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ST ANDREWS
 
St Andrews has been a League ground for 114 seasons;
from December 25th, 1906 to the current day .

St Andrews was the 82nd
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 30,009

Year opened 1906

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
The site had been in use as a brickworks before Birmingham FC moved here from Muntz Street in 1906 and the facilities upon opening included a 6,000 seat main stand on the north side and terracing around the remainder of the ground. In the 1930s covers were erected over part of the south side and at the west end before the record attendance of 67,341 was set at the FA Cup 5th Round tie v. Everton (2-2) on February 11th, 1939.

During WWII the city of Birmingham suffered from more bombing raids than any other outside of London and it was no surprise that the ground experienced considerable bomb damage (the demise of the main stand being assisted in 1942 by the inadvertent use of petrol, rather than water, to put out a small fire). Attempts were made to purchase the grandstand from the Royal Gymnasium Ground in Edinburgh but this was sold to Leith Athletic FC for Ł2,000 in 1947 and re-erected at Old Meadowbank. The south side was re-roofed in 1947 and, in the 1950s, a new main stand constructed on the north side and cover erected at the east end. A new stand was opened at the west end in 1964 and, apart from the installation of seats in the paddocks in front of the stands no further alterations took place until the 1990s.
In 1994 the terracing on the south side and at the east end was removed and replaced with two continuous cantilever roofed all seat stands and, in 2000, a two-tier all-seat stand was opened at the west end giving an all-seat capacity of 30.016 by the start of the 2007/8 season. During the 2006/7 season the pitch deteriorated badly and became potentially dangerous. To rectify this, the laying of a new surface commenced on January 7th, 2007 but unexpected adverse weather conditions led to it being unready for the next League fixture, v. Leeds United on January 13th, 2006. This was the first time that a game had had to be postponed due to a relaid pitch being unready and the club was fined. The pitch size was 115 x 75 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: St Andrews Ground, Cattell Road Birmingham B9 4RL
Main phone number: 0844 557 1875
Ticket office: 0844 557 1875
Ticket prices: Adults Ł34 (Ł24), Senior Citizens/Students Ł17 (Ł12), under 18's Ł15 (Ł10), under 12's Ł13 (Ł8) it depends who is visiting
 
If driving to ground: North/ South East Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38 (M) the Aston Expressway for the City Centre. Continue past the first turn off and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road (Dartmouth Middleway). Turn left at the roundabout at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East (Signposted Coventry/Stratford). Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand corner) turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Take a left into Cattell Road at the lights and City's ground is on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road. There is though plenty of street parking off the left hand side of the ring road. Either around the small park at the third roundabout you cross or along the road next to and behind the BP garage before the fourth island. Bear in mind that if you arrive after 1.30pm these areas are likely to be already full. There are some local schools and firms that offer parking facilities for around Ł5. You can park next to the Cricketers Arms in Little Green Lane which is just of Cattell Road via Arsenal Street South West Take the M5 to junction 3 then take the A456 exit to Birmingham (W & C) then at the roundabout take the third exit onto Quinton Expressway/A456, go through two roundabouts and follow the signs for the A456 on the Middleway and follow this road for about five miles then take the left and follow the signs for Ring Road/ A38. At the roundabout take the third exit into Highgate Middleway and go straight on at one roundabout at the next take the third exit into Coventry Road then at the lights take a left into Cattell Road.
 
If using Public Transport: Train to Bordesley from Moor Street Rail which is two minutes away from New Street. At the station turn left onto Coventry Road at the roundabout continue on the ground is on the left just past the lights, Walking is a mile to the station 20 minutes
 
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