Chelsea v City: Born and Bred Part 2
- 15 April 2013 13:43
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
City's social media man Chris Nield reflects on a day out at Wembley with the Bredbury Blues...
"It’s the morning after the day before and time to dust myself off and reflect on an unforgettable Wembley excursion with the Bredbury Blues.
As mentioned previously, the Bredbury and South Manchester supporters club have a long and proud history that I was looking forward to being part of and sharing with the world on another momentous day in our fantastic club’s story.
Of the eleven branch coaches making the journey south I was handed a place on number four, aka ‘Monnie’s Coach’, led by and named after the daughter of the Bredbury Blues’ secretary, Ian ‘Arnie’ Arnfield. Having been advised by Monnie in the days prior that ‘this is not your average bus’ I was admittedly slightly dubious, being no stranger to the more unruly side of following the Blues away from home down the years.
But upon my 6.30am arrival at Woodley Sports, where Monnie’s Coach was due to depart, I began to understand what she meant. From the first moment I boarded, the camaraderie and togetherness shared by this particular troupe of fans was evident and I was immediately welcomed as one of their own for the day.
Songs were sung, the aisle became a dancefloor, and the banter was constant, as you would expect from a group of supporters determined to enjoy their day regardless of what 90 minutes of football would bring. There were spillages, bruises and the occasional casualty that an unusually early morning of heady consumption undoubtedly brings.
Our first stop was little more than an hour outside Manchester at the M6 Toll which was awash with masses of Blues sharing the day with their own families and groups, each with their own stories to tell. It was then on to The Tudor Arms in Watford where, to keep with tradition, the Bredbury Blues have stopped on each of City’s recent successful visits to Wembley.
With the sun now blazing and the atmosphere intoxicating we made our way to Wembley, passing vehicle after vehicle decked out in sky blue, flags draped over windows, scarves proudly flying in the breeze. The Roundabout, the infamous rallying point where City fans have enjoyed revelling at each of our recent Wembley visits, was taken again and Chelsea fans were playfully ‘booed’. Then it was on to the match.
Travelling in a supporters club usually means that your tickets are allocated together and on this occasion the Bredbury Blues populated a large section of Wembley’s west side. Blocks 128 and 129 became a throwback to traditional standing terraces with our group able to move freely around and extend the carefree merriment of the coach into the bowl of our country’s gargantuan national stadium.
The match itself has been well documented since City’s deserved victory and the atmosphere generated by the sea of sky blue packed into Wembley crackled and throbbed throughout. Both goals were celebrated with uncontainable joy and the collective sigh-of-relief at full time would have been audible from the Etihad Stadium.
That said, it seemed no matter what the result, and god forbid if City were to have lost, it wouldn’t have shaken my travelling party’s resolve to savour the moment and shared experience of what supporting Manchester City means to them.
All in all, it was a fantastic day; made even better by the result, but regardless it was an absolute pleasure and honour to have shared it with the Bredbury Blues and I hope to be able to travel with them again soon!"