A Rough Guide To Chelsea
Thursday, 14th Dec 2017 14:00
There can't be many relishing this trip after Wednesday evening's debacle, but here is all the info to help you enjoy the day out.
Stamford Bridge is a stadium relatively unchanged since its major redevelopement back in the late 90's early 00's, the East Stand though has been there for around 40 years and is the only surviving stand from that great game in 1976 when we beat Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup Final.
If you have time go and see the statue of Saints legend and Saints FA Cup Final winner Peter Osgood, its situated behind the West Stand which is the other side from the away section, older Saints fans remember Ossie fondly and although he will always be first and foremost a Chelsea legend, he always loved Southampton and we were never far behind his beloved Blues in his affections.
Take the M3 and follow it towards central London, you then have two options, just after Richmond take the South Circular A205 and follow signs to Putney, there turn over Putney Bridge and you will be within a 15 minute walk of the ground, or alternatively follow signs to Hammersmith, my advice would then to take the signs to Fulham and go down the Fulham Road, after passing Craven Cottage on your right head towards Chelsea on your left.
As you would expect there isnt much parking available however if you park down towards Fulham there should be plenty of street parking although you need to check for restrictions etc, with Tube journeys costing £4 for a single journey these days, gone are the days when it was cost effective to park a few tube stops up the line.
If you are going by train its probably cheaper to buy a ticket direct to either Clapham or West Brompton avoiding Waterloo if you are not planning on going into central London .
You can go into central london via Waterloo and then take the tube to Embankment and pick up a District line train bound for Wimbledon that takes you to Fulham Broadway which is the nearest tube station to Stamford Bridge, but the quickest way is to get off at Clapham Junction and pick an overground train to either Imperial Wharf or West Brompton, both are about a ten minute walk to Stamford Bridge, from a logistical point of view you will probably get there quicker.
The Away Section
Its situated in the East corner of the Shed End and consists of two tiers, upper and lower, two season's ago it was over £50 for the upper and £47 for the lower, but this year due to the Twenty's Plenty campaign by the Football Supporters Federation that has seen all away tickets reduced to £30 and then Virgin Media who are subsidising all away fans by a further £10 for this weeks games, it now cost just £20 for this game.
Given just how low to the action that lower tier is, its recommended to pay the extra and get an elevated view of proceedings. It has the full range of food etc, tv screens in the concourse and beer.
Eating Drinking Etc
There are quite a few pubs on Fulham Broadway which runs past the stadium, but most of these are quite partizan although as long as your not loud etc, some can be ok, but usually away supporters will have a drink around Earls Court and West Brompton where there are a few pubs and a little less hectic than around the ground as well as a plethora of take aways etc.
Alternatively just outside Clapham Junction station there are a few good pubs and its a short journey on the overground.
Capacity: 41,623 (all seated)
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