Coventry City

St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Capacity: 29,409 (all seated)
Address: St Andrews Ground, Birmingham B9 4RL*
Telephone: 024 7699 1987
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Sky Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Allsopp & Allsopp
Kit Manufacturer: Hummel
Home Kit: White and Sky Blue Stripes
Away Kit: Yellow and Navy

Spion Kop External View
Spion Kop External View
Spion Kop
Spion Kop
Tilton Road End
Tilton Road End
Gil Merrick Stand
Gil Merrick Stand
Garrison Lane (Main) Stand
Garrison Lane (Main) Stand

Coventry Ricoh ArenaFor the second time in seven years, Coventry City find themselves groundsharing away from the Ricoh Arena, after being unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the Ricoh to remain there as tenants. Although St Andrews is closer than the previous groundshare at Northampton Town, it is still around 18 miles away. To a certain extent, the distance doesn’t matter, not having a ground that is yours in your home city does. So it may be a bit of a surreal experience and one which may be quite unpopular with some Coventry fans.

The Club have been looking for some time for a suitable location to build a new stadium in Coventry. However, nothing concrete has so far been forthcoming and whether this will happen one day with the current Coventry City owners (Otium Entertainment Group - a subsidiary of SISU) and come to fruition is anyone's guess. Or whether they will resolve their differences with Wasps Holdings the owners of the Ricoh Arena and return there, then we will have to wait and see.

On the whole St Andrews is a modern ground with three newish stands. The oldest part of the ground is on one side, where the Main Stand resides. Built in the 1950’s this two-tier covered stand, looks rather tired in the presence of is newer neighbours. Originally it had a terrace in the lower part but this was replaced by seating and a row of executive boxes were also added to the back. The team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. 

At one end is the Gil Merrick Stand aka the Railway End, which is an interesting looking stand, with a small upper tier overhanging a much larger lower tier, at the back of which are a row of corporate boxes. In-between this stand and the Main Stand is a large video screen and in the same area, the players tunnel is also located, as the team dressing rooms are located underneath this stand.

The rest of the ground the Tilton Road End and Spion Kop are also two-tiered stands, but more conventional-looking. The corner in-between these stands is filled with seating. The Spion Kop also houses a row of corporate boxes at its rear as well as a Director’s Area.

Welcome To St Andrews Away Fans EntranceAway fans are housed on one side of the lower tier of the Gil Merrick Stand (towards the Spion Kop side). Up to 4,500, visiting supporters can be housed in the lower tier, the whole of which can be made available to away fans. The facilities in this stand and the view of the playing action are fine. Currently, half the ground remains closed on matchdays with Coventry City supporters housed in the Spion Kop Stand, which is located to the right of the away fans section. This means that the atmosphere generated inside the ground can be a bit lacking. Directly outside the away turnstiles is a large separated compound, where the away coaches are parked

Normally pubs close to the stadium for Birmingham City matches are for home fans only, but as technically both teams are playing away from home, then this is not the case for Coventry City matches. Apart from the Roost on Cattell Road then other pubs around St Andrews or on the route from New Street Railway Station are generally welcoming to visiting supporters. Behind the Tilton Road End on the corner of Tilton Road is the Royal George, whilst around a five minute walk away is the Cricketers Arms on Little Green Lane, which is behind the Roost pub and the Morrisons Superstore. Another pub nearby but on the other side of the ground is Bainsy’s Bar. It is located on Lower Dartmouth Street on the edge of Garrison Lane Park and also offers Indian snack food and curries. Just off the Coventry Road on Whitmore Road is the Bordesley Labour Club, which also welcomes visiting fans.

If arriving by train and taking the 30 minute walk to the ground then you will pass a number of pubs, a number of which have an Irish flavour. Also of note in the Digbeth area are the Anchor, Spotted Dog, and DigBrew, all of which serve good real ale. DigBrew has its own brewery on site, in fact, you are really drinking in the brewery itself, rather than a conventional pub. It only opens on Saturdays. Whilst the Spotted Dog is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also of note is the Old Crown pub, on the High Street Deritend, which is also Birmingham's oldest building being built in 1368, which all serve decent real ale. If you like Craft Beer then close to the Anchor on Gibb Street (inside the Custard Factory complex) is the Beer Bar, which although on the small size, has an impressive array of different craft beers. Although  The Royal George, Bainsy's Bar and the Cricketers all show Sky Sports.

If you coming by train, or decide to drink in the city centre beforehand, then there are plenty of pubs within five minutes walk of the station. 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 Villa Park, if Villa have a Saturday afternoon fixture that weekend. If you like your real ale then there is the Wellington pub on Bennetts Hill, with 16 ales on tap. 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. On the pedestrianised New Street itself is the Post Office Vaults, which is also good for real ale on cider. Also near the station and of note are the Windsor on Cannon Street and the Trocadero on Temple Street. Both these latter pubs show Sky Sports. Both the Wellington and the Post Office Vaults are featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. There are a couple of taxi ranks nearby that you can use if you wish to get you to the St Andrews ground. 

The locations of all these pubs can be found on the 'Map Showing The Location Of St Andrews and Listed Pubs' below. There is also a separate map showing the locations of Hotels in the area.

You can also purchase alcohol inside the ground.

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, signposted 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 signposted on the Inner Ring Road.

Match Road Closures

Please note that from 2pm on Saturdays that Cattell Road and Coventry Road (up past Macdonalds from the inner ring road) are closed to vehicles. The roads re-open at 3.15pm, but then close again after the match has finished to allow the crowd to disperse. This may mean that they are closed for around 45 minutes. 

Car Parking

There is no parking available at the ground for visiting supporters. On Cattell Road going past the ground and the Roost pub is the Church of God and Prophecy that offers parking for £5. As it lies just outside the area of road closures it can mean a relatively quick getaway after the match has ended. There is a fair amount of street parking available in the area, but on the other side of the stadium to the main entrance (which is not a bad thing as it can mean an easier getaway after the match has ended especially if the main Coventry Road leading up to the ground, is closed one hour before kick off and then for an hour after the end of the game, as it is for Birmingham City games). To find the street parking area then following the directions above, then at the third roundabout, where there is a Big John's on the left and a Mercedes Dealership on the right, take the first exit onto Garrison Lane. Then take the next right turn at the old Garrison Lane pub (now closed but the former meeting place of the original Peaky Blinders) into Witton Street. There is street parking in this area, although still make sure you get there relatively early 90 minutes before kick off to get a space.  There is also the option of renting a private driveway near St Andrews via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: B9 4RL

The nearest station is Bordesley, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. It is served by trains from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street. Normally most trains don't stop at Bordesley but on Saturday matchdays there is a regular service (every 10 minutes) and the train ride from Birmingham Moor Street only takes two to three minutes. For evening matches after the game has ended they run back from Bordesley to Moor Street at 21:51, 22:16, 22:22, 22:43 and 22:54. 

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. 

Booking train tickets in advance will normally save you money! Find train times, prices and book tickets with Trainline. Visit the website below to see how much you can save on the price of your tickets:

Adults £20
Over 60's/Under 22's and Students* £15
Under 18's £10**

* With current NUS card.
** Under 16's can be admitted for £5 and Under 13's Free if they take out a Junior Sky Blues Membership.

Official Programme £3.

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

If you require hotel accommodation in the Birmingham area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Booking.com. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Just input the dates below that you wish to stay and then select from the map the hotel of interest to get more information. The map is centered to the football ground. However, you can drag the map around or click on +/- to reveal more hotels in the City Centre or further afield.

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Aston Villa, Leicester City and Birmingham City.

Record Attendance

At Highfield Road:
51,455 v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Division 2, April 29th, 1967.

Average Attendance

2018-2019: 12,363 (League One)
2017-2018: 9,255 (League Two)
2016-2017: 9,118 (League One)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Coventry City v Fleetwood Town
League 1
Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.45pm
Christopher Smith (Fleetwood Town)

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

Me and my brother had never been to Coventry before with many of the recent fixtures being on Tuesday nights. However this time the midweek game was during half term, allowing us to finally.... Hang on a minute. Due to a frankly ridiculous situation between Coventry's owners, the Wasps rugby club and the Coventry City council, they find themselves spending the 2019/20 season at Birmingham's Trillion Trophy Stadium (St Andrews for the traditionalists). While this was slightly more convenient for us, I hope Coventry can get back to playing in their own city as soon as possible. No football fan should have to go to another town/city to watch their football team at home games for a long period of time. So in many ways, this is as much of a review as Birmingham City, as it was of Coventry.

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

Fleetwood to Birmingham is billed as a 2 and a half hour journey according to most map platforms. But anyone who can do it in that time deserves to be an F1 driver. Motorway "upgrades" around Stoke, coupled with Birmingham's rush hour traffic meant we arrived at the ground 3 hours and 10 minutes after setting off. Fortunately we set off at 2:30, meaning we still had ample time pre-match.

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

We were told of a social club that could accommodate away fans when it was Coventry as the home team (Might not be recommended when Birmingham are the home team, as it was full of Blues merchandise). Although it was in the process of being redecorated in parts, it was still more than adequate for most of our 196 travelling support to use. The prices were incredibly cheap- 2 ciders, a coke and a Peaky Blinders larger (When in Birmingham) came to less than £10. In addition, the staff of the social club ordered in pizza and chips for us all to eat, having not anticipated many people turning up in order to open up a burger van they had. All in all, it was one of the more pleasant pre-match experiences I've had and the staff were some of the friendliest I've ever met. We then made our way to the ground and despite being advised to keep heads down in the area. a group of us couldn't resist singing during the 10 minute walk between the social club and the ground. Throwing in some anti-Villa chants got us some cheers and claps from some of the locals, as well as a couple of gestures when we sang about Fleetwood. Didn't run into anybody who was a Coventry fan.

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

Although 3 of the 4 stands were fairly modern, it was still very unique and definitely not a conventional bowl-like stadium. The seats were packed close together and every bit of space was used, including a small second tier above us. Obviously, due to the circumstances, the ground was only a sixth full, but nonetheless 4,500 Coventry fans is a tremendous effort for a midweek game.

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

The first half was a good constant with 2 teams of equal ability going at each other in a positive fashion. We got a fortunate lead 10 minutes in (With our goalscorer in an obvious offside position before tapping in the ball in from a rebound off the post. But we had chances to extend the lead and a 1-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the half, despite Coventry also causing problems with their wide players. However, the second half brought about a capitulation from our perspective. A lack of organisation or calmness on the ball, with some bizarre substitutions and a poor shape going forward. Coventry kept up their tempo and were rewarded with their first goal for almost 4 games. And just like buses, 2 came along in a short space of time. A needless penalty was given away and the game was turned around and that was that. Both teams have made a good start to the season but we're going to have to sort out our defensive frailties if we are serious about staying in the play offs. 

The atmosphere was terrific from us for the first half, but in the second half all of the Coventry fans got behind their team and made a good atmosphere. Close proximity to the sets of fans made for some back and forth banter but there was not much malice to it. While the stadium is impressive to look at, the facilities inside weren't the best to say that Birmingham are a Championship club who've spent a few years in the Premier League. The toilets weren't the best and there was only a small number of cubicles. The concourse was spacious enough, but the food and beverage prices were extortionate. A packet of crisps cost £1.30. A small portion of chips £2.20. Pies set you back over £3.30. All I can say is thank god for the free food put on by the social club or I wouldn't have eaten anything for 14 hours.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There wasn't much in the way of traffic out of the ground (I believe the were coaches for most of the Coventry fans) but the M6 was closed at Junction 13, which meant a diversion through Stafford and Stoke. So once again the journey took over 3 hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it will go down as one of the more unusual away days I've been on, owing to Coventry's situation. In some ways, I'm glad my first experience of St Andrews wasn't against Birmingham City, as it was easier pre-match, and we weren't surrounded by masses of home fans en route to the ground. That being said most of the locals seemed friendly enough, especially the staff at the Bordesley, which was one of the warmest and friendliest places I've been to for a pre-match drink. And while I do want to experience the Ricoh at some point, I think it would have to be a Saturday game, as a 3 hour journey back home during the week is strenuous after a defeat. Its nice to tick off a new ground, but its a shame its been at Coventry's expense. I hope they can get back to their own city next season, and that this farcical situation is sorted out for the long term.

Coventry City v Tranmere Rovers
League One
Sunday 13th October 2019, 12noon
Mark Cartwright (Tranmere Rovers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to ticking off another football ground and this was the perfect chance with Coventry playing at St. Andrews.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Got the train from Stourbridge junction and I was in Birmingham within 40 minutes, with no problems.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Walked from Birmingham city centre through the intimating back streets of Birmingham shortly arriving in Small Heath after about a 30 minute walk.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium?
 
After taking the walk from the city centre, the ground from the outside looks outdated and tired.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was a brilliant smash and grab from Tranmere, Coventry dominated the whole game but couldn’t finish. As far as food it was the worst ground I have been for trying to get a pint and burger.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Walked back from the ground after an overall good day out ground is far better from the inside then outside.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I would love to go back to St. Andrews for a bigger game with a bigger crowd.

Coventry City v Tranmere Rovers
League 1
Sunday 13th October 2019, 12 noon
Ben Castle (Tranmere Rovers)

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

Just another away day to go to and another ground to tick off my list.

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

I took the fans coach which left at 8 am due to the early kick off, the journey went fast and I arrived at St Andrews just after 10 am.

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

The weather at the start was miserable. It was quite a walk to the main city centre so I went into a McDonald’s only a couple of minutes walk away from the ground.

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

It felt kind of weird since Coventry had to move away from the Ricoh, it felt like I was going to Birmingham away. Going through the turnstiles it didn’t look that pleasant but when I went up the stairs to the concourse it looked decent. The ground itself looked decent as well although empty with only two stands being opened.

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

The stewards had to search you before the game that I thought was weird considering it’s not a rivalry or derby. The stewards also didn’t allow you to bring water into the ground that I thought was weird since I’ve been able to at any other ground. Coventry dominated the whole game having shots all over the place but only managing to get one on target. We wouldn’t stop chanting with some banter between the two sets of fans with us bringing around 1000 visiting supporters. Despite the searches, a pyro went off in our away end when it was 0-0. Despite being dominated we got a late goal in the 83rd min which caused limbs in the away end including fans on the pitch and over the barrier. We managed to hold on leaving with a 0-1 victory, first away win of the season and in over 6 months. We were in the relegation zone in 21st before that game but that 3 points lifted us to 18th.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got back on the fans coach which took slightly longer on the way back but still managed to get back in less than 3 hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I loved my day out to St Andrews nearly everything about it. I’ll definitely come back to this ground if I ever get the opportunity to.

Coventry v Bristol Rovers
League 1
Saturday 17th August 2019, 3pm
Yaz Shah (Bristol Rovers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Andrews Ground?
 
It is early season. No wins, no goals for us so far. Support the team. Plus a new home share for Coventry at St. Andrews.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
M40 from London, then M42 them A45 at NEC junction and along old Coventry Road for meet up at Cricketers Arms on Little Green Lane. Took 2 hours (10:35 - 12:45) with Sandy keeping me company.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Cricketers Arms for a few drinks and met up with Nick, Sam (who was driving down from Edinburgh/Preston with the Halifax Gas), Becky, etc. Lots of Gas with a few Coventry supporters. Parked free almost opposite the pub. Sandy had a burger from a stall across the road for £2 and liked it. 10 minutes walk to the ground across retail park.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Andrews Stadium?
 
I really liked the ground. There was a nice feel to it helped by a glorious sunny day. Lovely pitch. Away end half full; we probably had 1500/1600 supporters and it looked almost as many as theirs. The opposite stand and the stand left of the away end were unused. One of the nicest grounds I have been to with plenty of room to sit or stand with no bother from the stewards.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A great atmosphere with our fans easily dominating their fans in vocal support. The game was poor from our point of view with 2 disallowed goals. They scored on half time and then scored a beautifully worked goal between 3 players and the substitute who had just come on curling a 22 yarder in with his left foot low off the post. We were poor in midfield. Our fans actually booed our team at the end which is very rare and voiced our opinion on how embarrassing the 2-0 result was. Coventry deserved to win with good passing, control and movement. The stewards were very good and I saw no signs of trouble. Tea was quite expensive at £2.50. Generally could not fault it. PS Smoking allowed outside the entrance to the away end throughout the game.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems although Coventry Road to A45 was very slow, approximately 1/2 hour with cars parked everywhere.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A beautiful day, a beautiful ground. I could not fault anything but our game and the result. Good luck to Coventry on finding their own ground and the season.

Coventry City v Exeter City
League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 13th August 2019
Steve Ellis (Exeter City)

Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

With Coventry having to play their home games this season at Birmingham City’s ground it was a chance to tick off another ground but would rather have gone if we had been playing Birmingham City.

St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

How easy was your journey and finding the ground?

I travelled up early arriving in Birmingham around 2pm giving me time to check in at my hotel before checking out a few pubs on the way to the ground.

What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

On the way to the ground, I took in the Brewdog pub and Hennesseys before catching the number 60 bus to the ground. On arriving I went into the Happy Abode Bar, which is located at the ground, behind the Spion Kop Stand. It is reasonably sized, with a few tables and a screen. There were no seats inside and beers here cost about £4.50 a pint. This is a home fans only bar so don’t wear colours if you want to go in.

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

We had the Gill Merrick Stand at one end of the ground, whilst the Coventry fans had the Kop Stand to the right. The older Main Stand to the left is traditional looking and still gives a bit of history. But this and the stand opposite us were closed.

St Andrews For a Coventry Match

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was not great, with Coventry running out as 4-1 winners. The atmosphere was almost dead. The stewards were helpful and beers were priced at £4.20 a pint. The cheeseburger I had did not look over appealing with the bun looking squashed and like someone had taken a bite out of it!

Comments on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away afterwards was easy as I got the number 60 bus back into the city centre. Then it was a short walk back to my hotel. 

Attendance: 1,555 (374 away fans)

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* This is the ground address. The club contact address for Coventry City is: Sky Blue Lodge, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL.

Updated 26th October 2019

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