Posted by sean on April 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm in England with No Comments

As promised, here is a blog following my trip to Wembley. A little belated, for which I have little excuse. Let’s just say I finally got home after my mammoth trip on Wednesday night…

After their wonderful recent run of results, I am planning to write a ‘big up’ blog for Capello and the players later this weekend; in the meantime, a few observations on Wembley Stadium and the fans.

This was my second visit to the new Wembley. Like last year, I found it to have a very sterile atmosphere, although it has improved greatly on the Switzerland in February 08.

I was high up in the skies. Although the players looked like ants, I had an excellent view – something Wembley prides itself on.

Unfortunately, I think I was sat alongside some of the most annoying England supporters in the country. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but most people go to football to watch a game. These people could not sit still, and would be constantly in and out of the lobby, causing everyone else in the row to have to stand up to let them past – disturbing their enjoyment of the game.

Why some people cannot last 45 minutes without getting food, drink or emptying their bladder, I don’t know. None of the rows behind or in front of me had the restless fans. Hopefully they’ll stay at home in future, close to their own food and toilet facilities.

The fans were generally very quite as well, although when the team started playing some good, flowing football, the atmosphere rose to the occasion. The presence of the ever-popular David Beckham also got the crowd going.

Also, something I have never understood – why do fans leave football games early? This is ever common at top-flight games, which are generally very expensive to watch. With over 10 minutes to fulltime, the stands emptied (again, disturbing it for everyone who wanted to stay for the whole 90 minutes). Those part-timers got their just-desserts though, missing John Terry’s late winner. Hahaha.

Anyway, another blog about England tomorrow. In the meantime, some photos of the night…


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