Following a 2-3 defeat, last week to Tottenham at Villa Park, Dean Smith’s side makes the long trip down to the South coast to take on Southampton at the St. Marys Stadium.
Stadium: St Marys Stadium
Address: Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP
St Marys Stadium has been the home of Southampton since 2001 and cost the club approximately £32 million to build. The club was originally called St Marys Southampton which explains the name of both the ground and the clubs nickname.
Southampton have put together their own guide which you can view here.
Aston Villa fans will be seated in the Northam Stand at one end of the stadium, where up to 3,300 fans can be accommodated. Villa has sold their full allocation.
Thee view, facilities and legroom at the St Marys Stadium are very good, as you would expect from most modern build stadiums. There is a sizeable concourse behind the stand which features a Ladbrokes and TV’s which show the game as it is being played. There also plenty of eating and drinking outlets and Southampton usually have plenty of staff to keep the ques short.
One outlet which is usually popular amongst fans is the ‘Pie & Pint’. It does exactly what it says on the tin, serves both beer and pies. Alcohol costs £4.20 per pint in the ground and the club and local authorities can stop serving if supporters are not well behaved.
As with most modern grounds, there are not many pubs local to the ground. The closest to the ground that accepts away supporters is the Brown’s Pub on Millbank Street, which is about a ten-minute walk from St Mary’s. The pub boasts Sky Sports screens and is usually a mixture of home and away supporters.
Another option is the ‘Tap It Brewery‘ on William Street. Located in an industrial unit and has a selection of craft beers on offer. Other options include the Chapel Arms (formally Le-Tissier Arms) on Albert Road North and the Prince of Wales on Northam Road.
There are also a variety of pubs available in and around the town centre.
Take the A33 into Southampton from the M3. Continue along this road until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left towards Northam. Turn right onto the B3038 Britannia Road towards the stadium
Southampton Football Club advise that any fans driving, park around the city centre and use public transport to the ground due to the lack of parking in and around the stadium.
A train from Birmingham to Southampton should take around 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Any @SouthamptonFC or @AVFCOfficial fans coming via the rail network ? tomorrow, there will be no cross country services from Winchester, it will be a bus replacement service which will add 40/60 minutes to your journey.
— SaintsfcCop (@SaintsfcCop) February 21, 2020
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.