OMG! What a match! Frustrating until the 83rd minute, disheartening until the 87th minute and thrilling from the 88th minute onwards, thanks to Drogba’s goal!
Then we went into extra time – followed by penalties, which made my heart race even more. But Petr Cech saved two goals and Bayern Munich’s goalie only saved one. And at that point, Chelsea became the Champions of Europe 2012!! Did you see Abramovich’s face??
I watched the game at The Hollywood Arms after doing a recce around the other local Chelsea pubs in the Chelsea Beach area. From 5.30pm onwards, they were already busy: The Kings Arms, The Goat And Boots and even The Sporting Page who had taken their benches out to make more room inside.
When we arrived at The Hollywood Arms, the tables were also either taken or reserved so I took a look upstairs.
The tables upstairs were also booked up but when we enquired, we heard that there was a booking cancellation and were given a table.
This is also where The Hollywood’s Sunday film screenings happen: a different film each week with free popcorn.
So with over an hour to go, we settled in and ordered some food and drinks with our Saturday papers in hand. Nice and chilled.
I had the mackerel salad.
And the bf had a burger.
And I started the evening sipping Vodka Sodas.
As the room started to fill up, we were told that there was a booking error with our seats and were offered a booth downstairs. At first my heart dropped because no-one likes being moved (especially when the seats were being given to fans of the opposing team, 😉 ) but I also knew that to get a booth downstairs when the pub was already so busy was also a great bit of luck. After all, we hadn’t booked in the first place.
So we moved downstairs, in time for the start of the match where the atmosphere was rocking as everyone watched the screens, gripped.
And after a dramatic game, Chelsea won!!
So it was time to celebrate (with jägerbombs of course!).
Unsurprisingly, we were the last ones out and as we left the pub I managed to grab a few pics of the venue. This pub is one of my locals and I love what they’ve done with the recent-ish refurb.
When we stepped out onto the streets, Chelsea fans had taken over. I could see a crowd heading for Valmont whilst cars with Chelsea flags beeped along the Fulham Road and fans waited at the bus top.
I heard that it was getting quite messy around Fulham Broadway but in Chelsea, the atmosphere was electrifying.
Well done to the boys in blue! I do hope Di Matteo is given a contract to sign this summer. Goodness knows, he deserves it!
So now the countdown to the Chelsea FC Victory parade begins! The parade is due to start at 4pm from Stamford Bridge’s West entrance. It will then head towards Hortensia Road and onto King’s Road. It will then make its way towards Eel Brook Common and after a short stop, it will head towards Parsons Green where it will end.
So who’s going to be there? Maybe see you later!