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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*
StadiumTours: 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

                    
                    

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. The range of food on offer on the concourse is quite limited with just there being Pies (£4.60), Hot Dogs (£5.30) and Vegetable Wraps (£6). Alcohol is also available in the form of Singha Beer (Pint £5.30), Old Speckled Hen (500ml Bottle) £5.20, Guinness (400ml can) £5 and Red or White Wine (187ml miniature bottle) £5.50)

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!

Pay By Card For Food and Drink? Yes

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!

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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.

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.

 

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).

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:

2019-2020: 40,563 (Premier League)
2018-2019: 40,437 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 41,282 (Premier League)

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 Norwich City
    Premier League
    Saturday, August 27th 2011, 3pm
    By Thomas Ling (Norwich City fan)

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

    Off course I was looking forward to visiting Chelsea, as they are recognised as one off the best teams in the country. Norwich City had just come back into the Premier League and this was our second away game of the season. Realistically were weren't expecting to get three points here, but to enjoy the fun and have a good day out at Stamford Bridge.

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

    I had travelled on a private coach and the three hour drive from East Anglia was very easy and comfortable with no hold ups. Surprisingly the traffic around London was quiet, giving us an easy ride to Stamford Bridge. We had to park  a bit of a way from the ground, but the walk wasn't too bad.

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

    We were not going to go anywhere before the game, we just were going to buy a programme and go inside. We were told that all Norwich fans were not being allowed into pubs around the stadium, which must have been a bit annoying for all the other Canaries supporters who were looking for a drink. One good thing is that the home fans were really friendly.

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

    From a distance the ground was difficult to see, being partly obscured by other buildings including a hotel. The amount of stewards outside the away supporters entrance was almost unbelieveable, having to go through lines of them to get into the stadium.  On each side of the stadium were large three tiered stands, that looked very impressive, whilst the two ends were two tiered. 

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

    The atmosphere was very poor from the home fans not really finding their voice at all. The leg room between the seats was very tight. The stewards were continuously trying to get us to sit down but we could not see, so we had to keep standing up.

    As for the game itself, well Chelsea got off to a flyer with a fantastic strike from just outside the penalty area by Jose Bosingwa. In the second half Norwich equalised, through a great goal by Grant Holt, which sent the Norwich fans wild. But late on Chelsea got a penalty and we were reduced to ten men, with our keeper, John Ruddy receiving a red card. Lampard converted the penalty to make it 2-1 to the home side. Chelsea grabbed a third late in injury time to seal the win.

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    It was a walk back up to the coaches, with s few Chelsea fans rubbing it in. A Police escort meant that we were soon on our way back to Norfolk.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    The day had been brilliant, the atmosphere from the away fans was excellent and we were very unlucky not to get anything from the game. But there is always next season (hopefully!).

  • Chelsea v West Ham United
    Premier League
    Sunday March 17th 2013, 4pm
    By Philip Pegram (West Ham United fan)

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

    The whole of my family support Chelsea (apart from me that is) They keep saying how good the stadium is. So couldn’t pass the opportunity to visit for my first time when West ham played this season at Stamford Bridge.

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

    We travelled to the ground by Tube from South London. Got off at Fulham Broadway. Short walk to the stadium, just followed the crowds.

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

    We had a few drinks and food in Wetherspoons near Victoria Station, The Willow Walk. Great pub with the usual menu and drinks that you see in a Wetherspoons. We also stopped just out side Earls Court Station for a couple. Pub directly opposite the station and full of away fans called the Courtfield.

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

    The ground looked very nice as we got close. We were searched on entering and made our way to the upper tier. Great view of the stadium for away fans and very good seating. There 3,000 Hammers fans in attendance for the game.

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

    Wasn’t a bad game apart from West Ham losing 2-0. Great atmosphere with all the away fans singing for most of the game. Not the best move for Frank Lampard to celebrate his goal in front of the West Ham fans. Didn’t go down well. Facilities were very good in the ground Pies, sausage rolls, Tea & Coffee. Alcohol was £4 for a pint of lager.

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Very easy to get away from the game after the match. Got tube from Fulham Broadway. 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 tube to arrive.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

    My overall thoughts for the day were very good. Had a great day at Chelsea and look forward to visiting again.

  • Chelsea v Everton
    Premier League
    Sunday May 19th 2013, 4pm
    By Craig Milne (Everton fan) 

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

    I was looking forward to it as it was a weekend away down in London with with family and the match too. Plus it was another ground never visited before, a stadium with history and passionate supporters. Another London club to have ticked off.

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

    We drove in from Basingstoke along the M3, M25, M4, A4 straight into Kensington. The journey only took an hour. We were planning on parking at Earls Court, it's a huge venue for a multitude of things but there's no parking there unless there's something on and unfortunately on this day there wasn't! However after driving around I noticed that street parking was allowed on Sunday and that it was free. We parked just off the A4 in PhilBeech Gardens just next to Earls Court. It was then a 20 minute walk to the ground from there through the Brompton cemetery.

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

    En route to park up we passed several bars which sold food, corner shops, bookies and small supermarkets. There was also restaurants from what seemed like all four corners of the World. We headed back to the street and had breakfast in one of the pubs very friendly, nice atmosphere and it seemed far enough away from the ground that there was no hassle. 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.

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

    Outside the ground on a wall was an interesting feature of the history of the club. There was also an excellent club shop and facilities in the surrounding area were brilliant. Fulham Broadway tube station had a small shopping centre in it and the Sainsbury was handy for a quick munch. The official Chelsea brass band playing outside was an excellent touch. They had plenty of security around the ground, food outlets and on that day a promotion through one of the sponsors which was entertaining many of the kids there. A nice touch from such a large club.

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

    Before the game I noticed there were clowns, entertainers and balloons galore, in various parts of the home end, which was great for the kids. The game was great too. Chelsea took the lead, Everton drew level, then Chelsea made it a 2 – 1 win. It was a nice way for Chelsea to finish the season, but it was a bit of a wet blanket for David Moyes final Everton game in charge. 

    The away end was dry, no booze even though we'd been handed a voucher for discounted ale up to an hour before kick off! The back two rows of the lower tier, numbered 15 and 16 are right under the overhang of the upper tier and in my opinion were a restricted view. It was a bit like watching the game through a letter box and thats where we were sat. There were some spare seats were in row 14 so we moved there and the view was better. After the game Chelsea brought out the two European Cups which was nice to see. 

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    We left about 45 minutes after the final whistle and walked back to the car through the cemetery with a large contingent of Chelsea fans. Got back to the car in no time and then once on the A4 the traffic was flowing freely and we were back in Cheshire 3 and a half hours later. That included a stop for a Burger King with John Barnes! We didn't plan to meet him, he just happened to be there at the services.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    A great weekend and an excellent visit. The day was all the more enjoyable thanks to the events Chelsea had put on to entertain the fans before kick off. An easy journey in proper football weather (sunny) and the game was grand. I'd be a lot more interested in attending again if the prices weren't as steep £52 for a seat in the lower tier and £55 in the upper.   

  • Chelsea v Hull City
    Premier League
    Sunday August 18th 2013, 4pm
    By Marcos Brown-Garcia (Hull City fan)

    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 the match as it was the first game of the new season and Hull City were back in the Premier league. I was really looking forward to seeing how our new signings would cope in the top division. Also it was the "Special ones" return as Chelsea Manager, so I was looking forward to seeing him on the touchlines. However, the last Chelsea game I attended was against Birmingham a few seasons back which I went to as I was in London. At that game the atmosphere was quite poor so I had mixed emotions of returning to the Bridge. 

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

    The journey is really easy to Stamford Bridge. I always park at Cockfosters tube station and get a tube into London. The ground is literally a stones throw from Fulham Broadway tube station. After exiting the station walk out and turn left and it is a five minute walk to the away end. By parking on the outskirts of London and using the tube you avoid so much trouble in terms of traffic/car parking etc. A day travelcard is cheap and it allows you to explore the capital either before or after the match. 

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

    When a game is in London I always stay over the night before and get up early and go into Central London, to see the sights and grab a bite to eat. This way you have plenty of time and the day is much more relaxing. I am not a pub goer so didn't really take note of any pubs around Stamford Bridge. However outside Fulham Broadway station there is a shopping mall containing Nandos, Pizza Express, a supermarket and some coffee shops. 

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

    Upon seeing the ground it is impressive without any major wow factor. There was the Chelsea brass band playing and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Me and my girlfriend decided to walk around the full stadium to the away end but other than the Peter Osgood statue there is nothing of particular note. Around the ground there are walls or high barriers so there are no views to admire. The stands seemed steep and fairly well maintained. We were sat in the Shed upper on the back row. Upon entering the ground I was worried about the view since I was so high up but after reaching our seats the view was very good. The steps are steep and very narrow so please take this into account. In the second half we moved to the front row of the Shed upper and the view here was also very good. The main benefit of sitting on the front row and a little further away from the Chelsea fans were you felt what atmosphere there was much more.

    Looking Across At The West Stand

    View From The Away Section

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

    The game itself started very well as a spectacle, Chelsea moved the ball really well and Hull looked way out of their depth allowing Chelsea way to much time and space on the ball. Chelsea missed a penalty and scored 2 inside of 25 mins and it could have been more. I was fearing a real thrashing but after going two up, Chelsea relaxed and saw the game out. Hull City came into the game much more without really threatening. After the first 25 minutes the game became a bit of an anti climax. The atmosphere wasn't that great from the Chelsea fans. The Hull City fans created a lot of noise and everyone enjoyed their day out. The stewards were some of the worst I've ever come across. I moved seats as my girlfriend is pregnant and was getting knocked in our original seats. Upon entering the new area I was manhandled and also told "I don't care" when telling one steward my Girlfriend was expecting. I dread to think what they would have done to a City fan who acted aggressively or swore etc. Eventually the stewards allowed me to explain and they then they allowed me to the new seats as if nothing had happened. A totally unprofessional outfit. I didn't eat inside the ground but the facilities seemed good. There were queues for the toilets.

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Getting away from the ground was really easy, however I did stay behind for around an hour to get autographs. By this time the crowd had gone and I walked straight onto the tube and away from the area. 

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Great day out and lovely to see Hull City back in the Premier league. The ground and game were very good and the weather was brilliant. The only sour note were the CFC stewards who have a lot to learn about communication and how to treat fans in the correct manner.

  • 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!

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • Liverpool v Chelsea
    League Cup 3rd Round
    Wednesday 26th September 2018, 7.45pm
    Steve Allen (Chelsea)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Anfield?

    I have just started following Chelsea away again, after years of being unable to and Anfield is a ground that I've always been keen to visit.

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

    I came on an official coach organised by the club. Getting closer to the ground the traffic got worse, this is to be expected though. The coach was able to park a couple of minutes walk away from the ground and in a place very convenient for the away end.

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

    Unfortunately, the traffic was pretty bad all the way from London, so when we arrived I had to head straight to the ground. I didn't really have any interaction with the home fans but everybody seemed in a jovial mood and there was no trouble whatsoever.

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

    As I said earlier, I've always wanted to visit this ground and I wasn't disappointed. It looks amazing. The away end was fine, I was close to the pitch just behind the goal and the view was unobstructed. There wasn't much legroom between the rows but it wasn't overly uncomfortable. The rest of the ground looked great too, the new main stand looked really impressive.

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

    The atmosphere was great, I was struck by how loud it was inside the ground when either set of supporters were cheering. I was a little envious, although we're very passionate at Stamford Bridge, we don't get an atmosphere on that kind of level. The stewards were friendly, they were also very efficient, they searched everybody thoroughly, but were quick about it, so nobody was really held up. It was a little cramped on the concourse but the queues for the refreshments and toilets moved pretty quickly. I bought a hot dog and a coke, pretty bog standard football food, but at £6 for both, it was a lot cheaper than I'm used to paying.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Getting to the coach was no problem. The Liverpool fans still seemed in good spirits even though they had lost and again there was no trouble. The traffic out of Liverpool was extremely slow, though, funnily enough, it never seems to bother me when we've won.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    If I'm honest, I like Anfield a lot more than I think an away fan should. It's steeped in history and you can tell the fans are extremely passionate about their football. It made for a great atmosphere. Friendly staff, adequate facilities and a good view of the match, definitely one of the better away days (although granted, I haven't been on that many recently). I am looking forward to returning later in the season for the league match.

  • 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 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 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 Aston Villa
    Premier League
    Wedenesday 4th December 2019, 7.30pm
    Martin H. (Aston Villa)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?
     
    I always enjoy visiting London grounds. Plenty of pub choices around the capital; London is easy to get to from the Midlands whether it be by train, car or coach; and most London grounds tend to have good atmospheres. As for Chelsea in particular, once again having not been here for three years due to AVFC being relegated to the Championship, it was good to visit Stamford Bridge once again. I was also looking forward to seeing Tammy Abraham again – albeit in a Chelsea shirt – as he was an integral part of our 2018/19 promotion from the Championship. You always knew he was going to score against us though…
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I decided to travel down to London by car. I was travelling down from the Midlands alone but meeting a Villa friend of mine who lives in London. After an easy drive down the M40/M25/M4, parked my car at Hounslow West underground station. There is a big car park here and although busy, there always tends to be a few parking spaces available (for an evening game anyway). I had previously parked here when I visited Brentford's stadium three times during our seasons in the Championship so was fairly confident that I would get a space. Which I did with no problems at all. Arrived at 4.15pm. The parking cost was £6.50 for the evening. Then I made my way via London Underground to Gloucester Road where I was meeting my Villa friend from London. The tube ride took about 30 minutes.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Met my mate at The Stanhope Arms pub which is virtually opposite Gloucester Road underground station. A nice cosy pub which is reasonably priced (by London standards), fairly busy but very easy to get served. The thing about Gloucester Road Underground Station is that not only is it handy for the Stanhope Arms (ie little or no walking involved) it is also on the Piccadilly Line (which is good for Hounslow West where I had parked my car) and also on the District Line (for Fulham Broadway for Chelsea FC). After a short stay in the pub, we made our way from Gloucester Road to Fulham Broadway (only three stops) for the game. Then just a short walk from Fulham Broadway to the away end at Stamford Bridge. I didn't engage with any of the home fans, but all seemed friendly and relaxed as both the home and away fans mixed freely.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stamford Bridge?
     
    The first thing I noticed was that was lots of security – for obvious reasons – quite a few ticket checks, plus the bag checks and body 'tap down' search. No problems with this of course as it is for our own safety, however, this should be borne in mind as it adds a few minutes to the time taken to access the stadium. The stadium is very good (similar in size to Villa park) and the view from the away end (in the upper tier) is very good.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    To be perfectly honest, Chelsea gave us a lesson. Although Chelsea only won 2-1 it could have been a lot more. Had it not been for some poor Chelsea finishing, some good Villa defending, a great performance from Villa keeper, Tom Heaton, and a little bit of luck, Chelsea would have been out of sight way before the end. Having said that, I thought that the Villa battled well despite the gulf in class and we stayed in the match right until the end and had it not been for a good save from Kepa Arrizabalaga from a Douglas Luiz header late on, we might have nicked an undeserved (to be truthful) 2-2 draw. Tammy Abraham scored his inevitable goal and could easily have had a second, before going off injured towards the end. As he left the field he got a standing ovation from both the Chelsea and Aston Villa fans. Chelsea played some great football, at pace, and the kind of football I would like to see the Villa play given time.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    As you might expect, there was a lot of 'foot traffic' upon leaving the stadium as both the home and away fans made their way back to Fulham Broadway underground station. All seems to be organised very well though as despite the long queue it wasn't long before we were on a train. Said goodbye to my London based mate at Earls Court, then made my way back to Hounslow West underground station car park to collect my car, and then drive back to the Midlands.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Despite the result (and the 'lesson') from Chelsea, really enjoyed the evening. Hopefully will return to Stamford Bridge next season and perhaps see the Villa play football akin to the type that Chelsea played. I can only hope…..
Updated 19th June 2020