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Britannia Stadium
Stoke City v  Chelsea
Premier League
Saturday, December 7th 2013, 3pm
Daniel Gosbee
(Chelsea fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to Stoke because every football knows that the Britannia, despite being a small stadium, has a fantastic atmosphere. Part of what makes football matches so good, is a great atmosphere. I was also looking forward to the game because I've never been to the Britannia, or Stoke and its another away game for Chelsea.

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

Finding the Britannia Stadium is really easy on the road and car parking is easy, literally 500m away from the stadium there is a car park that cost 5 and is open until one hour after the full time whistle. However leaving afterwards takes a very long time.

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

Not a lot really, other than a burger van and car retailers there is not a lot around the Britannia, well if there is I obviously missed it. Getting there early wasn't really a mistake but there is nothing to do before the game if you drive straight to the stadium. If you want to go to the pub I would advise going on the train, going to a pub in the city and then getting the bus from near the station. The home fans before the game did give me some dirty looks but other than that it was fine, I didn't feel intimidated.

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

The exterior of the ground looks incredibly modern and new, but not that big. Getting into the ground was easy, and from the away end the stadium looked alright, not that impressive but had character. There are certainly better looking stadiums in the Premier League but there are certainly worse too.

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

The game was fantastic, very end to end, open, feisty. In the first half Chelsea were on top, good goal from Schurrle and Chelsea should of gone into the dressing room 1-0 up, but before half time Cech made a terrible mistake and allowed Crouch to score easily. In the second half Stoke scored first taking the lead, but Schurrle had another great goal, but late on in the 90th minute Stoke won the game with a fantastic strike.

The atmosphere in the first half was pretty flat and all us Chelsea fans were making the majority of the noise, but in the second half from about 60 minutes the Stoke fans started to sing and they got louder and louder, by far and away the best home fans I have ever seen despite there not being a lot of them in an open stadium! When they scored the last goal they were so loud, and the final whistle they were unbelievably loud, however there was no banter and it's a shame they were so quite in the first half. The stewards were good and helpful and I didn't need to experience the facilities.

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

A quick back to the car was easy but getting out of the car park was hard and the police put one way systems so getting away was a lot different to getting in and it was dark. We didn't really know where to go but following the traffic put us back on the right track. It took a good 50 minutes to get out of the car park!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a shame about the results, I would like to go next season and hopefully see Chelsea win. It was a good day, not a lot to do around the Britannia which was a shame, so it wasn't really a day out, more of travel, football, travel.

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