Following a 2-2 draw, last week to Burnley at Villa Park, Dean Smith’s side makes the long trip down the A14 to take on Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Stadium: Carrow Road
Address: Carrow Rd, Norwich NR1 1JE
Carrow Road has been the home of Norwich City since 1935. The club originally played at Newmarket Road and then the Nest. When the Nest was deemed inadequate for the sizes of crowds the club was attracting the club decided to build the stadium on Carrow Road. The stadium took just 82 days to build – a big change to how long modern-day stadiums take, eh?
You can view a stadium plan of Carrow Road here.
Aston Villa fans will be housed in one side of the South Stand. As you come to expect from a Premier League stadium, the facilities and views are good. 2,500 fans can be housed here, which you will not be surprised when I tell you, Villa has sold their full allocation.
Despite it feeling like it takes an eternity to get there, Norwich are one of the more friendlier grounds. From the home supporters to the staff that work inside Carrow Road. The one thing that may annoy away supporters is how the home stewards insist on all fans sitting.
The usual food you come to expect in a football stadium is available although Carrow Road tries to offer meal deals. They include a Pie and Coffee/soft drink for £5.50, Hot dog and a beer for £7.00 and four pints of alcohol for £14.00.
Large screen televisions are located in the concourse showing the latest sports as well as any team news from the days game as it happens.
The Stadia Bar is very popular with away supporters visiting Carrow Road. It is located just five minutes away from the train station on Upper King Street. The bar claims to be one of the best sports bars in Norwich with over 20 screens showcasing the live game on Sky Sports or BT Sports. The bar opens at mid-day and offers a range of beverages. The only downfall is they do not serve food, yet. However, they do not mind if you want to bring in your own food.
The Waterfront on King Street became the new allocated away bar from the start of this season. The venue is a music venue but local police felt it was a good place to try and keep away fans in one place.
Other options include the Coach and Horses and the Fat Cat and Canary on Thorpe Road. Both are only a 10-minute walk away from Carrow Road. Both are popular for brewing local and real ales. The later also has Sky television.
If you prefer to drink away from the ground then the City Centre has plenty of options. The Wildman on Bedford Street and the Lamb Inn near the market which has a big beer garden are both worth a visit.
Exit A47 at A146, following signs for Norwich and Lowestoft. Turn left at the first set of lights at the bottom of the slip-road, then continue to the next set of traffic lights and turn right onto Martineau Lane.
Keep in the right-hand lane and at the County Hall roundabout take the second exit. Keep right and turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto King Street – follow this road as it bends to the right over a bridge, with Carrow Road then visible to your right.
Trains to Carrow Road are an issue today with alternative coaches being put on.
Keep an eye on our Twitter page where we will try to post any updates on the trip to Brighton as we get them.
Alternatively, give AVFC_WMP a follow on Twitter. This is the official Aston Villa Police, Twitter page. PC Stu Bladen will also be at the game and update you on the latest going’s on in and around the ground.