Crystal Palace v Watford
Championship League Play Off Final
Monday, May 27th, 2013, 3pm
(Crystal Palace fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
This was to be my first
visit to the new Wembley watching Crystal Palace.
I had heard lots about Wembley Stadium and I was
looking forward to comparing it to the old Wembley
with and my last visit with Crystal Palace in
1997. Not only that, it was huge match for Palace
which if they won, would have secured them
promotion to the Premiership. A league that Palace
had not been in since the 2004-05 season. With
suffering administration and almost being
liquidated 3 years previously in 2010, this match
was one to show how far the club had come in 3
We travelled via the tube
to Marylebone Station. After some pre match beers
we travelled on the train from Marylebone, to
Wembley Stadium station. The train was only one
stop so was a simple straightforward journey.
We stopped of in
Marylebone and had some pre-match beers in The
Allsop Arms on Gloucester Place. Beer was
reasonable priced here, however it was really busy
and generally took about 15 minutes to get
served.. There was also a Tesco’s just around the
corner which some fans took advantage of to buy
some cans to drink outside the pub. Police didn’t
hassle the fans at all and generally let everyone
do their own thing. After this we headed back to
Marylebone Station to et the 13.55 to Wembley.
At first view the ground is very impressive. Certainly very imposing and you don’t realise how big the “Wembley Arch” is until you see it up close. Once inside the stadium we went to the bar to get one more nerve-settling beer. I was impressed with the bar’s queuing system in place, which got rid of the free-for-all you see at most other grounds. I was less impressed with the price of £4.70 a pint!
Our seats were in the
front row of block 531 (upper tier). Despite being
up in the gods, I thought the view was fantastic.
Inside the seating area itself Wembley is
certainly very impressive. Great views of the
stadium all round with loads of leg room. Even for
the taller people such as myself.
Once the game went to extra time I had a feeling it was going to be Palace’s day. The fans and they players just seemed up for it more. Palace finally found the net in the 105th minute when former Watford man Phillips picked out the top corner from the spot after Cassetti had needlessly brought down Zaha. Once 1-0 up Palace cranked up the atmosphere even more and there was never going to be any doubt about the result.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
After the game and post match celebrations by the team. we headed to a bar called “Metropolis” which was on “The Junction, Engineers Way”. This was right by the stadium and wasn’t too busy. This let the crowds die down and gave us a hassle free journey home back to SE25.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
All in all a great day out for obvious reasons! I really enjoyed my first new Wembley experience. Didn’t come across any trouble and experienced no transport problems at all. If travelling to Wembley for a match I would definitely recommend hanging around for a drink afterwards to let the crowds die down.
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