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« on: November 25, 2005, 08:13:20 AM »


THE HAWTHORNES


     

WBA - The Hawthorns
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Address : The Hawthorns, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LF.
Telephone : 0121 525 8888
Tickets : 0121 553 6634
Capacity : 28,000
Away Allocation: 1900 but upto 5000 for large followings.


Fixtures

To see West Brom's remaining fixtures Click HERE

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

To see a map of the ground and surrounding areas click here

By Car
The ground is located on the A41 (Birmingham-West Bromwich Road). If approaching from outside the area the ground is about half a mile from Junction 1 of the M5. On leaving the M5 take the A41 towards Birmingham, the ground is on your right. Beware though of speed cameras on this stretch of the A41. Street parking or alternatively there are a few private matchday car parks at some local industrial units near the ground, or at Hawthorns station which costs £4.

By Train
The closest railway stations are The Hawthorns which is about five minutes walk from the ground and Smethwick Rolfe Street, which is about a 15 minute walk from the ground. The Hawthorns is served by a metro service from Birmingham Snow Hill station, whilst Smethwick Rolfe Street is served by local trains from Birmingham New Street. The metro service takes eight minutes to the Hawthorns from Birmingham Snow Hill and trains run every 15 minutes.

Thoughts:
Away fans are housed on one side of the Smethwick End, where the normal allocation is 3,000 seats. This means that this stand is shared with home supporters. For cup games, the whole of this stand can be allocated to away fans, raising this figure to 5,200. The facilities and the view of the pitch in the Smethwick end are okay, although the leg room is a little cramped. I have been to the Hawthorns on a number of occasions and have always found it to be a fairly friendly place. The only thing against a visit in terms of a day out is a nearby pub for away fans, meaning that most elect to drink inside the ground instead. Considering that the concourse at the back of the Smethwick End is pretty small in comparison to its overall capacity, then it has an uncomfortable feel, especially when there is a large away support. One tip on finding your seat in this stand, is to remember that although your ticket is marked with the letter of the row, say Row B Or Row LL, the plates indicating the row in the stand read B1 or LL1. As you would expect a number of fans get confused by the addition of the number 1 and start to wander around the stand looking for their seat. So you have been warned.
 


Pub guide and extras
There are only really two pubs close to the ground, and both operate a members only policies on matchday. Therefore, your best bet is to try West Bromwich High Street, as this offers plenty of pubs. Do recommend that you don't wear away colours though! The easiest way to get to the High Street is on the Metro link, or by catching a no 79 or 74 bus from Birmingham Road.

'The Vine' which is about a 20 minute walk from the ground. From Junction 1 of the M5 turn left towards West Bromwich town centre (opposite direction to the ground). Take the first left  into Roebuck Street. The Vine is down on the left. You can also street park in this area and walk to the ground. If you continue towards West Bromwich going over a small mini roundabout, then on the right just before the lights is the Desi Junction pub.

An alternative is to drink in Birmingham city centre and then jump the Metro from Snow Hill station to West Brom.

Away Fans:
Smethwick End - Adults £35 (A) £29 (B) £25 (C) £28
Over 60's/Under 18's £20 (A) £16 (B) £13 (C)  Under 16's £16 (A) £13 (B) £10 (C)

Official Programme £3
Baggies Newspaper Fanzine - £1.50

Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the National Association Of Disabled Supporters (NADS) Click HERE. Or try the West Brom Disabled Supporters Club HERE


Further information on West Brom from footballgroundguide.co.uk and The Football Supporters Federation
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #1 on: April 2, 2006, 12:31:22 PM »
Wouldn't advise to go into The Vine, it was packed and far too small for everyone to fit in.

Just bring a crate or go into the ground early and drink.

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #2 on: April 2, 2006, 01:05:56 PM »
I would stongly advise TO go th The Vine, one of the best pubs for an away. Too small?

They have two small rooms at the front, with another behind, then a bigger back room, the the food hall part and then they have a tented yard out the back.

Plus the food is ace.

So don't go there, then it means more room for me...
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« Reply #3 on: April 2, 2006, 01:08:15 PM »
The Kebabs are also fucking immense.

Apart from when they leave your arse.

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #4 on: April 2, 2006, 01:10:26 PM »
Where the fuck was the Vine? Spent about twenty minutes trotting up and down that main road (with the Maccy's on) and the roads off it but couldn't find it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 2, 2006, 02:37:34 PM »
Other side of the M5.

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #6 on: April 2, 2006, 05:35:06 PM »
Do they still segregate you on the way out?
Did last year, sent us off miles away in the opposite direction to where we were parked, and half the WBA fans had got off at about 4-0 anyway!!

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #7 on: April 2, 2006, 06:12:13 PM »
Do they still segregate you on the way out?
Did last year, sent us off miles away in the opposite direction to where we were parked, and half the WBA fans had got off at about 4-0 anyway!!

Yeah, they shut the gates so you have to walk down a hill, though it is towards where the coaches park so that wasn't too bad
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« Reply #8 on: April 2, 2006, 06:42:25 PM »
Yeah, they shut the gates so you have to walk down a hill, though it is towards where the coaches park so that wasn't too bad

We were fucking miles away from the cars too, and being Boxing day it was fucking freezing (Tho me mate did fall over on the ice on that hill, which almost made it worthwhile!)

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #9 on: April 2, 2006, 06:47:32 PM »
I would stongly advise TO go th The Vine, one of the best pubs for an away. Too small?

They have two small rooms at the front, with another behind, then a bigger back room, the the food hall part and then they have a tented yard out the back.

Plus the food is ace.

So don't go there, then it means more room for me...

The Vine was indeed a top job!

Kebabs were great!
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #10 on: April 2, 2006, 08:13:16 PM »
Heard Ring of Fire go when Bolton scored.

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« Reply #11 on: April 2, 2006, 08:26:07 PM »
Heard Ring of Fire go when Bolton scored.

Lolz cool!

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« Reply #12 on: April 2, 2006, 08:28:22 PM »
Yeah I know, made my day that did.

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« Reply #13 on: April 2, 2006, 08:29:24 PM »
Yeah I know, made my day that did.

Wish i'd been there to see it, stupid essay writing always spoils my fun!!

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #14 on: April 3, 2006, 05:09:53 PM »
Hope they stay up, away pub of the season that Vine.

Ring of fire yesterday though....... :o
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2006, 01:12:48 PM »
When at West Brom, try having the roast pork butty from one of the snack bars.  Well worth it, only £2.50 aswell,, so cheap as chips. 

Pretty decent little ground, plus we had a laugh this year.   Second half sang the stev finnan song constantly, althought the match was crap we made our own fun.
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2009, 03:28:56 PM »
Antone know how much a cab from new st is

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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2009, 11:07:57 PM »
Antone know how much a cab from new st is

Walk to Snow Hill, get the tram to the ground.
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2009, 08:27:01 AM »
First time here.  Nice ground, much better than I expected.  Quite a good atmosphere from them too.

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #19 on: March 3, 2011, 08:45:17 PM »
I would stongly advise TO go th The Vine, one of the best pubs for an away. Too small?

They have two small rooms at the front, with another behind, then a bigger back room, the the food hall part and then they have a tented yard out the back.

Plus the food is ace.

So don't go there, then it means more room for me...
If you're coming mate, give me a shout I'll sort out the bevvies and the food - Vine is for whoppers, used to be good food, wouldn't feed it to a dog these days!!
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« Reply #20 on: March 3, 2011, 08:46:22 PM »
Walk to Snow Hill, get the tram to the ground.
Should be less than a tenner, or as Hally says get the Tram from Snow Hill or catch the 78 or 79 bus from next to Snow Hill.
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2011, 03:27:56 PM »
anyone been to a boozer called the royal oak.just wondering is it an alternative to the vine

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2011, 12:15:25 PM »
anyone been to a boozer called the royal oak.just wondering is it an alternative to the vine

No but there will probably be a few reds in there on Saturday. It's only a 5-10 minute walk from the away end.

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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2011, 01:15:33 PM »
cheers lad

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« Reply #24 on: April 1, 2011, 04:47:03 PM »
So the Vine it is tomorrow then?
Too many fucking drama queens in here - if the arl arses had their way we'd be pushing burning tyres down Anfield Road.

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« Reply #25 on: April 3, 2011, 03:38:40 PM »
Thought the Royal Oak was sound. Only about a 5-10 minute walk from our end and plenty of reds in there.

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« Reply #26 on: April 3, 2011, 03:52:59 PM »
Vine was also a good spot - plenty of reds and the BBQ was top notch
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« Reply #27 on: October 24, 2011, 03:22:11 PM »
setting off early sat morning-anyone know any good bars in birmingham to watch the 12-45 ko? any help would be much appreciated!

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« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2011, 09:57:41 PM »
Vine was also a good spot - plenty of reds and the BBQ was top notch
Think i'm heading there with a mate who's a baggies fan, any reds gonna be heading there? heard you can get a good curry in there?

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2011, 08:43:14 PM »
Next year, try the Sportsman - plenty of TV screens etc showing all the matches, plus it has a BBQ which I'd argue is better than the Vine (which I consider to be over chillied shite). Loads of Reds in there too for any given match. Would recommend it to anyone. PLUS it's open til all hours unlike the Vine. 
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« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2012, 03:10:45 PM »
Where are people headed on Saturday for pre match beers?

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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2012, 08:12:20 PM »
Drank in the Royal Oak last season, thought that was pretty much spot on, not too far from the ground and a decent pint.

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2012, 12:28:26 AM »
Royal Oak's your best bet if you want the place closest to the ground. Alternatively, have a few in Birmingham City Centre and then get the tram from Snow Hill which stops right outside the ground.

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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2012, 10:07:10 AM »
See a number of you in the Royal Oak tomorrow.

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« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2012, 09:31:58 AM »
So are alot of people heading down to Royal Oak over the Vine today ?

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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2012, 09:51:30 AM »

The Vine were heading

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« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2012, 10:12:40 AM »
The Vine were heading

Is this open again? Was shut down a few weeks ago

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« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2012, 12:10:34 PM »
The Vine is open again today. We're in there now.
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Re: West Bromwich Albion
« Reply #38 on: September 6, 2012, 07:21:48 PM »
How long will it take to get to the ground from New st.  Train get in at 7:08, is that too tight?  How far is the walk from New st to Snow Hill?

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« Reply #39 on: September 8, 2012, 09:10:01 PM »
Any decent chippys? i love a good scran before i go into the ground
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