Following in John Terry’s footsteps behind the scenes at the Bridge

sports May 22, 2016 14:11

By Jintana Panyaarvudh
The Natio

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For football fans, no trip to London would be complete without watching a match.



The Nation was even luckier when we got the chance to go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
A group of Thai journalists were invited to attend the final match of the Singha Football League season, played at the home of Chelsea FC, on May 17. Before kick-off, media members and players were given a taste of what the Chelsea stars experience on match day.
The Nation had been to the Bridge once before, but the atmosphere on this visit was very different.
Club tour guide Mandy Komlosy led us out onto the pitch sidelines and over to the dugout. We were warned not to step onto the field or touch the hallowed grass.
Located in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Stamford Bridge has been home to Chelsea Football Club since 1905.  The stadium currently holds 41,663 fans but that capacity is set to expand to 60,000 in the next few years thanks to extension work.
 
Komlosy starts the tour by leading us to the Matthew Harding Stand, named after the lifelong fan who bankrolled Chelsea to the tune of 26.5 million pounds in 1994. Harding died in a helicopter crash two years’ later, while flying back from a Chelsea match at Bolton Wanderers.
From the stand, she takes us to the club’s pressroom where journalists all over the world sit and work on match day. Free food and drink are provided, but the beer taps are turned off just before kick-off time.
Next stop is the away team’s changing room. Komlosy says it’s been voted away players’ favourite Premier League dressing room. Hanging from pegs on the wall are shirts of legends who have graced the Stamford Bridge turf.  

Then we head to the home team's changing room. Readers curious to see how the players relax before a match can click now.