Away Day Guide – Aston Villa
Our trip to Villa Park sees us take on a very different looking Aston Villa from the side that we beat 3-0 back in October last year, which should make for an entertaining return fixture. Here’s our away day guide.
At the time of writing, we are awaiting confirmation of the ticketing arrangements for this fixture.
GETTING TO VILLA PARK
Exit the M6 at Junction 6 and take the slip road signposted ‘Birmingham (NE)’. Take the fourth exit from the roundabout, towards City Centre/Aston/Star City and follow the signs for Villa Park. At the second set of traffic lights on Lichfield Road turn right on Aston Hall Road, which will take you to the ground.
Fulham fans who are planning to drive should be advised that there is very little parking in the vicinity of Villa Park. The closest available car park is at the Star City Leisure complex, around 30 minutes’ walk from the ground.
Most Fulham fans will arrive via Birmingham New Street station. Take a connecting train from there to either Aston or Witton train station. Witton is closest to the away fans’ entrance. Head left out of the exit of the station towards a roundabout, where you turn left into Witton Lane and the away entrance will appear on your right. It is about a ten minute walk from Aston station to the ground and extra trains serve the entire route on a matchday.
Coach departure times are yet to be confirmed.
The Witton Arms (458 Witton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B6 6SN) is now the designated away pub at Villa Park and is about two minutes’ walk from the away fans’ entrance. The pub usually charges a £2 entrance fee.
The Bartons Arms (144 High Street, Birmingham, B6 4UP) offers both CAMRA Beer Guide worthy real ale and excellent Thai food as well as an enthusiastic welcome to away supporters.
Other options include The Yew Tree (Brookvale Road, Witton, Birmingham, B6 7AS), the Ruskin Hall Social Club (Victoria Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 5HP) or, for those intending to remain within the city centre for a while, The Briar Rose (25 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RE), The Square Peg (115 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6PH) and The Shakespeare (Lower Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 4JD).