Sky Blues On The Road- Birmingham City FA Cup 4

Last updated : 28 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service
Kick off at 3pm and the game is live on Setanta Ireland. If a replay is required, it will be at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday February 15th at 7.45pm. The winner will have ball number ten in Sunday's Fifth Round draw.
Club Coach. leaves the Ricoh Arena at 12.30 and costs £13.50.

Sky Blue Express:
West Midlands Day Tripper costs £5.50 for adults and is available on all buses and trains in West Midlands region.

By Car
A45 from Coventry, past Airport and Sheldon to Bordsley Green. At round about, take the fourth right onto the B4128 Cattell Road and the ground is on your left.

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 islands. At the fourth island (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand corner) turn left 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.

By Train
Adderley Park station is a ten-fifteen minute walk away. The 12.49 and 13.39 train from Coventry will both get you there in time for kick off. 17.17 and 17.44 back.

From Birmingham New Street
As you come onto the concourse of New St station, bear to the left of the escalators and through the glass doors. Walk down towards to the end of the Station Service Road. Cross to the other side of the road at the bottom (where there is a new shopping centre) turn right and follow the purple pedestrian signs for Digbeth Coach Station. These will see you descending a flight of stairs at the side of the shopping centre on your left and then going down a road with the Markets on your right and a large church on your left. Follow this road around to the right and then take the next left to take you up to the main dual carriage way. Turn right along the dual carriageway, passing Digbeth Coach Station on your right and the impressive looking Crown Pub on your left. Cross over the dual carriageway to the Crown pub side of the road and continue walking away from the City Centre. You will come to a fork in the road where you want to bear left going underneath a railway bridge. Passing the Clements Arms on your left just continue straight down this road, crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over on one corner). The entrance to the away section is further up the road on your left.

Otherwise you can take the following buses from the city centre; 57A, 58 & 60. These can be caught near to Moor Street Railway Station on Queensway. 900 bus from Coventry also goes not far from the ground.

National Express from Coventry leaves at 12.40. Get off at Digbeth Coach Station and get the 97A and get off at Garrison Lane.
Coventry City have sold their allocation of tickets for this match.
This will be the 52nd time that the teams have met in league and cup matches. The Sky Blues have won on 16 occasions with 14 draws and have scored 58 goals compared to Birmingham's 77

City's last visit to St Andrews brought a 1-0 win for City on November 3rd 2008. The last FA Cup tie between the two sides saw a 3-2 win for Coventry at Highfield Road in January 1981. City's last visit to St Andrews for an FA Cup tie was on January 12th 1935 and saw Coventry beaten 5-1.
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's FA Cup tie at Birmingham City on Saturday is Mike Dean from The Wirral.

Mr Dean began refereeing in 1985 and after coming through the Northern Premier League, he became a Football League assistant referee in 1995. More promotions followed and he progressed to the full referees' list in 1997, the Select Group of referees for the Premier League in 2000 and the FIFA list in 2003.

He has had 25 matches so far this season and has shown 93 yellow cards and four red. His last game at St Andrews was the 0-0 draw with Manchester City in November 2009.

His last Coventry game was the 0-0 draw with QPR at the Ricoh Arena on March 5th 2008. Previous games are the 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield United in December 2004, the 1-0 defeat at Stoke in April 2004, the 3-0 home win over Derby in December 2002, the 0-0 at Rotherham in October 2001, the 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal in February 2001, the 2-1 defeat at Bradford City in December 2000 and the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in September 2000.

The Assistants are Ceri Richards from Carmarthenshire & Peter Kirkup from Northamptonshire. The Fourth Official is Anthony Bates from Staffordshire.
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