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Aston Villa - 26 January

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Aston Villa on Saturday 26 January in the Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Villa Park.  This is based on information provided by Villa for fans visiting Villa Park plus additional information specific to this game.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.

For matchday information, Villa suggest that you follow West Midlands Police on twitter - @WMPVillaFC.  This twitter account provides updates on parking, public transport, highways information etc.  We will retweet any information provided by West Midlands Police from @ITFC_SLO.

Villa Park information

The address for Aston Villa FC is Villa Park, Trinity Road Birmingham B6 6HE.

Aston Villa has produced an away supporter information guide which can be downloaded via the following link:

https://www.avfc.co.uk/villa-park/visiting-the-stadium/Away%20Supporters%20Guide

Some further information can be found at the following link:

https://www.avfc.co.uk/villa-park/visiting-the-stadium

This contains useful detailed information and is well worth reading.  Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans is included in this document.  Note that the guide does include information about the away end upper tier.   We currently only have tickets for the lower tier – upper tier tickets will only be available if it looks like the lower tier will sell out.

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/villa-park-aston-villa.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Villa Park and information that is specific to our fans. 

This information assumes that we will only have tickets for the Doug Ellis lower tier (1,400 allocation).  In the event that we are allocated tickets in the upper tier (this is dependent on tickets sales), this guide will be updated. 

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets are available for this game at a cost of £30 for adults with concessions for 65+, Armed Forces with ID, U21s and U18s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches, in Planet Blue on a non-matchday and the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a match day (up until 13:30) with the usual priorities applying for buying tickets.

Disabled fans requiring tickets should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.  Note that Villa are unable to offer wheelchair spaces within the away end.  Wheelchair users will be situated in the Trinity Road Stand.  There are eight spaces with adjacent seats for personal assistants.  Ambulant disabled fans can be accommodated in the away end – Villa recommend using the front row A of the Doug Ellis Lower tier (section Q).  Note that there are 8 steps from the concourse area to these seats. 

Also, within the visiting areas, visually impaired fans can have free access to the match commentary via earpieces.  Assistance dogs can also be accommodated, but note that an additional seat will be required (free of charge) to ensure that there is room for the dog.   If you require any of these services please let ITFC know when you get your tickets for the game.

More information is provided in the Villa’s away supporter information guide. 

Travelling to Aston Villa

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 09:30 at a cost of £24 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue on a non-matchday or the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a match day (up until 13:30).

There is a planned stop at Cambridge Services on both the outward and return trip.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 23 January.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Once at Villa Park, the coaches will park at the away coach car park on Witton Lane just a short walk from the away turnstiles.

Car

Note:  The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures.  These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance.  We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here.

The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is B6 6HE.  However, you are advised not to use this as your Sat Nav destination as there is a Traffic Exclusion Zone around Villa Park on a matchday from 75 minutes prior to kick-off and for 30-60 minutes after the final whistle.  Traffic is excluded on Witton Lane from the junction with Aston Hall Road to the traffic island at Witton Road, and Trinity Road between Nelson Road and Witton Lane (the Villa away supporter guide includes a map setting out the exclusion zones).

If you are travelling by car it is a good idea to work out where you are going to park and put that postcode into your Sat Nav rather than the postcode for the stadium.

From Ipswich the route is the A14 to the M6 which you join at the Catthorpe Interchange.   Villa Park can be seen from the M6.  Leave the M6 at junction 6 (A38).  Villa Park is well signposted.

For instructions from the A38 to various car parking options see car parking below.

The journey time is around 3 hours. We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays. 

As noted above there are major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.  The stretch of the M6 you’ll be using also has a long roadwork section with a 50mph limit. 

Parking

Residents’ parking zones are in operation on matchdays as well as the Traffic Exclusion Zones mentioned above.  Parking within a residents’ zone will result in a fine of £60.  Villa advise fans to use official car parks.

There are a number of car parks:

  • Powerleague – on exiting the M6 at junction 6, stay in the right-hand land and turn right at the island to the matchday parking at Powerleague.
  • Car park via Park Circus - take the left-hand lane (A38M) and to leave the A38M at the first exit. At Park Circus (traffic island) take the second exit and matchday parking is available at the first left turn.
  • Star City leisure complex.  It is well signposted when you leave the M6 and offers free parking.  It is around 1.5 miles (30 minutes’ walk) from the stadium.
  • Closer to the stadium car parking at £5 per car (£12 per minibus) is available at the Brookvale Road car park.  This is located at the junction of Tame Road (postcode B6 7DS).  Note that to use this car park if you arrive after the Traffic Exclusion Zone is in place you will need to access this car park via Aston Hall Road, Electric Avenue and Tame Road.  Villa suggest an alternative route to this car park which is from junction 7 of the M6 rather than junction 6 – drive along Aston Lane (A4040) and turn left at the roundabout into Witton Road. This road becomes Brookvale Road. 
  • King Edward VII School, Frederick Rd, Birmingham B6 6DJ.  We always park here and receive a good welcome.  The ground is a shortish downhill walk through Aston Park, and it isn’t usually too difficult to get back onto the main road afterwards.
  • Other schools also offer parking – these will be signposted as you get close to them.

Parking for Disabled supporters

Parking for visiting disabled supporters is available on the away coach park, and needs to be ordered in advance by calling Villa’s Disabled Liaison Officer on 0333 323 1874.

Alternatively contact our ticket office on 03330 050503 or mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk who will be able to help.

Train

Note 1: There are planned engineering works which impact the cross-country option.  Buses replace trains between Ely and Peterborough.  Going via Norwich is also impacted with buses from Norwich to Peterborough.

Note 2: There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London line

Both Witton station and Aston station are near to Villa Park.   Away fans are advised to travel to Witton station which is the nearest train station to the away end at Villa Park.  As well as regular services from Birmingham New Street, Witton station offers park & ride possibilities north of Villa Park on the Walsall line.  

For details of the accessible features of the station and for timetable information see www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.networkwestmidlands.com.

Cross-country options to Birmingham New Street are impacted by engineering works for this game.  Buses replace trains between Ely and Peterborough.  The 08:00 from Ipswich, which is usually a popular option for this fixture involves a change at Ely, a bus from Ely to Peterborough and train from Peterborough arriving in Birmingham New Street at 12:38 (an hour later than the usual timetable).  There is an 08:08 from Ipswich via Norwich but this includes a bus from Norwich to Peterborough and arrives in Birmingham at 13:38.   The return journey likewise is impacted by the bus replacement service.

There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London line so travelling via London is an option with the journey time just under four hours (to Witton Station).  From Liverpool Street you will need to get the underground (Circle, Metropolitan or Hammersmith & City) to Euston Square.  Euston station is a short walk from here.  Alternatively, go to Moorgate and change to the Northern Line to Euston.  The return journey is timetabled to be a bit longer (up to four and half hours) due to connection times.

Check www.greateranglia.co.uk for details and up to date information on engineering works.  

Note that after the game there is a queuing system in place at Witton station.  If you are booking time-specific trains back from Birmingham then make sure you allow plenty of time to get from Witton to Birmingham New Street.

Getting to the ground from the station

Witton Station is a few minutes’ walk from the away end (if you don’t stop at the Witton Arms pub).   Turn left out of the station exit and continue to the roundabout.   Turn left into Witton Lane.  The away turnstiles are along this road on the right. 

Pubs

There are a number of pubs in the area around Villa Park but most are either members only or have bouncers on a door checking entry on a matchday.

The Witton Arms is frequented by away fans – half the pub is allocated to away fans with a separate entrance.  It is only a two minute walk from the away end.  Note it does charge a £2 “membership” to gain entry.

www.footballgroundguide.com suggests the Yew Tree pub which is around a 15 minute walk from the ground.  The pub doesn’t serve real ale but has a range of beers and cider.  With the Witton Arms on your left carry on along Witton Lane passing Witton station on the right.  After a half a mile you will see the pub on the right hand side. 

If you park at Star City (see car parking option) there are plenty of food and drink outlets.

If you are travelling into Birmingham New Street, you may want to have a drink and food here before travelling on to Villa Park.  Note that the Briar Rose (Wetherspoons) no longer accepts any football fans, but there are plenty of other options near New Street station.  The Shakespeare pub outside the station is popular with away fans.  There is also the Wellington, a great pub for real ale drinkers, and always popular with Town fans who enjoy their ale traditional and local.  You’ll find pork scratchings and/or pork crunch in every pub in the West Midlands.  

From the pubs around Birmingham New Street you can either catch a train to Witton or you will find a number of taxi ranks.

At the ground

Family Fun Zone

Away families are invited to the Villa Park Family Fun Zone.  This is open for up to two hours before kick-off.   The Fun Zone is in Villa’s Academy building which is the building on the opposite side of the road from the away coach park (see map in the Villa away supporter information guide).  Activities include face painting, inflatables, challenge-based games and football activities.   The Fun Zone is open to all families on production of a match tickets.  Adults must be accompanied by at least one junior, while juniors must be accompanied by at least one adult. 

Tickets on the day?

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

If you need to collect tickets on the day or have any ticket enquires then the visitors ticket office is located on Witton Lane opposite the away coach park.  This ticket office will close just after kick-off.  After this time, any uncollected tickets will be available at the enquiry window at the Villa Village ticket office in the North Stand car park.

Away end

We will be located in the north east corner of the Doug Ellis Stand lower.   To enter the stadium use turnstiles Q91 to Q96.   If for any reason you arrive after kick off, then turnstile Q96 will remain open until the second half has started.

Villa’s visiting supporters guide does stress that fans should remain seated at all times and ensure that gangways and aisles are kept free from obstruction.  This hasn’t however always been our experience at Villa Park.  If you have a need to sit – for example if you have young children or if you are unable to stand for extended periods, please ask stewards to make sure you have a seat and clear view of the game. 

Disabled Supporters

As mentioned earlier, there are no wheelchair spaces within the visiting area at Villa Park.  Away wheelchair fans will be allocated a space in the Trinity Road Stand which is accessed via gate R44 (see map in the Villa away supporters guide).  There are eight wheelchair spaces with adjacent seats for personal assistants.

Ambulant disabled fans will be located in the Doug Ellis Lower tier (see ticket sales for more information).

There is an accessible toilet in the Doug Ellis Lower Q concourse area and also in the Trinity Road Stand (for wheelchair users who will be located here).  These are accessed via a RADAR key.  If you do not have a RADAR key speak to the nearest steward.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.   Villa suggest that it is fine to take small bags or back packs into the stadium – expect the contents to be examined.   Larger bags and / or luggage cannot be taken in as there is insufficient room.  

Villa are unable to offer any storage for bags, back packs or luggage deemed too large.   They ask that, if possible, you do not take a bag with you to the game.

Programmes

The matchday programme is available from designated programme sellers around Villa Park.   Subject to availability, programmes will be on sale after the match from the programme kiosk on Witton Lane opposite the away coach park.

Food and Drink facilities

Food and drink is available from the concourse kiosks.  Alcohol will be available in the Doug Ellis Lower. 

A wide variety of food and drink will be on sale, with prices as listed below.  We have often taken advantage of the chips and curry option, which is not unusual but also highly palatable. 

KIOSK PRICE TARIFF 2018/19

Product

 Selling Price

Product

Selling Price

 

 

   

Soft drinks                   

 

Individual Hot Food Items

 

Coke Zero 500ml

 £    2.20

Pukka Chicken Balti Pie

 £    3.70

Fanta Orange Zero 500ml

 £    2.20

Pukka Chicken & Mushroom Pie

 £    3.70

Sprite 500ml

 £    2.20

Pukka Steak Pie

 £    3.70

Water 500 ml

 £    2.00

Pukka Veggie Tikka (v)

 £    3.70

Oasis Summer Fruits 500ml

 £    2.20

Pukka Sausage Roll

 £    3.00

Capri-Sun Orange 330ml

 £    2.00

Cheese Burger

 £    4.50

 

 

Hot Dog

 £    4.50

Hot beverages

 

Chips

 £    2.80

Coffee

 £    2.20

Chips & Curry Sauce

 £    3.50

Hot Chocolate

 £    2.20

 

 

Tea

 £    2.20

 Snacks

 

Bovril

 £    2.20

Walkers Grab Bag Crisps

 £    1.50

 

 

Cadbury's Dairy Milk

 £    1.00

Beer, Cider and Wine

 

Cadbury's Double Decker

 £    1.00

Fosters Half Pint / Pint (4%)

£2.10/£4.20

Cadbury's Caramel

 £    1.00

Strongbow Half Pint / Pint (4%)

£2.10/£4.20

Cadbury's Twirl

 £    1.00

Heineken Bottle 400ml (5%)

 £    4.00

 

 

Bulmers Original Bottle 330ml (4.5%)

 £    3.70

 

 

Bulmers Red Berries & Lime Bottle 330ml (4%)

 £    3.70

 

 

Greene King IPA Bottle 500ml  (3.6%)

 £    4.20

 

 

White Wine 187ml (12%)

 £    4.00

 

 

Red Wine 187ml (12%)

 £    4.00

 

 

Rose Wine 187ml (12%)

 £    4.00

 

 

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in the stadium.    This includes e-cigarettes.

Flags and Banners

If you want to bring flags or banners to the game please email a photograph of the flag / banner to Villa’s Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Preece on lee.preece@avfc.co.uk at least three days prior to the game.

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