1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Crystal Palace is the last London club that I
needed to check off my list. I have been to
Fulham, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal (three
times). As a foreigner, I had no expectations, but
having been to the stadiums of the above mentioned
Premier League regulars, I was in for a
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Using your website, I took the tube from King's
Cross (where my train from Ely arrived) and got to
Selhurst in around an hour or so. When we switched
to the above ground train, I started seeing folks
in the red and blue striped shirts get on the
train. And then more. And more. The train was
packed. The days was not warm, just cool enough
for a light jacket, and by the time I got off the
train, I was sweating through the back of my
shirt. When we got off the train, I figured that I
would follow everyone in the jerseys to the
stadium. South London is nothing like Piccadilly
Circus. It looks a little rough, and there was a
ton of dog poop on the sidewalks.
The stadium emerges into view from the
neighborhood flats. Unlike American stadiums,
where there is usually some space cleared out
around the sides to give fans panoramic views,
Selhurst Park is packed in tight among the houses.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
I did not budget enough time to go into any pubs
or anything, though I kicked myself for it later.
I saw a bunch of people sitting along brick rows
with chip baskets slathered in curry sauce. I
could smell it from a distance and my mouth
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The Holmesdale Road Stand was impressive, and the
fanatics sat at the bottom left hand corner. They
were constantly waving flags and beating drums. It
looked like they were having a good time, even
when Michu scored in like, the first five minutes.
I was in the far right corner of the Arthur Wait
Stand with the Swansea fans. The stand was awful.
Old wooden seats awaited me, and they were clearly
built for miniature people. I am a fit 6'2", 190
pounds, and I was packed into my seat space like
Spam in the tin. Fortunately, the away fans stood
the whole time, so I could stretch out my legs and
give my knees a break from pressing against the
seat in front of me. All of the other stadiums
I've been to had rules against standing for too
long, which I actually appreciate, but the
stewards didn't seem to bother the Swansea fans.
In addition to the awful seats, Selhurst Park has
a lot of blocked sight lines due to support
columns, AND the stupid TV catwalk. If the action
was on the far side of the pitch, I would have to
bend at the waist in order to scan underneath the
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was lively. The away fans sang a lot, as
did the Fanatics. This is the only stadium that
I've been to that had American style cheerleaders.
I don't know why every team doesn't do this. It
would create jobs and stimulate the economy, among
other things. I also liked the flying eagle that
they brought out during warm-ups. They have one
similar at Auburn University in Alabama, only he
flies around the bowl of the stadium at altitude.
This eagle could only get about three feet off the
ground. They may have had a weight around his
talons to keep him from getting away.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
I was so uncomfortable, and Swansea so thoroughly
controlled the action, that I left at half time.
It was easy to find the train station, and I beat
any rush, so I couldn't give an accurate portrayal
of a game-day exit.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Crystal Palace is now checked off the list. I will