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Stamford Bridge
Chelsea v
Norwich City
Premier League
Saturday, August 27th 2011, 3pm
By Thomas Ling

(Norwich City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Off 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.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had 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.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We were 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.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

From a 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.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The 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 standing up.

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.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

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.

 Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

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 (hopefully!).

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