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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!!
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.
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.