The typical football culture in UK (part 1)

A fan of Alan Hesse shared the interesting experiences when he first came to the stadiums in England.

In the evening of February 28, 2015, I staggered out of the bar called Zeitgeist, located on a street southwest of London. Feelings of loneliness and coldness came to an extreme, though a few hours earlier, my Dortmund had just defeated our great rival Schalke 04 with a score of 3-0.

Sadness quickly overwhelms joy. Despite holding the ticket to watch the valuable season that not everyone wants to have, I missed the most awaiting match of the season. I had to console myself that I still had to come back to watch the match against Bayern Munich, because even more sorrow would not help.

Accidentally reading my father’s words (Mr. Uli Hesse) about the exciting experiences in Dortmund with the two fans from England, I was even more homesick. I was longing and missing the atmosphere at Sudtribune. But anyway, I have the opportunity to experience and compare how German and English football are different. It is a rare opportunity in life.

My passion for football in the foggy country is just nothing, so at first I didn’t care much about the outcome or the atmosphere at the stadium. But then I began to look curious, as if it were natural for someone who first arrived in a new land. Finding tickets to the matches of the top teams in the Premier League is very difficult and extremely expensive, so I have to redirect to the top teams as a backup plan.

The match between Crystal Palace – QPR on March 14 was the first time I watched a football match in England. As a habit, I usually come to the yard 70 minutes in advance. But perhaps, in England people do not have such a habit. Fortunately, the canteen opened. Canteen here brings a quite pleasant surprise, from the layout to the way to communicate with customers. The Premier League organizers are very interested in selling alcoholic beverages. Beer and soft drinks are served before and after the game, with a half-time break.