Birmingham City have been drawn to play an away game at their home ground in the FA Cup.
They have be pitted against Coventry City in the fourth round, and due to a ground sharing agreement currently in place between the two teams, the tie will take place at the Blues home of St Andrews despite them being the away side.
If Birmingham and Coventry draw we may as well just all swap ends and re start the match #bcfc
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Coventry were forced to start hosting games at the ground at the beginning of the season after they failed to reach an agreement with rugby union side Wasps to continue using the Ricoh Arena.
“As per the competition draw, Coventry are the home side and Blues the away team,” the statement said. “Of the overall ground capacity, with appropriate areas taken out for segregation purposes, each club will have around half,” the Blues revealed.
Despite the claim that each club would be afforded half of the tickets available each, it was confirmed soon after the statement was issued that Birmingham fans would be offered an allocation of 9,260 – nowhere near half of St Andrews’ 29,409 capacity.
Despite this peculiarity, the Blues are keen to ensure that the game is a memorable occasion.
“Both clubs are conscious of the unique circumstances of this match. Coventry and Blues have worked closely together this season in making the ground share arrangement as successful as possible, developing a friendly and productive relationship between the clubs,” A statement issued by Birmingham began.
“And we will continue that work for this tie, to ensure a great experience for all supporters on what has already become an eagerly awaited local derby.
“Both Coventry and ourselves hope that all supporters will embrace the uniqueness of the game and make it a memorable show of unity in football.”