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    So let me start by saying I am VERY proud of our team, we played with spirit and skill and heart that makes me feel like we are getting back to our better selves.

    I wanted to see if anyone else felt their Wembley experience was below parr? My 7-year-old loved every minute, this was my first trip to Wembley to see the Albion but it felt flat. Poor sinage if you came from the the Wembley Central Station, grubby feeling, dark and badly organised concourse with food that was sooooo over priced and you had to battle through past several blocks to find anything other than a hot dog. I did only pay for the cheaper seats but the fact that so much of the ground was half empty (not our fans we were top, top draw) and the middle tier was unsued meant that the atmosphere was not as good as it shoudl've been considering the amazing effort from the Albion fans. Some of this as well was playing a team of sulking "rolls royce" players a thier complacent fan base (not all but some) and WTF was the idea of playing Wonderwall afterwards?

    I wanted to love it, our team made every effort to make it the best they could for us but I am left feeling like, for the first time probably, football has lost something over the last 15/20 years. Sad to say even though my little boy loved it despite the result. Some may call me miserable but I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same?

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      The Gallagher brothers are lifelong city fans... No different to us playing FBS after games.
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      That was really a footnote to a larger point of discussion buddy. Dreadful choice when you've won a match. Surely Rock and Roll Star would've been better.
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      First time to the "new" Wembley. I thought it was really disappointing. A lot more is going on outside the stadium theses days which is positive but the stadium itself felt tired and badly thought out.
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      It was no more or no less disappointing than the Spurs game last season. The mystique ain't what it was
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      It was about as special as going to the London Stadium. Our fans made it for me
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      I thought the atmosphere was flat. Empty seats in the City end and throughout the middle tier made it rather dull really. I dont think that semis at Wembley are a good idea and I would like to see them at more compact neutral stadiums. A few toilets down Wembley way would be useful.
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      So let me start by saying I am VERY proud of our team, we played with spirit and skill and heart that makes me feel like we are getting back to our better selves.

      I wanted to see if anyone else felt their Wembley experience was below parr? My 7-year-old loved every minute, this was my first trip to Wembley to see the Albion but it felt flat. Poor sinage if you came from the the Wembley Central Station, grubby feeling, dark and badly organised concourse with food that was sooooo over priced and you had to battle through past several blocks to find anything other than a hot dog. I did only pay for the cheaper seats but the fact that so much of the ground was half empty (not our fans we were top, top draw) and the middle tier was unsued meant that the atmosphere was not as good as it shoudl've been considering the amazing effort from the Albion fans. Some of this as well was playing a team of sulking "rolls royce" players a thier complacent fan base (not all but some) and WTF was the idea of playing Wonderwall afterwards?

      I wanted to love it, our team made every effort to make it the best they could for us but I am left feeling like, for the first time probably, football has lost something over the last 15/20 years. Sad to say even though my little boy loved it despite the result. Some may call me miserable but I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same?
      No, I don't agree with you. We arrived at Wembley Park tube station and enjoyed the walk up to the stadium, buying a decent £5 Official Programme along the way. Entry was a doddle despite my concerns that security checks might cause hold ups, followed by easy access to the upper concourse for our seats. Had lunch pre match, so didn't need food, but prices were what I expected. My son loaded up at the Pick'n'Mix which looked expensive, but was actually better value then the tiny bags of sweets at the Amex which are now a total ripoff. Toilets totally inadequate in line with expectations and easy to find our seats. Fantastic view, enjoyed the tv interviews where unlike the Amex, I could hear every word, and enjoyed the build up. It was only a semi, so I had no expectations of razzmatazz pre match and I was very happy to have a totaly seated part of the ground with only a handful of lairy drunken cockwombles in evidence. Left on the whistle, headed briskly back to Wembley Park and home in sunny Sussex by 9-40 with no complaints.

      It's a neutral ground, so a nice touch to play something appropriate for the winners at the end. I can't imagine many would be unaware of the Gallagher connection to City and we would probably enjoyed a bit of FatBoy had we won instead. I do agree their fans didn't seem to get much joy from winning, they looked like they had lost on the tube back.
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      I thought it was great. I expect it can be even better, like if we score perhaps , so they're more to look forward to next time.

      Point of order, not sure 'disappointing signage' should every really be in a list of complaints about a football match
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      We enjoyed the event, but the stadium itself is looking a bit tired, especially in comparison to the Amex. A lick of paint that is brighter than grey would make a world of difference.

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