Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Wembley Stadium


Visits: 5
Manchester United 0-0 Everton AET 2-4 on Penalties (FA Cup Semi Final, April 19th 2009)
Everton 1-2 Chelsea (FA Cup Final, May 30th 2009)
Liverpool 2-1 Everton (FA Cup Semi Final, April 14th 2012)
Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic (FA Cup Final, May 11th 2013)
Everton 1-2 Manchester United (FA Cup Semi Final, April 23rd 2016)
Stands I’ve Been in: North Stand, West Stand, East Stand
Ticket Price (1st Visit): £44
Attendance (1st Visit): 88,141
Address: Wembley Stadium, Wembley National Stadium Ltd, Empire Way, London, HA9 OWS

Transport

Brilliant. London’s Tube network means it’s never a problem getting around, and Wembley Park Station takes you out right on Wembley Way. Less fun by coach, takes at least an hour to get in and an hour to get out once you leave the motorway. Drops you right outside the turnstiles though.


A sodden Wembley Way, 2013 FA Cup Final

Food & Drink

Retail Park down the street, and a few bars and takeaways, typical London really. The Tube also means you can obviously go a bit further afield and never struggle to find a pub. There are a few stalls on Wembley Way, and while its pricey, the pies are gorgeous.


A penalty shootout at the East End of the ground, FA Cup semi final 2009

Inside the Ground

I’ve always said Wembley is about the occasion rather than the game or the surroundings…and it didn’t disappoint. Perfect views all around, stunning atmosphere from us, the concourses are ridiculously huge, just…impressive.


View of the East End from the upper tier, 2013 FA Cup Final

Atmosphere

I don’t have a clue what United fans were like because we were unbelievable. The Club Wembley tier has of course had a lot of criticism for ruining the atmosphere, but that was never going to be a problem in this game. The Final in 2009 was good as well, but surprisingly the 2012 semi final was pretty subdued by both sets of fans. You would have expected more with it being a Derby and all that, but it seemed nerves got the better of both of us, I dont know. Was absolutely bouncing after Jelavic gave us the lead understandably though! The 2013 Cup Final was fantastic at times from the Wigan fans, especially once we got into the last 20 minutes or so and everyone sensed an upset. Not a peep from the City fans though, seemed to think it was a foregone conclusion!


The North Stand, 2012 semi final

Anything Else


View of the South Stand, 2009 FA Cup Final

Overall

Awesome…absolutely fitting of all my expectations.

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