1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
I was looking forward to going to see Chelsea
play at West Ham because it was a big London
Derby, East V West, Blue v Claret & Blue and
also I have heard good and promising things
about the Boleyn Ground via this website and
from Aston Villa fans that went earlier this
season. Also this could be the last time that
Chelsea play at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham
are wanting to move to the Olympic Stadium.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I live just outside of London so I got the train
to King's Cross. From Kings Cross it was easy
finding the tube station and getting onto the
Hammersmith & City line. It was the case of
getting onto that one train and getting off at
Upton Park station. At the tube station there
are signs showing which exit to use for going to
Boleyn Ground and also there are plenty of signs
showing the direction of the ground.
On arriving at the stadium the stewards told us
that you have to walk along Tudor Road and go
behind the stadium for the away fans turnstiles.
This was awkward and there were no signs telling
away fans where to go, usually you would expect
this seeing as away fans have probably never
been to the stadium.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Before the game I didn't go to the pub or a
chippy because I couldn't find any. I did see
one pub but it was full of West Ham fans singing
bubbles and it didn't look very welcoming for
Chelsea fans. I must say the home supporters
were very friendly, I certainly found this out
after the game when talking to West Ham fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The exterior of the main entrance of the ground
is incredibly unique. It is two castle turrets.
The exterior of the away end is not at all
impressive, there are about 4 or 5 turnstiles
that are like walking through an old fashioned
doorway, the concourse behind the stand is
incredibly tight and very dull. However, I like
how there is a programme seller there as there
are no programme stalls outside the ground. The
programme was actually well worth the
The view from the away end is rather impressive.
The stand to the right is large and so is the 2
tier Bobby Moore Stand opposite. The stand to
the left of the away stand is not impressive. It
is very tiny and very old fashioned. Walking out
at the Boleyn Ground feels like walking into a
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
When I purchased the ticket our manager was Di
Matteo but for the game our manager was the
unpopular Rafa Benitez. The first half was all
Chelsea and we went in at half time 1-0 up, but
the second half it all fell apart. Benitez took
off both Hazard and Moses, our best two players
and we lost 3-1. The atmosphere was excellent if
you don't mind strong language. West Ham fans
were mocking us and we were mocking them too.
Chelsea fans would all go "shhhhhhh" and then
chant "Upton Park is so quiet". The home fans
atmosphere was really poor, but the stand to the
left of us was by far the loudest. Stewards were
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
I found getting away from the ground was very
very easy, just a walk to the tube station. At
the tube station the staff were constantly
saying "move to the end of the platform, don't
stop moving" but to be honest with you, I didn't
like being herded about, its common sense to
walk to the end of the platform. At King's Cross
I went to the pub at the station and met some
nice Chelsea fans and also some West Ham fans.
It was actually a nice pub. And on the train I
got chatting to a West Ham fan who was very
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was an excellent day, despite the result. I
met some very nice people and Boleyn Ground
isn't bad. It is one of those grounds that
doesn't look that impressive but you have to
feel it before you can comment. It could be the
last time Chelsea play at the Boleyn Ground, but
I would love to go again sometime.