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Wembley Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Sunday, April 15th, 2012, 6pm
FA Cup Semi Final
By Luke Burton
(Chelsea Fan)

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

I was looking forward to this game very much as it would be my first visit to the new Wembley and I was obviously hoping to see Chelsea beat Spurs to progress into the final.

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

Being a West Midland based Chelsea fan I always go by either coach or train from Birmingham. This time I opted for the train as I could get a direct train to the station and then a nice short walk straight to the stadium.

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

I arrived well before kick off, but this was not a problem as there were plenty of other fans around and plenty of food and drink vendors. I had a nice walk around the stadium and got a match day programme for £5 (rubbish by the way).

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

The first impression I honestly had of the new Wembley was, is this it? I just didn't feel that there was anything special about it, don't get me wrong, the stadia itself is impressive in terms of sheer size and height , but apart from that, I felt it is over-rated. Onto the prices inside. Well I expected it to be expensive, but even so you can't help but think how do they get away with it? I paid £4.50 for a normal bottle of Budweiser only to discover a bit further down the concourse was you could get a full pint for £4.70. Cheers Wembley!  

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

First half was very nervy. Spurs hit the post and John Terry cleared off the line, then just before half time against the run of play it must be said our main man Drogba turns on the style and hits a beauty , 1 - 0 Chelsea. Okay I have moaned about the prices but here is a bit more moaning , I was starving at half time having not eaten all day , so I decided I was going to get something to eat ...  One cheeseburger please ... That will be £5.80! and for that price it was very poor. Anyway second half and the atmosphere was electric, with Chelsea scoring 4 (okay 3 really but shh...) goals.

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

I waited a little while for the crowds to die down a little before I made my way out , about 15 minutes after the final whistle I made my move and headed for the train where there was a huge waiting line at the station , thankfully for the London line! The Birmingham queue had a fairly average line and I waited about 10 minutes before I was nice and warm on the train.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Wonderful day in terms of football , 5-1 at Wembley , what more do I need !! In terms of prices , well , next time I will either come well prepared .... Or rob a bank!


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