Going to Stamford Bridge – Updated 30/10

Are you one of the 6,500 going to Chelsea?, if so here is our guide (30/10 see update at foot of article)

Stamford Bridge is the most central of the London grounds and is easily accessible by tube or bus from the centre. Parking is available in surrounding streets but Peter Trenter from Chelsea Supporters Group tells us that parking is virtually impossible and suggests parking out of town and getting the tube in, he says "wardens take no prisoners and the car will be gone if illegally parked! be warned!"

From The North, East or West:

Use the M25 to take you round to junction 15 and turn off onto the M4 towards London, follow the M4 which becomes the A4 up to Hammersmith. Stay on it over the Hammersmith flyover and for a further 1.5 miles before turning off for Earls Court. Go past Earls Court station and down the one way system until you hit Fulham Road, turn right at the traffic lights. Go straight on for 600 yards and the ground is on your right.

From The South:

Head for Wandsworth bridge to cross the river. If using Wandsworth bridge, cross the river and head straight up Wandsworth Bridge Road. At the Junction with New Kings Road turn right and then immediately left. This will take you up to Fulham Broadway, turn right onto Fulham Road and the ground is 400 yards on your left.

By Train
The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line, take a train to Earls Court and change for Wimbledon bound trains…..

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In recent times City have had the Indian sign over Barnsley – last year we even won away – and if ever we needed this situation to continue it was today. Over 24 000 turned up at the Walkers which, given the opposition and the team's inability to score goals with any regularity, must have convinced Milan he was right to nail his colours to our mast. 

The opening period was as scrappy as it is possible to imagine with both sides unable to string more than one or two passes together. The crowd ignored the play and took the opportunity to show where they stood with chants of encouragement for Gerry, who spent the match at the side of the pitch, and disparagement for Gary who had jumped ship at the first port. 

Barnsley are somehow in the top half of the table but apart from Howard in the centre of midfield, a playmaker and goal scorer of the type we desperately need, they posed little threat to our defence and the three reliable centre-backs and the keeper had no real problems in keeping a clean sheet. Fulop once made a good block with his legs from Odejayi, the shot from the rebound being deflected wide, but this first half effort aside they were as punchless as we usually are. 

You didn't need to be a genius to work out that the first goal would be crucial and that it could only come from a mistake or a piece of luck. In fact it was both! Sheehan lumped in a nothing cross which Barnsley should have cleared with their eyes closed. However a defender got his bearings completely wrong and only managed to glance the ball straight to Collins John six yards out. He mishit his shot which nonetheless finished in the corner of the net. Cue massive relief!….

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Next Up – Chelsea

Manager: Avram Grant 

Founded: 1905

Ground: Stamford Bridge Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS  

Capacity: 42,500 Highest gate: 82,905 v Arsenal (Div 1) 1912 

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: 1 Petr Cech 23 Carlo Cudicini 40 Henrique Hilario  

Defenders: 18 Wayne Bridge 20 Paulo Ferreira 22 Tal Ben Haim 26 John Terry 3 Ashley Cole 33 Alex da Costa 35 Juliano Belletti 51 Sam Hutchinson 6 Ricardo Carvalho  

Midfielder: 12 Mikel Obi 13 Michael Ballack 4 Claude Makelele 48 Michael Woods 5 Michael Essien 50 Lee Sawyer 8 Frank Lampard 9 Steven Sidwell 10 Joe Cole 15 Florent Malouda 24 Shaun Wright-Phillips  

Strikers: 11 Didier Drogba 14 Claudio Pizarro 17 Scott Sinclair 21 Salomon Kalou 7 Andriy Shevchenko    

If you spot any factual inaccuracies in the above feel free to let me know via matt.davis@foxestrust.com – thanks  

View from the opposition – Barnsley

A bit about you

Name: Owen Scrimshaw    

Current home town: Nottingham   Birthplace: Mexborough, South Yorkshire How long have you supported your team? 32 years  

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The West Stand, a reminder of the past and how far the club have come in the last 15 years 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Bradford City home game 26th April 1997, the game that got us promoted to the premier league.  The reds won 2-0 to secure premier league football for the first time 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Ronnie Glavin, a superb attacking midfielder with an eye for goal 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Tough one, we have so many players but I will go for Heinz Muller.  He is our goalkeeper and has installed confidence in the defence and this has helped spread throughout the team…… 

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Megson’s Last Stand

City 0 – 1 Sheffield United 

City lost 1-0 to Sheffield United on a bitterly cold Tuesday evening at the Walkers Stadium. The fans saw nothing on the pitch to warm their mood and after chants of “What a load of rubbish” and “Megson for Bolton” towards the end of a very poor game there will be few tears shed for a man who was never really at ease in the City dugout, five game unbeaten run or not. 

City began the game with some decent possession culminating in a chance for Fryatt which went just wide and a long shot from McAuley that never troubled Paddy Kenny in the United goal. Sadly this was to be the trend for the evening as chances of any sort were few and far between.  

The Blades began to put some good balls into the City penalty area courtesy of former City man Keith Gillespie, the majority being dealt with efficiently by the solid looking back line and city keeper Fulop who along with Clemence currently looks like the best of the signings made over the summer. 

Clemence however was forced to leave the field after only 18 minutes, being replaced by Newton and highlighting the critical shortage of quality central midfielders despite the size of the City squad. 

The latest man to join City on loan, Collins John, replaced DJ Campbell after 32 minutes but looked a long way from being match fit and failed to trouble the replacement United keeper Ian Bennett, who came on for Kenny after 39 minutes…..

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