Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 41,631 (all seated)
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Telephone: 0371 811 1955*
Fax: 020 7381 4831
Ticket Office: 0371 811 1905*
Stadium Tours: 0371 811 1955*
Pitch Size: 113 x 74 Yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Yokohama Tyres
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Royal Blue With White Trim
Away Kit: White With Red & Blue Trim

West Stand External View
West Stand External View
West Stand and Shed End
West Stand and Shed End
Looking Towards The Matthew Harding Stand
Looking Towards The Matthew Harding Stand
East Stand
East Stand
West Stand
West Stand
A Closer Look At The Matthew Harding Stand
A Closer Look At The Matthew Harding Stand
A Closer Look At The Shed End
A Closer Look At The Shed End
View From The Upper Tier Of The Away Section
View From The Upper Tier Of The Away Section
Peter Osgood Statue
Peter Osgood Statue
Away Fans Entrance Down On the Right
Away Fans Entrance Down On the Right
Chelsea Stadium Tours And Museum

Stamford Bridge Welcome SignStamford Bridge is quite impressive looking, having had three new stands built since the mid-1990's. The developers have taken advantage of the fact that the 'old' Stamford Bridge was oval shaped and have stretched the new stands right around the ground 'filling in' the corners so that the stadium is totally enclosed. The latest addition to the stadium is the attractive looking West Stand, which was opened in 2001. Located on one side of the pitch, it is a superb three-tiered affair having a row of executive boxes running across its middle, the type of which you are able to sit outside. Its roof is virtually transparent, allowing more light to reach the pitch and gives it a unique look. Opposite is the older East Stand. Opened in 1973 this towering stand is also three-tiered and has the team dugouts situated at its front.

Both ends are smaller being two-tiered. One of these is the Matthew Harding Stand, named in memory of the man who did so much to transform the club. Opposite is the Shed End which has a Police Control Box suspended below its roof. There are two large video screens located in opposite corners of the stadium. Outside the ground, behind the West Stand is a statue of former playing legend, Peter Osgood.

Chelsea are one of only a few Clubs who have played at the same stadium since they were formed. Chelsea FC came into being in 1905 in a pub in Fulham Road just across from what is now Stamford Bridge. The Club have played at on the Stamford Bridge ever since. Interestingly the pub where the Club were formed still exists and is now called the Butcher's Hook.

New Stamford Bridge StadiumThe Club did announce that they had received planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium on the existing Stamford Bridge site. Artists impressions from the architects Herzog & de Meuron were published (as can be viewed on the de Zeen Magazine website). It was anticipated that works would start pretty soon and the Chelsea would need to groundshare for at least one season. However, in May 2018 the Club's owner revealed that the Club had abandoned the new stadium plans. I would expect though at some point that they will be resurrected.

The Shed End Turnstiles EntranceAway fans are located on one side of the Shed End lower tier (towards the East Stand side), where the normal allocation for league games is 3,000 tickets. For cup games, the whole of the Shed End can be allocated. The view from this area of the ground is pretty good and the refreshment areas are modern looking. There are televisions on the concourses, showing amongst other things at half time, highlights from the first half. There is a range of food and drink on offer, but like a number of London Premier League Clubs it is quite pricey; CheeseBurgers (£4.90), Hot Dogs (£4.50), Pasties (£4.50), Tandoori Chicken Wraps (£5) and Vegetarian Pasties (£5). Alcohol is also available in the form of Singha Beer (Pint £4.60), London Pride (500ml Bottle) £4.90, Red or White Wine (187ml miniature bottle).

On the whole, I found Stamford Bridge a pleasurable day out. There was a good atmosphere within the ground and even though there wasn't a lot of space between the home and away fan sections, it didn't feel intimidating. The stewards were also pretty laid back. I was seated in the Shed End and I did find a little difficult to go up and down the steps of the stand, due to the stand itself being quite steep and the steps between rows quite small. The only ‘real hassle' I had was trying to get through the lines of stewards situated outside the stadium at the entrance to the away section. They seemed to assume that I was a Chelsea fan and kept ushering me towards the home end. Only after showing my ticket for the visiting section for the third time did I finally make it inside!

The pubs near the Stamford Bridge ground can be quite partisan, so I would recommend getting a drink somewhere on the journey there. A number of away fans drink in the pubs around the Earl's Court area, which is only a couple of tube stops away from Fulham Broadway station. The Courtfield Tavern, which is almost opposite the main entrance to Earls Court Tube Station, is a particular favourite with away supporters.

John Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan adds; 'We found that away fans were allowed into the Goose pub on North End Road, which is located about a mile away from Stamford Bridge. The beer was reasonably priced by London standards and it showed Sky Sports'. Alcohol is available inside the stadium (£4.60 a pint), however for certain fixtures, the Club opt not to sell any to away supporters, so don't bank on it!

Leave the M25 at Junction 15 and take the M4 towards London, which then becomes the A4. Carry on over the Hammersmith flyover and after a further one and half miles, take the Earls Court turning (A3220). Continue past Earls Court station and down the one way system until you reach the junction with Fulham Road (A304). At this junction, turn right at the traffic lights and after about half a mile, you will see the ground on your right.

A number of local resident schemes are in operation around the stadium, so you may well end up having to park some way from the ground itself. What parking there is available in the local area is rather pricey too. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Stamford Bridge via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SW6 1HS

The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway which is on the District Line. Take a tube to Earls Court and if necessary, change for a Wimbledon bound tube. The nearest over ground train station is West Brompton, which is served by trains from Clapham Junction (which is in turn served by trains from London Waterloo and Victoria stations). It is around a 15 minute walk to the ground from West Brompton station. As you come out of the station turn right and proceed along Old Brompton Road. You will soon see the Brompton Cemetery immediately on your right and further along set back from the road is its impressive looking entrance. Turn right through the entrance into the cemetery (there are normally a number of other supporters doing the same) and as you walk on through the cemetery you will soon see the tops of the stands of Stamford Bridge. If it is a night game then do not go into the cemetery, but take the next right after the cemetery into Finborough Road. After a half-mile, turn right onto the Fulham Road and the stadium is located down on the right. 

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Like a number of Clubs, Chelsea operates a Category (AA, A & B) pricing policy for home league games, whereby the more popular games cost more to watch. Category AA game prices are shown below, with Category A & B prices in brackets:

Home Fans*

West Stand Upper Tier: £87 (A £75) (B £70 )
West Stand Middle Tier: Season Tickets Only
West Stand Lower Tier: Adults £69 (A £61) (B £56)
Shed End & Matthew Harding Stands Upper Tiers: Adults £64 (A £60) (B £55)
Shed End & Matthew Harding Stands Lower Tiers: Adults £61 (A £57) (B £52)
East Stand Upper Tier: Adults: £69 (A £61) (B £56), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £27.50 (A & B £26)
East Stand Middle Tier: Season Tickets Only
East Stand Lower Tier (Family Area): Adults: £50 (A £46) (B £41), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £19.50 (A & B £18)

Away Fans

As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Adults £30
Over 65's £23.50
Under 20's £23.50

These prices are also for Premier League games, cup games may be priced differently (usually more cheaply) than those quoted above.

Category AA games are against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. 

Concessions are only made available in the East Stand and to away supporters.

A stadium plan of Stamford Bridge, showing the different sections, can be downloaded from the Chelsea FC website (PDF document).

Official Programme £3.50
CFCUK Fanzine: £1

Fulham, Arsenal, Tottenham and from a little further afield Leeds & Manchester United.

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Chelsea FC fixture list (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

 

Record Attendance:

82,905 v Arsenal
Division 1, October 12th, 1935.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

42,328 v Newcastle United
Premier League, December 4th, 2002.

Average Attendance:

2018-2019: 40,437 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 41,282 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 41,508 (Premier League)

Peter Osgood was a striker, who to this day is a legend at Stamford Bridge. He was part of the FA Cup winning side in 1970 and the Cup Winners Cup Final winning team a year later. He spent a total of 10 seasons at Chelsea, scoring 105 goals in 289 appearances. He was capped four times by England. He passed away in March 2006. The statue was unveiled in October 2010 and is located behind the West Stand.

Peter Osgood Statue

Thanks to Joris from the Doing the 116 website for providing the photo above.

The club offer tours of the ground, which are available daily between 10am and 4pm. The only exceptions are match days, the day before a Champions League fixture & bank holidays. The tour lasts for around 45 minutes and is coupled with a visit to the new Chelsea Museum. It costs*; Adults £19, Concessions £14, Under 16's £13 (Under 5's go free), Family Ticket 2 Adults + 2 Children £48. To book your tour call 0371 811 1955 or book online via the club website. If you wish you can just visit the museum. This costs; Adults £11, Concessions £10, Children £9 and this does not need to be pre-booked. Read my Stamford Bridge Tour Review.

* The prices quoted are for tours booked online. Prices increase by up to £3 per ticket for those paying on arrival or via the telephone.

Concessions apply to: Senior Citizens, Students (with valid ID), Disabled (Carer goes free).

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and stadium photos.

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Stamford Bridge.

The video of the Stamford Bridge Tour and Museum was produced by Raidin and is made publicly available via YouTube.

Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 8pm
Andrew Walker (Brighton)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
Another ground to tick off the list. Who wouldn't want to go to Stamford Bridge?
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The coach dropped us 20 minutes walk from the stadium. Over three hours to get there due to so many pick-ups and rush hour traffic.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The over-zealous stewards stuck strictly to the official opening time. The bar right next to the away gates were for home fans only. So we stood freezing for nearly an hour. Home fans quiet, until the goals!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of  Stamford Bridge?
 
Just WOW!! The whole stadium seems massive. Needed a couple of Sherpas to get to our seats. Very steep. Excellent view.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I think the script was already written. We defended stoutly for 35 minutes, conceded, game over. Chelsea never really broke sweat and we were chasing shadows, the home side won 3-0. Great away atmosphere. Stewards very friendly. My friend preferred to wear his pie rather than eat it!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The coach had relocated nearer to the stadium so after we had negotiated the local traffic it was fairly quick. Snow on the way back, in April!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Done it. Got the t-shirt. Next. Planning a trip to the Emirates in May. Probably more of the same.

Chelsea v Newcastle United
Premier League
Saturday 12th January 2019, 5.30pm
Andy Wilkins (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
This was my first Premier League game of the year and for my agency, I'd received the all clear to cover this game for them. My late Grandfather was a Newcastle fan and I had previously stated that I wanted to see his side in action at some point during the year. This was also a new ground for me to tick off so it was a win-win I suppose.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got a train at 1pm from Essex before getting the District line from Tower Hill to Fulham Broadway. Minus a few kids running up and down the train, it was a relatively quiet journey and I got into Fulham Broadway at around 3pm. With an atmosphere already building up, there were a few ticket touts lying outside the station entrance asking for tickets.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had heard that the food inside the ground wasn't the finest whilst also being a tad expensive for my liking so I went to the nearby Waitrose to pick up a bar of chocolate, bottle of water and sausage rolls for a cheap £2.72. I did nothing else before the game otherwise. The home fans seemed alright as did the away fans who I bumped into in due course.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stamford Bridge Stadium?
 
I was impressed with how modern the stadium looked on the outside whilst getting my bags checked by security. On the inside, I was impressed with how open the ground is given I thought it would be a lot more compact.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
In general, Chelsea came out 2-1 winners over a resisting Newcastle side who I thought could've picked up a point in the end. The stewards were very nice to me whilst there was plenty of room for me to roam around if needed. The atmosphere was mostly made up from Newcastle which I enjoyed.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got out of the ground around 10-15 minutes after the final whistle and I joined a slow and continuous crowd slugging back to Fulham Broadway station. Apparently, they shut the main entrance after full time which led to a lot of pushing and pulling to get the first train possible from this other entrance that was being used. It wasn't an enjoyable experience but after changing at Earls Court and eventually Notting Hill Gate for the Central line, I got back to Fenchurch Street at 8.55 ahead of a 9.02 train back to Essex. I was home by 10pm in the end.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out ticking off a new ground whilst I do wish there could be more transport links available to and from the ground if possible. I look forward to visiting the ground again at some point soon.

Chelsea v Newcastle United
Premier League
Saturday 12th January 2019, 5.30pm
Ian (Newcastle United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
I am a Newcastle fan living life in Watford and make the journey up to St James Park a few times a season. Tickets for the Chelsea match had made general sale so I jumped at the opportunity with the match only been played less than an hour away from my home. I have never visited the bridge before so I was looking forward to seeing what this stadium looked like as well as experience the match day atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We got the tube to Earls Court which didn't take long and As it was a decent day we had a slow 20 minute walk to the ground. Stamford Bridge is located in one of the nicest parts of London so it was a pleasant walk and the ground was easy to find which is always a massive factor when visiting a ground you have never been to.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
On route to the stadium, we passed several bars, corner shops, bookies and small supermarkets etc. There were also restaurants from what seemed like all four corners of the World. We headed back to the street and had a couple of pints in one of the pubs which had a very friendly atmosphere. Outside the tube station was an excellent stall with old programmes on, the guy was very chatty and had programmes from a variety of teams and events. Which as a programme collector myself I found it to be interesting so I bought some classic programmes to go in my collection. We all know Chelsea fans but I'll tell you now that the ones I came across are not like the ones we've read and seen in the news I honestly think that the Chelsea fans are let down massively by a small section of their fan base but this match saw none of this happening, in fact, I would even go as far as saying that they help everyone that was stuck etc.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stamford Bridge Stadium?
 
Like most London grounds such as Emirates, Craven Cottage, Tottenham old stadium etc. Stamford Bridge is concealed by housing and developments including two hotels. We were seated in the lower tier of the Shed End for away fans the view was excellent and we were on the front row you feel the atmosphere Stamford Bridge has had almost a complete renovation since the mid-nineties still retaining the impressive East Stand built in the early seventies blending with rest of the modern stadia including the opposite West Stand, again a three tiered stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Due to the compact stadium, there was a lot of one-way banter directed at the Chelsea fans. Newcastle fans were absolutely shredding the Chelsea fans apart throughout the game even though Chelsea were the much better side in my opinion. The low roof meant we could really generate some noise, though I'm not sure how loud we were heard around London. The bar staff were friendly and it was £5 a pint of Forster's I guess just that's just the capitals (London) prices. The facilities at the bridge where what you would expect in an away section they weren't very clean etc.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy to get away from the game after the match. We waited around for the Newcastle players to leave and got a couple of autographs from some of the star players. We then got the train back which there was a bit of a queue after the game but what you would expect for a football match. Didn’t have to wait long for a train to arrive.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed my day even though we lost 2-1 I'm sure to be back to watch a match at Stamford bridge whether that's as a neutral or with Newcastle United.

Chelsea v Bournemouth
League Cup Quarter Final
Wednesday 19th December 2018, 7.45pm
Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
I hadn't been to Stamford Bridge other than as a neutral fan and that was in the 1980's!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I was staying at a friend's in Ealing and he dropped me at the tube station so it was very easy and quick.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As I was on my own I just went straight to the ground. I didn't really have anything to do with the home fans to be honest.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?
 
I was very impressed, especially as it was a night game and the atmosphere was good in the run up to Christmas. I was also very impressed with the away end, especially as I was in the front row with an unimpeded view. My first impression though was how hard it was to get into the away end. I have never known a club make it so slow getting into a ground with an overly complicated queuing system that even some of their own stewards didn't seem to understand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
For the first 15 minutes they were all over us and I feared a cricket score but fortunately, we then grew into the game and Boruc and Brooks, in particular, were superb and we deserved to be level until Hazard came on and scored a lucky deflected goal to shatter our dreams!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Another long drawn out process. I bought some cracking chips from a food stall outside the ground to try and avoid the rush but then still got caught up in very big queues at Fulham Broadway tube station. Surprisingly when I got on the station platform I was on a tube very quickly and easily and was back to Ealing pretty quickly.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Generally, I really enjoyed it. I had a great seat with an excellent view in an impressive away end and thanks to a large following and £25 tickets it was a really good value for money evening. The only downside was losing and not seeing us score as we have an okay record at this ground. Oh and it seems to take longer to get into and away from this ground than many others of teams with similar size followings.

Chelsea v Cardiff City
Premier League
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
Mike Cochrane (Cardiff City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
I have Never been to the Bridge. Cardiff newly promoted and wanted to tick another ground off with my 11year old.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We got the train from Warrington at 10.20am arriving at London Euston at noon. Then a tube to Fulham Broadway getting there for 12.45pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
All the pubs say home supporters only but if you cover up colours you should have no problems getting in anywhere it's that busy. I was with my 11 year old so we also popped into Gourmet Burger around the corner from the station had two top burgers, one portion of chips and two drinks for £26.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?
 
I couldn't believe how many stewards we passed between the entrance and the turnstile must have been 200+. Plus I counted 16 mounted police on horses. Totally unnecessary as if World War 3 was about to break out. The away end was good, clean toilets, plenty of concourse space, Sky Sports. Two big stands either side of the pitch but smaller ends.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Another 200 stewards in the away end but the atmosphere in the whole ground was good. Cardiff surprisingly scored first which sent the away end up big style. However, this only sort to annoy Chelsea for a short while and in particular Eden Hazard who proceeded to run the game, left side, right side and in the middle. He scored a hat-trick, to help Chelsea to an easy 4-1 win. The usual idiot baiting from some Chelsea who were quiet until they went 2-1 up. The ground then livened up.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We left early to go to Fulham Broadway well organised and straight onto a packed train with a specially opened match day set of gates to increase crowd flow.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Enjoyed the day, a new ground despite the result

Chelsea v Cardiff City
Premier League
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
David (Cardiff City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
I was really looking forward to going to see Cardiff at Stamford Bridge. It was a great occasion. Cardiff are not in the Premier League very often so this was a must see. I was also looking forward to visiting one of the Country's great Stadium's.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I caught the 6.50am National Express from Cardiff to London Victoria. At £13 return you couldn't fault it. On arriving in London I spent time in the Victoria Sports Bar watching the 12.30 Sky Sports live game. I then got the Tube to Fulham Broadway and walked to Stamford Bridge. The Police had blocked off the road so it was a nice stroll to the Stadium. From the outside, Stamford Bridge looks impressive with a hotel and restaurant built into the complex. I have to mention the amount of Steward's leading up to the away end, large numbers of them but all fine.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, I watched footy in the Victoria area and had food from the Victoria Shopping Centre. I didn't try and have a pint near Stamford Bridge. The home fans seemed fine, I didn't see any trouble.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?
 
The Stamford Bridge ground is really impressive inside and out. Surprisingly though there's not much room behind the stands and you are quite squished.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started unbelievably well for Cardiff as they took the lead thanks to a well-worked piece of play that ended with Sol Bamba tucking it in. However, after 35 minutes things fell apart mainly due to one man, Eden Hazard, who went on to score a hat-trick. Chelsea ended up winning 4-1 which included a penalty from the daftest challenge you'll see all season from Sol Bamba
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a bit crowded getting out of the Stadium and on to the Tube. The home and away fans leave together which caused a little bit of bantering.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great day out, pity about the result, but lots of teams will be undone by Hazard this season.

Chelsea U18's v Arsenal U18's
FA Youth Cup Final, 1st Leg
Friday, 27th February 2018, 7:45pm
Paul R (Arsenal fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to Stamford Bridge?

Arsenal had made the FA Youth Cup Final. I jumped at the chance to go to a London away ground as I would not be able to that for the adult team due to Arsenal's away ticketing system.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the tube to Fulham Broadway easily but when getting to the ground, the away gate was closed so I had to go through the home gate to get to the outside. There were no signs telling you where the away end was around the ground. After asking three staff (all of whom seemed to have no idea where the away end was), I eventually stumbled upon it.  

What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I didn't have much interaction with the home fans, which surprised me as I was wearing colours.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then the other sides of Stamford Bridge?

The outside of Stamford Bridge looks fairly modern and neat.  But don't be fooled, it just disguises the state of the ground inside. When you enter, you go into an open concourse where you can see the pitch. Of course as a result it means you can't get a beer. The away end in the shed seemed fairly shallow compared with the rest of the ground. It really looked lopsided, particularly with that Main Stand (who wants to be sat next to a tall wall that appears to block your view?)

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..:

The facilities are basic at best but the ground is very run down. The roof was leaking onto the speakers and then to the seats, there was some black substance which I assume was oil and dust (how do you get dust on something that's out in the open?!) on the seats, no leg room and if one was so inclined one could easily jump the barrier as it was so low. But I did have the advantage of being very close to the pitch so one could make comments about the opposition and you knew they could hear you.

We only had around 700 fans in the shed away end and Chelsea had the whole of the lower tier of the Main Stand. The Chelsea fans were very quiet during the game and we were able to outsing them all throughout. We only heard a few high pitched sounds from them after they had scored. Chelsea had given them all free flags but not many took advantage of them. The stewards appeared intimidating at first given there was a disproportionately high number for the amount of away fans present. But they were actually good stewards as they let us stand where we wanted and only intervened when someone stood on the seats, which was understandable given they were plastic and fairly flimsy.

Arsenal started well and scored the first goal. A very good defensive display from Arsenal up until they equalised then it just fell apart and Chelsea won the first leg 3-1.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was fairly hard getting away as the main road was still open so everyone had to walk on the pavement. When you tried to get in through the main entrance in the shopping centre, it was blocked off and the staff didn't really tell you how to get in. Eventually, I entered from the other entrance outside against the flow of traffic by sneaking behind the security.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I was looking forward to the game but the facilities really didn't meet expectations. I know it is an old ground, but with places like Forest and Man Utd you still have good views and a feeling of heritage at their grounds, which was lacking at Stamford Bridge. I'm glad I did it but I certainly wouldn't want to come back.

Chelsea v Swansea City
Premier League
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Andrew (Swansea City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?

I have not been to 'the Bridge' before and this was one of the away grounds we were going to visit this year. My own teams upsurge in form meant I was travelling with a little bit of optimism against a very good Chelsea side. Not something I would have said two months ago!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

This could be used for anyone travelling to London from the north or the Midlands. We drove down the M1 all the way to Junction 1. Turn off and keep left for Brent Cross shopping centre which is less than five minutes and well sign posted from leaving the motorway. Parking there is free. Park in the multi storey opposite Topsy Turvey World and it's a 10 minute walk to Hendon Central Underground station on the Northern line. It was then a 40 minute journey to Earl's Court. Leave at the Warwick Road exit turning left then immediately right and at the end of the road walk through Brompton Cemetery where you'll get your first glimpse of the Stamford Bridge Stadium. As you reach the ground the away fans are housed to the right. No more than a pleasant 20 minute walk from Earl's Court.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As we were parked at Brent Cross, we had lunch within the centre. Plenty of choice over 3 levels, either sit down or take away to suit all tastes. Weren't wearing colours but didn't see any trouble anywhere on the journey to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?

Stamford Bridge doesn't look anything special from the outside as you don't actually see much of it as you walk towards it. Inside it was a different story, it was a stadium that I liked. Pretty compact with a very good view of the pitch.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Swansea City lost 3-1 but I thought we played well against a very good Chelsea team and if we'd had that penalty at 1-1 who knows? Chelsea fans were surprisingly quiet until they scored their third. As is the norm, away fans stood the whole game with no altercations with the stewards, who were good natured throughout. I didn't buy any food but didn't hear anyone complaining either.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were sat next to an exit so were away swiftly. Brompton Cemetery had closed so we took the next left which ran parallel to it and added about five minutes to the journey back to Earl's Court. Then back on the tube, two changes and we were on the M1 before 6pm. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Apart from the result, which did put a downer on it, I enjoyed the experienced. Stamford Bridge is definitely one of the better grounds to visit with excellent views from the away end. I would happily go again.

Chelsea v Watford
Premier League
Monday 15th May 2017, 8pm
Dave (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
 
Another London away day. And as a Watford fan, it is fantastic to see us selling out our allocation at top quality clubs in the Premier League, even if a student ticket sets me back at £30. Also, this is my local away day as I now reside in South West London.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I had the day off from work, so a short train ride on the District line from Wimbledon (where I now live) to Fulham Broadway. No delays and was at the Stamford Bridge round within 30 minutes of leaving my house.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I got to the round early, and after picking up the obligatory matchday programme, I headed into the away end for some grub. A pint of Singha Beer and a cheeseburger for the total cost of £9.50. It was nothing spectacular but it did the job. There was a carnival atmosphere at the Bridge as Chelsea had won the league on the previous Friday night and their fans were for once in fine voice in welcoming them home for their first match since their triumph. There was no animosity before or after the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?
 
I have been to Stamford Bridge before but the ground for me is average, especially when you consider all the money the club has the stadium lets them down for me. The atmosphere on the night was better than normal but Chelsea like their North London rivals (Arsenal) suffer from the tourist fan syndrome. And for the £55 ticket price for adults, its the biggest rip-off in the league.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
WHAT A GAME!! Head Coach Walter Mazzarri had lost the faith of the Watford fans and the players were seemingly on holiday but that didn't stop us from giving Chelsea a run for their money. A 4-3 scoreline and a game which on a different day, we could have won. The stewarding was poor to say the least and I hope some of them are not stewarding again in the away section next season as they were too aggressive. The beer queues were okay at half time but the overall match quality was superb, seven goals for £30? a bargain!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I stayed to clap off the players and had missed most of the queues at Fulham Broadway tube station. It was a simple journey home and I was in my front room watching Match of the Day within 40 minutes of leaving Stamford Bridge.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Yes, it is an expensive day out but you would be daft to miss out. The travelling Hornets were in fine form on a Monday night. I can't wait for us to go again next season.

Chelsea v Peterborough United
FA Cup Third Round
Sunday 8th January 2017, 3pm
Lee Bratley (Peterborough United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?

A first visit to Stamford Bridge and a big FA Cup day out with the Posh. I was also looking forward to adding Chelsea to my list of London clubs visited including Arsenal, Tottenham and Charlton.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Myself and my eldest son caught the 10.02 train from Corby to St Pancras then the underground Piccadilly line to Earls Court changed for Fulham Broadway which is only a ten minute walk to Stamford Bridge.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As I was informed and also read on this site that most pubs around Stamford Bridge were for home fans only we stopped at Earls Court at 12.15 had as KFC and had a drink at the Courtfield pub opposite the train station, which was packed with Posh fans having a loud sing song. After swift drink we left for the Tube to Fulham Broadway Station. On the walk to the Stamford Bridge Stadium the home fans were friendly without any problem. After walking through the aptly named Bovril Gate for the Shed End, I purchased the match programme which is advisable as I didn't see any on sale inside the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?

Like most London grounds Stamford Bridge is concealed by housing and developments including two hotels. We were seated in the upper tier of the Shed End for away fans the view was excellent and although we were three rows from the back you felt close to the pitch as the stand was quite steep. Stamford Bridge has had almost a complete renovation since the mid nineties still retaining the impressive East Stand built in the early seventies blending with rest of the modern stadia including the opposite West Stand, again a three tired stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Although it was a cup tie against lower league opposition the game was almost a sell out with a gate of 41,003 including 6,000 Posh fans . The Chelsea fans were quiet for most of the match with the away support loud as expected helped by the design of the stadium. As for the game itself Peterborough almost took the lead in the ninth minute when Marcus Maddison crossed for Lee Angol but sadly the Peterborough striker failed to connect cleanly and Begovic saved.Posh held their own until the 15th minute when Pedro broke the deadlock with a good finish to top right hand corner Michy Batshuayi m ade it 2-0 just before half-time. Willian who was a threat all afternoon made it 3-0 on 53 minutes with a crisp right foot shot from the edge of the box. The tie took a twist in the 67th minute when Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off to the delight of the 6,000 travelling fans for hauling down Lee Angol when clean through. Three minutes later after good work and a decent cross from Michael Smith Tom Nichols scored at the far post but any thought of a famous comeback was quashed as the outstanding Pedro smartly scored from 18 yards. Final score 4-1.The concourse facilities were good a bit pricey as expected Singha lager £4.60 a pint . Stewards were friendly and helpful . It was a good cup tie the main difference was Willian and Pedro two top class players.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As the underground staff were going on strike at 6pm myself and my son left with five minutes to go because of the pending industrial action Fulham Broadway Station was packed and chaotic with a heavy police presence we squeezed on the tube wisely changed at Earls Court arrived at St Pancras at 6.05pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite an expected defeat myself and my son enjoyed our visit to Stamford Bridge I would recommend it as a good football day out although for me it lacks a bit of character compared to some other grounds in the top flight.

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers
Football League Cup Second Round
Tuesday 23rd August 2016, 7.45pm
Shaun Ware (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?

Stamford Bridge was on my “to do” list of stadiums and I was keen to visit before its potential redevelopment so was very pleased when we drew them in the cup!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We parked at North Ealing and got the tube to Earls Court which took around twenty minutes. As it was a nice day we had a gentle stroll to the ground. Stamford Bridge is certainly located in one of the nicest parts of London so it was a pleasant walk and the ground was easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We stopped for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat on the walk to the ground and the home fans were friendly enough. To be fair it did seem like there were Rovers fans everywhere as we took about 4,000 supporters and most of them seemed to turn up early for an afternoon on the sauce!! Most of the pubs close to the ground are home fans only so you are best looking for a pub a little further away.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?

Externally I was slightly disappointed by Stamford Bridge. The approach along the back of the Shed End is dominated by the hotel, which I felt detracted from the fact that it was a place where football is played and made it devoid of character. It was however smart, just not for me! We were sat in the upper the Shed End (at the very back of the stand). Inside the facilities were quite basic and the upper tier concourse is quite small – not a patch on some of the facilities on offer at other Premier League grounds. The toilet areas were also quite small but that’s nothing different to what we are used to at home matches! The steps leading to the back of the stand are small and the terracing is quite steep. The views of the playing area however from this end were fantastic. The most impressive thing about the ground for me is the East Stand which still dominates the ground. I love this stand as it always reminds me of how Stamford Bridge looked in the 80’s and 90’s before the stadium was redeveloped.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was good. We were in danger of being completely blown away in the first half but I personally felt we were the better side for periods of the second half and were unlucky to lose 3-2 in the end. The policing/stewarding was great and the organisation for away fans leaving the ground was also what you would expect from a Premier League club.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game    Our exit was really easy, a 20 minute walk to the tube and then back to North Ealing where we were on the motorway within twenty minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I am really pleased I visited “The Bridge” before its redevelopment and will certainly look to go the new stadium. Overall I was really proud that we had gone to one of the best teams in Europe in recent years, battled, played well and gave them a real game……everyone loves the underdog!

Chelsea v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 26th December 2015, 3pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

Another fixture on the great Premier League adventure following the mighty hornets . For the first time in a generation we have a team competitive at the top level, backed by the shrewd Pozzo family and regularly selling out our away allocation. What's not to like .......well the outrageous £55 ticket for starters, but it is Christmas and Boxing Day matches are part of our annual regime, so price notwithstanding we were looking forward to facing our relegation threatened London neighbours!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Hammersmith and Fulham council had kindly decided to designate Boxing Day as not a bank holiday so there were plenty of parking restrictions. So we decided to take the tube. Parked a few stops away at Turnham Green (plenty of street parking) then four stops on the District Line to West Kensington followed by a stroll down the North End Road to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Plenty of food outlets, drinking venues and bookmakers on the mile or so stroll to the ground. If it is not bad weather you really can't go wrong. The closer you get to Stamford Bridge the more fans gather outside pubs, most of which were home fans only. Plus I have never seen so many touts......

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stamford Bridge Stadium?    

Stamford Bridge is hidden behind a series of nearby developments like the two hotels, chain food outlets etc. It is obvious why Chelsea are so keen either to move or completely renovate as the infrastructure is not up to modern standards. The site does not really lend itself to easy improvement and the worst thing about the ground is the very restricted away fan entrance, especially to the upper tier once you have managed to negotiate the three (yes three) lines of security. Once in the ground, things improve dramatically. From the upper level the views are good, proximity to the the home fans lending a great atmosphere. Home fans were friendly before and after the game and showed good humour with a rendition of "we are staying up" after they took the lead!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game had plenty of incident. A 2-2 draw, an offside goal wrongly given and late penalty miss from Chelsea. All this in the first match of Guus Hiddinck's tenure. Watford held their own against their multi millionaire neighbours, and even took a second half lead. Stand out player by a mile was Chelsea's Willian, through whom all of their best attacks were delivered. Indeed it was his killer pass that allowed Costa to equalise, albeit Costa looked fractionally offside. Behrami came on for Watford, kicked a few opponents and gave away an obvious penalty with a reckless lunge. Fortunately for him, Oscar ballooned his kick over the bar. In the final ten minutes there was still time for both Behrami and Costa to pick up yellow cards that on another day could have been reds.....before the final whistle bought an end to proceedings.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We stayed a few minutes after the final whistle to cheer the players off the pitch, safe in the knowledge we were not going to attempt the scrum at Fulham Broadway. Took a few minutes to get out of the crowded away end, then a twenty minute walk back to West Kensington tube station. Ten minute tube ride, back to the car and away with no traffic problems whatsoever.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Stamford Bridge is a good day out with plenty of attractions e route and provided you are prepared to walk a little, the transport is really quite straightforward. If only they didn't charge £55 to away fans. Guess they need the money to improve the stadium ;-)

Chelsea v Sunderland
Premier League
Saturday 19th December 2015, 3pm
Gregory Harding (Sunderland fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

I had previously watched Southend in their famous 1-1 cup result at Stamford Bridge, so I already had an idea of what the stadium was like. I was excited about being the first visiting fans to the Bridge in the post Mourinho era.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Fulham Broadway London Underground Station was where we got off at around 2pm. It felt quite safe around the ground with a noticeable but not excessive police presence.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

The home fans around the stadium were as expected - friendly and posh! There were a few nice looking pubs around the stadium, but they seemed to be for home fans only.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?    

The ground is not as intimidating as others, as it just seems to merge with the other reasonably high properties which surround it. However, later in the dark the stadium looked particularly inviting. The away stand felt quite small - in the upper and lower corners of the Shed End. The security was excessive on entry to this stand - we were searched three times and the security stewards were in lines looking like they were ready to charge. The view from the stand was surprisingly good, and we were close to the home fans on either side, which I thought was great.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

Due to the compact stadium, there was a lot of one way banter directed at the Chelsea fans. Sunderland fans were absolutely shredding the Chelsea fans apart throughout the game even though Chelsea were winning for the majority of it. The low roof meant we could really generate some noise, though I'm not sure how well we could have been heard around the ground. The bar staff were friendly and it was £4.90 a pint of Singha - I guess just London prices. The divide between the sections was relatively small, which helped the banter between us and the nearby Chelsea fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Avoid Fulham Broadway at all costs - walk to Gloucester Road or South Kensington - it was dire.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really good day out apart from the result, as Sunderland lost 3-1!

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
Competition    Premier League
Saturday 5th December 2015, 5.30pm
Brian Lawes (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

Another first time for me - a visit to one of the 'big club' grounds. AND Chelsea would be playing AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League !! What's not to like?

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

We left Christchurch, Dorset at 1.30pm, again in our hired mini-bus. Allowing four hours to travel 100 or so miles seemed generous, but of course this is London - the big car park! There was no parking available at the ground itself, but our organiser had a place lined up about 15 min walk away. As it turned out we hit big traffic wherever we went and were at a standstill about a mile away from Stamford bridge at 4.30pm. All us passengers legged it leaving the driver and co-driver to park the bus. They got to their seats seconds before kick off!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

All the away fans were handed vouchers on arrival for a free beer, or pie. This was an initiative paid for by Bournemouth to slightly subsidise the overall cost of the trip for Cherries supporters. This caused a fair bit of congestion, especially with the bar right at the top of the entrance stairway - but we did get a free beer (with our £50 ticket!). The bar was a free-for-all and a bit chaotic, but I had a mate with me who burrowed his way to the front of the throng and soon emerged with two beers. I did think of hiring him out.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?    

Stamford Bridge is not very visible from the road in the dark, it is surrounded by blocks of flats and other buildings. The single stairway entrance - and exit - to the upper tier felt a bit antiquated, was claustrophobic and seemed to be a bit of a fire hazard. However the seating area itself is a terrific theatre, we were high up but still close to the action due to the steepness of the stands, and had a brilliant all round view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Chelsea were not at their best and the home fans were very quiet, despite being a virtual sell out. This was a shame, because the design of the stadium did generate superb noise on the few occasions they did all let rip. It was left to us 3,000 or so away fans to make the game the occasion we expected. Our keeper, Boruc, surprised a few of us with a fantastic performance and the Bournemouth defence has obviously been working hard on the training pitch. We also worried the Chelsea defence on several occasions and their keeper, Courtois, also had a busy day. As the game went on at 0-0 (we had been counting down the minutes left to play from minute one!) I found myself thinking "If we can nick a goal here....". So when Murray scored, of course we all went completely mad, and then after the final whistle proved we had won at the Chelsea (!!) I began hugging complete strangers. A fantastic experience.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was very congested in that stairway, but once out we got to the bus and despite more heavy traffic, got away a lot easier than got in.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Loved the ground internally and hope any new Chelsea home re-creates what is a fantastic amphitheatre. As for the match itself, just one word required - Unforgettable!

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