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 the match.
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 again.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We went to a pub at Tower Hill called Liberty
Bounds. This wasn’t overly crowded, and had
plenty of Chelsea supporters in there. We didn’t
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
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 – 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 shockingly dated.
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
I’ve heard all season.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
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 home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
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