you were looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
course I was looking forward to visiting Chelsea, as
they are recognised as one off the best teams in the
country. Norwich City had just come back into the
Premier League and this was our second away game of
the season. Realistically were weren't expecting to
get three points here, but to enjoy the fun and have
a good day out at Stamford Bridge.
easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Summary of overall thoughts of the day
travelled on a private coach and the three hour
drive from East Anglia was very easy and comfortable
with no hold ups. Surprisingly the traffic around
London was quiet, giving us an easy ride to Stamford
Bridge. We had to park a bit of a way from the
ground, but the walk wasn't too bad.
you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans
not going to go anywhere before the game, we just
were going to buy a programme and go inside. We were
told that all Norwich fans were not being allowed
into pubs around the stadium, which must have been a
bit annoying for all the other Canaries supporters
who were looking for a drink. One good thing is that
the home fans were really friendly.
you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions
of away end then other sides of the ground?
distance the ground was difficult to see, being
partly obscured by other buildings including a
hotel. The amount of stewards outside the away
supporters entrance was almost unbelieveable, having
to go through lines of them to get into the
stadium. On each side of the stadium were
large three tiered stands, that looked very
impressive, whilst the two ends were two tiered.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, facilities etc..
atmosphere was very poor from the home fans not
really finding their voice at all. The leg room between the seats was
very tight. The
stewards were continuously trying to get us to sit
down but we could not see, so we had to keep
As for the game itself, well Chelsea got off to a
flyer with a fantastic strike from just outside the
penalty area by Jose Bosingwa. In the second half
Norwich equalised, through a great goal by Grant
Holt, which sent the Norwich fans wild. But late on
Chelsea got a penalty and we were reduced to ten
men, with our keeper, John Ruddy receiving a red
card. Lampard converted the penalty to make it 2-1
to the home side. Chelsea grabbed a third late in
injury time to seal the win.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the
It was a
walk back up to the coaches, with s few Chelsea fans
rubbing it in. A Police escort meant that we were
soon on our way back to Norfolk.
The day had been
brilliant, the atmosphere from the away fans was
excellent and we were very unlucky not to get anything
from the game. But there is always next season