Old Trafford Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Monday August 26th
2013, 8pm Marcus
Walker (Chelsea fan)
1. Why you
were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
Old Trafford is the biggest club stadium in
England so naturally itís always an away day
you look out for when the fixtures are
released! This would be my third time to the
ground as an away fan going with Chelsea
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We took the train from London Euston to
Manchester Piccadilly which took a little
over two hours so not too bad. From there we
took a taxi to Salford Quays to find a pub
before heading to the ground. The ground is
huge and very impressive from the outside so
naturally easy to spot.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before the game we went to the Lime Bar in
Salford Quays which was a mixture of Chelsea
and Manchester United fans. There was a lot
of chanting from the numerous travelling
Chelsea fans and the Manchester United fans
werenít impressed and a few even came over
to tell the Chelsea fans to quieten down.
The police all of a sudden popped out of
nowhere to keep an eye on our fans which was
a bit of a shock but they only intervened a
couple of times. Manchester United v Chelsea
is a bit of a rivalry nowadays so it was a
bit hostile walking to the ground.
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 very
impressive. Itís huge, seating 80,000 fans
and the exterior is well done. The away end
is in the South East corner of the stadium
where the maximum allocation is 3000.
Chelsea had sold out all 3000 tickets so
there was a large police presence outside
the away end but itís easy to spot because
of this! There was a lot of police and
sniffer dogs too which was a bit of a shock
but entrance wasnít too much of a hassle.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a 0-0 for Mourinhoís first away
game of the season at the home of the
Champions and itís a result that all Chelsea
fans would have taken prior to kick off. The
atmosphere from our fans was brilliant with
non stop chanting throughout. I expected a
lot more of the United fans though
especially the ones in the Stretford End.
There was good banter between the two sets
of fans and a couple of United fans were
escorted out of the East Upper due to
badgering from our away support. The
stewards seemed friendly though. The
facilities are good in the concourse and
itís spacious. The queues for food and drink
were very long so we didnít bother so we
joined in with the chanting and bouncing
fans in the concourse.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
As it was an evening kick off we stayed
overnight in Manchester. We headed straight
back to the centre and took the tram from
Old Trafford to Piccaddily station. There
were long queues and it took a while. Both
United and Chelsea fans were chanting at
each other with a mixture of banter and
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Overall it was a top away trip. The stadium
is very good and very accommodating to
travelling away fans. It would have been
great to return to London with all 3 points
but weíll take a point and move on.