Football (Soccer), London
League Play In
Red shirt, white shorts, red socks
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.
London does not have the reputation as a 'footballing town' in the way that Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle do, but there is quite a range of professional football teams in the Capital for you to see the beautiful game in all it's glory.
This is Sourbuggers' indispensible guide. It deals in well-worn cliches, sterotypes and and generalisations.
ARSENAL : Top of the food chain. Commonly referred to as 'boring, boring Arsenal'. Despite their supposed style of play, it has not prevented them picking up Premiership titles and Cups over the past few years.
Their great rivals are Tottenham in London and Man U in the Premiership. Virtually impossible to get a ticket.
CHELSEA : Currently beating everybody in sight after the Russian oil tycoon spent millions and millions on assembling an all-star team. But what happens when Roman gets bored with his plaything ? Based in west London, tickets are the most expensive in the Premiership - and again like Golddust.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : They may win the FA cup every 10 years or so, but this Premiership teams have been perennial under-achievers for along time now. They change their manager about once every three weeks.
FULHAM : A once mighty club (in the 1960's) who dropped right down the pecking order. Now a team with Harrod's millions behind them who can give the bigger boys a good run for their money.
WEST HAM : Again a team living off past glories, but the Upton Park faithful still support their team in their weekly uphill struggles.
CHARLTON : Based south of the river they are perhaps better known in recent years for their epic political battle to bring football back to 'The valley'
CRYSTAL PALACE : A south London outfit again. Their supporters sing "Oh South London, Oh South london, It's full of T*ts, F***y and Place, Oh south London is wonderful". Avoid.
MILLWALL : Their supporters have a 'boisterious' reputation. Maps of London where their ground is (the New Den) are marked 'There be dragons'.
Equipment: QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS : West London underachievers. Rivals of Fulham.
WATFORD : Almost Yorkshire to most Londoners. Used to have Elton John as the Chariman. Strugglers.
LEYTON ORIENT, BRENTFORD, BARNET Somewhere down the football food chain just below plankton.
WIMBLEDON : Thankfully. they no longer exist, as the crazy gang have moved to Milton Keynes to become the MK Dons.
Tickets are easier to get the further you move down the professional leagues.
Be sure to try to catch a Chelsea or Arsenal game whilst in London! Two GREAT teams, ready to thrill your pants off!
Equipment: Dress warm and in the summer months bring a cover up...its never a bad idea to have an umbrella in the UK - tis known to rain here, der.
I have a massive soft spot for Barnet. They were the first football club that I ever went to see. That game was Barnet's first in the football league and involved 11 goals - a 7-4 loss to Crewe Alexandra. It was such an entertaining game that I went again later that week to watch them play Brentford, although there were only ten goals in that game - 5-5!
Barnet play at Underhill Stadium which has a massive capacity of 5,500. The pitch is famous for being on a slope (given that the stadium is built on a hill). The angle of the slope is now the maximum permitted by a football league club. Prices for a match range from £13 for standing to £20 for a seat in the main stand.
If you would like to catch a FREE game of football, the reserves of Arsenal football club play here every couple of weeks. Normally they have quite a few of their up-and-coming players in the team as well as those first-team players that are returning from injury. Check the Arsenal website for their reserves fixtures.
Originally playing in Queen's Park QPR are based in Shephard's Bush and play their football in the Football Championship. Having not won a trophy since 1967 they are a club on the up at the moment having been bought by Flavio Briatore, Lakshmi Mittal and Bernie Ecclestone.
The recent buy-out has brought many celebrities to Loftus Road, such as Phil Collins. However, their biggest fan appears to be a Norweigan called David - aka daarth.
Charlton Athletic Football Club (The Addicks) are based in Charlton, South-East London. The fans' favourite chant is entitled "Valley, Floyd Road" and is sung to the tune of Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre".
Their only major honour has been an FA Cup win.
Fulham are the oldest professional football team in London. They have been in the Premiership since 2001 and are owned by Mohammed Al Fayed who also owns of Harrods Department Store. They play at Craven Cottage, a riverside ground on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham.
Chelsea play their games at Stamford Bridge. They are the richest club in London and are bankrolled by their owner Roman Abramovich. These riches have translated into league and cup success for the team who won the league in 2005 and 2006, and the FA Cup in 2007.
Chelsea are the sworn enemies of Leeds United stemming from the 1970 FA Cup final.
Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) are Arsenal's local rivals. Typically they are a very good team in Cup competition, but have not won the league title since 1961. They play at White Hart Lane Stadium. One of my friends supports Tottenham so I hope that they lose pretty much every week ;).
I hope to visit the stadium again when Leeds (my team) return to the Premiership one day in the very distant future.
Arsenal are the biggest football club in London. They have won more league championships and FA cups than the other teams in London. They play at the newly built Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove with a capacity of about 60,000. Despite this increase in capacity it is still almost impossible to get a ticket for a league game.
Take in a game of football while you're here. You may not be able to get hold of tickets to premiership games as these are generally sold to season ticket holders and member but you may be able to get tickets for the of the lower league games.
If not then in nearly every park and green space you find teams playing on a weekend.
This is a tip for all you football fans (and by football, US friends, I mean “soccer”!) who find yourselves in London when your team is playing and need somewhere to go to watch the game. The Famous Three Kings is a great pub for just this situation, as there are 3 big screens, 11 large plasma screens and 2 regular TVs situated in various parts of the large bar area, and at times they will all be showing different games! Obviously there is a bias towards English clubs, and after that Scottish ones, but most of the big European games will be screened, and the obliging landlord is always ready to listen to requests to screen a particular match – indeed we’ve known him put on a lower league German game for a single fan before now.
We go here often to watch Newcastle United and always have a good time, although it’s best when plenty of other fans turn up as for a recent derby against Sunderland – which we won! In fact we regard this as something of a “lucky pub” as we’ve seen very few defeats here. We also love it on big European football nights (although sadly we aren’t participating in those right now) – not only can you follow your own team’s progress but also keep an eye on how others are doing with frequent checks of the other screens, or simply by listening for the cheers and groans elsewhere in the pub ;)
It’s not just football either – I’m told this is also a great venue for rugby matches, and they show other sports too, such as cricket and tennis. If the game isn’t exciting enough for you there are a couple of pool tables. There’s a reasonable selection of beers and a decent food menu, and during exciting games the friendly wait staff are happy to take drinks orders at your table (not usual in English pubs). I should point out though they although the staff are friendly the service can be a little slow and chaotic – last time we were there two of the bar staff told Chris they didn’t serve the very beer our friend had already had two pints of!
The website below has more information, and you’ll see that this pub is rated very highly indeed!
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!
Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club. I haven't been to game here and as I am not a Chelsea fan I probably won't ever be seeing the inside of the stadium but for anyone who wants to go, the nearest tube is Fulham Broadway or West Brompton.
Check the Official Chelsea website below for everything else you could possibly want to know about this famous London club.
Equipment: For £15, its possible to take a two hour tour of the stadium which includes, the dressing rooms, press room, players tunnel, manager's dug out and also the Cententary Museum covering the 100 year history of the club. Tours are Mon-Fri at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and Sat & Sun at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.
The number to call for information about the tour is 0871 9841955 and you will need to book as the tours are popular and fill up very quickly.
(C'mon you Spurs!!!! ;-)
Champions League 24.Oct.2007 Chelsea v Schalke04
to be honest, I am not a chelsea footie fan, but the atmosphere at Chelsea is better then as at highbury in the emirates stadium by arsenal although the total of attendances are less at chelsea stadium.