Aston Villa

Villa Park

Capacity: 42,785 (all seated)
Address: Trinity Road Birmingham B6 6HE
Telephone: 0121 327 2299
Fax: 0121 322 2107
Ticket Office: 0800 612 0970
Stadium Tours: 0800 612 0970
Pitch Size: 115 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Villans
Year Ground Opened: 1897
Shirt Sponsors: dafabet
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Claret and Blue
Away Kit: White and Claret

Holte End External View
Holte End External View
Doug Ellis Stand
Doug Ellis Stand
Holte End
Holte End
Trinity Road Stand
Trinity Road Stand
North Stand
North Stand

Although the stadium has been completely rebuilt since the late 1970's, it has some individuality, as the four stands each have their own design, making it one of the more interesting in the League. At one end is the Holte End. This is a large two tiered structure which replaced one of the largest covered terraces in the country. Opened in the 1994/95 season it has a capacity of 13,500 seated supporters. At the other end is the North Stand, which is older (being built in the late 1970's), but still modern looking. This is two tiered, with a double row of executive boxes running across the middle. On one side of the pitch is the Doug Ellis Stand, which again is two-tiered and is roughly the same height as the other two stands. This stand was opened prior to the 1996 European Championships, for which Villa Park was a host venue. Opposite is the latest edition, the impressive looking Trinity Road Stand. Opened in 2001 it is three tiered, with a small tier at the front and then two larger tiers above, which are separated by a row of executive boxes. Although at the time many fans were disappointed to see the old Trinity Road Stand demolished, I think its replacement gives the ground a more overall balanced look, because the new stand, although the largest at Villa Park, has roughly the same roof level as the other three sides. There are also two large video screens installed in opposite corners of the ground. 

An unusual feature is that between the Trinity Road & Holte End Stands is a pavilion type structure that was built at the same time as the Trinity Road. This three tiered building is used for corporate hospitality. On the other side of the Holte End is another similar looking structure that is used for police control. The only disappointment with Villa Park is that the corners of the ground are open, however there are plans to fill in the corners at some point, at the North Stand end of the ground.

The Club have received planning permission to re-develop the North Stand. This would involve building a new stand that would extend around the current open corners at that end of the stadium. However, there are currently no firm timescales as to when this will take place. When completed the capacity of Villa Park would be increased to 51,000. 

In another move the Club are exploring the possibility of a 'safe standing' area at Villa Park. This however is a much wider issue and would require a change to the existing law, for this to be allowed.

Away supporters are located on one side of the Doug Ellis Stand, towards the North end of the stadium. Up to 2,972 fans can be accommodated in this area, split between both the upper and lower tiers of the stand. If only a small away following is expected then just the upper tier is allocated. The concourse at the back of the upper tier is particularly tight and easily becomes crowded, whereas there is more space behind the lower section. There is a fair selection of food available in the lower tier, but due to restricted space a limited offering is available in the upper tier; There are a selection of Pukka Pies and Pasties (all £3.30), Rollover Hot Dogs (£2.60) and then additionally in the lower tier; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Fish & Chips (£6.50) and Chips (£2.80). There are wide screen televisions on the concourse, showing past encounters between the teams before kick off. There is also betting facilities available in the form of a BetBright outlet in the lower tier. Entrance to the stand is gained by entering your match ticket into an electronic reader. 

A visit to Villa Park is normally an enjoyable experience, with the stewards normally taking a relaxed and friendly attitude. One concern though, is that there is very little separating the home and away fans and this could lead to possible future crowd problems.

Now, as I support the other team in Birmingham (and no it is isn't Solihull Moors!), it has been suggested that I am biased against Villa Park. Well all I can say that I have been to the ground on a number of occasions, in fact I can now claim to have sat in every stand, so that just shows you how unbiased I really am! Plus I have even been on the pitch. But that is another story...

There are a number of pubs in the vicinity of Villa Park, but most of them on match days are either members only or have bouncers on the door. However, Dave Cooper recommends the following for away fans; 'The Witton Arms (formerly the Cap and Gown), is not a bad pub, to which half the pub is given to away fans (there is even a separate entrance for visiting fans). It is only two minutes walk from the away entrance, right on Witton Island, however it does charge £2 per person to gain entry'. Alex Alexander a visiting Norwich City fan adds; 'We found a pub approximately 15 minutes walk from the ground where away fans were made welcome. It is called the Yew Tree. Although they don’t serve real ale, they had a good range of beers and Magner’s on draught. It is on the same road as the Witton Arms, but with this pub on your left carry straight on up the road, passing Witton Railway Station on your right. After about half a mile you will see the pub on the right hand side'.

If you arrive a bit earlier then you may wish to visit the historic Bartons Arms, located about a 15 minute walk away on High Street Aston (A34). This Grade II listed building, is one of Birmingham's finest pubs, with superb Victorian decor, serving Oakham ales and Thai food is also on offer. It is a regular entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. 

Darren Williams a visiting Manchester City fan adds; 'We have always park at an entertainment complex called Star City. It is just off Junction 6 of the M6, going towards Villa Park. Huge free car park, plus plenty of food and drink outlets. It is then about a mile and half walk to the ground'. Alcohol is normally available to away supporters but only in the lower tier of the Doug Ellis Stand. This is in the form of Carlsberg (£3.80 a pint) and Somersby Cider (£3.70 500ml bottle). However for some high profile games the Club decide not sell alcohol to away fans.

White Lion Pub Four Oaks

White Lion pubLocated 15 minutes drive from Junction 9 of the M42 the White Lion pub is located in the leafy suburbs of Four Oaks, the pub is the perfect stop off point for fans on their way to Villa Park. A Thwaites pub it is popular with drinkers and those who enjoy watching sports with a number of large screens showing the early kick off. The pub is friendly and the landlord Andy Thompson has had plenty of experience of entertaining large groups of visiting fans in the pub trade. The large car park has ample space for coaches, food is available too and breakfasts can be arranged on request. Villa Park is then a 20 minute drive away. Alternatively fans can leave their car at the pub and catch a train direct to Aston from Butlers Lane Station which is around a five minute walk away, with the railway journey to Aston taking 15 minutes. Give Andy a call on 0121 308 2313 or email him to discuss your requirements. White Lion Location Map The post code of the pub is B75 5HL. You can also follow the White Lion on Facebook

The ground can be seen from the M6, if you are coming from the North side of Birmingham. Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the slip road sign posted Birmingham (NE). At the roundabout below the motorway, turn right (the fourth exit), towards City Centre/Aston/Star City, Villa Park is well signposted from here. However to be on the safe side, turn right along Lichfield Road, at the second set of traffic lights on to Aston Hall Road. This road will take you down to the ground. Mostly street parking (don't be surprised though if you are approached by kids wanting to 'mind your car'), although this is not as plentiful as it once was due to a local residents only parking scheme now in place in the streets around the Witton roundabout area. Street parking is also available in streets around Aston railway station (which you will pass if you continue along Lichfield Road towards the City Centre. Alternatively free parking is available, but a 15-20 minute walk away at Star City which is also well signposted.

Post Code for SAT NAV: B6 6HE

Take the short train journey from Birmingham New Street (around 10-15 minutes) to either Aston or Witton station. Witton station is nearer to the away section and is only a few minutes walk from the ground. Turn left out of the station exit and continue down to a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout into Witton Lane and the entrance to the away section is down this road on the right. Aston station is about a ten minute walk away from Villa Park. Extra trains are laid on to the ground on matchdays. 

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

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Like a number of other clubs a category scheme for ticket prices is in operation (A B & C), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown with Category B & C prices in brackets:

Home Fans:
Trinity Road Stand (Upper Outer Middle): Adults £45 (B £42) (C £37), Under 18's £40 (B £35) (C £25)
Doug Ellis Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £45 (B £42) (C £37), Under 18's £40 (B £35) (C £25)
Doug Ellis Stand (Upper Wings & Lower Tier): Adults £43 (B £41) (C £37), Concessions £35 (B £33) (C £29), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13), Under 8's £21 (B £17) (C £13)
Holte End (Upper Tier Centre) & Trinity Road Stand (Lower Tier & Wings):
Adults £40 (B £37) (C £35), Concessions £33 (B £30) (C £26), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13), Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £12)
Holte End (Lower Tier Centre):
Adults £37 (B £35) (C £33), Concessions £30 (B £28) (C £25), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13),
Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11), 1 Adult + 1 Child £45 (B £40) (C £38)
North Stand (Upper) & Holte End & Trinity Road Lower Tier (Outer Wings):
Adults £33 (B £30) (C £27), Concessions £27 (B £25) (C £23), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13),
Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11), 1 Adult + 1 Child £40 (B £36) (C £33)
North Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults £27 (B £25) (C £22), Under 18's £20 (B £17) (C £12), Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11)

Away Fans:
Adults £43 (B £41) (C £37)
Concessions £35 (B £33) (C £29)
Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13)
Under 8's £21 (B £17) (C £13)

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's. Full Time Students and Members of the Armed Forces.

Aston Villa FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Programme £3
Heroes & Villans Fanzine £2

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

 

Record Attendance:

76,588 v Derby County FA Cup 6th Round, March 2nd, 1946.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

42,788 v Liverpool Premier League, December 29th, 2009.

Average Attendance:

2013-2014: 36,081 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 35,060 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 33,873 (Premier League)

Tours are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and some Sundays. However if any of these coincide with a matchday then tours will not be held on that day (plus the afternoon before and the morning after). The cost for the tour is £12.95 for adults and £7.95 for under 16's. Family tickets are also available. On Sundays there is also the option to take lunch in the highly rates VMF restaurant overlooking the pitch. The cost of the tour plus Sunday lunch is; Adults £25.95 and Under 16's £13.95. Tours can be booked on 0800 612 0970 or can be booked online with the club.

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the ground.

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Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad. 
 

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram.

Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Villa Park.

Aston Villa v Everton
Premier League
Saturday October 26th 2013, 3pm
By Rob Pierce (Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Always wanted to visit Villa Park, and since they've been close to relegation in recent seasons (sorry Villains) thought the sooner the better.  

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Opted against the train due to cost, so booked a National Express Fun Fare coach ticket (Google it). Booked a month before the game and only cost £6 altogether!

Got the train from Birmingham city centre to Aston for just a few quid return, followed by a 10 minute walk to the ground. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Had a few drinks in town after speaking to local Policemen who suggested it was a bit safer than drinking near the ground. The Shakespeare near New Street station was full of away fans and served done good ales. Home fans on the train were friendly and didn't see shy bother at all.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The Holte End from the outside is very impressive, got a few pictures and chatted to some friendly Villains 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Brilliant view in the third row of the away section. Howard's penalty save livened up a somewhat quiet first half. The introduction of Osman in the second half brought the game alive after assisting Lukaku for the opener and bagging the second himself. 

Major sour point was when Lukaku ran towards us after scoring and the first few rows of Everton fans ran towards the advertising boards. This resulted in me being rather roughly man handled by  one of the stewards, another steward saw this and made sure I was okay. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Only trouble was a few remarks from angry home fans, but overall not too bad.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Brilliant day, 3 points and another ground ticked off the list. Since Villa stayed up last season, almost certainly will be heading back to Birmingham next season.

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Premier League
Saturday, December 29th 2012, 3pm
By Alan Parker  (Wigan Athletic fan)

My son and I are Wigan fans and we took my new son-in-law to see Wigan take on Aston Villa. This was a must-win game for both teams. Fortunately for us, the Latics played superbly to win 3-0, an early goal from Ramis and two in quick succession at the start of the second half by Boyce and Kone. 

Villa played with some spirit in the second part of the first half, but heads went down after the second goal, and heads were practically at knee-level after the third. Hundreds of Villa fans started streaming out of the ground after the third goal, despite there being more than half an hour left. I would be very worried if I were a Villa fan.

This was only our second visit to Villa Park, the other one being in 2003, to see the FA Trophy final, when my home village of Burscough amazingly beat Tamworth 2-1. Burscough’s player manager was Shaun Teale, an ex Villan. That was a wonderful day.

Villa Park is a great ground and very easy to get to. You can see it from the M6. We exited at Junction 6, drove down the A38(M) and followed signs for match day parking. We parked at the first one we saw and paid our £5. It was a filthy journey down with heavy rain and spray, and heavy traffic resulting in lots of concertinas, but it was easy to get away from at the end. Our walk to the ground took us through Aston Park and past Aston Hall and we fell into familiar conversation with some downbeat but friendly Villa fans who were still reeling from an 8-0 defeat to Chelsea and a 4-0 defeat to Spurs.

Villa Park looks magnificent from outside and inside. There is sufficient leg room. The stewards told us to sit where we wanted in our section, presumably because a lot of tickets were unsold, so we ignored the seat numbers and sat much more centrally, right by the line of stewards and the home fans. It was a good job we sat as far back as we could because the rain swept in and soaked those in the first few rows. There were no problems from the home fans before or after the game. We did not go for a drink before or after the game. We felt perfectly safe at all times. 

However, I do have one or two gripes. We were fore-warned about it, but there is no alcohol on sale in the away concourses. OK, no big deal, but why not? Then they managed to get the names of two Wigan players wrong on the big screen. Maynor Figueroa seems to have gone into politics, as he was ‘Mayor’. At Wigan (and, I hope, at most grounds) they have the courtesy to announce the away team, the visitors, first. I have been annoyed and disappointed at visits to Blackburn Rovers when they announce the home team first. Villa took it one step further by announcing the home team, subs and all, just before kick off, and not announcing Wigan at all. And the tickets were £35, which I think is a bit steep. Yes, I know you pay £40+ at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge and the like, but category C at Wigan is £20 (I have a season ticket, which cost £255)

Overall, a trip to Villa Park is a very enjoyable experience and highly recommended.

Aston Villa v Chelsea
Premier League
Saturday, March 31st 2012, 3pm
By Joe Fowler (Chelsea fan)

I had been to Villa Park last season, and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Also, Villa Park is one of the historic Premier League stadiums, which always adds to the attraction. In saying that, we travelled to a ground where we have taken all 3 points on just one occasion in the last 12 visits. 

The car journey to Birmingham was simple enough, however, once inside Birmingham, it becomes very hard to find your way. We had printed off a route planner, which was very helpful, but the stadium isn’t well sign posted. We parked the car in a match day car park for £4, about a 10 minute walk from the ground. 

We decided to go straight to the ground, where we’d have something to eat and a drink. Walking to the ground in a Chelsea shirt seemed a tad risky, but only 4 drunken Villa supporters were abusive towards us. Apart from them, the fans seemed friendly.

From the outside, the ground gives the impression of being old, with its red bricked walls, although it is all relatively modern stadium. The stadium on the inside looked quite impressive, with each stand looking different. Our tickets were in the lower tier of the Doug Ellis Stand, in the corner, next to the Villa fans in the North Stand. Chelsea took the full allocation, and so there were 3,000 of us, but it didn’t feel cramped. The concourse is huge, meaning that it doesn’t get too congested (unlike in the upper tier).  

The game itself was brilliant! In the first half, we could have been 3-0 up if not for some good Villa defending. There was a rapturous applause in the 19th minute for Stylian Petrov, where both sets of fans showed their respect. The second half was crazy. We went 2-0 up, and appeared to be costing. However, in the blink of an eye, they had pulled it back to 2-2. This was the first time in the entire match that the Villa fans seemed to make any noise (except for the ones next to us, who spent the entire game chanting at us). We then made it 3-2, and in the last minute, Fernando Torres’ hard work paid off as we sealed a 4-2 win. Us Chelsea fans sung non stop throughout the game, and even got applauded when singing “there’s only one team in Europe! The stewards did a decent job of keeping the fans apart, escorting one Villa fan out of the ground who threw a flare. A number of Chelsea fans got removed from the ground too, after ‘over’ celebrating Torres’ goal, which seemed a bit unfair. The food was alright. I had a burger, which without being terrible, was okay. Away fans should take note that Villa doesn’t sell alcohol to away fans. 

We walked out of the ground in good spirits, and except for a few clashes of fans, the Police made sure that there was no real trouble. We walked back to the car, but I thought it wise to cover up my Chelsea shirt, especially as we appeared to be the only Chelsea fans on the car park. We drove back, stopping at a service station for a drink. 

This has been my favourite away trip, and I found every aspect of it really enjoyable (except the walk to the ground). The team put in a great performance, as did the fans. Look forward to coming back next year, and hopefully, the same outcome!

Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Premier League
Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 3pm
By Ben Buckingham (QPR fan) 

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

This was my third visit to Birmingham to see QPR take on Villa. I always regard Villa Park as one of the best grounds in the country for how it looks, its history and for its size. Originally QPR fans were asked to pay out £37 for this cold mid-week away day but that was reduced by Aston Villa’s pricing scheme to £25, which made the visit a fair bit cheaper for us all. This was our first mid-week away game this season (unlike in the Championship which are almost weekly!) so with it being only over 100 miles a few of us fancied it. It was another ‘Buckingham Boys’ only away day with Me, Ian and Mark. I was looking forward to the game also to see the new QPR players signed in the January transfer window.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

Honestly this was a shocker! Mark decided to drive this one (my day off away-day driving) after debating whether he or Ian should drive. We left Ickenham around 4pm and had a very simple journey up the M40. Now the main problem was ‘Breaking the away-day Golden rule’... (find parking first!). We like to head to the Frankie and Benny’s restaurants and generally do a search online to see if one is near the ground were visiting. The Boston 7 pizza’s and few pints each is almost like a tradition now!!. We found one located in Birmingham and was very enjoyable (as always!) and we left there at 7pm to do a 3.5 mile journey via crossing the M6 at Spaghetti Junction onto Villa Park. Needless to say it took 40 minutes to get in the area we wanted to park in. Mark eventually ended dumping the car on a grassed area in the middle of some houses and we (regrettably) had to run 800m quickly to get in for around kick-off. I say regrettably, because for the 3 days after my shins were agonisingly painful (which the boys found very funny!). We grabbed a programme and got into the ground 3 minutes into the game – so not a bad effort!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?  

As mentioned above we found our usual Frankie and Benny’s but there wasn’t any football fans in there. When we eventually ‘dumped’ the car a few Villa fans were helpful in pointing out the best way to the ground. When we crossed under the Aston expressway we were amazed by how many Villa fans were walking to the ground at 7.45. Is it really that bad watching them at the moment, or is the parking just awful around the ground? You felt like saying ‘hello... there’s a game on and its started’ we were the only three out of hundreds of people running to get into the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

Outside Villa Park the Holte End steps and exterior look is very different and pretty impressive. As it was a night game and we were running to the ground we didn’t take much notice of what it looked like outside but seemed ok. I have sat in 3 different places now at Villa Park, the lower North Stand (2004) the Upper North Stand (2008) and the Doug Ellis lower (2012). The view from the Doug Ellis Stand was pretty decent although probably better in the upper tier. From this side the Trinity Road Stand looks very impressive. I read that the North Stand Villa are looking to replace with a wrap around design. I think this is the only end that could be improved but Villa Park is one of my favourite away grounds.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..  

I can’t comment on the opening 3 minutes but.....the first half QPR played pretty well and got into a 2-0 lead. Djibril Cisse scored a lovely goal on his debut after just 11 minutes. Before half time Warnock headed an own-goal to put us 2 up which led to lots of abuse from the home fans towards the manager and players. Chants of ‘embarrassing’ from the home fans were ringing out from all the home sections. Villa actually were playing ok though and on the stroke of half time Ireland crossed beautifully for Bent to slot home. That changed the game completely and Rangers endured wave after wave of Villa attacks in the 2nd half and finally couldn’t hold on with little over ten minutes to play. N’Zogbia levelling the game! 

Towards the end Rangers were very lucky to escape hand-ball appeals and had cleared 2 Villa efforts off the line. A great game of football but a shame we couldn’t hold on for the much needed 3 points. The attendance was around 32,000 which was very poor, that’s over 10,000 empty seats which were going for £25. Obviously the Villa fans aren’t a happy bunch right now! The facilities were reasonable enough but they weren’t selling any beers at half time (which I can never understand!!) Do you want our money or not??? At the end of the game, we found it very odd that there were green signs lit up saying ‘Exit, this match has now finished’ underneath the doors. Very pointless!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:  

The nervous wait was over... the car wasn’t smashed in or towed away! It took ten minutes to make it back to the Aston Expressway onto the M6. The journey took 2 hours to get back with a 20 minute services stop (while Mark was deciding which Coffee to buy!). There wasn’t any trouble or any hassle leaving the ground and we were reasonably happy with the point gained.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an enjoyable away day, my first Premiership experience at Villa Park. My brother Ian missed the 2004 and 2008 cup games but he said he enjoyed it at Villa Park and I’m sure we will all come back again. I would suggest to anyone travelling to Villa Park to get there early and park up, the traffic travelling through Birmingham isn’t particularly free flowing around the M6 areas. My advice is also to head to the other side of the Aston Expressway to that of Villa Park and look for parking off the A5127 Lichfield Road. The 2-2 draw would have been a great point had we have beaten Wolves at home the Saturday after but we threw it away and lost 2-1, now the pressure is on for Blackburn away (where I will be the designated driver... of course!)...you Rs! Please 3 points for QPR!!

Aston Villa v Swansea City
Premier League
Monday, January 2nd 2012, 3pm
By Joseph Thomas (Swansea City fan)

1 Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I’d gone to Villa Park a few years back with my father to watch Villa v Leeds, so when Swansea got promoted at the end of last season I set out Villa Park as an away trip I really wanted to do. A chance to go back and revisit it. Also, I was quietly confident that we’d finally pick up our first away win of the season here.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Travelling from Cardiff was very easy. Only really took about two hours (+ a half hour stop at Strensham Services). Easy enough. We parked about a mile away from the Ground as we arrived quite late and thought any car parks nearer would be packed out already. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We arrived there and went straight into the ground really. I had a conversation with a few Villa fans after they asked me what I thought the score would be. They were all confident they’d win comfortably after they’d beaten Chelsea 1-3 at Stamford Bridge a couple of days before. I told them they’d need to be careful, and not complacent, because this game wouldn’t be easy!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Amazing ground, to be fair. Really nice. Old fashioned. I love how they’d designed it. I do have one complaint though, the stairways to the upper tier were so, so narrow. Upper tier holds probably about 1,000-1,500 away fans and that’s a lot of people to be crammed into the narrowest of stairways. It was okay with people coming in, in drips and drabs, but getting out was a nightmare!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City. First away win in the Premier League and a chance to bring the Villa Boys back down to earth! Their supporters were absolutely awful, mind. Very disappointing. Sung ‘’Villa Villa Villa’ at the beginning then heard nothing of them until McLeish brought off Ireland and they all booed. Terrible support! Also, SHOCKING facilities! Amazing ground, but the concourses were terrible. No alcohol on sale for away supporters, one small vendor for pies and soft drinks. No where near big enough concourse for that many people. Something Villa really need to address!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As mentioned before, getting out of the ground itself was terrible. A real nightmare. Queued for about 30 minutes just to get down the stairs and outside. A mile walk back to the car and we did get away from the area without any queues at all, which was good. Raced back. Amazing doing an away day and being home, with three points, by 8pm!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out?

One of the best away days of the season so far! Mainly because of the result and the atmosphere generated by our supporters. No banter at all during the game with the Villa fans who were very quiet, but no surprise really considering the scoreline. Still I would recommend going to Villa Park, it’s a nice ground and an easy three points for your team!

Aston Villa v Norwich City
Premier League
Saturday, November 5th 2011, 3pm
By Thomas Ling (Norwich City fan)

Today me and some of my family embarked on the three hour journey from Norwich to Villa Park. We were traveling by coach, picking us up in Dereham, Norfolk, before heading for Birmingham. We progressed pretty well through the countryside, not encountering any hold ups. We stopped off at a nice pub near Kettering for some food and drink. The name off the Pub has slipped my mind but if you turn off the A14 onto the A509 and you will see and McDonald’s and Frankie’s and Bennies on the left the pub is on the right.  

We then carried onto Villa Park with no more stops to Birmingham. Again the journey was straightforward and as we came off the M6 onto the  A38 (M) we could clearly see the stadium. We were joined by a Police escort on motorbikes, which took us straight up to the ground. We parked with all the other coaches, as directed by the Police. 

We went straight into the ground, but we did just have time to get a match day programme priced at £3. I did not buy anything food or drink wise. The area inside the lower tier was very spacey, really good quality, with a televisions too.  

Now on to the match, Norwich started fantastically, scoring a goal early in the game from a free kick. But Villa hit back with an equaliser before half time. The atmosphere from the home fans was a little quiet but this soon changed with Villa scoring two goals to make it 3-1. Chants of  VILLA! VILLA! VILLA! now echoed around the ground. Norwich managed to pull one back to quieten the Villa fans and give them a nervy finish to the match. But Villa just managed to hang on for a 3-2 win.  

We walked out onto our coach and after a little while another Police escort soon has us on our way. Once we were moving we quickly got back to the motorway, thanks to the Police halting the traffic to make a clear route for us. As it was bonfire night, we had great fun watching the many firework displays on our journey back to Norfolk.  

I had enjoyed my day at Villa Park it was very enjoyable and I'd love to visit again. The Villa stewards were okay not being too harsh a tall. Villa Park is a great place to come and I would recommended it for anyone looking for a great day out! 

Updated 29th November 2014

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