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Chelsea Balls: Young Henry And The Bankers Have Killed The Atmosphere At Stamford Bridge

by | 7th, November 2014

CHELSEA manager Jose Mouinho says the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge is like”Playing here is like playing in an empty stadium”.

He’s right. The modern Chelsea fan is a rugby-loving, glory-hunter for whom the match is a theatrical distraction between courses and ski trips. Young Henry and his banker dad are not alone. It’s like this at Arsenal, Manchester United, Spurs and more. The teenage fans who used to sing and go nuts can no longer afford to get in. Rocking up the match with a group of your mates is no longer an option.  You arrived early to get your pitch. The atmosphere built as kick-off approached. Lost in the crowd, you sang. You all sang.  Now the seats are empty as the middle-aged knobs queue for buns and souvenirs. Only the weathy or those die-hard adults who spend all they’ve got on the tickets can get in.

In our list of the most bizarre things banned from football grounds , you can add ‘youths’.

As an Arsenal fan, I recall the hostility endured during a trip to Chelsea. The aggro I can do without. But now the streets around the ground recapture the mood of a mooch around Selfridges as you wait for your mum to finish at the hairdressers.

I went to an FA Cup do, sponsored by an American fizzy drinks brand. A Q & A with the panel, featured my Crystal Palace supporting mate asking John

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