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When I started going (1976) I stood by the white wall. As I got older I preferred to stand by the Tea Bar where the view was better IMO, although there was nowhere near as much singing - but only if it was dry! I also preferred the White Wall for night games.

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My dad would sometimes take me and my brother near the tea bar, but we were so young we'd probably spend most of the game having a kick around down the front with an empty platic bottle of fizzy drink or something.

It was sometimes the tea bar, sometimes the bovril entrance with their fancy toilets, sometimes we'd upgrade to the benches. If there was a game that was likely to 'kick off' we'd be up in the east when it had those sun stained green seats, or the West with those classic wooden ones. If in the East or West, when Chelsea scored, the shed would be a magical sight with arms and legs all over the place. Used to love it when they chanted Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea and pointed in unison, getiing goose pimples just thinking about it!!

I don't half miss the way the stadium was then. We may still play on roughly the same pitch (it was moved when the ground was redeveloped) but it is a completely different stadium, with only the East stand remaining from when I was a kid.

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never realy stuck to one spot, white wall, middle, tea bar, mostly benches.

Same here but different order. Mostly around the White Wall /tea bar as I got older, and occasionally in the benches, in the middle when I was younger, with spells up the North Stand in between.

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is there any old farts from the 70sand 80s who stood by the tea bar at the shed end , boveril and a pie loverlyyyyyyy ,

Of course hence the moniker !

Personaly loved the out of date wagon wheels they used to sell

Started off in the middle but spent the majority of time on the tea bar middle steps , 2nd barrier on the left . Then moved to the old west stand until it was pulled down and ended up in the North stand upper

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is there any old farts from the 70sand 80s who stood by the tea bar at the shed end , boveril and a pie loverlyyyyyyy ,

We're the Tea Bar We're the Tea Bar, We're the Tea Bar of the Shed !

Earliest memory standing on a box or stool with my dad in the very late 60's - low where the East Stand is now, close to the Shed. Then Boxing Day's against the Arsenal with my Dad, Uncle's and cousins very left of Shed up against a barrier toward old West Stand.

71 - 75 Season Ticket Holder with my dad in West Stand, on edge of Penalty Area closest to Shed.

After that Benches, until I converted to the Shed in 1980, spell at the tea bar, then full time White Wall.

Have tasted Gate 13 and the Old North Stand, but the White Wall was my home until the Shed was pulled down.

Unbelievable days, never will forget the Bridge as it was.

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The Tea Bar's half-time winter menu - Wagon Wheel and a Bovril

The Tea Bar's half-time spring/summer menu - Wagon Wheel and a Cherry Panda Pop

-_- :D It was a mars for me ....

or... A Stamford Burger ! ... :lol: I can still feel the mixture of warm grease, blood and watered down tomato sauce seeping through my mittens and down my sleeve on a cold day.

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like most people, we tended to move around over the years. For a couple of season we stood in front of the tea bar. Then we used to (now and again) transfer to the benches and then North Stand (OB allowing). Did the west and new stand before ending up in the Benches again.

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I can't remember what year it was, probably mid to late 80's or whenever the dawn of the yuppy was. We used to stand by the tea bar and there was this bloke, with gaint Timmy Mallett glasses who used to sing out "Chelsea, Chelsea, Ra, Ra, Ra, Chelsea, Chelsea Okay Yah.!"

Something that's been banished from my mind ever since I last heard it, until tonight, think it was the promotion year.

I used to stand up the tea bar when I started taking my little sis and one of my younger bruvs because they liked to stand against the railing looking over the Bovril stairs, always a good view up there as well.

Wasn't that where the ICF came unstuck in 84 as well?

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We used to occassionally stand at the tea bar bit in the 70s, do you remember the supporter who used to shout out Phillips you useless B**rst8d throughout the whole of a match, even when J Phillips was not even playing? Our third choice keeper DR used to stand more or less next to him as well.

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Something that's been banished from my mind ever since I last heard it, until tonight, think it was the promotion year.

I used to stand up the tea bar when I started taking my little sis and one of my younger bruvs because they liked to stand against the railing looking over the Bovril stairs, always a good view up there as well.

Wasn't that where the ICF came unstuck in 84 as well?

I can remember both Millwall and Spurs coming in the in the late 70's just before kick off where Chelsea piled down onto them and they had to escape onto the pitch surround. The West Ham was the 3-1 or 3-0 match where the ICF left the West Stand and came in on both sides of the Shed at the same time. I've never witnessed another game like that one with so much violence in different parts of the ground. To give them credit it was them turning up everywhere unexpected but they were at their peak in those days.

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Just had a moment the other night when I remembered coming into the ground at that turnstyle.....always a p1ss at the urinals on the left after a skinful, then up the stairs to my beautiful Stamford Bridge. Remember a good group of lads who went up there from South London somewhere I think. A bloke called Slobby Barry was one of them.

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