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Dangerous Wembley Post Match?

I chose to travel to Wembley on Sunday via a mate's house near Heathrow by car and a train to Wembley Stadium Station after a short taxi journey to West Ruislip. It all went according to plan and apart from the obvious disappointing bits, like the ref and losing, I had a pretty good day. That is, until after the game.

The approach to the station has got to be the most dangerous place I've found myself in since the early eighties! I would estimate around 10,000 supporters were funnelled into a road with high fences on both sides for around 250 yards. Now, Villa fans on the whole are an amiable bunch but having just lost a cup final in unsatisfactory circumstances, being forced to queue among crowing Man Utd supporters with cockney accents proclaiming how we were 'whining Brummies' and 'bad losers'was just too much for some to bear and scuffles broke out on several occasions.

It was unnecessary, it was a tiny minority and in the end, peace was only restored because sensible people outnumbered the lunatics. There were no police or stewards to be seen until we reached the station and truth be told - I was scared!

I roll the clock forward to semi-final or final day and God forbid we end up playing Blues!! Regardless as to who wins, that approach to Wembley Stadium station will be a bloodbath. I shall have to seriously consider an alternative method of getting to Wembley unless some form of total segregation is employed, so be warned - the station is at the end of The Chiltern Line which leaves Brum from Snow Hill, through Tysley and Solihull.




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Writer: Godzvilla Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 3 2010

Time: 11:21AM

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Anyone else see trouble? We did going out, there were 6 or 7 Manc fans (who definitely hadn't been in to watch the game, they were there for one thing) lined up against the wall. They were rough as anything, looked a few thousand years back on the evolution table. One had a 'Chelsea smile' (knife scar putting a grin on his face either side of his mouth) and others looked like they'd gone 20 rounds with Lenox Lewis over the years. Nasty. At least the police were aware and had got them.

Totally agree Villa v Blues would be awful in London. The train / coach etc trips would be trouble and then whoever loses... well, it would be a bloodbath. If that happens, I'm going on the official coach party and coming straight back.
The Fear
> (knife scar putting a grin on his face either side of his mouth) What a Joker.
IanSymes
> (knife scar putting a grin on his face either side of his mouth) What a Joker.
IanSymes
Godzvilla; I have to agree with you in everyway and this is from a Spurs Fan, Wembley Park Station is just a complete joke, after football matches, we had them in the CC Final before you guys. For all that wembley is as a stadium, the getting out stakes is just one complete nightmare, no thought what so ever has been put into it , with regards the safety of fans, this is very much in question. But it's Money,Money,Money. I would also like to say the train was rammed full going back, but the good thing was the Manc's got off at each stop along the way, Well as you said and we all sung,, YOU ONLY LIVE ROUND THE CORNER. :-) LOL
spu 4 life
Godzvilla; I have to agree with you in everyway and this is from a Spurs Fan, Wembley Park Station is just a complete joke, after football matches, we had them in the CC Final before you guys. For all that wembley is as a stadium, the getting out stakes is just one complete nightmare, no thought what so ever has been put into it , with regards the safety of fans, this is very much in question. But it's Money,Money,Money. I would also like to say the train was rammed full going back, but the good thing was the Manc's got off at each stop along the way, Well as you said and we all sung,, YOU ONLY LIVE ROUND THE CORNER. :-) LOL
spu 4 life
Just to let everyone know, we paid online for car parking in the Green parking zone right next to Olympic way. We drove straight in and into one car park there. No-one looked at our receipt or even asked for it, in fact we only saw two officials directing traffic on the day.....Easy and quickest way to get there!!
bentonm
That's what you get for building a huge stadium in one of the most inaccessible areas in the country!!
DoLpHiNaToR
Appaling lack of Police control or help
trekker
I have to agree fully. I was with my two young children and I sensed what was happening so held back. We went for a walk around the stadium and the local area and then headed back to the station about 6:30 from the opposite direction. I was staying in South London so caught a train back to Marylebone. Even at this time the station was completely rammed. Absolute lunacy with the fences. It only takes a small movement of the crowd in the wrong direction someone falls over and you will have a death or serious injury.
Dead Souls
We attempted to walk down South Way (the only road leading to or from Wembley) about 30 - 40 minutes after the final whistle. What a nightmare. In the end we elected to hang on for another 25 - 30 minutes to let the crowd disperse a bit. Didn't see any trouble but the sheer numbers all heading in the same direction with high fences on both sides was a disaster in the making. When you look at a map there are only two ways of getting away from Wembley, South Way, as I have just described or Olympic Way which is a pedestrianised route to the north of the stadium. There is absolutely no way of keeping rival fans apart. The stadium itself is fine but whoever thought it a good idea to build it here needs taking out and shooting.
chocolate teapot
I saw a bit of a scuffle to which everyone around seemed to be aware other than the Police who were chatting up girls/signing autographs!! I had to go over and tell them that there was a fight. Useless. I'm fairly sure they ended up getting the wrong people. Being on my own I managed to skip through the crowds and joined a queue that was virtually empty enabling me to get on a train really quickly (I was back home in Digbeth by 8pm). However there was a huge crowd in the next queue which looked like a nightmare. A Blues v Villa match at Wembley would be a nightmare.
Adam Deuce
I saw a bit of a scuffle to which everyone around seemed to be aware other than the Police who were chatting up girls/signing autographs!! I had to go over and tell them that there was a fight. Useless. I'm fairly sure they ended up getting the wrong people. Being on my own I managed to skip through the crowds and joined a queue that was virtually empty enabling me to get on a train really quickly (I was back home in Digbeth by 8pm). However there was a huge crowd in the next queue which looked like a nightmare. A Blues v Villa match at Wembley would be a nightmare.
Adam Deuce
Nice the way they used the horses to stop people rushing to the station. And they kept telling us it was for our own safety, which the crowd did not appreciate. Some Manure fans thought it was better to mingle with the villa side of the street and take the *****. Time to keep your head down really. Then they let you past the horses, and suddenly your treading in horse manure cos they don't have a PCSO clearing up horse ***** after the dump it in the street. Then we got to the station and the platform "2" was closed due to a death (so someone said) on the train. So we were redirected to platform 1. However there was no one at the top of the stairs telling use, so hundreds of folks went down the stairs to platform 2 only to go straight back up to get to platform 1. I agree safety was compromised by the whole exit operation but I'm not sure how you could solve this unless you banned 1 set of fans frrom a particular station or have a slow managed exit from the stadium.
RiF
Nice the way they used the horses to stop people rushing to the station. And they kept telling us it was for our own safety, which the crowd did not appreciate. Some Manure fans thought it was better to mingle with the villa side of the street and take the *****. Time to keep your head down really. Then they let you past the horses, and suddenly your treading in horse manure cos they don't have a PCSO clearing up horse ***** after the dump it in the street. Then we got to the station and the platform "2" was closed due to a death (so someone said) on the train. So we were redirected to platform 1. However there was no one at the top of the stairs telling use, so hundreds of folks went down the stairs to platform 2 only to go straight back up to get to platform 1. I agree safety was compromised by the whole exit operation but I'm not sure how you could solve this unless you banned 1 set of fans frrom a particular station or have a slow managed exit from the stadium.
RiF
 

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