1. Why were you looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
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.