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    Go to a footie game!

    by angiebabe Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    The Brits are football - footie - mad. Being of Antipodean (NZ and Australian makeup) when I got offered free tickets (usually between £20-£40) to see Australia play footie with Nigeria at the Fulham stadium which is not far from me - and with my NZ/also Australian connected cousin in town what better thing to do then go soak up the excitement and frenzy of a full on decent footie match!

    It was freezing - and the score was Zero all! - but the crowd were loving it, acting up with blow up kangaroos making their way around the grandstand and Aussie chants going on for entertainment to keep our minds off the numbing toes and feet!

    All over, crowds and queues for the loos aside we would recommend a visit to a good footie match while youre here in the UK!

    flying kangaroo at the footie arriving after the rush-& the start of the game! rah rah rah the Nigerian supporters the Aussie supporters
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    The New Den: proper football

    by chazgilbert Written Aug 16, 2007

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    I like the New Den - it's the home of a proper football team: Millwall. I've only ever been there in the away end to watch my beloved Cheltenham Town, but it's a good football day out, and there's no problems getting tickets on the day... even if they are a tad pricey at £19.

    If you're in London and want to watch some proper football - head to Millwall. Even the posters on the underground say so.

    View from behind the goal Cheltenham free kick The New Den
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    Final of the F.A cup

    by lina112 Written May 26, 2007

    Saturday 19th of May it was the final of the F.A cup of footbal on Wembley arena on London between Chelsea and Manchester United. I went with my friend and her boyfriend to chelsea area to watch the match in a pub and the atmosphere was woahhh, english people live footbal with passion. Outside on the street the police was watching that nothing happen. Chelsea won.........

    El sábado 19 de Mayo fue la final de la F.A cup de futbol en el Wembley arena de Londres entre el Chelsea y el Manchester United. Fuí con mi amiga y su novio a Chelsea a ver el partido en un pub y el ambiente era genial, los ingleses viven el futbol con mucha pasión. Fuera en la calle la policia vigilaba de que no ocurriese nada. Ganó el Chelsea.

    police watching the street on chelsea
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    Football by the Thames

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    By the banks of the Thames in Fulham a Premiership venue awaits you. Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham Football Club. So says the club website and I'd agree...

    The newly converted Craven Cottage is well worth a visit especially in the summer where you can enjoy a few beers before the match on the embankment behind the Riverside Stand. The Putney End has a large section for neutral supporters where tickets can be bought with cash at the turnstyles. I last visited in April 07 to see Fulham host Portsmouth, not a bad game and Fulham got a well deserved 93rd minute equaliser.

    I also visited in July 05 to see the Celtic fans outnumber the home support by 2-1. The game was a 0-0 draw with Zurawski missing a penalty.

    Teams lining up as viewed from X seating area stadium layout Halftime by the Thames

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    Football in London

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    London is home to many football clubs playing in the various leagues from Premier down to Third League. The most famous clubs in the Premier League are Arsenal London, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea FC, Fulham FC, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic FC. Other popular clubs are Crystal Palace, Watford FC and Queens Park Rangers.
    In the early 1990's I attended a match of Arsenal London in the famous Highbury Park.

    Highbury Park in 1993
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    Millwall - Into the Lions Den

    by MickeH Updated Sep 14, 2006

    Depending on who you ask this might be a "Warnings & Dangers" tip, and certainly "Off the beaten path". And it's certainly not for everyone, nor do they want everyone there. Just listen to their favourite song:

    "No one likes us,
    no one likes us!
    We don't care,
    we don't care!
    We are Millwall,
    super Millwall!
    We are Millwall from the Den!"

    They have a reputation, and while it certainly is well deserved I don't think you need fear much if you just want to watch a game. Just don't wear any other team's colours.

    Tickets can be bought at the ticket office at the stadium and since they got relegated to Leauge One it is seldom a problem to get one. Prices from 19 pounds.

    Equipment: Millwall play in blue.

    Millwall - Brighton

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    Go to the Footy

    by fishandchips Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Football (or Soccer if you are from the USA) is the main game of the English. They are totally passionate about the game. To understand what I mean you have to go to a match and see for yourself.

    There is a huge amount of chanting, singing, abusing and joking that goes on. You just can't start to understand the passion without going. The level of passion hits a real high point when there are local derbys played (eg Spurs vs Arsenal, Man Utd vs Man City, Liverpool vs Everton). Tickets are very hard to find for these games as they are normally sell-outs but you can try contacting the club of which game you want to go to and find out how you can get tickets.

    Generally tickets are sold as season passes with the rest up for grabs for clubs members first. The price of a ticket is around 20 pounds unless you get one from a scalper - then it's either much more or really cheap if you find one who can't sell his tickets!

    Equipment: Make sure that you plan ahead and either wear the colours of the local team or something that is different to both. Wearing the oppositions colours and sitting with the home supporters could be asking for trouble - especially if the home team has a loss!!

    At White Hart lane - home of Spurs
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    Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC

    by redhotwax Written May 1, 2005

    I just love football, and in London there's plenty of stadia to check out! Craven Cottage is amongst my favorites, simply because it's such an 'English' stadium. When you're watching football inside this stadium, you know this is what a ground should look like.

    Pay attention to detail and find the wooden seats in the main stand! And what about the 'Cottage' between the Main and Putney stands? Fantastic stadium.

    Main stand

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    Football at Highbury

    by redhotwax Written May 1, 2005

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    Visit The Home of Football, as Arsenal fans proudly call their Highbury stadium. Truely one of the few traditional stadia left in England. Seating 38.500 football mad Englishmen in the middle of London, visiting this place is an experience on its own, even if you're not into football.

    Try to arrange tickets before you visit, as it's pretty much impossible to get tickets from the box office. If you're unable to get them through the official channels, expect to pay double the standard price off a 'street vendor'. Tickets range from 33 to as much as 55 pounds. Expect to pay through the nose when the big clubs (Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea) or the traditional rivals from across the street, Tottenham, visit.

    Highbury's East stand

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    The National Sport - Football

    by easyoar Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Football to anyone in Britain has nothing to do with oval shaped balls, stupid amounts of body cladding or being able to pick the ball up and run around with it (we are talking FOOTball after all). That is a later bastardisation of a noble sport ;-).

    The original game of Football was invented in England well over 100 years ago. If you wish to watch a professional game of Football in London, you have a lot of possibilities. The current two best sides in England both play in London (Chelsea and Arsenal). There are also other London teams such as Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs), Fulham, Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and Brentford. There are others, but this is just a list off the top of my head.

    If you want to play, at the weekend, you can see ad-hoc games being played in most of the parks, normally just using a couple of coats as goal posts. This picture was taken in London's Hyde Park.

    BTW, In most London Parks, walking or running on the grass is not a problem, unless there are signs stating otherwise.

    Equipment: Some coats and a ball in the worst case!

    A casual kick-about in London's Hyde Park
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  • Bar Italia Uno

    by svizzerottina Written Mar 23, 2005

    If you want to watch almost any Serie A football game, or Italian international games this is the place!

    Equipment: The place is not what i would call "cool" but I can garantee you will think to be in Italy, and probably at the stadium too ;-)

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    Footy - the national game!

    by bobinalong Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Football is the national obsession in the UK, like most of the world in fact (which may come as a surprise to some of you Americans - World Series eh? ;)

    Its well worth going to see a game - the action is usually fast, the supporters make a lot of noise, and its a real typical way to spend a saturday afternoon for many an Englishman!

    Its not unusual to hear some colourful language - so its not for the easily offended, but the dark days of violence are hopefully well behind us - though I'd advise against wandering around the local pubs in the visiting teams colours!

    Unfortunately, tickets for the big teams - Chelsea, Arsenal etc are hard to come by - even for their own supporters, but for smaller clubs (Fulham, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Spurs) and less popular games (evening kick-offs, some cup games) you should be able to get good seats.

    Fulham is a good tip - a classic old style ground, or some of the teams outside the Premiership - West Ham, QPR...

    Just outside London, Reading, Watford or Ipswich (my team!) are within reach.

    The link below has details for visiting supporters for all the major teams around the country - its very useful. There will also be links to the official club sites which will have ticket details.

    If you want optimum atmosphere, get tickets as an away fan (this usually means buying them through the away club's ticket office) - the visiting supporters are often noiser than the home lot (except for the Ipswich faithful, obviously).

    You can get tickets from touts - but thats a bit dodgy obviously, and I wouldn't recommend it.

    Equipment: Often the stands are pretty exposed, so warm/waterproof clothing is recommended - you can never trust the forecast in this country!

    Portman Road, the theater of dreams....
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    The Home of Football

    by Kettleman Updated Feb 1, 2005

    An afternoon watchng the finest players in the English Premiership beats any other afternoon activity bar none, and I mean NONE!

    Join 38000 others with the same passion.... and soon to be 60000 others when the new stadium is built and opening in the 2006/07 season.

    In 2004 Arsenal became the first club for 115 years to win the top league without losing a single game.

    Equipment: No equipment needed except for a ticket to get in, and that's the hard part.

    Arsenal - Premiership Champions

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    Crystal Palace

    by DUNK67 Updated Jan 5, 2005

    Name
    Crystal Palace
    Nickname
    The Eagles
    Stadium
    Selhurst Park
    League Play In
    Premier League
    Honours
    Home Kit
    Red and blue striped shirts, red shorts and socks.
    Away Kit


    I have been to watch the Eagles play a few times, it is one of my favourite away trips as it is a nice small family club. It is however one of the more difficult stadiums to get to in London and can involve several change overs if you mis-judge the times.

    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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    Arsenal

    by DUNK67 Updated Oct 20, 2004

    Name
    Arsenal
    Nickname
    The Gunners
    Stadium
    Highbury
    League Play In
    Premier League
    Honours
    Home Kit
    Red and white shirt, white shorts and red socks.
    Away Kit
    Blue shirt, shorts and socks.

    They are currently the top club in the country and have some of the Worlds best footballers playing for them.

    Highbury has two of the finest pieces of football architecture in the World in the East and West Stands, I`m not too sure what will happen to them when Arsenal move grounds in the next couple of years.

    I have been to Highbury a few times now and always enjoy my time there. A few beers are normally part of the day in "Arsenal" pubs as a few of my friends support the Gunners.

    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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