"COVER UP AT THE WELLY!"
The jorney doon to 'the smoke' (London) started az per usual from 'The Central' (station) at '8:58am bells' and we arrived in Chelsea in good time for a 'gargel' (or 10) in The Wellington which iz anboot a 20 min waalk from the groond, where we met up with some othaa Toon fans!
Straight away the manager noticed wor accents and woz reluctant to sorve us az this woz a 'Chelski fans bar'!
We told him that we just wanted a drink and he said that we must 'hide wor colours' so az not to cause offence to the home fans! (The things yiv got to dee!)
We agreed az we were desperate for a 'gargel' and I took my coat off and hoyed it on a windowsill az the bar had the heatin full blast!
The manager kept lookin at me and came ower to wor table and told me to put my jacket back on to hide mee Toon tattoos!
Reluctantly I did, but wasnt happy aboot it, I can tell yoo!
Aa meeen--when Chelski played at 'wor place' a few months ago, their fans were welcome to come into the bars with tops, scarves and hats showin'---but not in the revorse fixture for us!!!
ONE OF THE OFFENDIN
It woz then 'onwards' to the game!
The Toon dropped into the bottom 3 az we lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, while teams below us aall picked up points!
Things didnt start off well and it took the home side just 8 mins to open the scorin' when Pedro fired home!
The Toon fought back
and equalised in front of wor own fans housed in The Shed End when a Ritchie corner (which woz ootside the 'D') foond the heed of Clark and he powered hiz heeder into the net!
We held wor own for 12 mins in the 2nd half before The Pesioners (their old nickname) retook the lead when a Willian banana shot acroos the box flew into the net!
We couldnt find a way back and deep into stoppage time we hot a corner! Instead of hittin it across the bix Ritchie inexplicably passed to Perez who then made a 'pigs ear' of his attempted cross and the game woz lost!
Its woz off to Parsons Green after the game where we had ne bother gettin sorved! (Must come here more often!)
Toon team: Dubravka,Lejeune, Lascelles,Clark,Yedlin(Manquillo 82), Hayden,Langstaff, Atsu, Ritchie, Perez(Murphy 82), Rondon
Attendance:40,491 (2,500 Toon fans)
*Footnote: We travelled back on Sunday mornin' but the train woz delayed for 40 mins because of a fault with the brake system.
We eventually left King's Cross and had to take a detour to Peterborough via Cambridge because of bridge work on the main line, which put anothaa hour onto the jorney!
We were in 'the quiet carriage' which woz nice and peaceful til we got to York! 6 teenage lasses got on and sat in the seats next to us and on the far table seats----they were makin a hell of a racket and then az we passed Northallerton station one of the lasses cried, "We're going the wrong way!"
They were gannin to Leeds but had got on wor train by missteak!
They had to get off at Darlo (Darlington) and catch a train south again!----It woz nice and peaceful again after that!
*More pub crawl pix
(Stamford Bridge iz actually in Fulham and NOT Chelsea)