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Birmingham City Football Club
Founded 1875 as Small Heath Alliance
Ground St Andrew's
President Carson Yeung
Chairman Vico Hui
Manager Alex McLeish
League Premier League
When Karen Brady was the big cheese at Birmingham City she came to visit Northamptonshire Cricket Club (my team) for some possible promotion tie-ins, which seemed odd at the time as Warwickshire CCC would surely be her nearest team across the road at Edgbaston. But, as it turned out, it was at the time just before her and Birmingham City's tax problems were breaking and she and others were arrested for fraud, her presence ironic as we, too, were going through a fraud at the cricket club. They eventually got away with being charged fully and it turned out they were 'legally' finding various tax loop holes to try and keep the bills down and so be able to pay the players and staff. Most clubs do it through stuff like image rights and offshore trusts and HMCR felt Birmingham City were a good target to make the point to try and deter this future evasion. Part of the tie in was some Northants fans got free to watch some Birmingham games and got a good look around the ground in the process. I also developed a crush on Karen in the short time she spoke with us, a seriously sexy woman. In those days she was a little more fresh faced and less self-important and certainly using her sexuality as the clubs public face.
The club did face an uncertain fortune back then but Gold and Sullivan sold up and an equally nefarious character from the Far East took over, Carsen Yeung, also getting to grips with the British tax system no doubt. But under him and the excellent Alex McLeish Birmingham City are on solid foundations and now heading for the their second cup final of the season after their comfortable win in the FA Cup last week to go with Sundays Carling Cup Final, their first Wembley final for ten years. Birmingham City's only major domestic trophy win was beating the Villa 3-1 in the 1963 League Cup Final. It's great to see a mid table team push for trophies and not worry about how those extra games will affect their league status. Cup run or not they would still be three points of relegation for me.
Birmingham City moved to St Andrews in 1905, in those days able to cram in well over 70,000 fans, a surprising fact when you see the size of the ground today. It's incredible to think how many potential Hillsboro's the game could have suffered back then. After those terrible events in Sheffield the Taylor Report saw clubs like Birmingham City see a dramatic and forced reduction in attendances and down to just 28,500 by 1990 as the seats went in. Today it isn't much better and with just a 30,000 capacity, rival big city clubs like the Sunderland's and Newcastle's have been able to build new stadiums and keep the Birmingham City's at arms length and move forward quicker. Brum were going to move to a community stadium about five years ago but it all fell through and so they just improved a stand for the interim.
As I say it is a traditional older stadium and that restricted crowd means they will always lack the buying power extra seats produce and so mid-table and the domestic cup finals their goals. This is a top end season for Birmingham. There is potential in the city as Villa went on to win the European Cup in 1981.
Walking around the ground its good to see the fans close up to the pitch and so a good atmosphere generated, a vociferous and intimidating home crowd often the key to staying up, Stoke City the masters of. Birmingham are tough to beat at home and have a solid record in their recent premiership years. They don't get turned over on their own patch. They are no West Brom. The smell of hotdogs and onions is at its most inviting here, the true smell of British football!
Car parking isn't great at the old grounds and bad at St Andrews, the onsite car park usually full of awkward coaches and concession stands, on street car parking the deal here, local knowledge a must. To get here you Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and then take the A38 (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. The ground is well sign posted on that Inner Ring Road. If you're coming off the M42 from the south then it's the A45 Coventry Rd to pick up the signs to the ground. If I see sport in Brum I tend to get the train from Northampton to New Street and then bus or local train out to the grounds, public transport services very good there.
Match prices are pretty good, top end club class at £40 for a mid range Premier League game and £30 in the Garrison Lane Stand, deemed the best views. Their '4up' family tickets are £45 in the family stand and one of the best value in the Prem. The bigger games like United and Arsenal see the prices rise sharply. But if you wanted to take a game in there on your own then the Gil Merrick stand will do an adult for an impressive £20 in the paddock, the price for the West Brom derby next week. Students can get in for half-price and they only charge £1 credit fee! Many 1st Division clubs charge more than these prices. Its well worth taking in a match there guys.
*** Notable History ***
Birmingham City were the first English club side to take part in European competition when they played in the inaugural Inter-Cities Fairs Cup competition in1956; they went on to reach the semi-final where they drew 4-4 on aggregate with Barcelona, losing the replay 2-1. Four years later they were also the first English club side to reach a European final, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Barcelona in the 1960 Fairs Cup final.
The great Bob Latchford was a British record transfer at £350,000 in the early 1970s and then born and bred Brummie Trevor Francis became the first one million pound player at the end of the decade with his move to Forest.
*** Honours ***
----Division One / The Championship----
Champions: 1892-93, 1920-21, 1947-48, 1954-55
Runners-up: 1893-94, 1900-01, 1902-03, 1971-72, 1984-85, 2006-07, 2008-09
Play-off winners: 2001-02
----Third Division / Division Two---
Runners-up: 1931, 1956
---Inter-Cities Fairs Cup---
*** The Team ***
They have a top class keeper in Ben Foster and Man United will rue the day selling him on. Ridgewell and Johnson impress in defence and Ferguson and McFadden bite like dogs in the midfield to back them up. Attacking wise it isn't great but picking up Bentley on loan from Spurs is a huge plus to help stabilize them mid table, zinging in some quality crosses for the premierships tallest player in Nikola Zigić to nut home. They are three players short of top eight but should stay up.
1 GK Ben Foster
2 DF Stephen Carr (captain)
3 DF David Murphy
4 MF Lee Bowyer
5 DF Roger Johnson
6 DF Liam Ridgewell
28 DF Martin Jiránek
7 MF Sebastian Larsson
8 MF Craig Gardner
9 FW Kevin Phillips
10 FW Cameron Jerome
19 FW Nikola Zigić
11 MF David Bentley (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
12 MF Barry Ferguson
13 GK Colin Doyle
14 FW Matt Derbyshire (on loan from Olympiacos)
15 DF Scott Dann
16 FW James McFadden
17 FW Obafemi Martins (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
18 MF Keith Fahey
20 MF Enric Vallès
21 DF Stuart Parnaby
22 MF Alexander Hleb (on loan from Barcelona)
23 MF Jean Beausejour
25 MF Jordon Mutch
26 GK Maik Taylor
27 MF Nathan Redmond
30 FW Akwasi Asante
31 DF Fraser Kerr
32 DF Curtis Davies
Now this review is going to be totally different. I am not actually providing the information contained in it. My mom and my brother always ask what I'm doing on the computer and when i say I'm reviewing things they always roll their eyes and look generally bored but when they found out they could write a review on St Andrews the home of their football team Birmingham City for those who didnt know. I am not a Blues fan, I am on the other side, yes I'm an Aston Villa girl! Anyway I'll hand over to them now to write me a hopefully fabulous review.
Location: Coventry Road, Birmingham
20 Mins from B'ham New Street Station & Moor Street Station OR catch the 56, 57, 60, 96 or 97 from the city centre.
Ticket Prices: Range from game to game start at about £28 up to £40
Telephone Number: 0121 202 5333
Ive been going to every home match at St Andrews now for around 3 years, I'm only 14 but I'm lucky enough to be bought season tickets. I love football in general but Blues are in a in my opinion anyway the number 1 team. The stadium itself is pretty easy to get to by bus or train but parking can be pretty difficult if its a big game. The ground is always clean and tidy and the staff are generally nice and always help should you have a problem getting to your seat. I enjoy going to the games because not only do I enjoy watching my team hopefully win the match but the crowd really get involved and its a great atmosphere. I have had the good fortune been able to meet the manager and players and watch them train after winning a competition and that was an amazing experience.
I agree with everything said above but I do have one massive complaint. I also attend every home game at St Andrews and I have a problem with the cleanliness of the women's toilets. The first time I went three years ago there was a used tampon stuck behind the toilet door. And yes you guessed it 3 years later it is still there! The ladies are pretty dire in generall and I think the stadium should hire some new cleaners for the toilets, other than that though it is a fantastic place to go and a fantastic day out for all the family.
A great day out for the whole family and I think something that people of all ages will enjoy. The atmosphere is terrific and its nice for everyone to get involved and get behind you team. I only have that one complaint with the whole ground other than that..... COME TO ST ANDREWS
Hope you like our review.
This review is going to be from an away fans perspective. Im not a Birmingham supporter but I have been to this ground on several occasions as an away fan and think this is one of the better grounds for an away fan.
This stadium is the home of Birmingham City Football Club, since 1906, which is a just over 30,000 all seater stadium. Birmingham at the moment are second in the Championship, which is one league below the premiership and for the second largest city in England, Birmingham have a really low attendances. I have been to this ground before as an Ipswich fan when Ipswich was in the premiership and Birmingham were in Division 1 (the old championship) in a semi final of the Worthington Cup and the ground was rocking, The stadium was full and the atmosphere was so intimidating.
This season Birmingham were second in the league and their ground was half empty and the fans that where their were very quick to get on the backs of the players.
Anyway, back to the actual stadium -
The stadium has 3 nice, large stadiums which join together, then there is one stand which is very old and doesn't join to the rest.
The away fans get a large selection of the stand behind the goal. From this position they away fans get a good view. I was very surprised with the Stewards at the ground as they let us sit where we wanted rather than where our tickets said which was good as my ticket said I should have been in the corner but in fact I got just behind the goal :)
The facilities were great and very friendly. There is a large area to stand in with a big food and drinks stand, and a big area to place a bet if you wanted too. Also for an away section it was good to see a big clean toilets.
I cant comment on parking as i took a coach up there which parked us right outside the stadium.
I feel this stadium is one of the better in division for the away fans and at only £15 a ticket its also cheap. Shame we got beaten 2-1 and a 5 hour journey home on a cold Tuesday night :(
Ok, so first and foremost, my review is not going to be quite as in depth or as statistical as the 1 other review for St Andrews that is currently on here!!!
As a single mother to a son who adores football in general it is important to me that when I take my little one to watch the football I feel we are both safe, surrounded by friendly people and that it is affordable.
Birmingham City ticks all the boxes.
Parking is easy, there is a big estate about a 5 minute walk from the stadium where there is always plenty of space and in a good location for leaving the area after the game.
When we go we sit in the Tilton, which is one of the areas the staunch home fans sit. Behind the goal. We are always surrounded by such friendly people, be they other families or groups of friends, everybody is just happy to see you, during the game the language can get a bit blue but it is a football match after all!!
Food and drink is a little pricy but in comparison to other stadiums it is on the cheaper side. Cup of tea is £1, burger is £2.50 - which isn't anything to grumble about.
Ticket prices can vary. An Adult is £18 and a child is £7 but Blues are very good with offers such as 'kids for a quid' or 'all tickets for £5 each' which makes a trip to the Blues an affordable day out
You can look up the deals on blues.premiumtv.co.uk
Next time your in Birmingham, give it a go, you never know - you might love it
Well what can I say, St. Andrews has such emotional memories. Losing in the playoff semi finals to Watford on penalties, beating Ipswich 4-2 to go through to the final of the Worthington Cup and of course some older ones before my time. The Tilton Road Stand is connected to the Kop stand. This was the first part done in the re-development if St. Andrews'. They now seat 16,968 home fans. These are the stands on the far side of the picture at the top with the white roof. It also has 23 exicutive boxes and has the best atmosphere in the ground. The picture at the top is out of date as a brand new stand, The Railway Stand, is on the bottom left of the picture. This holds 8,000 as opposed to the 3,000 it used to hold however it seats approximatly 3,000 away fans. The top section of this stand (The Olympic Gallery) holds 1,500 and has amazing views. You can get the best view of the match from here however due to the distance from the pitch, there isnt a very good atmosphere up here. The brand new dressing rooms are situated here in the Railway Stand also aswell as 16 exicutive boxes. The Main Stand is the oldest stand at St. Andrews' and is in major need of re-development.It holds 4,977 people and had facilities such as the commontary box and the PA system controls aswell as the safty Officer and ambulances. There is also the Trevor Francis suite there and the Gil Merrick Bar. Overall ------- I'd recomend sitting in either the KOP or the TILTON road stands. These have the best atmosphere and if your not there for the atmosphere, you might aswell listen to it on the radio or the TV. St. Andrews' is in my oppinion one of the best grounds in the first division and is definitley not going to be one of the worst in teh premiership. The England U-21's played there onlya few months ago. THe parking is good as there is LOTS of space both in the car park and on the roads just outside. DEFINITLY worth a visit. Overall it holds
30,016 people and when the Main Stands done, it'll be over 35,000. GREAT STADIUM! HOW TO GET THERE ================From M6: Get off the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38M for Birmingham City Centre. Get off at the second junction - If you then glance at the signpost as you approach the island, you'll see directions to St Andrew's off to the left. When you get near the ground, I'd advise you to find some side-street parking and take any sign of your club colours out of your car! From M40/M42: Your best bet is to head into Brum on the A34 off the M42. Follow this for about 5-6 miles until you reach a large island with a DFS on the left as you approach it. Turning right here will take you down towards the ground, but parking is difficult. I'd suggest you carry straight on over the island, and then turn left at the first traffic lights. This is Bradford Street and you'll come across a zebra crossing with a Pub on the right (the Adam and Eve). Many Bluenoses drink here before the game - If you turn right and then a quick left at the Pub, you can usually find parking in the side streets. Once again, I'd advise you to remove any valuables and indications of your club out of view! St Andrew's is a good 10-15 minute walk from here (North-East past Bordesley station) - follow the Blues fans and you'll end up at the right end for away fans. BY TRAIN: Get the Train to Birmingham New Street Station. Don't bother with the train from there - get a taxi or follow the Bus instructions below. BUS: There are several Buses you can catch to St Andrew's from Birmingham City Centre. For the latest Bus route information go to http://www.travelwm.co.uk/ Look for the 57, 58, 60, 96 & 97 Buses on the Bus Route map on the above Website.
St. Andrews is a football stadium in Birmingham, England. It is the home of Birmingham City F.C. who play in the Football League Championship and has a capacity of just over 30,000.