West Bromwich Albion – The Hawthorns

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The HawthornsThe Hawthorns is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 28,003. It has been the home of West Bromwich Albion F.C. since 1900. In the advent of the Taylor Report, the Smethwick End and Birmingham Road End terraces were demolished, being replaced by all-seater stands. The redeveloped stadium was re-opened on Boxing Day 1994.

In 2001, the Rainbow Stand was replaced by the new East Stand. The Jeff Astle gates, commemorating West Brom’s greatest striker, were unveiled in July 2003, forming the entrance to the East Stand car park. In December 2003, the directors unveiled plans to increase the stadium’s capacity to 40,000 but these are unlikely to go ahead unless Albion establish themselves as permanent members of the Premier League. Away supporters occupy part of the Smethwick End Stand, behind the goal at the South End.

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How to get to The Hawthorns

By Road:
the hawthorns directionsThe Hawthorns is situated in Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4LF.

From the North, follow the M6 as far as junction 8, joining the M5 (signed Birmingham (S) /Birmingham (W) / M5 / W Bromwich. Exit the M5 at junction 1 towards A41 / Birmingham (NW) / W Bromwich / Sandwell. Turn left onto the A41. Turn right at Halford’s Lane and the stadium is on the left.

From the South, exit the M5 at junction 1, towards A41 / B’ham (NW) / W Bromwich. Merge onto the A41. Turn left at Halford’s Lane and the ground is on the left. The map below can provide directions from all UK locations and is useful for locating parking and recommended pubs.


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By Rail:
west brom train stationThe closest station is The Hawthorns, within a 5-minute walk of the ground. It is served by a regular Metro service from Birmingham Snow Hill, with a journey time of about 8 minutes. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The closest airport is Birmingham International, some 16 miles away, offering regular connections to Birmingham New Street station, which is only a short walk from Birmingham Snow Hill (see above). Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in the West Midlands that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

west brom parkingThere are a number of private car parks within walking distance of The Hawthorns. These include The Hawthorns Pub, Birmingham Road B71 4JZ with 80 spaces and a 1-minute walk from the stadium. After exiting the M5, take the A41 towards Birmingham and the car park is on the right just before the stadium. Gordon Motor Services, Dartmouth Road, B66 1BG has 100 spaces and is a 10-minute walk from the ground.

If travelling from the North, exit the M5 at junction 1, taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Kendrick Way (A252), signed Oldbury / Smethwick. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Dartmouth Road (signed Hawthorns Park & Ride). The car park is on the left just before the traffic lights.

From the South, leave the M5 at junction 1, take the 5th exit at the roundabout and follow directions as for North. West Midlands Fire Service Training Centre, Dartmouth Road, B66 1BG, has 200 spaces and is a 15-minute walk. Directions are as for Gordon Motor Services but the car park will be on the right.

Away Friendly Pubs near The Hawthorns

pubs near west brom stadiumThere are no pubs for away fans close to the ground. Numerous visiting fans have recommended The Royal Oak, on Birmingham Road. Pass the ground on the right and the pub is set back off the road after about ½ a mile. The atmosphere is reported as extremely friendly and the chicken kebabs are apparently superb.

Also strongly recommended is The Vine, about a 20-minute walk from the ground. It can be reached from junction 1 of the M5 by turning left towards the town centre and taking the first left into Roebuck Street. The pub offers an excellent atmosphere, with a good range of beers and an indoor tandoori barbeque.

Closer to the town centre, the Asian-run Desi Junction offers an “eat as much as you like” buffet for a fiver on match days. Alcohol is also available within the ground, but queues are lengthy.

Hotels near The Hawthorns

The Park Inn West Bromwich, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B70 6RS is just over ½ a mile from the stadium, 4 miles from Birmingham city centre and close to M6, M5 and M42 junctions. Guest reviews have been generally favourable for this refurbished hotel, with bar / restaurant, air-conditioned gym and heated indoor swimming pool. Free on-site parking is available.

west bromwich central premier innThe West Bromwich Central Premier Inn (pictured right), High Street, West Bromwich, B70 6JJ is just over a mile from The Hawthorns, offering comfortable en suite accommodation with a prime city centre location, only 500 yards from junction 1 of the M5 and close to junction 8 of the M6. Guest reviews have been excellent, noting excellent facilities, knowledgeable, friendly, efficient staff and a good selection of quality food and drink.


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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to The Hawthorns?

away fans west bromMany visiting fans have noted the Hawthorns as one of the easiest Premiership grounds to find and park nearby. Most visitors have found the home support friendly and welcoming. The facilities and view of play in the Smethwick end are reported as adequate, though seating legroom is cramped.

A constant cause for complaint is the concourse at the rear of the Smethwick End, which is too small compared to the overall capacity, making it cramped and overcrowded. The food and drink offered is reported as excellent, but serving areas are too small, leading to lengthy queues. Other downsides include a lack of atmosphere and overzealous stewarding.

Your comments about West Bromwich Albion – The Hawthorns


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  1. John

    This has to be one of the easiest grounds to find. Take J1 of the M5, and you’re pretty much there! The hardest thing is finding somewhere to park, before you’ve gone past the ground – we got into an industrial estate about 5 minutes walk from the ground – it cost around £5, and looked like a great spot – far enough away from the ground to miss the queues, but not too far – easy to get back on the motorway.

    How wrong we were though – the buggers crammed as many cars as possible in, so we couldn’t leave the car park until the 50 people in front of us had all returned to their cars and got out onto the main road, which was queued back due to traffic lights. Hence it took us over an hour to travel the quarter of a mile to the motorway.

    I love the ground itself – it was easy to get the atmosphere going, and when the home team scored the place was really rocking (we lost 3-0, so there were a lot of happy home fans). The concourse was quite thin and narrow, but the queues for food and drink weren’t too bad, and neither were the prices.

    I found it strange that after the game, away fans are herded, via gating through a residential area taking a detour of around half a mile to arrive back the other side of the gate – There was no hint of trouble between the two sets of fans, so it was strange to be treated like this – surely if any home fans wanted a fight, they’d know exactly where the away fans are led via this system?

    anyway, West Brom is one of the easier grounds to get to for Argyle fans, and I’ll definitely be doing this trip again now that they’re back in the Championship.


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  3. Paul Newton

    If you fancy a few pre/post match beers then try the Wagon & Horses, come out of the Hawthornes and turn left, walk for about 10 mins and you will find it. Its sky blue and looks likes a dump but the locals are(or were to us anyway) very welcoming. Plus on our last visit there were loads of staff so you don’t go too thirsty waiting to get served.

    Once you have had a few here try the kebab shop round the corner to soak it all up.


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  5. Jonny

    Went to the Hawthorns September 2010. We parked in a slip road immediately off the M5 on a verge in the centre of the 2 carriageways, like many other drivers. We had a quick drink at West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club before hand, it cost a couple of pound to get in for a pint and is strictly for home fans only. Luckily I knew a few of the lads playing cricket that day as my club are in the same league. So they assumed I was local. The Atmosphere is great at the Hawthorns, the ground is small but all closed in so the home support is quite impressive at times. After the final whistle we were herded out on a detour as mentioned in a previous post. Unfortunately a good day was spoiled when we got back to our car. A ginger lad frothing at the mouth was trying to tice us out of our vehicle once we started the engine, he bravely stood with about 10 lads behind him on the footpath. This was totally unprovoked and he followed our car as we were gridlocked in traffic for some time. I would certainly not recommend parking in the slip road just off the M5 on the Hawthorns side for this reason. I’m sure this was a one off, but ruined a pretty good away day.


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  7. Ian Blatchford

    easy to find, parked at The Vine, drank and ate at The Vine, good atmosphere between Canaries and Baggies – and we won twice in two weeks…… same again next season


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  9. Glenn

    Been to West Brom twice now, great away day! First time me and my mate went down, we had a few pints in the Royal Oak, it was a good bar but very crowded. Me and my Dad went down for my 20th Birthday on the 25th Feb. We got the coach down, it was a fair walk from the coach park to the ground, but we were down there in decent time to go for a few pints. We ended up going into the Wagon and Horses. It was a bit awkward when we walked in as it was full of WBA fans, and we were the only 2 Sunderland fans in at the time, but I have never felt more welcome into a pub, top quality set of fans that don’t get enough credit in my opinion! Buying us pints and having a good crack on with us. Inside the ground It gets a little crammed in the concourse and the ques for pints were ridiculous. We just went straight to our seats. we sold out both times I’ve been down there, with allocations of 3,000 (That was last year when we got beat 1-0, Odemwingie scored). And we were given a reduced allocation of 2,600 this season. probably due to standing! Both set’s of fans had great banter with each other, no trouble or anything like that, great away game, well recommended! Crap result though ha!


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  11. Jack

    Not a great ground although the view is half decent. been there on a few occasions, one time 2-1 winners where i was right at the back and the other a 0-0 where i was front row! (wasnt such a good view). the atmosphere was amazing in the ground with the villa faithful making the majority of the noise, walking to the ground isnt bad as long as you dont mouth off. baggies fans hate the villa so can be quite hostile. i drank in a number of pubs, one right next to the ground which was full of home fans! – good job i didnt have colours on! then walking down the road went in a few west indian pubs where there was no football fans in whatsoever and ended the night at about 1.00am in the Gateway To India – a great pub, majority indian culture in there, with half decent beer and a stunning mixed kebab! overall good day


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  13. LG

    Went for the City game the other week, great day out! Our supporters club contacted a pub a few miles away from the ground and they opened exclusively for us, there was free bacon butties which was great! And Cheap beer!

    We then moved on to a sports bar around the corner near the middle of town. Good atmosphere in there watching the Spurs Chelsea game, some WBA fans came and sat with us in there.

    Atmosphere was good in the ground, the home fans sang fairly constantly. No intimidation factor about it, only problem was the stewards had no sense of humour!


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  15. James

    Easy stadium to find with ample parking nearby – lots of places to eat nearby, although the nearest away friendly pub The Vine was a reasonable walk away from the ground, required crossing a dual carriageway to get to and was really really packed out.

    Inside the ground the view is excellent in the away end, although for the larger bodied people like me, a bit cramped to be honest. The atmposphere was rocking inside the ground with home fans quite vocal, but all good banter really…

    We were played off the park and lost 2-1 and they absolutely loved it… fair play to WBA!

    The main complaint is that after the game the away fans are all channelled out a different way from the way you came in taking you in a different direction, miles away into a residential area! Spent quite a while aimlessly wandering around trying to find my way back to our car


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  17. Eddie Cooney

    I thought The Hawthorns was a great ground and we had a great day out despite heavy rain all day and getting soaked. We arrived early, coming from different directions, and met in McDonalds opposite the ground. There is plenty of on street parking around the ground if you are early enough and we parked on Park Road just along from the stadium on the opposite side of the main road. This was a Christmas game and we decided to take the train into Birmingham for the German Christmas Market, which takes over the city centre in the run up to every Christmas. Its easy to get to the City from The Hawthorns station where you can get either a train or tram to Snow Hill in the city. Walking around Birmingham in colours is not a problem as Villa, Wolves, City and even the odd Walsall fan will wish you well and there is generally great banter to be had with whoever else is shopping or playing that day. The Christmas market is great and we had a couple of meals (well it was Christmas) and an unfortunately poor pint. I would recommend not drinking at the market despite the German brewing tradition. There are loads of great pubs in Birmingham and I’ve never met any trouble there. Back at West Brom, the stadium, atmosphere, view are all great and I though West Brom fans were similarly great although they were lucky to win this one. After the game home and away fans were sent in different directions by the police and an adjoining gate was locked, which I thought was a bit unnecessary especially as I wanted to go back into Birmingham on the train and they sent me in the opposite direction from the station after which I ended up walking to the station with all the West Brom fans anyway. Great ground, great people, great city. A proper away day.


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  19. james kaylow

    Went there yesterday for the game. Easy as anything to get to by train, the royal oak pub is easy enough to get to from the hawthorns station. Slight wait at the station on the way back but ive experience a lot worse!
    inside the ground is great clearly recently refurbished with wooden flooring etc in the concourse and so far the only premiership ground that lets you out at half time for a beer and a fag!
    Atmosphere was great as you share the stand with the home fans….typical banter ensues.
    depsite what others have said on here (the reviews may be dated) there were no detours through housing estates to get to the hawthorns station, you walk out the ground and its a straight run from there.
    by far one of the best and most away fan accommodating stadiums in the prem at the minute.


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  21. Ben

    nice good ground to go to parking areas would be best is theres a hotel the only thing is i forgot the name of it so park outside the hotel, where the hotel is is the motor way so straight on the motor way the only bad thing about going to West Brom is after the final whistle they shut the entrance gate its good for fans travelling by coach but not if you arnt as you have to walk down a hill up there basicly around the world


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  23. jonny cope

    start off with the only bad from it, ridiculously long searches outside the ground lead to big cues and a few fans missed the start of the game. right the good now, and there was a lot of it. great view, very easy walk to the ground, and no trouble as the walkway only leads to and from the away end, many clubs could do with learning from this. great view in the away end, and the best of all, at half time the gates were open, and fans were allowed to go out and smoke ( i know stoke do the same also), this is something other teams should learn from, go into the toilets at every other ground, and tell me this isnt a great solution to a visable problem. and then Dzeko scores 2 goals when were down to 10 men, fantastic day and truly one of the best grounds ive been to for the view, the atmosphere and there was never anything close to trouble


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  25. Paddy

    Went to West Brom for the 1-1 draw back in april. After what had been a very bad week for us, getting knocked out the europa league quater finals and then losing 3-0 at home to sunderland an away game was just what we needed. The journey down took roughly 4 and a half hours, half an hour would have been saved if it wasn’t for the coach driver stopping at every single serivce station on the way down! This resulted in us arriving in our seats at kick off. Wasn’t helped by an hours stop at nearby town lichfield which had plenty of pubs and places to eat, such as mcdonalds. Getting to the ground was fairly easy, coach got pulled over by police literally 30 seconds outside the ground, for about 5 minutes which added to our delay. The reason they pulled us over was to give us directions. The coaches park on a very long-long road next to an industrial estate and a massive factory. We must have had 50+coaches there and we were one of the last parked. When stepping off the coach you are sign posted where to go, up a path which takes you to the back of the away end. There is programes on sale and some catering facilities there. Queing for the turnstiles takes a while as the stewards tend to take their time serching you, so expect a bit of a que. In the actual ground, the concourse is fairly spacious, even for 3,500 Geordies! Atmosphere in ground is very dissapointing, from what we could hear, all the noise was coming from the away end and the only time the home fans made any real noise was after they scored. Despite this there is a drum next to the away end but even that fails to louden up the home fans. Stewards seem fairly releaxed and tolerent. At half time the turnstile doors are open to allow people outside to smoke, although I’m not a smoker this is a very good idea and a lot of premier league clubs should follow suit! Overall a very good day and will most likely return in the future!


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  27. Chris

    Well this was my 2nd trip to the Hawthorns after last season trip i didnt ejoy but i enjoyed it i headed to the Royal Oak pub for a pin its £3.80 for a pint while the baggie fans charged £3.00 must be the fact your the away fan rip off and inside the ground no alchol riddlous but the atmosphere was better than last season and cramped seats in the away end ill never go back again but you have to experience for yourself dont take my word


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  29. Dan

    I went to west brom for the second time a few weeks back had no trouble from the home fans, even though home fans were in the same pub as the home fans (royal oak) however the Sunderland massively outweighed the home fans in the pub, inside the pub home fans charged less for drinks the away fans, I would still recommend the royal oak as there was a great atmosphere in the pub, a short walk from we’re the minibus was parked to the away end once inside there was a great atmosphere generated by both sets of fans, definitely recommend west brom away

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