Welcome to Broadhall Way! It’s the line that expert orator Andy Green has no doubt reeled off countless times over the years. There is one time, however, when things seemed ever-so-slightly different. Was it the four-fold bump in stadium capacity? Or the swathes of blue seats surrounding him? Or that Andy was 90-odd miles from his usual patch, standing in the home of Birmingham City for a ‘home’ FA Cup tie. Oh, those were the days eh?
Why was it held there? Well, back then, it wasn’t unusual for non-league sides to switch home ties against bigger clubs for the sake of safety reasons. We think the experience of giving up proper home advantage is a big reason why we did everything we could to make sure our 1998 match against Newcastle didn’t get switched. And it’s now rare to see many clubs do the switcheroo with cup ties. We’ll certainly never do it again, that’s for sure.