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The Great Munchies Wembley Scandal!

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...

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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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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 2 2010

Time: 4:18PM

Your Comments

Informative yet incredibly interesting - a gripping read
Nimmo
Informative yet incredibly interesting - a gripping read
Nimmo
The service inside the stadium was a farce. it's so hard to be critical these days without sounding racist, but surely staff in the public service industry should be able to speak the language?!?! I ordered 2 lager, 1 bitter and a coke. All I got was 2 lager. So I ordered the bitter and coke again... I got the bitter and then she just stood there... AND A COKE PLEASE! Arghh..
DeanoVilla
Brings back the full trauma oof the event
Trekker
Brings back the full trauma oof the event
Trekker
LOL, one guy kept giving me bottles with the metal cap still on and different security kept coming over to ask where I got them and were accusing me of bringing them in myself. Only 1 out of the 3 spoke English. Security outside weren't much better and knew nothing when questioned for directions. Bloody expensive tickets to give our hard earned money to incompetents and or Banana boatees.
Villan444
never going to listen to anyone criticising Villa Park or the catering again!
The Fear
But J, were the Munchies ok? Lol.
revdpete
He wouldn't know we ate them all.
DeanoVilla
yeah, I got beaten up and they nicked them all!! They didnt' realise though, I'd bought 2 packets so was able to scoff some! lol I also was given a bottle top, I was such a rebel I kept it. I live life very dangerously, almost on the edge you know?!
The Fear
I'd moan to the fa, Fear, fecking disgusting that.. terrible service.. meant to be a day out of fun.. I bet Dowd owns the catering contract.. ***** the villa fans off even more.
krisvilla
I'd moan to the fa, Fear, fecking disgusting that.. terrible service.. meant to be a day out of fun.. I bet Dowd owns the catering contract.. ***** the villa fans off even more.
krisvilla
If the National Stadium had been built near NEC (my preference) the caterers would be Midlands immigrants slightly better off on the minimum wage. As opposed to London immigrants being poor on the minimum wage. You can't blame the poor sods serving you, they are only trying to scratch a living out of life like the rest of us. F***ing shameful nonetheless.
andy5759
not blaming them mate, it is the people that hire the staff (done through agencies often at these places) who don't check whether they can understand a simple instruction. There were 3 choices for sweets, he couldn't serve me the one I wanted! LOL
The Fear
not blaming them mate, it is the people that hire the staff (done through agencies often at these places) who don't check whether they can understand a simple instruction. There were 3 choices for sweets, he couldn't serve me the one I wanted! LOL
The Fear
goes without saying krisvilla that the trauma will scar me for life (smiley emoticon!)
The Fear
I actually told the poor sod who was dealing with the Chicken Dipper scandal not to worry, it wasnt his fault, its the management of the stadium Problem is its a captive audience, the surrounding area has very little to offer and you have no choice but to use them
Trekker
My 10 year old lad had his fruit shoot bottle taken off him, he asked me why they had done that I said it was in case he used it as a weapon .He looked at me as if I had gone mad.priceless really .
sirdennis
My 10 year old lad had his fruit shoot bottle taken off him, he asked me why they had done that I said it was in case he used it as a weapon .He looked at me as if I had gone mad.priceless really .
sirdennis
20 minutes Trekker, you'll never get those back you know! lol Luckily the steak was nice later dude!
The Fear
20 minutes Trekker, you'll never get those back you know! lol Luckily the steak was nice later dude!
The Fear
the world has gone mad sirdennis, it is so sanitised it is unbelievable. I held up my bottle top at one point to show just how much a public danger I was! LOL
The Fear
the world has gone mad sirdennis, it is so sanitised it is unbelievable. I held up my bottle top at one point to show just how much a public danger I was! LOL
The Fear
dirty villains
black-messi
I'd heard about the prices in Wembley so I took a packed lunch (which I thought might have been taken off me when I had my bag searched, but it wasn't). Obviously I didn't attempt to take any drink in (I'm not stupid). I drank my can of coke & 4 cans of Stella (4%) on the train (having dodged the Police confiscating alcohol at Snowhill) and on Wembley Way. At the end of the game I was really thirsty and the guy next to me had left a full paper cup of Coca Cola on the floor, so like the skank I am I picked it up and took a sip. OMG. This was the most disgusting Coca-Cola I had EVER tasted. Flat & Syrupy. So the bitter was off, the lager smelt funny and the Coke was flat with way too much syrup. Good work Wembley. It makes you proud to be British/English.
Adam Deuce
I'd heard about the prices in Wembley so I took a packed lunch (which I thought might have been taken off me when I had my bag searched, but it wasn't). Obviously I didn't attempt to take any drink in (I'm not stupid). I drank my can of coke & 4 cans of Stella (4%) on the train (having dodged the Police confiscating alcohol at Snowhill) and on Wembley Way. At the end of the game I was really thirsty and the guy next to me had left a full paper cup of Coca Cola on the floor, so like the skank I am I picked it up and took a sip. OMG. This was the most disgusting Coca-Cola I had EVER tasted. Flat & Syrupy. So the bitter was off, the lager smelt funny and the Coke was flat with way too much syrup. Good work Wembley. It makes you proud to be British/English.
Adam Deuce
The steak was indeed good Mr Fear.
Trekker
The steak was indeed good Mr Fear.
Trekker
lmao - perhaps I should have warned you not to touch the refreshments inside Wembley unless you're as rich as Roman and have the palet of a chav!
merlin
lmao - perhaps I should have warned you not to touch the refreshments inside Wembley unless you're as rich as Roman and have the palet of a chav!
merlin
I thought it was just me Jon, we went up to get some food at half time and was told they had Beer, donuts or crisps but had ran out of hot food altogether, this was just as the 1st half was finishing at what you would assume is a peak time for them...complete joke...I must add however I was impressed with the train system...was on the train within 45 minutes of the final whistle....the horror stories I had heard before left me thinking I would be still waiting at about 7.......
whvilla
I thought it was just me Jon, we went up to get some food at half time and was told they had Beer, donuts or crisps but had ran out of hot food altogether, this was just as the 1st half was finishing at what you would assume is a peak time for them...complete joke...I must add however I was impressed with the train system...was on the train within 45 minutes of the final whistle....the horror stories I had heard before left me thinking I would be still waiting at about 7.......
whvilla
A young severly disabled lad who was at our hotel didnt get back till after 8, the police wouldnt allow him to go a different route to allow him to get through the crowd ( this lad is severly disabled and needs a large wheelchair) and the taxis never turned up for him
Trekker
A young severly disabled lad who was at our hotel didnt get back till after 8, the police wouldnt allow him to go a different route to allow him to get through the crowd ( this lad is severly disabled and needs a large wheelchair) and the taxis never turned up for him
Trekker
It is laughable that our national stadium is in the biggest dump in the country, the worst place for traffic in the country, the most expensive place in the country and worst of all located in the place thats furthest for the majority of the most passionate fans being the north east and west. And to make it worse the place is full of Man utd supporting cockney numbskulls like black-messed himself!
johnmurphy3112
Fear gave me some of his munchies. Had I known at the time of the trauma he had suffered to get them I would never have accepted them.
jonah
Fear gave me some of his munchies. Had I known at the time of the trauma he had suffered to get them I would never have accepted them.
jonah
Im thinking of starting a facebook page to show our sympathy for all those blighted by Munchiegate.
Trekker
Im thinking of starting a facebook page to show our sympathy for all those blighted by Munchiegate.
Trekker
I'm slowly recovering now, I'll never be able to eat munchies again I'll admit and do have an appointment with my counselor later! lol
The Fear
I'm slowly recovering now, I'll never be able to eat munchies again I'll admit and do have an appointment with my counselor later! lol
The Fear
The Great Wembley Munchie Scandal is now on Facebook, if I can learn how to upload pictures or show the link I will
Trekker
Interesting article and responses. Rebuilding the national stadium at Wembley is one of the biggest mistakes the FA has ever made. It should've been in the Midlands. The Fear is right about the area around the stadium. Run down, not easily accessible, and a poor advertisment for the UK. Using the club grounds and keeping the England 'show' on the road ,would have been even better. The League Cup and FA Cup are arguably no longer big enough to warrent a 'national stadium'. Playing FA Cup semi-finals there is also a joke. 'The Road to Wembley' indeed! This is the sort of general footie discussion that would warrant a seperate section on Vital Football. A place where fans could leave aside their allegiances to discuss the issues facing ALL fans. The issue of finances in the game is currently a very hot topic. I've just seen an article where a 'finance expert' at Deloitte is calling for more 'performance related pay' for footballers (ie 'bonuses'). The current situation, of course, is that most players get the same wages regardless of the result.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Interesting article and responses. Rebuilding the national stadium at Wembley is one of the biggest mistakes the FA has ever made. It should've been in the Midlands. The Fear is right about the area around the stadium. Run down, not easily accessible, and a poor advertisment for the UK. Using the club grounds and keeping the England 'show' on the road ,would have been even better. The League Cup and FA Cup are arguably no longer big enough to warrent a 'national stadium'. Playing FA Cup semi-finals there is also a joke. 'The Road to Wembley' indeed! This is the sort of general footie discussion that would warrant a seperate section on Vital Football. A place where fans could leave aside their allegiances to discuss the issues facing ALL fans. The issue of finances in the game is currently a very hot topic. I've just seen an article where a 'finance expert' at Deloitte is calling for more 'performance related pay' for footballers (ie 'bonuses'). The current situation, of course, is that most players get the same wages regardless of the result.
VillaWillRiseAgain
lol, here is the link: Click Here
The Fear
lol, here is the link: Click Here
The Fear
Absolute joke, just perthetic, National Stadium should have been in Birmingham, the bid was a great one with no argument against it other than nostalgia ~ sorry that isn't good enough for me!
davidsands1982
Absolute joke, just perthetic, National Stadium should have been in Birmingham, the bid was a great one with no argument against it other than nostalgia ~ sorry that isn't good enough for me!
davidsands1982
Dont get me started on programmes - honestly, you've got more chance of seeing blues win something. I JUST WANT A F*CKING PROGRAMME.
lurman
Dont get me started on programmes - honestly, you've got more chance of seeing blues win something. I JUST WANT A F*CKING PROGRAMME.
lurman
London is all the same, it's why I prefer concerts at the NEC than Wembley!
merlin
The actual area of Wembley is a dive. It's like walking through West Bromwich only 100 times worse. I thought the interior of the stadium was superb but outside it was a grey, concrete dump. Also what about those annoying tannoy announcements after the final whistle - "please do not run or push" - I felt 10 years old again! It sounded like I was in the playground at school.
PiperUK
The actual area of Wembley is a dive. It's like walking through West Bromwich only 100 times worse. I thought the interior of the stadium was superb but outside it was a grey, concrete dump. Also what about those annoying tannoy announcements after the final whistle - "please do not run or push" - I felt 10 years old again! It sounded like I was in the playground at school.
PiperUK
 

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