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Have only been to 3 games this season, but was a bit disapointed against Birmingham over the lack of atmosphere in the Matthew Harding lower. Sat in gate 14, row B and was the only one singing in the first two rows. We won 3-0 and MHL was dead quiet most of the game. There were some initiatives from the upper rows of gate 12, but it died out when noone else joined in. I was in the MHL for Liverpool aswell and the atmosphere really didn't take off before we were 1-0 up. On the contrary I was in the Shed lower for Blackburn and the atmosphere was cracking all game bouncying and singing and the Shed also outsung MHL against Brum by a countrymile.

I understand that increased ticketprices are keeping some of the Shed oldboys away from the ground and that we have a lot of tourists visiting the Bridge these days (myself included) and there's the "no persistant standing" policy. But 15 years ago we didn't sell out and still we made a lot more noice than nowadays even when we played like crap and lost.. Now we're top of the league and some supporters booo when we draw. I know there's a lot of supporters who have joined after Roman came to the club, but FFS! Yes, I know people are paying to watch their team play and they have their right to went their frustrations and yes I know there have been booo's pre-Roman aswell. But for me there's two things that doesn't help the team and that's booo's and complete silence.

I'm not asking everyone going to matches to know all the songs and I'm not telling people what to do, but we need to make Stamford Bridge the fortress of noice it once was in the old days, making it intimidating for the opo and getting behind our own team.

So if you're going to the Bridge in the near future and usually don't sing or shout, then please help our beloved Chelsea and raise some noice. Show your passion. We have a golden chance of clinching the premiership back to the Bridge this year, so let's be a part of this and help our team once again become the champions of England! To all the supporters who are singing and shouting and getting behind the team I salute you!

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I actually thought the atmosphere at the Liverpool game was pretty good. The Arsenal one too. Suppose it varies depending what area your in. In general of course you are right and in my opinion it's down to three main factors. 1. Complacency. Yep the SB crowd really does seem to sit back and wait for that big win especially if an early goal is scored. We are certainly not alone in that respect. It's not helped by 2. The acoustics. They're are simply shocking in the MHL. It's the reason why you get different groups starting songs and chants at the same time. Because they can barely hear eachother. It's all not helped by the toursts and stuffed suits who decide to sit in there diluting the atmosphere and that brings me to probably the most important reason 3. The lack of a proper stand exclusively for the younger and most vocal of our support. When the old Shed terrrace was demolished, its occupants, myself included. relocated to all parts of the rebuilt stadium. I guess many ended up in the MHL but thy're scattered all over the place by and large and are interspersed with "Sit down" merchants. What's the solution? If and I hope we do remain at SB, I'd like to see the present Shed End replaced with a huge, single tiered stand. No luxury boxes, no overhanging upper tier restricting the view of people at the back of the lower seating. Design it with a cavernous roof and with sloping and angled surfaces that maximise the noise made. When it's built, the club could not only publicize but actively encourage the more raucous of our support to congregate there. This could be supplemented by offering cheap, affordable tickets to unaccompanied juveniles. You just don't see groups of youngsters and schoolmates coming to the modern Bridge and these made up a great many of those who stood on the old Shed. The thing is when you have a really noisey stand it gets the rest of the ground going. Of course the assorted accountants and moneymen would love to see a stand on all four sides of the ground that delivered maximum revenue with boxes and corporate seating but look at The Emirates, oh dear. In this case it would be great to see the club show a bit of foresight and initiative when our stadium future finally is resolved. Anyone seen Dortmunds stadium and that massive south terrace stand? That's my ideal design of a football stadium.

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Spot on Bovis. I think the atmosphere against Liverpool was boiling, but it took Anelka's goal to really fire it up where I was sitting in block 9.

Complacency is IMO the biggest problem along with the dreadful acoustics of the MHL and the corporate seating. I think we've become a little spoilt after Roman's arrival. I remember fighting for a midtable finish and dreaming of a chance to play in Europe. Roman comes in, spends his millions, we win the league twice and suddenly we don't remember where we came from and demand that we win every game 5-0. The most humiliating moments I have at the Bridge is not when the opo sings "where were you when you were sh*t" or drawing 1-1 against Rosenborg with 10.000 empty seats in the stadium. It's when the opo sings "4-0 and you still don't sing" and we don't respond..

I really enjoy awaydays though, even though I've not have many of those. Love the acoustics and the old wooden floors of the Putney stand. I've only been to Craven Cottage twice, but what a cracking atmosphere we produce. Was present when we lost 1-0 in 2006 and the pitchinvasion broke out after the final whistle. I know many of you have witnessed pitchinvasions in the old Shed and fighting on the terraces. And I don't condone footballviolence at all, but boy did my heart pump when I saw the crowds of Putney stand make it on to the pitch :D Also went to Wigan a couple of years back and we made a hell of a atmosphere with the entire stand singing.

I would also like us to stay at the Bridge. I don't want a stadium like the Emirates although it takes 60.000. I'd love to see a single tiered Shed and a single tiered MH. No overhang or restricted view. I liked the Shed100 initiative until the club made east upper as the designate singing area. If we had one tier singing and rocking and the club instructed the stewards not to eject thos standing, I think it would improve the atmosphere a big deal.

Don't get me wrong. We can still produce good atmosphere. The atmosphere against Arsenal as you point out, CL against Barca or last season when we said goodbye to Guus was magic. I'd just wish we could produce that kind of atmosphere against Brum or Everton aswell.

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I was at the match against Blackburn in the MHL and there was a good atmosphere a lot of singing and most of the famous chants.

Went to the match against Birmingham and true, really a lack of atmosphere.

Only a few were singing most of the people remained quiet the whole time.

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I rarely enjoy home games at all nowadays. I'd rather put the money to one euro trip than got to the equivalent number of home games pricewise. Domestic aways are still pretty good though, completely different crowd to that at the Bridge.

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shame.

I go to local sport games all the times, and never once haev I been accussed of being too quiet :P

I typically feel sorry for the people behind me, they have to try and peer over a 6'3" guy with big ears who is constantly standing/jumping.

I am not the tallest guy myself, but I would be more than happy to be the one behind you if you're loud and constantly standing/jumping. Even if it meant I wouldn't see much of the game :)

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I rarely enjoy home games at all nowadays. I'd rather put the money to one euro trip than got to the equivalent number of home games pricewise. Domestic aways are still pretty good though, completely different crowd to that at the Bridge.

I've been to Fratton Park once and we outsung the Pompey fans by a countrymile.

Went to Trondheim when we played Rosenborg in CL and it was just loud and cracking.

Shame really that we cannot produce the same atmosphere at the Bridge against teams like Brum or Wigan, even if it is midweek..

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Simple solution is to make a supporters stand like in many other countries. I go quite regularly to USL games here in Canada to watch the Montreal Impact, the ground is pretty dead all around with not many people signing or moving for that matter, mainly in part that I don't think that they associate football with that kind of crowd here in North America (and I mean for the most majority of people, I know some posters here would disagree with me). But they have a supporters stand where you have to meet some requirements to purchase the season ticket (which is cheaper then the regular one), and they're jumping, singing and dancing throughout the game...giving some atmosphere.

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