Football Fans' Fury: "It's Just Not Cricket"

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 118 months ago
Football Fans' Fury: "It's Just Not Cricket"

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With the Tube strike scuppering many England fans' chances of getting to Wembley tonight for the game against Andorra, some have decided to start carping off instead. Mark Perryman of London England Fans, a man not unfamiliar with hyperbole, blasted the situation a "national disgrace", but his voice echoed fears in the FA's Soho Square HQ that this imbroglio will not be looked on favourably by FIFA when they consider England's World Cup bid.

With the Metropolitan Line crocked, the Jubilee likely to be swamped, and no London Overground nor Chiltern Railways trains to Wembley Central or North Wembley after 6pm due to safety fears, the 62,000 ticketholders have been offered a full refund if they decide that what will in all likelihood be an underwhelming game against brave opponents, and with certain England stars missing, isn't worth the hassle. However, Perryman thinks the situation could have been avoided if more trains and buses were laid on for fans, and draconian restrictions on parking relaxed for just one evening.

For those who are going: TfL have an advisory webpage set up which will be updated throughout the afternoon. Currently the Metropolitan line is part suspended, while the Jubilee line is running with minor delays. A better bet may be London Overground up to Wembley Stadium, but only before 6pm, or the no.18 bendy bus which trawls up Brent-way from Euston. Turnstiles will open at 5.45 to ease congestion.

For the rest of us, catch the game from 7.45pm on ITV (kick-off 8.15pm).

Last Updated 10 June 2009