London, is known for its football culture. When you enter a restaurant while wearing your favorite team jersey, someone will come to you and talk about the game. Lots of people on my Facebook and Twitter have asked lots of questions about football in general [How to get football match tickets? How to meet the players? etc]. When I first came to the UK two years ago, I looked online about this and I could not find lots of information. So, I hope this post will be helpful. I’m sorry, I only have information on how to get football tickets in London. I’m not really aware how to get Manchester United or City tickets…
Question 1. How to get a football match ticket?
For those of you who like football, watching one football match before you go home to your own country is a must. Why? it will be really expensive for you to come back to the UK if you have gone home 🙂 and the atmosphere is amazing!!! You are going to hear people singing, cheering for their favorite team! 🙂 So the question is how to get a football ticket?
You can get the tickets from the official websites (ChelseaFC.com, Arsenal.com) but don’t use a third party website unless it is recognized or listed on the club website. Most of the websites are just a scam. Getting tickets from the websites is not easy either. Why? because you have to be a member of the club. So, basically you have to pay yearly membership fees and then you have priority to buy a ticket. But still, becoming a member and buying a match ticket is much cheaper than buying from a third party.
Question 2. How to get the ‘big match’ ticket? [only for Chelsea FC tickets]
Watching a big match such as Chelsea FC vs Arsenal FC or City vs Chelsea is a dream come true for lots of football fanatics, but how to get a big match ticket? Well, I’m not really sure about Arsenal FC tickets, but for Chelsea FC, there are two ways to do this. Even though you are a member, it won’t guarantee you get a match ticket. As the ticket for big matches will be sold based on a loyalty point basis. Ok, so what does it mean? You have to watch some matches… and the more points you have, the easier it is to get a ticket or even get a better seat. There is also another alternative, get the membership and buy the football match ticket from Viagogo (websites that sell extra tickets from season ticket holders), however it’s £20 more expensive than a normal ticket.
Question 3. If you want to watch a match at Stamford Bridge where should I sit?
Well, it depends. I prefer Matthew Harding lower/ The Shed (nearby the goal post]. The view is not that great, but I love the atmosphere… People sing all the time.. 🙂 But you have to be aware that everyone is going to stand for 90 minutes of the match, so if you want to sit don’t choose Matthew Harding/The Shed.
If you want a great view choose the east upper/west stand lower… Even though nobody sings there. If you love to be close with the players and take lots of good pictures, go to the west stand lower.
Question 4. How to take pictures with the players?
Lots of my Facebook friends asked me how to meet footballers. To be honest, most of the time, I met them accidentally. I once met Petr Cech when he waited for taxi nearby Fulham Broadway and met Juan Mata when I was eating in a restaurant. You can also follow Rotary Watch and Chelsea FC on Facebook… and join their competitions.
But if you want to try your luck, go to their training ground in Surrey [40 mins from London].. You won’t be allowed to go in to the training ground… Sometimes, the players will stop their car on the way out and you can take pictures and ask for autographs 🙂
Keep the blue flag flying high!