Wembley Stadium, London
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final
Carlisle v Southampton
Sunday, March 28th, 2010, 1.30pm
By Kate Brown
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
was looking forward to the atmosphere, we’d sold our allocation of 44,000
tickets and I’ve never seen that many Saints fans
took an early train from Basingstoke - it was full and we had to stand the
whole way but the tube to Wembley Central was quieter. The tube system is
easy to use and travelling up with other Saints fans started the day off
We found a fish & chip shop on Wembley Hill Road, “Wembley Bay”. The staff were friendly and the prices were good (Sausage & chips £3.50, bottled water £1). The food itself was great and the portion sizes were good for the price. It isn’t a big place but luckily we arrived at the right time and there was one table free.
Carlisle fans were very friendly and there was a fun, family atmosphere
inside and outside the stadium. Most people had families and children with
them and there was very little bad language or bad feeling between the
sets of fans.
It’s the national stadium so it should be the biggest and the best in the country...and it is. It’s very impressive from whichever angle you approach it and the arch, as well as the Bobby Moore statue, is very impressive. The pitch was re-laid the week before the game but a lot of players were still slipping on it.
was surprising how much room there was, both between the seats and in
front and behind.
was sat in Block 121, Row 18 and the seats were great – I had a fantastic
view of the whole pitch, although when the team’s photos were taken at the
end with the trophy, they were facing the other stand (opposite Block
142/143) so I couldn’t get a very good view of that. ~
The stewards we came across were very friendly and enthusiastic about today’s game as well as helpful. I’d heard that the prices for food and drink were very expensive so we didn’t buy anything, except a programme which, at £5, I thought was quite good value.
took a while to get away from the ground, due to the amount of people
leaving at the same time, so we wandered around the outside of the stadium
(enjoying the victory with other Saints fans!) before moving away from the
ground, past Wembley Arena. We thought the trains and tubes would be busy
for a while so we found the Greyhound pub, Harrow Road. I’d heard it was
temporarily shut but it was open. It wasn’t the nicest pub, decor-wise,
and the prices weren’t very cheap but the staff were friendly and being
full of Saints fans, the atmosphere was very jubilant!
It wasn’t just the result that made this day so special; it was the atmosphere, two sets of fans coming together to celebrate the final of a competition in which we’d both had fantastic results, and seeing the best stadium in the country was an amazing experience. One which I won’t forget in a hurry.
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