1. Why you were looking forward
to going to the ground (or not as the case may
I was more or less looking forward to going to
Derby just to watch Chelsea. I love the FA Cup
and really wanted to follow the blues
hopefully progress through to the next round.
Never been to Derby so it was another stadium
ticked off the list.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We drove to Derby and found the stadium easily
and followed the signs to car parking in an
industrial estate about 1km from the stadium
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Before the game there is a lot to do near by.
There's a Subway outlet, retail park,
McDonalds, Greggs (which wasn't open) and
burger vans. I didn't chose to eat anything,
but I'm sure if I was hungry, there was plenty
things there to eat and drink. The home fans
were fairly friendly before the game yes, on
twitter they were great, giving lots of
Chelsea fans tips about travel and nearest
pubs etc. which was nice.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
The ground from the outside looks modern, and
quite impressive when walking up to it. On a
close inspection it looks smaller but still
impressive. Inside it looks modern, but sadly
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Atmosphere was really good. Both sets of fans
were up for it even before kick off. The
stewards were really friendly. One steward
came and sat next to us and asked us about our
season and our squad then he told us who he
thought would give us grief etc. and he and
the others were friendly. The facilities were
clean. The game was a bit boring in the first
half, and the second half the game was better,
Chelsea deserved the win through (2-0).
Chelsea fans did anger the Derby fans a little
when they were singing about their local
rivals Nottingham Forest and we were giving
Forest a bit of support, but hey it's all
banter at the end of the day!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
It took a while leaving after the game as it
took us 20 odd minutes to find the car because
we forgot where we parked it! The area all
looked the same in the dark.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
All in all it was a good day out. I wasn't
really expecting to enjoy the day as much as I
did, good support from the Derby fans and
Chelsea fans. The game wasn't the best, nice
stadium, and I would go as far as saying if
Derby got promoted, I would happily go back
and watch Chelsea play at the iPro stadium
again, hopefully a better game though!