1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
I had never been to Upton Park before, so
when the fixture list was published, I made
sure that I would be free on the weekend of
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Getting there was easy. Tube to Tower Hill,
then to Upton Park. However, our tube broke
down, and took 20 minutes to get going
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We went to a pub at Tower Hill called
Liberty Bounds. This wasnít overly crowded,
and had plenty of Chelsea supporters in
there. We didnít sample the food, but the
menus looked decent - your usual pub-grub.
Home fans seemed okay, and there was a bit
of friendly banter on the way down Green
Street to the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
We arrived at the away end just as the match
was kicking off. Despite jogging through the
concourse (we were at the furthest end), I
noticed how old and compact it was. We took
our seats Ė about 15 rows up behind the
goals, great seats. The stands opposite and
to the right of us looked fairly good, but
ours, and the one to our left were
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
We got off to a flyer, taking the lead
through a good goal from Mata. We could have
put the game to bed at the end of the first
half, but some good defending and a great
save prevented it. Half time was mental. The
concourse was jam-packed with Chelsea fans
jumping up and down and chanting. We finally
got to the front of the queue. The burger
was terrible (£4), but the Carlsberg (£3.80)
was ice cold. We joined in with some songs,
and made our way back to our seats.
The second half was shocking, with the match
finishing 3-1 to West Ham. The
atmosphere was very good throughout the
second half from West Ham. Probably, man for
man, the loudest Iíve heard all season.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
We exited the ground, and the police did a
good job of keeping (most of) the supporters
apart. We joined a ridiculously long queue
for the tube, and eventually, headed back
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
All in all, a ground that must be visited by
traditional football fans. No thrills, just
a ground that has a good atmosphere, and a
good old fashioned stadium. Not one of my
favourite away days, but definitely
somewhere worth re-visiting.