeque (from 1pm on Saturdays), plus has a beer garden with children's play area. Barbara Osborne a visiting Newcastle United fan adds; 'The Vine from the outside looked like any small corner boozer, but inside it was quite large and it was fairly easy to get served. It had a good mix of home and away fans.' Matt Wharton informs me; 'The Vine is only a few minutes walk away from Kenrick Park Metro station which can be accessed from Birmingham Snow Hill railway/metro station. Turn right out of the station and walk along Devereux Road passing through a residential area. At the end of Devereux Road turn left and the The Vine is just over the other side of the road on the right'.

Dave Wilson recommends; 'The Park Hotel which is just off junction one of the M5 and a 10 minute walk to the ground. You can park on their car park for £5 and away fans are always welcome. There are plenty of families who meet in here before games and it is a very safe environment. There is also plenty of street parking in and around the area of the hotel if you don't want to pay the £5.' 

Sean Mowat a visiting Sheffield United supporter adds; 'As you pass the ground on the right on the main Birmingham Road. Carry on about another half a mile and there is a pub on the right set back off the road called the Royal Oak. We've been in the last two times we've visited WBA. The beer is okay and they also serve Asian food (try the chicken kebabs!). It had a friendly atmosphere'. It also has the added benefit of showing televised football.

If travelling by Metro or train from Birmingham Snow Hill and you like your real ale, then it may be a good idea to stop off on the way to the Hawthorns at the Jewellery Quarter station. Within a 10 minute walk of the station are at least three pubs serving decent real ale. These are the Rose Villa Tavern, Red Lion and Lord Clifden. The Red Lion and Lord Clifden are both listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, whilst the Brown Lion has recently opened and is effectively the brewery tap for the local Two Towers Brewery. See the Google map below for their locations (this will require you to use the arrows to move the map down and then to the to show the Jewellery Quarter and pubs).

Alcohol is also available within the ground, albeit in plastic bottles/cans, in the form of Carlsberg (£3.70), Tetleys (£3.70), Bathams Bitter (£3.80) and Somerset Cider (£3.70), plus Red and White wine (£3.90) and various Spirit Miniatures (all at £4.20).

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The Hawthorns is located on the A41 (Birmingham-West Bromwich Road). If approaching from outside the area the ground is about half a mile from Junction 1 of the M5. On leaving the M5 take the A41 towards Birmingham, the ground is on your right. Beware though of speed cameras on this stretch of the A41.

Car Parking

Street parking or alternatively there are a few private matchday car parks at some local industrial units near the ground, or at Hawthorns station which costs £4. David Dougal a visiting Sunderland fan informs me; 'I parked at the Beeches Road Methodist Church (B70 6QE) at a cost of £5. It is covered by CCTV and is about a ten minute walk away from the Hawthorns. It was easy to get back on the M5 from the car park once the match is over.'  Just around the corner from the Vine pub on Roebuck Lane is a St John's Ambulance Depot that offers matchday parking for £3. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Hawthorns Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: B71 4LF

The Hawthorns has its own Railway and Metro Station which are about a five minute walk from the Hawthorns ground. They can be reached from Birmingham New Street, either by first taking a train to Smethwick Galton Bridge and changing there for the Hawthorns, or by taking a Metro Tram (which run every eight minutes on Saturday afternoons) from directly outside New Street Station. Total journey time by train is around 20-25 minutes, whilst the Metro is around 13 minutes.

Alternatively the Hawthorns Station is also served by direct trains from Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill. The Metro Line also runs via Birmingham Snow Hill.

Please note though that rail tickets to the Hawthorns are not valid on the Metro line. A separate Metro journey ticket will need to be purchased..A one day saver ticket can be purchased for £5 (per Adult ticket), which covers the journey to the Hawthorns and back from either New Street or Snow Hill.

Travelling Down From The North West?

Matt Wharton informs me; 'If you are travelling down from the North West and your train calls at Wolverhampton, Then it is a lot easier to get to Hawthorns using the Midland Metro from Wolverhampton. The tram leaves from Bilston Street. You can either off at the Kenrick Park stop for the Vine pub or the Hawthorns for stadium. Continuing by train from Wolverhampton into Birmingham New Street and then taking wither a train or Metro back out to the Hawthorns will add 45 minutes to one hour to your journey time.'

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Home Fans 
West Stand:
Adults £23, Over 65's £17, Under 23's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5
East Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults £23, Over 65's £17, Under 23's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5
East Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults £20, Over 65's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5
Birmingham Road End:  
Adults £20, Over 65's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5
Smethwick End:  
Adults £20, Over 65's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5

Away Fans
Smethwick End: Adults £20, Over 65's/Students £15, Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5

Official Programme £3.50

West Bromwich Albion FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Aston Villa.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website. You may also wish to check out the West Brom Disabled Supporters Club website.

Record Attendance

64,815 v Arsenal FA Cup 6th Round, March 6th, 1937.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

27,751 v Portsmouth Premier League, May 15th, 2005.

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 24,520 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 23,876 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 24,631 (Premier League)

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Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram 

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of the Hawthorns. The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion Tour video was produced by IT10 Soccer and made publicly available via YouTube.

West Bromwich Albion vs Mansfield Town
League Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 28th August 2018, 8pm
Jack Richardson (Mansfield Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns Ground?
 
It was another new ground for me which would take my total to 84/92 so I was looking forward to it. There was also a potential upset on the cards.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We left Mansfield around 5.30pm due to working hours, a little traffic on the M1 meant a slightly delayed arrival into West Bromwich at around 7pm, plenty of private car parks in operation ranging from £3+, lots of street parking available as well.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We headed straight for the ground as time wasn't on our side however friends of ours went to The Vine which they said was excellent, had a mix of home/away fans and served Indian food!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns Stadium?
 
The Hawthorns is an impressive ground and one I've wanted to visit for a long time! The views from the away end of excellent and the stand is split into two tiers. The concourse area though is very small and with our 1,200 away following it felt cramped. So I would hate to think what it was like when the away end was full.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a great game and a fantastic performance by Mansfield, backed by 1,200 fans we got off to a positive start as we took the game to West Brom. The atmosphere brilliant from the away end and to their credit West Brom turned out in force and all four stands were in use which was nice to see for a cup game. We ended up losing 2-1 in a close contest however we had enough chances to have scored at least 4! The stewards friendly enough however home & away fans were ejected throughout the game, two in our end for sneaking alcohol into the stand. The facilities were good and the food seemed popular, usual pies/burgers/hot dogs etc.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The away end is cornered off from the rest of the stand so upon exiting the ground we were led down a path which led out onto the street, a 10 minute walk back to the car and we were on our way. The traffic was busy getting out but as soon as we hit the M5 it was a doddle and arrived back into Mansfield shortly after 11.30pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable evening and a great performance from Mansfield. I would like to visit the Hawthorns again in the future!

West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
Jack Tyldsley (Bolton Wanderers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?

It was the first game of the season, and with West Brom being relegated last year, the Hawthorns was a new ground for myself. We were also looking to build on our last day survival last year, but our expectations were low going into this match.

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

We had arrived home from holiday that morning and travelled from Manchester Airport to the Hawthorns. The journey was easy, as was parking in a match day car park around a ten minute walk from the ground.

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

We walked to the ground, passing a small park area where there was a big screen with the lunchtime game on and an inflatable bar at the back. That, in itself, was the first sign of this ground being a ground of a big club who ’s place clearly lies in the Premier League.

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

As we entered the ground, we found the size of the concourse very small, and the queues for pies were very long. The away end itself was impressive, with a great view for all supporters.

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

The game itself was one of a kind. To our shock, we went one nil up in the first half before they equalised on half time. They pushed on in the second half but failed to capitalise, leaving our new signing Wildschut to score an 89th minute winner, sending 2,200 away fans into delirium. There was a sense of arrogance from the home fans throughout so it was good to give them some back at the end. The atmosphere was brilliant, made even better by the fact that we had won only our second away game in the Championship in three years.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy, back home to Bolton by 7:30pm

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A brilliant day. The Hawthorns is a very good ground and a brilliant Bolton win to cap it off.

West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
Tom Harding (Bolton Wanderers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
It was a new season and a ground I hadn't been to. It's been a long time since we played West Brom in the league, so it was definitely an opportunity I needed to jump on before they (inevitably) got promoted back to the top flight.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We came down from Blackpool, so it was a case of just staying on the M6. Unfortunately, with all the smart motorway work and typical M6-ness, the journey took a lot longer than hoped. The Hawthorns itself is a couple of miles from the motorway, so once we were off that, we didn't have long to go. We literally went into the first matchday parking we could find (just before the BP Garage on Birmingham Road), which, as it turns out, was a good choice.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We hung out in the fan zone area for a bit. It was a sunny day, very jolly and one would be forgiven for thinking we'd just walked into a park! There were stalls serving beer, a Greggs and a big TV screen in the corner. No trouble at all from the home fans, everyone just co-existed. More clubs should have facilities like this.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
Like I said, the fan area was a great precursor to the day. The bar inside the ground - not so much. Be prepared to queue because I've been to lower league grounds with bigger bar areas (we brought 2,500 fans with us by the way). The beer wasn't too cheap either, but hey. The inside of the ground was one of the nicest I've been to. Modern, yet you still get your classic ground feel.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was electric. What can you expect when your team, who has had two Championship away wins in 2 seasons grabs all 3 points in the 89th minute? The stewards weren't too controlling either. A smoking area opens up at half time, for those who are interested. I didn't have time to grab any food (tbh, I'd recommend the Greggs at the fan park - much cheaper).
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
When we left the ground, we had to walk a different way back to our car. Up Halfords Lane, and back down another street to get to the main road. Bit of a walk but we were quite jolly so it flew by. When seeing the Birmingham Road traffic we were a bit hesitant about leaving right away, but our car park opened another exit, so it was straight out onto the motorway (and into more roadworks).
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
We had a smashing time, no doubt about it. Cannot fault West Brom at all - lovely ground, great facilities, no trouble at all. I would go again at the drop of a hat.

West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
David Smith (Bolton Wanderers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
Being at university and our all-round poor form, away games are a rarity but it's the start of the season and a new ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
As said by another review, we used the park and ride facilities, parking at Black Lake. It only cost £5 for a group ticket for up to 5 people which was a really good price.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Was running late after my brother took around 87 years to get ready. Arrived at the metro station at around 2:30pm getting the last parking space. Got inside the ground just as the whistle went.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns Stadium?
 
The Hawthorns is a thousand times better on the inside than the outside with the fans initially being in high spirits for new season but that all changed. The view from my seat was okay, not great for someone who is 6'4.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
What a performance!!! Winning against a strong team on opening weekend. Rearguard performance but I'd happily take that any day of the week. Last second winner as well.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Our group ticket gave us all day travel across the whole line which stretches from Wolverhampton to Birmingham. So we went for some tea and drinks in Birmingham after the final whistle. Only around 15 minutes or so on there. Got back to the car around 9pm for an easy and enjoyable ride home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An easy trip which was nice especially with the park and ride service. A must if you are driving down. Last min winner made it all the more sweeter.

West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
Mark Cartwright (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
It was my first time visiting the Hawthorns with my girlfriend who has a West Brom connection.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We caught the train about 1pm from Stourbridge Junction which was easy enough arrived at the Hawthorns in little over 25 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Went to the local Greggs and caught the end of Sunderland vs Charlton match on the big screen in the fan zone while my girlfriend moaned about the heat.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
The ground was smaller then I visioned from the outside but really tidy Inside no complaints and it seems a really friendly club.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was a decent game as a neutral even though I wanted West Brom to win. Bolton took the lead against the run of play then a brilliant 30 yard goal from outside the box levelled it for the home side only for Bolton to win it late on with the delight of the 2900 visiting fans I was next to in the Smethwick End. The food was decent eventhough I asked for a cheese and onion pasty and received a steak pasty instead.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was pretty slow but well drilled for safety purposes arrived back at Stourbridge for 6:20pm
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
One of the hottest days see a football game that I am likely to go to with it being still summer and the start of the season, it was all round a great day out 

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday 5th May 2018, 3pm
Paul Elphin (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
Being a Spurs fan from Northern Ireland, getting tickets for matches can be very limited, especially away games. However, my daughter studies at Warwick University so it was a chance to see her as well.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Me and my son flew from Belfast into Birmingham where we checked into the hotel where we were staying and met up with my daughter. Got on the train from Birmingham International into Birmingham New Street and changed to Birmingham Snow Hill to The Hawthorns.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We ate at Resorts World at the NEC before we took the train from Birmingham International. We then went in a pub in Birmingham city centre before going to Snow Hill. We also went into the fan zone bit before kick off where the West Brom fans were very friendly and in high spirits after seeing Stoke get relegated in the early kick off.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
The away end view is fantastic, unobstructed views of the pitch and a bit of room for me as well being 6"2'. The away end is split into half between home and away and the home fans in that stand were loud.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was abysmal. With the West Brom team needing to win to keep hopes alive of staying up, it was always going to be a bit of a challenge. But Spurs squandered quite a few chances before former Spurs boy Jake Livermore won the match for the home with a jammy goal in the last seconds.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was a bit of a nightmare on all accounts. A bit of obstruction meant that we missed our pre-booked train from Snow Hill.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Hawthorns is a nice ground, is fairly easy to get to but a bit harder getting out. My advice being to get an any time return if you are getting the train or buy a train ticket that is some time after the final whistle. Will miss it if West Brom go down though.

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday 5th May 2018, 3pm
Richard (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns Ground?
 
Spurs need the three points to challenge Liverpool for third place in the Premier League.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We parked in a side street very close to the ground, but we arrived mega early, hoping to get away early afterwards.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the Fan Zone, which was wonderful. Both sets of fans mixed and chatted, the beer and food and the great weather made it quite an experience. One which II hope to repeat in the near future.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
This was my fifth visit to the Hawthorns; two in the 1980’s with Spurs, (and one in with my hometown club Woking in the FA Cup. Woking famously won the match 4-2), then a few years ago, my sons first away game was the 3-3 game, when we were 3-0 down with only a short time to go, so it was as I remembered.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game wasn’t great. We didn’t create enough and I had no issues with the result, a 1-0 win to the Baggies, although Nyoms antics were in my personal opinion bang out of order.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Simply awful. I don’t understand why at Wembley Stadium with 60-90,000 fans in attendance then once the game finishes all fans can disperse together. But at the Hawthorns, there is a gate stopping away fans from exiting onto Halfords Lane for 15/20 minutes, which prevents fans from easily getting through to the cars parked up by the M5. This was made worse by the fact that the home fans behind after the final whistle, as it was the last home game of the season. Unless you walked all around the ground, in the opposite direction which we did, but by the time we did that the gate was opened. And the West Brom fans were streaming out.  I cannot see any reason why this is done. After that, getting on the M5 was fairly easy.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I like the compact ground and quite a good atmosphere, and with it being fairly close, I’ll miss coming should West Brom relegated.

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City
Premier League
Saturday 7th April 2018, 3pm
Ryan Law (Swansea City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
Being at uni and my work placement meant that this would be my first away game in over three years which funnily enough was West Brom away, which was also the last away match that I went to.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
After doing a bit of snooping and researching, we found that there is a Midland Metro line which stops at the Hawthorns. Some stations have free parking spaces, one of those being the Hawthorns, however, we opted to park at Wednesbury Parkway station. Parking was free and an all-day tram ticket cost £5.20 with a cheaper match day available, unbeknown to us. There is also parking available at Black Lake stop.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Buying an all day daysaver ticket meant that we could go anywhere on the line so we went to a Wetherspoons in West Bromwich Town Centre before hopping back on to the Hawthorns Stadium.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
The Hawthorns is a nice, modernised ground with a good view of the pitch from the away end seats.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A full away allocation from the Swans was taken and we were loud, the West Brom fans were okay, not as noisy as in previous years however they are stranded bottom of the table. A Jay Rodriguez goal looked like it would be their first win since January but an equaliser from big Tammy meant that we stole a point from the game.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The metro ride back was jam-packed, probably best wait for a tram or two to go past before getting on next time we go there. Only took 15 minutes back to Wednesbury Parkway and then an easy getaway from there, back on the motorway 30 minutes after the full time whistle.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an easy journey and a nice day, on the pitch could've been better though.

West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town
Premier League
Saturday 24th February 2018, 3pm
Rachel Ryen (Huddersfield Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
My first away game! I have been a season holder at Huddersfield for years now and it was finally time to go away.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a train from Huddersfield into Wolverhampton via Manchester Piccadilly which in total took around two hours. I set off at 10:30am and was in Wolverhampton for 12:30pm. I then took the metro service from Wolverhampton to the Hawthorns which took around 20 minutes or so.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had a McDonalds that is by the stadium on the Birmingham Road and then went into the ground. The West Brom fans seemed quite okay.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
The away part's view was good, a nice pitch view from behind goal. Nothing on the John Smith's though!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was fantastic with a 2-1 victory to the Terriers, atmosphere with our fans was fantastic as it was a sell out crowd. However some of the home fans started turning on the team as we went two nil up.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was a bit of a pain, due to the large numbers of people heading for the metro and train. But I did not mind as we had won.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Hawthorns is an alright ground. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 30th September 2017, 3pm
Dave (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns Ground?
 
Another away day with the Hornets! Watford had been in fine form this season on the road and was hoping for another good result at the Hawthorns.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the train from London Euston to Birmingham New Street. The journey time was one hour 25 minutes. I then changed at New Street for the London Midland service to Smethwick Galton Bridge, and then took the Midland from there one stop to The Hawthorns. A straightforward journey, and I was there in just under two hours.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I visited the fan park before the game and went to the renowned Greggs Bakery. There were long queues but it was decently priced food and this was better and cheaper than relying on grub on offer inside the stadium. The fan park was lively and the lunchtime game was being shown on a big screen. Home and away fans were mingling nicely and there was nothing untoward. Once the away supporters gates opened I went into the ground and grabbed a Carling beer and then made my way to my seat.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns Stadium?
 
This was my second visit to the Hawthorns and the stadium is nice. The away end is decent and the views were brilliant. The limited leg room wasn't really an issue as we were allowed to stand for the whole game.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The West Brom fans were in fine voice throughout and really got behind their team- their singing section is right by the away end and the atmosphere was rocking- until West Brom raced into a 2-0 lead. We pulled one back before half time and it was all Watford in the second half. We got our reward in the 90 (+5) minute as we equalised from a set piece. Cue pandemonium in the away end and some unsavoury scenes between us and the Baggies fans who had generally behaved themselves throughout.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Due to some of the scenes mentioned above, certain blocks in the away end were directed straight to the train station and the gate that leads fans to Halfords Lane was closed to avoid further scuffles. I had a later train and so waited for some of our players to get pictures and then made my way back to New Street. I was back home by 10pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a brilliant away day at the Hawthorns and one I will do again due to the cheap transport cost and matchday ticket price.

West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Saturday 12th August 2017, 3pm
Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns?
 
It was the first match of the season. The weather was decent weather and I felt we could get something out of the game. I was looking forward to seeing our new signings Begovic, Ake and Jermain Defoe playing for us again. (although Defoe didn't start). I was also looking forward to having a curry at the Vine Pub near the Hawthorns ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I had previously been to the Hawthorns a couple of seasons again and decided to head for the Vine pub beforehand and park around there. Although this time I couldn't get parked as close to the pub or ground as before. Roadworks on the M5/M6 meant a normal  90 minute journey took over two hours.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went into the Vine pub, but unfortunately, they were not serving curry by the time we arrived and just had the barbecue going, which as a non meat eater meant I had to have chips and naan bread for lunch with a couple of pints.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hawthorns?
 
It was the same as last time. A decent view in a decent ground. As we were about half way up the view was excellent. The Baggies fans were friendly as usual.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Awful. Once Hegazi scored for West Brom from a set piece the home side just shut up shop. We huffed and puffed but mainly in a sideways fashion and never really looked like scoring. I felt sorry for Baggies fans if they have to watch this on a regular basis.I don't mind losing as much if I have been at least entertained.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
As mentioned in the summary of the Hawthorns ground on this website there is a gate outside the away end and this is kept locked for at least ten minutes after the match. We were about to find the long way round but just as we were mulling it over the gates opened. Walked the 10-15 minute back to near the pub and then traffic heavy until we got to the M6 but then straightforward back north to Manchester (where I live as an exiled Cherry).
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
In a word 'disappointing'. Getting held up in roadworks on the way to the game, couldn't get a curry in the pub and then had to watch a match that got worse as it went on with very little entertainment on offer. Home fans and stewards always friendly at the Hawthorns though: I'm just glad Pulis doesn't manage us anymore.

West Bromwich Albion v Peterborough United
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday 30th January 2016, 3pm
Darren Gilbert (Peterborough United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hawthorns Football Ground?    

As a Posh fan i was looking forward to this game as we don't go to many Premier League grounds or get to the FA fourth round too often!

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

Our journey was very easy. The Hawthorns is located just off Junction 1 on the M5. We found a St Johns ambulance depot that was offering car parking, which was about a ten minute walk away from the ground. It was just around the corner from the Vine pub and cost £3.

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

We popped into the Vine pub which welcomed away fans. Inside both home and visiting supporters mixed freely. The home fans who all seemed friendly. The pub was excellent and even offered an indoor BBQ and selection of curries!

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

The Hawthorns ground and surrounding training academy is excellent. Inside the away end there were plenty of food and drink outlets.  The only grumble was the leg room when seated. I am 6'4" so it was cramped!

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

The game itself was a belter and ended with the Posh getting a 2 2 draw the atmosphere was fantastic.Stewarding and policing seemed fine on the whole.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out was easy a ten minute walk to the car and home by 6 30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I would describe my day as a 'proper' away day; great pub, great ground and a good result for the posh in a superb atmosphere!

West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City 
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3pm
Steve (Bristol City fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hawthorns Football Ground?

The Hawthorns was a ground that I had not been to before. Plus it is great in the FA Cup to watch your team pit their wits against those from higher or lower leagues, depending on the draw. In our case we were up against a Premiership side.

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

The Hawthorns is very easy to find as it is literally just off Junction 1 of the M5. We parked at Beeches Road Methodist church (B70 6QE) as recommended by another contributor to this website. It is easy to locate, off the main roundabout at Junction 1 and then right onto Beeches Road. The staff there are very friendly and the parking is secure with cctv. It cost £5 to park there. The ground was then about a 15 minute walk away. 

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

We went to The Vine Pub for drinks before the game. I'ts about a 10 minute walk to the ground from there. There is a good mix of home and away fans, a good selection of lagers but minimal cider. The West Brom fans were very friendly here, we had a good chat with a couple of fans next to us. The pub looks very small from outside but is surprisingly big inside. There is even a BBQ / Kebab room!

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

The ground was smaller than I expected. But it was well maintained and alsthough compact it was enclosed. 

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

I would recommend (if a large away following) to eat and drink before entering the stadium as there are only a couple of food and drink servers either side of the gangway. The queue for this was horrendous. I spent the best part of 45 minutes waiting (it didn't help that a number of people pushed in) and then when eventually I got to the front I found that they'd sold out of what I wanted!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The methodist church is in a great location for leaving the game. Once you've walked back (10 to 15 mins) it's 100 yards and 1 roundabout away from the motorway. Very easy access. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It's a nice ground, easy to get to and easy to get away from. The fans are friendly the staff are friendly and the prices are very reasonable, especially the ticket price, only £10 per ticket (for FA cup) which I'm sure was a major contribution to a 5500 away following. Other clubs should take note.

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
Premier League
Saturday 17th October 2015, 3pm
David Dougal (Sunderland fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hawthorns Football Ground?

I go to all away games but as this was "Big Sams" first game in charge of Sunderland, it was one that I was very much looking forward to.

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

Easy. I have been many a time before. I parked in the Beeches Road Methodist Church Car Park, which is just off Junction 1 of the M5. It cost £5 and all the money goes to the church. The two car park attendants were a a laugh and your car is safe there, as they have CCTV cameras in operation 24/7. It's then about a ten minute walk to the Hawthorns ground.

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

I went on my own and visited the new fans zone located next to the Hawthorns. The West Brom fans I met and talked to were friendly, I watched the Spurs v Liverpool match on the big screen there. Then I made my way into the ground.

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

As I said I have been here a few times before. It's a nice enclosed ground, a lot smaller than the Stadium of Light but nice all the same.

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

I was disappointed with the result as West Brom won 1-0, but there were some positives for Sunderland from the game. I bought a cheese burger and a bovril for about £6. Stewards were a canny bunch.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As always after the game, the Police seal off the exit onto Halford Lane, meaning that in my case having parked by the M5, that I had to walk around the entire outside of the ground to get back towards where I was parked which took about 25 minutes. It took me five minutes to get back on the M5. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out apart from the result. West Bromwich Albion is one of the better grounds to visit and no bother for single travelers or families.

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
Premier League
Monday 18th May 2015, 8pm
Kevin Gallagher (Neutral fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Hawthorns ground?
It was a visit to a new ground - Father and son on an overnight trip from Scotland.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Very easy to locate ground by train. We took a London Midland train from Birmingham Moor Street to The Hawthorns. The ground is in full view when you reach station and is only a five minute walk away.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
There is a McDonalds on Birmingham Road End straight across from the ground which is ideal for families visiting The Hawthorns. Very busy as you can imagine but service is swift. The away team bus arrives at Halfords Lane and offers a decent view of arriving players for young fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
The Hawthorns is an impressive ground with three imposing stands towering above the smaller West Stand. We were in the East Stand near the away section. It was ideal for watching the game and taking in the atmosphere. The ground is fully enclosed which is another positive feature.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    
Chelsea arrived as Premier League Champions and West Brom's Premier League status had already been secured, so there wasn't much for either side to play for. However, as end of season encounters go this was a very entertaining game. Both sets of fans were in good spirits which made for a lively atmosphere especially the Chelsea fans who sang and chanted throughout. Toilet facilities were good and keeping in line with other Premiership grounds the water is warm for washing your hands.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We were in the East Stand which meant after the game we had to walk all the way round the ground into to get back to train/metro station so if you are looking for a quick get away towards the station then the West Stand or the Smethwick End Stand would be advisable.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Very enjoyable match day experience. Hassle free by train. If the chance arose I would certainly make another visit to The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa
Premier League
Monday November 25th 2013, 8pm
John Rogers (Neutral fan)

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

Changes to the areas in which I work are providing opportunities to tick off a few grounds around the country whilst away on business. Completing the 92 is a secret ambition but I suspect I'm more likely to be aged 92 before I join that exclusive club. 

The Hawthorns was a ground I last visited in 1979, so I was interested to see whether there was anything to remind me of my last visit. A free ticket came courtesy of a work colleague, who was supporting Albion.

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

As a passenger in a car driven by a 'native' of West Bromwich, finding the ground was straight forward. The Hawthorns is situated right next to the M5. The big draw back to the motorway proximity is the awful congestion around the Birmingham area and the ubiquitous road works. The recommendation would be to allow plenty of time for the journey if travelling by road.

The Park Inn, a hotel just off the A41, is a ten minute walk from the ground and is a safe place to park the car. It cost £5 and registration numbers are recorded at reception.

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

The Park Inn - welcoming; extensive bar area and no trouble.

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

The Hawthorns is quite small but has a modern appearance. Unfortunately there was insufficient time to wander round the ground before kick-off. We were seated in the Halfords Lane stand, opposite the big Rainbow East stand seen on tv. Away fans shared the segregated Smethwick End.

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

As a Leeds supporter I am generally disappointed by the atmosphere generated by the home support at other grounds, which is often drowned out by Leeds fans' efforts. This occasion was very much an exception, no doubt partly because it was a west Midlands derby - the West Brom and Villa fans were at it from the first minute to the last, with an inventive and vociferous repartee.

Albion got off to a great start, with two quality Shane Long goals, but Villa were allowed back into the game and equalised with a screamer from Ashley Westwood. Cue mass hysteria among the claret and blue army. 

The stewards had little to do in the stand I was in, where I think it was fair to say most of the supporters were of a more mature profile. 

Refreshments were not sampled, but the big minus for the Halfords Lane Stand was the woefully inadequate leg room - not a problem if under 5' 6" or a contortionist; otherwise very uncomfortable.

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

Exiting the ground was easy, but knowing that the traffic would be horrendous we returned to the bar at the Park Inn for a couple of drinks.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It's never the same going to a game that doesn't involve your own team, but this was a good way to spend an evening away from home. The main memories of the evening will be the fantastic atmosphere and the home fans' rendition of 'Popov the Albion Man', to the tune of 'Popeye the Sailor Man'.

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Updated 18th September 2018

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