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Stamford Bridge

Chelsea v Hull City
Premier League
Sunday August 18th 2013, 4pm
Marcos Brown-Garcia
(Hull City fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to the match as it was the first game of the new season and Hull City were back in the Premier league. I was really looking forward to seeing how our new signings would cope in the top division. Also it was the "Special ones" return as Chelsea Manager, so I was looking forward to seeing him on the touchlines. However, the last Chelsea game I attended was against Birmingham a few seasons back which I went to as I was in London. At that game the atmosphere was quite poor so I had mixed emotions of returning to the Bridge.

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

The journey is really easy to Stamford Bridge. I always park at Cockfosters tube station and get a tube into London. The ground is literally a stones throw from Fulham Broadway tube station. After exiting the station walk out and turn left and it is a five minute walk to the away end. By parking on the outskirts of London and using the tube you avoid so much trouble in terms of traffic/car parking etc. A day travelcard is cheap and it allows you to explore the capital either before or after the match.

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

When a game is in London I always stay over the night before and get up early and go into Central London, to see the sights and grab a bite to eat. This way you have plenty of time and the day is much more relaxing. I am not a pub goer so didn't really take note of any pubs around Stamford Bridge. However outside Fulham Broadway station there is a shopping mall containing Nandos, Pizza Express, a supermarket and some coffee shops.

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

Upon seeing the ground it is impressive without any major wow factor. There was the Chelsea brass band playing and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Me and my girlfriend decided to walk around the full stadium to the away end but other than the Peter Osgood statue there is nothing of particular note. Around the ground there are walls or high barriers so there are no views to admire. The stands seemed steep and fairly well maintained. We were sat in the Shed upper on the back row. Upon entering the ground I was worried about the view since I was so high up but after reaching our seats the view was very good. The steps are steep and very narrow so please take this into account. In the second half we moved to the front row of the Shed upper and the view here was also very good. The main benefit of sitting on the front row and a little further away from the Chelsea fans were you felt what atmosphere there was much more.

Looking Across At The West Stand

West Stand Stamford Bridge

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

The game itself started very well as a spectacle, Chelsea moved the ball really well and Hull looked way out of their depth allowing Chelsea way to much time and space on the ball. Chelsea missed a penalty and scored 2 inside of 25 mins and it could have been more. I was fearing a real thrashing but after going two up, Chelsea relaxed and saw the game out. Hull City came into the game much more without really threatening. After the first 25 minutes the game became a bit of an anti climax. The atmosphere wasn't that great from the Chelsea fans. The Hull City fans created a lot of noise and everyone enjoyed their day out. The stewards were some of the worst I've ever come across. I moved seats as my girlfriend is pregnant and was getting knocked in our original seats. Upon entering the new area I was manhandled and also told "I don't care" when telling one steward my Girlfriend was expecting. I dread to think what they would have done to a City fan who acted aggressively or swore etc. Eventually the stewards allowed me to explain and they then they allowed me to the new seats as if nothing had happened. A totally unprofessional outfit. I didn't eat inside the ground but the facilities seemed good. There were queues for the toilets.

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

Getting away from the ground was really easy, however I did stay behind for around an hour to get autographs. By this time the crowd had gone and I walked straight onto the tube and away from the area.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out and lovely to see Hull City back in the Premier league. The ground and game were very good and the weather was brilliant. The only sour note were the CFC stewards who have a lot to learn about communication and how to treat fans in the correct manner.

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