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PRE-SEASON SCOUT: BIRMINGHAM CITY

28 July 2018

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Brighton & Hove Albion travel to St Andrew's to face Birmingham City this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls continued their close season schedule with two 1-1 draws with both Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic respectively on Tuesday, and now a trip to the Midlands is next on the agenda to one of Chris Hughton’s former clubs.

An overview…

The Blues secured Sky Bet Championship survival on the final day of last season with a 3-1 home win over Fulham at St Andrew’s – the side finished in 19th place for the second consecutive season, as well as sealing their status in the division in the last game of the campaign for the second year running too.

The season saw four different faces take to the home dugout, with Harry Redknapp in charge until the middle of September. Lee Carsley took caretaker charge until Steve Cotterill stepped into the role at the start of October.

A lack of consistency in results throughout winter meant that the Blues never rose higher than 19th in the table, and with the club's second tier status in the balance Garry Monk was appointed at the start of March.

The former Swansea City boss took the side on a four match unbeaten run at the end of that month and into April, and an aforementioned victory on the final day of the season was enough to see them survive.

Who’s in charge? 

Garry Monk is best known for his time as a defender at Swansea City from 2004 to 2014, where he made over 200 league apperances for the Welsh side during 10 years at the club.

Monk was part of the Swansea City sides which took the club on a remarkable rise from League Two to the Premier League before he became manager of the club in 2014. 

He would leave the club in 2015 and go on to manage the likes of Leeds United and Middlesbrough, before taking the reins at St Andrew's last season. 

How do I get there?

St Andrew’s 

By car…

Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the A38(M) (known locally as the Aston Expressway) for Birmingham City Centre. Continue past the first turn off (Aston, Waterlinks) and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road.

Turn left at the island at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry/Stratford. Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand side) turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Birmingham City's ground is about a 1/4 of a mile up this road on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road. 

Where do I park? 

There is a small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end, but the availability of spaces for cars is determined by how many away coaches are expected.

Alternatively, just before you reach the ground on the left there is an open air private car park which charges £5. 

By train…

The nearest station is Bordesley, which is about a ten-minute walk away from the ground and is only served by trains from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street.

Normally scheduled trains do not stop at Bordesley, so they don't show up on national timetables searches.

If you arrive at Birmingham New Street Station in the city centre, either walk to Moor Street station (ten minutes) take a taxi (about £9) or embark on the 25-30 minute walk to the ground. 

Follow it live:

Albion fans can follow all the action from Saturday’s game with Birmingham City via the club’s official Twitter feed

The live match centre will also be available to supporters throughout the afternoon here on the club's website.

Supporters will then be able to read a full match report from the contest at St Andrew’s on BrightonandHoveAlbion.com, with post-match reaction also available after the final whistle.


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