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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Aston Villa, Villa Park - Away Ground Guide

Away End Of The Ground: They stick us in the far end of the Doug Ellis Stand.
Allocated Tickets Given To Evertonians: 3,000 give or take

Nearest Train Station: From Birmingham New Street take the local train to either Aston station or Witton. Witton in my opinion is the better option and closer to the away end.

In The Car: 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). Turn right at the island (the fourth exit), the ground is well signposted from here. However to be on the safe side, turn right at the second set of traffic lights (there is the King Edward VII pub on the corner) on to Aston Hall Road. This road will take you down to the ground.

Where To Park: 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.

Where To Drink: The Witton Arms, even has an away fans only entrance!

How Much Will a Programme set you back: £3

Watch Out For: Overall I’ve had a good experience of Villa Park apart from one overzealous steward who told us of his desire to lock fans in cells under the stand!

Bogey Player: Gabriel Agbonlahor seems to do well against us resulting in that Culture Club inspired chant

Did You Know? It’s the most played fixture in English football as we keep getting reminded!

Villa's Rivals: Birmingham City are the main rivals and also West Brom and Wolves and to a lesser extent Walsall

Ups: It’s an alright stadium to get to from Liverpool and the transport links are decent enough

Downs: The Villa fans come across as fairly negative which makes for a dreary atmosphere sometimes unless they are winning!

Famous Fan: David Cameron apparently has family links with the club

A Villa Song: Holte Enders in the sky has become more prominent lately. Yippeeeiiiaaa, yippeeeiiiooo. Holte Enders in the sky!

Played For Both Clubs: Gareth Farrelly, Earl Barrett, David Ginola, Andy Gray, Richard Dunne

Has There Ever Been Any Agro: Nothing major recently that I know of and it’s a shame that Villa Park isn’t used for the cup semi’s because it remains one of the country’s great traditional football grounds.'


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