A guide to St. Andrew's...Birmingham City
St Andrew's has been the home of Birmingham City since 1906, and now holds roughly 30,000 people. However, since the drop from the Premier League, the club has seen the average attendance drop to 19,000.
That’s not to suggest it’s diminished the atmosphere and the Blues fans still have a vocal fan base which makes St Andrew's a great away day for any fan.
There is a small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end, but this is also used by the away coaches, meaning space may be limited. There is plenty of street parking in and around the ground and of course there is parking in the city centre, with a taxi only costing £6.
A hidden gem, which is within a ten minute walk of the ground, is the The Cricketers Arms. The pub is shared between home and away fans, but many comment on the friendly atmosphere, however it does not allow large groups of away supporters.
If you fancy a drink in the city centre, and/or you’re arriving by train, the Wellington Arms comes highly recommended. An absolute gold mine for real ale drinkers, you can find up to 16 ales on tap at any one time, the pub on Bennetts Hill is a must in Birmingham.
All reports suggest that the Chicken Balti pies are well worth the £2.80, whilst the beer is priced at £3.50. A match programme will also set you back £3.
The second city is always a great away day, with a number of cracking places to drink within in the City centre. The Birmingham fans are renowned as some of the most passionate in the country, with St Andrews always having a good atmosphere.
WORDS: Sam Stride