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Barnet Football Club
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.
Queens Park Rangers
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 Football Club
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 Football Club
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 Football Club
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 Football Club
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.
The Famous Three Kings
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!
Go to a footie game!
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!
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Chelsea Football Club - Stamford Bridge
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!!!! ;-)
Chelsea FC @Stamford Bridge
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.
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The New Den: proper football
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.
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Home of the not-so-mighty Chelski, Stamford Bridge is the third largest football stadium in London, behind Wembley and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
I did the tour, which was pretty entertaining. You're given a bit of history, plus the chance to run out of the tunnel on to the... bit before the pitch. The grass is outta baaaands. As the burly looking steward said to me.
All in all a good little visit, and more money into Abramovich's silk-laden bottomless pocket.
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Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
A must for Chelsea fans from all over...! Go on this fully guided tour where you will visit the areas usually reserved for the players: the Press Room, Home and Away Dressing Rooms, the Players ' Tunnel (and the sound of the capacity crowd), Pitchside and the Manager 's Dug-outs. The tour also stops in the Shed Upper Tier for a magnificent, panoramic photo opportunity of Stamford Bridge. The tour lasts about 40mins and finishes up in the Centenary Museum. Don't forget to visit the Megastore too :)
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