Birmingham City – Saturday 29th July 2017 at 15:00
Address: St Andrews Ground, Birmingham. B9 4RL
Telephone: 0121 772 0101
Web Site: www.bcfc.com
What’s It Like?
Up to 3,000 away fans are in the Gil Merick Stand’s lower tier; facilities and the view from here are pretty good. A variety of Peters Pies are on sale along with Cornish pasties, cheese and onion pasties, burgers and hot dogs. John Smith’s, Fosters and cider is sold, also Smirnoff Ice and wine. Keep your club colours covered around the ground or in the city centre as it can be dodgy.
For a light-hearted take on a visit to St. Andrew’s, have a read of this blog post from the Swans League Cup visit there back in 2013 – when the Jacks were the reigning Capital One Cup holders.
Birmingham is the second largest UK city, and has a multitude of eating and drinking places to suit everyone. Ethnic food is highly popular and every region of Asia is represented in its restaurants. Birmingham has loads of museums, art galleries and theatres.
Cadbury World (B30 2LU) is the place for chocoholics. You can save 5% of the entry cost by booking on line at www.cadburyworld.co.uk.
Birmingham has it all when it comes to shopping! From malls to shopping centres to independent shops. The Bullring (B5 4BU) is probably the best known and has over 160 shops on one site along with plenty of places to eat or drink.
Birmingham has a National Sea Life Centre (B1 2HL) is open 10-6. Sea Life tickets bought on-line start at £12.75 and family tickets provide big savings.
About 14 miles from St Andrews is Drayton Manor Theme Park (B78 3SA). It’s a good day out, really good value and queues not as bad as Alton Towers or Thorpe Park. You save a huge amount booking on line and print your tickets plan your day at www.draytonmanor.co.uk. It has its own hotel and many places to stay close by.
Céline Dione is at the Barclaycard Arena (B1 2AA) on the 27th. Tickets start at £51. StarCity complex (B7 5SA) has a Vue cinema, ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser station, a football centre, gym, casino, a climbing centre.
There are plenty of places to stay nearby if you fancy making an overnight stay of it and enjoying all Birmingham has to offer.
Pubs and Grub
Most of the pubs near the ground should be avoided. A friendly, small pub is ‘The Cricketers Arms’ (B9 5AX) a 10 minutes walk, to find the pub (with your back to the away section) walk away from the ground until you get to Morrisons. Walk through Morrisons car park towards the store then join the road next to the store, the pub is just on the left. The Pub is used by home and away fans but you should be OK there. Otherwise it’s 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, there’s ‘The Anchor’ (B5 6ET) on Bradford Street, renowned for its range of real ales on offer. The pub is just behind Digbeth coach station.
If arriving by train, or visiting the city centre, and you like real ales ‘The Wellington’ (B2 5SN) is an over 18s pub serving 17 of them. It doesn’t serve food, but you can bring your own. Exit New Street Station, at the top of the escalators turn left and go towards ‘Foot Locker’. Turn left at this shop and then right and go 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 4th turning on the right (Barclays on the corner). The pub is half way up Bennetts Hill on the right. There’s also a Wetherspoons ‘Briar Rose’ (B2 5RE) on Bennetts Hill. There’s a taxi rank nearby to get to the ground.
There’s a small car park outside the away end, but spaces depends on how many away coaches are expected. There’s plenty of street parking, if you arrive before 1.30pm to the left hand side of the ring road, behind the BP garage. There are some schools and businesses that offer parking for £4-£5.
The nearest station is Bordesley, a ten minute walk from the ground, but is only served by trains from Snow Hill with poor service on Saturdays. If you arrive at New Street Station, walk to Snow Hill (10 minutes) or take a taxi (about £9) or it’s a 20 minute walk to the ground.
Alternatively, buses numbered 58, 60, 97 & 97a go to the ground. These can be caught near to Moor Street Railway Station on Queensway. Look for bus stop MF.
The 3 hour train journey to New Street leaves Swansea at 08:29, 09:29 and 10:29. Trains back are at 17:42, 18:42, 19:42 and 20:42.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!