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    Queens Park Rangers, Loftus Road

    by vichatherly Updated Apr 18, 2014
    QPR, Loftus Road 2011

    Loftus Road is home to Queens Park Rangers.

    It's a very small stadium with an all-seater capacity of 18,489. Being small, it gives the fans a close up view of the action. The stadium is situated in a residential area around the corner from Shepherds Bush. There are some decent pre and post match pubs in Shepherds Bush.

    This I the only ground I know of where the club, not happy with just a "Restricted View" tickets actually described some of their tickets as having a "Diabolical View".

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    Fulham, Craven Cottage

    by vichatherly Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    Home to Fulham Football Club.

    Craven Cottage is one of the smallest grounds in the Premier League, with a all-seater capacity of 25,700. It was built in 1896 but its last major refurbishment was in 2004.

    At one end of the ground you will still find the cottage pavilion, which is a quaint old stand, the like of which you will never see again, at a modern football stadium.

    It's a friendly stadium, which stands on the banks of the Thames.

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    Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane

    by vichatherly Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    White Hart Lane is home to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

    It was built in 1899, and after numerous renovations, the stadium has a an all-seater capacity of 36,284.

    The away fans are usually put behind the goal in the South Stand (Park Lane). The tickets are expensive seats but the views are good, especially if you are winning.

    The stadium is a significant one for me personally as it was here, in March 1976, that I watched my first proper football match. Living in Sussex at the time, there was no football teams to support in the flesh. As I remember it, one of my friends dad's had got some tickets and so I went along as a small 11 year old boy to watch Tottenham v Aston Villa. It was a great start to my football watching as it was an exciting 5-2.

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    Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park

    by vichatherly Updated Mar 7, 2014
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    Home to Crystal Palace Football Club.

    Selhurst Park Stadium is a throwback to the old days of watching football. The facilities are dire ... but then it’s a football stadium with an all seater capacity of 26.255. It was built in 1924.

    I’ve been here many times to see Manchester United play. The opponents varied as the stadium was at times shared by Palace with Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic. I was there when Eric Cantona performed his famous Kung Fu kick, and also when David Beckham scored from the halfway line.

    The away fans are housed in the Arthur Wait Stand but the views not great as there are plenty of pillars in the way.

    In my youth I was lucky enough to play a cup final game on the pitch at Selhurst Park. It was back in the early 1980’s; I was working for Sainsbury’s as a Saturday and evening student and to help Palace with their financial problems at the time Sainsbury’s had just bought and redeveloped the Whitehorse Lane terrace end of the stadium. The powers that be allowed us to play our Sainsbury’s cup final. Between my Haywards Heath store and another store, could have been Trotters Bottom. It was great to use the facilities. They still had the huge bath in the dressing room ... which the whole team got in. To top it off … we won the cup as well.

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    CHELSEA FC

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 6, 2013

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    Stamford Bridge in London is the home of Chelsea football club.
    Stamford Bridge officially opened on 28th April 1877 as an athletic club. The ownership changed hands in 1904 and two brothers, HA and JT Mears bought the land with the aim of establishing a football team.
    Some of the terracing was built using materials excavated from the nearby underground railway.
    Chelsea football team were founded in 1905 and they moved into the brand new stadium.
    The name Stamford bridge is said to derive from a stream that used to flow nearby called “Stanford creek”
    The stadium was developed during the 1960’s and 1970’s when Chelsea FC were doing well in the league.
    By the late 1970’s the club was nearly bankrupt and were forced to sell the ground to stay in business. The club fought for 10 years to buy back the stadium from the property developers. Redevelopment began in the 1990’s bringing the stadium up to a capacity of 41,798 with two 4* hotels, three restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities on the site.
    Chelsea are currently in the top 3 of the English premier league.

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    Arsenal match day – 12th man on the pitch!

    by Jerelis Written Nov 16, 2012

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    Having been to a couple of football stadiums around the Europe, I have to say that the Emirates Stadium beats all the others in terms of atmosphere. Even with a largely touristy crowd that day, the songs were in full flow, the chanting continuous. Those Gunners really know how to be the 12th man on the pitch! The modern seats were cushioned and much comfier than the hard plastic ones in some of their rivals (*cough* Chelsea*cough*), and the leg room was enough to fit an eight foot giant if needed. The stadium is a bit big though, with a maximum capacity past 60,000. We thought we had about the best Seats in the stadium located in-between the lower and upper tiers, the view from here was just amazing and you can see the players close up. We saw that the crowd was made up of fathers bringing their sons, tourists, and the various bankers / lawyers / et cetera working in London. So, no feeling there was a hooligan nearby.

    As most games are sold out, one should arrive early so you don’t miss the kick-off. We witnessed that the whole stadium is very modern, and behind the seats there are plenty of food and drink serving points, as well as plenty of clean toilets and of course loads of gift shops. The funny thing we noticed that during half time we drank imported beers instead of local lagers. Unfortunately we didn’t see any goals as the match ended in 0-0, but the stadium, atmosphere and good weather made up for a lot. We’ll be back!

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    Arsenal match day – Vibrancy of match day.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 16, 2012
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    The current rising success of the English Premier League seems to be unstoppable. It is widely renowned as the most attractive league in the world, and latest attendance figures show that the fans are pouring through the turnstiles as never before and the leading clubs are selling out week after week. In fact, since Arsenal moved from their old Highbury home to the brand new Emirates Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,432, there has not been a single premiership league game for which the club have failed to sell every single ticket. Not only have they sold out for every such game, but they have achieved this without having to resort to putting tickets on sale to the general public.

    We arranged the tickets via a booking agency in the Netherlands and were very glad we did. We travelled by tube from Liverpool Street Station to Arsenal station and from the beginning of this trip there were Arsenal fans all over giving it a very special vibe. Keep in mind that during game days, Holloway Road Station is shut and so the Piccadilly line stops at Arsenal Station (5 minutes walk), and the stadium is also only a 15 minute walk from Highbury & Islington Station. When we arrived at the Arsenal tube station we simply had to follow the masses of fans to get to the Emirates Stadium. The streets were decorated with all kinds of Arsenal attributes, in front of the houses the people placed some stalls with flags, shirts, buttons, et cetera to buy. Having an Arsenal game is definitely very profitable for the residents. Everybody was singing songs and it was fun to walk and smell the vibrancy of match day at Arsenal!

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    Arsenal match day – Why Arsenal?

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 16, 2012
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    Football is the most popular sport, both in terms of participants and spectators, in London. For us (5 friends who are very font of football) it is of course a wish come true to visit a football match in London. It’s maybe not the easiest city to pick a match, because London has several of England's leading football clubs, and the city is home to fourteen professional football clubs. Most London clubs are named after the district in which they play or used to play. Fulham is London's oldest club and Arsenal was London's first team to turn professional. But for sure Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are London's most successful teams in domestic and European competitions. Between them, they've won a total of 84 titles and trophies.

    So which club to choose? That was maybe a bit easier as we are from The Netherlands and therefore are a bit of a fan of Robin van Persie, who played as striker at that moment for Arsenal. Also the history the club has with another Dutch giant Dennis Bergkamp was very interesting for us. After a short look at the fixtures we saw the match of Arsenal versus Chelsea and picked it for a visit. (By the time of writing this tip Chelsea became the first London club to become European champions after winning the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League.) So, for sure a smashing match to look forward to.

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    Emirates Stadium Tours – The stadium bowl.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 4, 2012

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    We must be honest, the tour was truly amazing. It offered us the opportunity to get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a match day. We enjoyed the luxurious changing room with stunning hydrotherapy spa. We took a walk down the tunnel into the magnificent stadium bowl. Besides that we were able to take Arsène Wenger's seat in the dug-out. Of course it is also great fun to visit the directors’ box and press conference facilities. So, we just walked our way around and enjoyed the vibe of this amazing stadium. Definitely worth the visit, have no doubt about that!

    And just remember that once the tour is over you can then go on to visit the Emirates Stadium Museum which houses a fantastic collection of football memorabilia, such as a number of signed t-shirts from past goal-scorers, as well as medals, caps and a whole host of other great items. Whenever you undertake both visit at once you will have the complete feeling about the love for the club Arsenal. Enjoy!

    Equipment: No particular equipment needed. Probably a good camera to take shots all over!

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    Emirates Stadium Tours – Two options.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 4, 2012
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    There are two options whenever you want to take the stadium tour:
    Legends Tour: you will be shown around by a hero from the Arsenal past who will reveal his thoughts on the current team, his playing days and any news from the inner sanctum of Arsenal Football Club.
    Audio tour: you will be listening to the words of Arsène Wenger and others as you take this amazing tour around the Emirates Stadium. You will also be able to hear all the sounds that footballers are accustomed to, such as the roaring crowds of fans that greet the players as they ascend on to the pitch. The audio our is available in no less than 8 different languages, also Dutch.

    The last option is what we did. We loved the audio tour, because we did not miss out on any information and we could also undertake it in our own pace. We explored all the famous locations and walked the path of the Arsenal football players from changing room, through the tunnel and then out on to the pitch. Once we undertook the tour we also saw a few hosts and we were allowed to ask them all the questions we had along the way.

    Equipment: No particular equipment needed. Probably a good camera to take shots all over!

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    Emirates Stadium Tours – State-of-the-art stadium.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 4, 2012
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    At the 21st of April 2012 I visited with my 4 best friends the football match Arsenal versus Chelsea. In the morning we left at Schiphol – Amsterdam Airport by plane and in the early afternoon we arrived at the state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium and we’re able to witness the match-day vibe and atmosphere. We were blown away by the beautiful stadium and at the time the match was about to start we witnessed the welcoming roar of 60,000 fans!

    During the match we also had an eye for the stadium of course and therefore the ultimate wish to have a stadium tour just to take a look behind the scenes at one of the world's finest sporting arenas. We were told that the Emirates Stadium is the most technologically advanced football stadium in Europe, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities with stunning features from Arsenal's Highbury past. After the match was finished we immediately arranged a ticket for the next day to have the stadium tour … we were so thrilled indeed!

    Equipment: No particular equipment needed. Probably a good camera to take shots all over!

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    Arsenal, Highbury Stadium

    by vichatherly Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    The old Highbury Stadium was demolished after season 2005/06 and replaced nearby by the Emirates Stadium. This tip has only been kept for nostalgic reason. Higbury was a stadium full of history, for both the away fans as well as the home supporters.

    In the end it was just too small for the growing club and the only way for Arsenal to compete football wise was to move to a larger stadium and therefore increase revenue.

    Good value seats, except for the away end down the sides, which have an awfull view. Okay behind the goal.

    Affectionately known as "The Gooners"

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    Arsenal, Emirates Stadium

    by vichatherly Updated Aug 27, 2012
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    The Emirates Stadium is the new home of Arsenal Football Club. A 60,000 all-seater stadium, opened in August 2006.

    This is a great stadium to watch football in. A vast improvement, in viewing terms on the old Highbury Stadium which, for the away supporter had some diabolical views. Gone are the cramped seating and wearing wellies in the toilets.

    Getting into the ground has improved as well, although on exception being the 2009 CL Semi final.

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    Chelsea - Blackburn Rovers 5-0

    by Twan Updated Feb 14, 2012

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    Chelsea FC is an English professional football club in London. The club was founded in 1905 and plays in the Premier League. Until now, Chelsea in the Premier League champion 4x, 6x, they won the FA Cup, League Cup and 4x 2x the European Cup II.

    Chelsea play their home games at the Stamford Bridge stadium 41,841 places counts. On 1 July 2003, Chelsea by Ken Bates for about 200 million sold to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Since this acquisition, the tabloids Chelsea nickname "Chelski" data. Abramovich would so far about 700 million euros in the club have invested.

    Chelsea's traditional kit consists of a full blue shirt and shorts, giving them the nickname "The Blues" yielded.

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    Charlton Athletic

    by DUNK67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Charlton Athletic
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    The Addicks
    Stadium
    The Valley
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    Premier League
    Honours
    Home Kit
    Red shirt, white shorts, red socks
    Away Kit

    Charlton are one of the smaller clubs in the Premier League but have a great family atmosphere.

    For years they played their home games away from Charlton but have recently returned to a revamped Valley.

    The old valley once boasted the biggest terracing in the country.

    Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
    Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.

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