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Wembley Stadium
  Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, April 15th, 2012, 5pm
FA Cup Semi Final
By Daniel Gosbee
 (Chelsea Fan)

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

I have never been to the new Wembley (or the old one for that case) so I was looking forward to going to the stadium that has seen Chelsea win FA Cups and where England legends have also played. I was also really looking forward to seeing this London derby of Chelsea v Tottenham.
 
2) How easy was you journey/finding the ground/ car parking?

I live a little outside London so I first got the train to London King's Cross, before making my way to the London Underground Metropolitan line for a tube to Wembley Park. On the platform there were a load of both Chelsea and Tottenham fans, and we all piled onto the tube train. On arriving at Wembley Park station there were officials showing you the way towards the stadium along Olympic Way. I joined the thousands of Chelsea and Spurs fans walking towards Wembley, which looked amazing from a distance. On the whole travelling to Wembley by tube on this line was easy.
 
3) What you did before the game pub/chippy .... home fans friendly?

I arrived a good hour before the kick off, and bought the obligatory  matchday programme. I was a little surprised that I had no change from a £5 note (and the programme itself wasn't that great too). I got a hot dog from the outlet on the walk up to the stadium, which looked a bit up market, when at a football game all you want is a basic hot dog, burger or pie. Also the hot dog was rather expensive.  I had little change left from another £5 note. The Tottenham fans seemed rather quiet, where as the Chelsea fans were loudly making the Spurs fans aware that we were "the last team in Europe" and playing Barcelona in mid week.
 
4) What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Walking into the stadium and through an entrance gate, I had to go through some security checks, which was rather surprising  I then had to go up about five escalators to reach the upper tier. The concourse was actually very boring, plenty of space but I prefer the Stamford Bridge concourses.

When I got out into the stadium it took my breath away, it looked fantastic! I found my seat easily. On TV Wembley looks massive, but seeing as it is near enough twice the size of Stamford Bridge, it didn't look it. The stadium looks symmetrical which I don't like. Stands add character to the Stadium, where as one bowl (albeit large) doesn't.
 
5) Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was nervy, Spurs played well, but Wembley King Drogba scored. At half time the concourses as you would expect, were busy, and the
food on offer was pricey.

T
he second half of the game was fantastic for Chelsea, we scored 4 goals and the game finished 5-1, The atmosphere was electric, the Tottenham fans started leaving when we were 3-1 up and by 4-1 there were about 1,000 spurs fans left, by 5-1 their end of Wembley was virtually empty.
 
6) Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walking down the steps out of Wembley was amazing, Chelsea fans were going wild chanting about the Barcelona game on Wednesday. Because half of Wembley had already left, leaving Wembley was actually incredibly easier than I thought it would be. Getting to Kings Cross was easy despite Transport For London making everybody get off at Baker Street and getting the Hammersmith & city line to Kings Cross, but other than that it was straightforward.
 
7) Summary of overall thought of the day out:

The tickets weren't cheap, however it was worth it, on the whole Wembley is fantastic, I love it! Chelsea played brilliantly and the game was amazing. Next time I go I will remember to bring more money, as the prices are way too expensive. But on the whole it was a great day out.


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