After travelling by coach to both the FA Trophy Final and my first 2 official visits to Villa Park, I have drove on the last few occasions, and never had a problem. We had always parked just off junction 6 of the M6 at a PowerLeague place. It’s a fair walk to the ground from there but an absolute dream getting out after the match! Last season, due to roadworks or some other rubbish, Villa advised all travelling fans to park at Perry Barr dog track. This was a bit more of a pain getting out, but as far as cost and distance from the ground went, no worse than the PowerLeague place really.
Holte End facade, 2005
Food & Drink
The only pub near the ground that really accepts away fans is the Cap and Gown, on the roundabout towards Witton Station. All very well, but they now charge a stupid amount to get in, and as it’s so small inside, they generally dont let anyone in once its full (which doesnt take long). Most instead tend to just go to the off license next door and stand around! Easier said than done as the local police have got more and more over the top with each visit. Couple of fast food places in this area too, though none especially stand out.
Holte End, 2006
Inside the Ground
It is generally quite poor from the Villa fans, though has improved from them since the away fans were moved from behind the goal. On the downside, it has also spoiled the away atmosphere, when it was always pretty decent when we were in the North Stand.
The Trinity Road Stand, from the Lower Witton lane, 2014
Mixed experiences on trips to Villa Park, but one of the most memorable for the wrong reasons was the Boxing Day game in 2005. We were embarrassing, and despite the fact the first goal shouldn’t have stood due to handball, we gave up once we went behind and 4-0 flattered us…disturbing when Villa were pretty poor themselves. One of the other reasons I miss sitting in the North Stand though, was due to the fact that the tunnel at Villa Park is right next to that corner. We’d lost 4-0 at West Brom a few weeks earlier and the players just walked off at the end without acknowledging the fans’ obvious displeasure. No such luck at Villa Park, as due to that tunnel being so close, they had the misfortune of being forced to face up to 4,000 freezing Evertonians apoplectic with rage that they had wasted their Boxing Day travelling down to watch this crap! Needless to say a fair few made their feelings known and the Villa stewards had a large clean up operation to do on that corner of the pitch…
The North Stand, now full of home fans, 2012