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Birmingham City - 29th September

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Birmingham City on Saturday 29 September in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

This is based on information from the Birmingham City website, from Birmingham City and Solihull Moors FC Dedicated Football Officer PC Colin Barlow, 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.

Birmingham City information

The address for Birmingham City Football Club is Birmingham City Football Club plc, St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, Cattell Road, Birmingham, B9 4RL.

Some information can be found on the Birmingham City website at the following links:

https://www.bcfc.com/tickets-membership/essential-information/new-to-the-ground/

https://www.bcfc.com/tickets-membership/essential-information/getting-to-the-ground/

with the away fans guide accessed via the following link:

https://www.bcfc.com/media/6847/away_fans_guide_1718.pdf

This is dated 2017/18 but we have been advised by the Birmingham SLO that the information is also correct for this season.

Some information can also be found on:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/st-andrews-birmingham-city.html.

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

Information on a matchday can be found on the twitter account for the West Midlands Police Football unit.  The twitter address is @WMPBCFC.

Specific information for Town fans:

Note:   The Conservative Party Conference takes place in Birmingham, starting the weekend of the game.  The conference itself does not start until the Sunday, so hotels remain relatively affordable Friday and even Saturday nights.  But there will be various road closures in place around the conference site (Broad Street) and an increase in police presence around the City Centre.

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £20 for adults.  Concession prices apply for U13s, 13-18 year olds, 19-24 year olds and seniors 65+.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability. 

 

Travelling to Birmingham City

Supporters Coach

Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

For those travelling from Ipswich the 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.  

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

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, 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 the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 26 September). 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.

Car

Note:  There is a road closure along the main road by the Away Fan Entrance (Coventry Road) from one hour before kick-off and from 15 minutes before the final whistle for approximately 45 minutes after the final whistle.  The closure goes from the bottom of Coventry Road and continues to the Garrison Lane junction on Cattell Road. 

The Sat Nav postcode for St Andrew’s is B9 4RL.

From Ipswich the route is the A14 to the M6 which you join at the Catthorpe Interchange.  Leave the M6 at junction 6 and take the A38(M) (Aston Expressway) towards Birmingham City Centre.  Leave the A38(M) at the second exit onto the Aston Road/A5127.  At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Dartmouth Middleway/A4540.  At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Lawley Middleway/A4540.  Continue on this road taking the second exit at the next roundabout.  At the next roundabout take the first exit on to Garrison Lane.  Turn right onto Tilton Road (you will see the ground on your right) and then right onto Cattell Road/B4128.  You will see St Andrew’s on your right.

Alternatively, instead of taking the exit onto Garrison Lane at the Garrison Circus roundabout, continue on the A4540 (this becomes Watery Lane Middleway).  At the next roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the far left hand side) turn left into Coventry Road towards Small Heath.  The ground is about a quarter of a mile up this road on the left.

It’ll most likely take at least 3 hours, and you should allow an extra hour for possible delays. 

Watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon and on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.   Also note that there are long-term roadworks and 40mph speed restrictions on the A14 from before the junction with the A10 in Cambridge for several miles, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch. 

Parking

There is no designated away supporter parking available at the ground.  The small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end is for coaches and disabled fans only.  

Street parking is available in the vicinity of the ground, though it does get very busy, and it can be a bit awkward getting away after the game.  If you come along the ring road (as opposed to Garrison Lane) parking is available off to the left hand side around the small park at the third roundabout and behind the BP Garage before the fourth roundabout.

There are also a number of local schools and firms that offer parking.

Disabled Supporters Parking

Disabled parking is provided at St Andrew’s in the small car park outside the away end on Coventry Road.    There are five spaces which are allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’.  If you want to park here, the Birmingham away fans guide advises that you contact Aamir Javaid, Ticketing Manager, prior to the match to ensure that your name is left on the car parking list at the visitors’ car park gate.  Aamir Javaid can be contacted by phone on 0121 772 0101 option 2 or via email at aamir.javaid@bcfc.com. (Please note: supporters are expected to produce their blue/orange disabled parking badge upon arrival at the stadium).

Alternatively, you can contact ITFC by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

Note, that due to the road closures, admission is only permitted to this car park up until one hour before kick-off 

Train

There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London route on the day of the match.

The nearest local railway station to St. Andrew’s is Bordesley which is a ten minute walk from St. Andrew’s. This service is only available on matchdays.  Note, that Bordesley is only served by trains from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street so you will need to change stations on foot if you arrive into Birmingham New Street.

Birmingham New Street is just over a half hour walk from St. Andrew’s.

To get to Birmingham New Street there are cross-country options from Ipswich.  There is a train at 08:00 from Ipswich which involves a change at Ely, arriving in Birmingham New Street at 11:38.  The 08:20 requires a change at Cambridge arriving in Birmingham at 12:38.  The 9:58, with a change at Ely, arrives at Birmingham New Street at 13:38.

For the return journey there is a train from Birmingham New Street at 17:22 which, with a change at Peterborough, arrives in Ipswich at 21:28.  The 18:22, with a change at Cambridge, arrives in Ipswich at 23:02. 

There are regular trains from London Euston to Birmingham New Street with the journey time from Ipswich taking just under three hours 30 minutes.  To get to London Euston from Liverpool Street you can take the Central Line to Oxford Circus and the Victoria Line to Euston.   Alternatively, walk to Moorgate (5 mins) and pick up the Northern Line to Euston.  Note that there is no Circle Line, no Hammersmith and City Line between Hammersmith and Moorgate, and no Metropolitan Line between Aldgate and Harrow-On-the-Hill.

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes.

Getting to the ground from the station

Walking from Bordesley station

Bordesley station is about a ten minute walk away from the ground.  From the station walk along Coventry Road.  At the roundabout (by McDonalds) go straight ahead and continue on the Coventry Road to the away end of the stadium.

Walking from Birmingham New Street

It is just over a half-hour walk to the stadium from Birmingham New Street. 

The station has undergone major refurbishment and looks quite different if you haven’t been for a while. 

www.footballgroundguide.com provides very detailed instructions for walking to the stadium from Birmingham New Street station.  We assume though that most fans will spend time in the city centre, either shopping or (more likely) pubbing, so detailed instructions from New Street station may not be that useful! 

To give you an idea of directions, St Andrew’s is to the east of the city centre.  Head towards Digbeth (bus and coach station), continue walking along the B4100 as far as Bordesley station and follow the instructions above. 

From the City Centre

 

a)     Taxi

If you don’t fancy the walk, a taxi from the station or from Birmingham city centre will cost between £6 and £8 (as per the Birmingham City away fans guide – note www.footballgroundguide.com suggests a cost of £9).  It is well worth considering if you are in a group.

 

b)     Bus

A number of buses stop outside or near to the ground.  From Birmingham City centre, the following buses are available:  Bus number 17 (Stand MS 9), Bus numbers 58, 59, 60 (Stand MS 4).

Pubs

In the vicinity of the ground, the Cricketers Arms (B9 5AX) and the Ibis Hotel (B10 0PD) welcome away fans.   To get to the Cricketers from the away end, walk up towards Morrisons.  Go through the Morrisons car park heading towards the shop on to Green Lane.  Turn left and you will see the pub, which is shared between home and away fans.  The Ibis Hotel is on Bordesley Park Road very close to McDonalds.

Most fans, however, will choose to drink in the City Centre where Birmingham is neither the best nor the worst away trip when it comes to pubs.  It’s no Manchester or Derby, but there are good pubs to satisfy most people’s needs.  As you would expect, away fans are recommended to find a pub some distance from the ground – either in the city centre or en route to the ground in the Digbeth area, such as the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street or the Anchor on Bradford Street, both of which we’ve enjoyed in the recent past.  In the city centre, you are likely to find large numbers of Town fans in the Shakespeare, just outside New Street station.  Some Town fans prefer the real ale emporium that is the Wellington, on Bennetts Hill. 

Note that the Briar Rose (Wetherspoons), just a few yards away from the Welly, no longer hosts football fans on a matchday.  So several dozen Town fans will be going elsewhere for their beer-and-breakfast. 

Any food outlets near the ground?

We don’t usually pick out other places, but you are bound to find quite a few Town fans in the café at Morrisons supermarket close to the stadium.  Standing on Coventry Road with your back to the away end, you will spot it at the far end of a retail park about 100 yards away.  

Cashpoints

There are cashpoints at the Morrisons superstore 

At the ground

Supporter Liaison Scheme

Birmingham City operates a supporter liaison scheme on match days. Volunteers, in clearly marked purple jackets, are located around the stadium and provide assistance to supporters with ticketing queries, directions, travel information and general enquiries.  There will be a supporter liaison volunteer in the coach park by the entrance to the away end.

Tickets on the day?

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game about one or two days prior to the game.  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.

Away end

We will be in the lower tier of the Gil Merrick Stand which is behind the goal.

Note that the Birmingham City Away Fans Guide states that “All visitors to St. Andrew’s Stadium are reminded that we are an all-seated stadium and in accordance with the Club’s ground regulations, all supporters must remain in their seat whilst the game is in progress.  Persistent standing may result in an individual being ejected from the stadium and in severe cases face a ban from the stadium.”

 

Disabled Supporters

There are 21 wheelchair spaces located with the away fans.  If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

 

Accessible Toilets

There are accessible toilets located in the Gil Merrick Stand for away supporters.

 

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

 

Programmes

The Matchday Programme can be purchased from around the ground for £3.

 

Food and Drink facilities

Refreshments are available in the Away Supporters’ concourse offering a range of pies, burgers, hot dogs and chocolate.   Alcoholic (dependent on the fixture) and soft drinks can also be purchased for consumption in this area.

Please note that there are no cash machines inside St. Andrew’s stadium and supporters wishing to purchase refreshments are advised to bring cash.

We will be advised on the availability of alcohol nearer the game.

There are two lower serving counters in the Gil Merrick bars.

 

Smoking

St. Andrew’s is a smoke-free stadium and in accordance with their ground regulations, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in the stadium.

 

 

Behaviour

Racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is not tolerated by Birmingham City and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the ground.  If you witness any inappropriate behaviour please speak to a steward.