Your Wembley experience

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by EB Hornet, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    In Block 131 to the right of the goal - in line with where GD took his effort for the first.

    Very good view (you'd hope so for £65!)

    Atmosphere was good and naturally very excitable celebrations as the goals went in.

    Mainly adults but a few kids dotted around.

    Wolves fans outside seemed ok and took defeat well but there was the issue of those in Club Wembley - could have got nasty with some set of supporters potentially?

    No doubt we will all complain about the pricing but still pay it which is what the FA want....
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  2. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team


    Oh, it was it for four bottles?
  3. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Nope. 2x500ml
  4. Squibba

    Squibba Predictor Choker 14/15

    Smashed it!
  5. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    Up in the gods somewhere
    45 quid
    Barely any atmosphere where we were
    Mix of fans, mostly families.
    Thought they were ok, nothing special.
    Yeah view wasn't bad.
    Firmly against tickets being anymore than 30 quid
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  6. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    134,Row 19.
    £68 including booking fee.
    Very good,lots of singing and chanting.
    All very cordial apart from a young man who arrived late,tried to evict Emma from her seat and then said "oh I'll just stand here in front of you then". Failed to apologise when we pointed out to him that his ticket said 'Row 18'.
    In front of us were a group of 65-75 men,two of whom couldn't look for the penalty.Behind were 4 early 20s chaps and a similar aged young lady.I bonded with them,especially on goals two and three.
    Directly below the Wolves mob. Not overly impressive,especially the throwing episodes.When we walked up Wembley Way they did seem to have drunk their own body weight in beer and some were taking it in turns to shin up a lamp post.The rest were,as Douglas Adams would say,'Mostly harmless'.
    Oh yes!
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  7. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Block 125. £150 for me and the lad. Mixed bunch of families and singers. Good view. No fighting at all. There was a bearded chap in front of me who was very energetic and acted as the conductor of singing. Lots of hugging for goals. My kid thought he was amazing!

    Liked the Wembley concourse space and toilet facilities. Pretty excellent for such a big crowd. Friendly stewards who were onside as soon as my rotund frame got stuck in the turnstile.

    Only negatives were the price of food/booze/tickets and the queue to get home.
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  8. BewareOfTheDog

    BewareOfTheDog Academy Graduate

    Was sat upper tier, left of the goal, didn't notice much of the trouble people mentioned (though I did see a steward in the wolves end rush towards someone with pyro). Definitely worth the 55 (I think) quid it cost in the end, brilliant game.

    Regarding the Wolves fans, the best thing I saw was outside Boxpark after the game, one of them got a bit wound up at the "2-0 and you effed it up" chants, and just turned round and replied "you're still f***ing gay".
    Might've been a decent comeback in primary school, which was probably about 40 years ago for this bloke...

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  9. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I hope you said "yah boo and sucks to you with knobs on".
    We had one as we came out "You couldn't sell your tickets though could you" he sang.
    "We'll sell more than you for the final" we replied!
  10. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    Olympic Way. I will get this through to people.
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  11. Eastcoastorn

    Eastcoastorn First Year Pro

    Block 138 for disfunctional families
    £65 x3 and £55 way too much but good view
    Tried to get them to sing and some even joined in. There was a mass brawl at 2-0 to the left of us. About 10 fans fought until stewards calmed it down. Think someone stood up. I was so pissed off by then that had any of them come over to us I would have gladly joined in. I would not want to sit there again, it's too dangerous!
    Think there was a few Wolves fans above us in the corporate seats giving it large luckily we could not see or hear them.

    JJ Moons had 2 for 1 deals unlike the other bars. Much prefer the West Side pubs than east. But it does mean you miss out on the walk up Olympic Way if you,re lazy.
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  12. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Wasn't that by Level 42?
  13. Siohmy

    Siohmy Reservist

    Block 139 for £65

    Right in line for the Deulofeu bit of genius and for Deeney’s Bolt like sprint and roaring celebration.

    On the flip side, right next to the classy folk who were simply there to try and look hard and scrap. Other side were merely blokes using the C word every few seconds and equally looking for a fight.

    Shame as the atmosphere was pretty good otherwise. Sat for periods but after our first goal it was pretty much standing all the way, well it was just before that as we’d moved into the aisle to let those coming to sort out the fighting finally get there.

    View was pretty good but you never feel very close to the action unless you’re at ground level at Wembley.

    Despite all the crap above I’ll put it down to bad luck and will return for the final (of course). Location will likely come down to cost and availability.

    Bloody good job the guys got the job done. Made it more than worth the money! Prices charged should be the same for the final though. Of course they are likely to be not far off double I expect.
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  14. scummybear

    scummybear Reservist

    Which block were you - 131, back row
    Price of ticket - Lots
    Atmosphere where you were - Really good, we had a decent pocket of singers around us.
    Opinions of the fans sat around you (day trippers, families, muppets) - As above, obviously frequent match goers. A couple of 'oh FFS' moments, and one lad was trying to gas us, but everyone we spoke to was really nice - always helpful when you end up getting a bit friendly when GD scores!
    Proximity to the wolves fans and your thoughts on them - Nothing during the game, but chatted to a couple before the match and warned them how crap Wembley is, especially when you lose. We stayed behind in the shopping centre after, spoke to a few lads and they were really knowledgable and friendly.
    Would you happily sit there again for the final - Definitely, hopefully most of those around will do the same.
    Worth the money - No, not really.
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  15. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    For me it was a largely positive experience but I daresay if we'd lost my post would have been expressed very differently!

    I was in block 136, row 13, about 30 yards to the left of the goal. I prefer to be in the section from the corner flag to the halfway point to the goal, rather than right behind it, because I get a better view of the action when we are attacking in the final third and getting crosses in. My ticket cost £45. Great section to be in and great atmosphere in terms of noise and overall camaraderie with no idiots fighting, slagging off the players or telling us to shut up and/or sit down, like the Rookery back at home but with the GT stand level of intelligence - would heartily recommend it and will definitely go back there for the Final if I can. Big improvement on 2016 when I was up in the gods (my choice, and a very misguided one as it turned out) with no atmosphere and a vertiginous drop down to the pitch, and worth every penny.

    There were some quite emotional scenes after we scored, with a couple of blokes acting as conductors to get us singing, one of them quite a character, with a pretty rotund build who removed his shirt after our second, hugging an old-ish bloke behind him (maybe a good family friend who'd survived a life-threatening illness and could well have missed such a grand occasion, or just a total stranger, who knows!), and put it back on inside out and left it like that until the final whistle! (Maybe he thought wearing it like that would serve as a lucky charm IBB-style, lol.) I could tell from a mile off that he's the kind of super-dedicated passionate supporter that goes to every Watford match and nothing will stop him, he looked pretty much in tears at times. Also was quite surprised how seemingly relaxed most people were when the game was always on a knife-edge, it shows just how far the team has come and how much we have one to be proud of when people are confident we can win even a massive and challenging game like this.

    Wolves fans - no strong opinion of them either way, there were some above us and there may have been some knobs among them but they were too far above to cause us any hassle. Agree that we created a better atmosphere throughout, I'm surprised they didn't bring any flags or banners with them like Palace did, and the only noise I heard from those opposite was when they were 1-0 and 2-0 up.

    Negatives - the bag restriction rule only introduced less than five months ago is ridiculous, very few people go into stadiums with backpacks and mine wasn't particularly large so safety isn't an issue. The small amount of time it takes them to check a few more bags is nothing compared to the time (not to mention the £10) I wasted finding the bag drop-off area which I only found after going the long way around after being given incorrect or bad information by the stewards. But then it is my fault as well for not reading the email they sent to us in advance; I guess I have to check in case more big stadiums (like Old Trafford, CoM stadium, Spurs' new ground, and those in the other big European leagues) introduce this policy, if they haven't done so already. And impressive though the stadium looks in and out, there is something fundamentally wrong with their set-up if you have to queue for 15 minutes to have a piss even when the stadium is 10k short of full capacity, far longer than at any other big ground. At least my seat was easy to find, unlike in 2016. Also with big crowds making it hard to see clearly more than a few feet ahead, the stadium and surroundings should be far better signposted to enable to get you to the lower levels quickly, there seemed to be arrows pointing in all kinds of directions to the yellow and red car parks. The route restriction was quite unnecessary (it reminded me of the hassle getting to and from the Olympic Stadium) - it's a big and spacious area, the locals know there's a big match going on and Wembley is hardly a big tourist magnet, and there's no real danger of them getting trampled.

    But I suppose this is all par for the course - lose and there are few redeeming features, win and it's a great day out, with all the usual reservations.
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  16. nascot

    nascot First Team

    These were last years prices:

    Type Adult Concession
    Category 1 £145 £120
    Category 2 £115 £90
    Category 3 £70 £60
    Category 4 £45 £35
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  17. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Without psychogeography, what are we?
  18. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Wouldn’t Wembley Way have been quicker?
  19. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

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  20. EB Hornet

    EB Hornet Reservist

    Great info everyone and glad most of you enjoyed such an amazing occasion. It is a bit disappointing to hear about so many in house fights. Were they all down to some wanting to sit and others wanting to stand? Because it sounds like this has been an issue in all our games at Wembley / millennium?
  21. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Is that a soft, breeze like sigh or the sort where your lips slap together like a cartoon horse?
  22. R4E

    R4E Reservist

    Feck me!
  23. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    It was the sort that emanates inadvertently at the final whistle when you’ve blown a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.
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  24. Hornpete

    Hornpete Reservist

    Thats a ******* joke. We're all mugs so we'll pay it but I hope the charity shield is cheaper.
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  25. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I picture you wearing a luchador mask.
  26. LPC213

    LPC213 Reservist

    A ******* joke. Over 25% of the ST renewal price (Cat 2)
  27. Hornpete

    Hornpete Reservist

    Which block were you

    543 top row, the 6 year old wanted to sit high up (higher = scary = fun).

    Price of ticket

    88 for an adult, jnr and an Arsenal home ticket on the 15th. Family are away and I thought I'd sneak it onto the same bill.

    Atmosphere where you were

    Not bad at all. Probably not the raucous lower level experience but I'm oldish now and the 6 year old wouldnt have liked it.

    Opinions of the fans sat around you (day trippers, families, muppets)

    Variety, there were lots of people who obviously loved Watford but had come with girlfriends or children (me) or the entire family.

    Proximity to the wolves fans and your thoughts on them

    They were ok. They seem to me to have had a high level of naivety about the whole event since they beat Man Utd. "There will be 60k wolves there guaranteed and we're all singing". Those I spoke to on the train were all decent.

    Would you happily sit there again for the final

    At those prices for the final I can't justify spending more. The psuedo family area suits me. 6 year olds mother asked him if he heard any swearing, he ignored my shaking head and hard stare, but followed up by adding it was the weird wolves fans on the train who talked funny. At two nil he looked at me sadly and said "I hate Wolves". I hope he remembers it all.

    Worth the money.
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  28. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Which block were you Block 529 Row 14
    Price of ticket £65
    Atmosphere where you were Pretty good, actually. There were a handful of singers around us who did a good job of picking up what chants the 1881 were singing and getting our section to join in. A mix of sitting and standing during the game, much like it is in the area of the Rookery I usually sit in.
    Opinions of the fans sat around you (day trippers, families, muppets) A real mix - would say, where we were, we had representatives of all four home stands of Vicarage Rd. We had a very sweet, elderly gentleman on his own behind us and next to him a couple of much more vocal men who I thought might be a bit lairy when they first turned up but who turned out to be really nice. At the end of the match we had all bonded, to the extent that we were all promising to sit together in the same seats for the final as we had clearly brought Watford luck! Had no experience of fighting between Watford fans and no knowledge of it until we met up with a couple of the "South Coast Hornets" group after the game, who told us they had seen fighting in one of the sections alongside them.
    Proximity to the wolves fans and your thoughts on them Not close but, because we were quite high up, we had a good aerial view of the rest of the stadium. Thought their mosaic looked good, but thought our flags were more effective in getting the crowd going and building an atmosphere. Their fans seemed to outnumber us outside the stadium before the game but were pretty quiet inside, until they scored. We noticed that the Wolves fans in the Club Wembley tier above the Watford fans appeared to be pretty lairy during their goal celebrations. As I've mentioned before, all the Wolves fans we met before and after the match were absolutely fine. All the Wolves fans we spoke to before the match were saying they thought it would be a tight game - none of them were cocky or overconfident.
    Would you happily sit there again for the final Yes, although I might go up a couple of rows and down a price band.
    Worth the money Spent no extra money in Wembley Stadium as we ate and drank outside the stadium before the game and took water in with us that lasted the match. The seats themselves, at the height they were, I think must have been on the periphery of that price band because they felt more £45 than £65. But, although the players were a touch small, we had a good view of the whole pitch and, quite frankly, just being there to experience that match was absolutely priceless. So yes, definitely.
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  29. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    That's just the Ticketmaster processing fees.
  30. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I’m afraid Mariappa is quite small.

    See Nath for further details.
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  31. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Seems justifiable to me given the extra large Wembley pitch.
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  32. Halfwayline

    Halfwayline Reservist

    Started with a fry up
    Moved onto Box Park where we received free drinks all afternoon for tagging our location on social media
    Staggered up Wembley way where we only encountered friendly banter
    Lower tier near drummers. Great atmosphere, great view and ended up cuddling the family in front every time we scored
    Match made me emotional for various personal reasons and was great to have my kids with me to appreciate it
    Great banter on the way back to the station. Saw no real trouble..bit of handbags
    Quick pizza and then fell asleep at 9.30

    Not enjoyed a day like that for a very long time
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  34. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    You've got to laugh:

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  35. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Should keep the fighting riff raff out.

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