Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
So there was I, at the New Wembley for the first time. Now I might have had a slight hangover, although I still maintain I think the ice in our last JD was off, not the copious beer before hand! We were all frisked as we went in, with the numbers wanting to come in, you would think they'd have a line of staff to do it, nope, just the one. The mad thing was the women didn't even have their bags checked, do they not think that if there are chaps wanting to take 'something' in they would just give them to the ladies who aren't searched?! lol
Anyway, into Wembley we walked, having given up on the pubs which were rammed. I thought, as a magic cure all, I'd get a packet of sweets. This is how the conversation went at the kiosk.
JF (for it is I!): Hi Mate, can I have a packet of munchies please?
Server: no words, just points at the crisps
JF: No thanks mate, I want munchies (and pointed at them)
Server: no words, just goes back to the crisps
JF: NO, those... (pointing
Server: comes back with a packet of wine gums.
JF: Lovely, not what I want though, Munchies please (points again)
Supervisor to server: For goodness sake, he wants a packet of those (points)
Supervisor to me: Hands up in the air in disbelief!
Server: Walks up with a packet of Aeros.
JF: Thanks mate, I now want nothing, good day to you sir.
I walked off laughing, in disbelief and hoping our ref would be better than the server. Damn, the ref made the server look efficient!
Anyway, as you can see, despite suffering this horrendous trauma, I did at last get a packet of munchies...
Then to the beer queue... oh yes folks, this goes on!
It was 1:10pm when we got in, we got our pints and then started drinking them. The one bitter was off, rank, awful, undrinkable. Then Deanovilla started talking about the smell of his lager. With us all drinking ours he assumed it was just him but then we had a taste to see what he was on about. Feck me, that was worse than the bitter! Undrinkable. We turned to change it only to see the shutters coming down because they had run out of beer.
30 mins, hardly anyone buying at that time and yet they'd sold out?!
Took them another 30 mins to re-open to sell. We got pies, mine went in the bin - otherwise known as Trekker! Trekker had been the first in the queue of the kiosk next to us as he was sinking fast and wanted some chicken dippers. He came back over 20 minutes later having been given a refund after giving up.
Were these people not expecting fans on the day?! Was it such a surprise to the National Stadium and their staff that there was a game on that day?
Wembley, when you think how much was spent on it, to me is a joke. The outside is ok, I've seen better - just look at the great Stadia over in Germany when they hosted the World Cup, they had some great designs and they came in on time and on budget. Lets face it was already a disgrace despite asking fans and being told most would rather them along the M40 somewhere in the NEC region that it went back to that hole they call Wembley. The area is disgusting and to think we send fans from all over the country and all over the world to see 'that' as a representation of our country is nothing short of embarrassing.
You then get in and get the incompetence as above and then go to the toilets only to find them filthy (again, this was early on in the event) and only two cubicles.
It all went better when I saw our seats, they were in a great location with a great view, so loved that. Then we looked down at the pitch. What a total farce, awful condition. I repeat, this is our national stadium.
James Milner said of the pitch:
'You work as hard as you can to get to a Final and it's one of the worst pitches you play on all year. It was worse than the couple of lower league team's pitches we've played on, to be honest. Wembley's the home of England. You want the best surface possible and, at the moment, it isn't quite there. It was very difficult to play on. It was slippy, cutting up, and hopefully it can improve because it wasn't good. There's been a lot of rain so maybe it was poorer on Sunday than it has been.'
Adding, 'But, when I've played there before, I've never thought, 'this is a great surface'. Growing up and watching games at the old Wembley, everyone says it was like a carpet. In a cup final, you want to be playing in a great stadium, which it is, on a great pitch. I'm not a groundsman but, if you compare it to somewhere like Arsenal, that's one of the best surfaces you'll play on. If they could get it anywhere near the same as that, we'd be well happy.'
So there you go, my little tale and small scale rant... You might not feel better after reading all that, but I feel better having typed it! lol
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