Petr Cech’s column on the Chelsea official website is always a good way to spend a bit of time as the long international break drags on, and this week there’s a good topic – in the wake of the announcement that “safe standing” can be trialled at Stamford Bridge from January, he wrote about the best atmospheres and best stadia he had played in.
Of course he loved Wembley, where he had great success.
“For occasions like the FA Cup final, the atmosphere was electric,” Cech raved. But his other choice was more niche, and maybe more interesting:
“I always loved to play at Portsmouth. Although it was one of the ‘worst’ stadiums in the league with the worst pitch – there was a huge bump in the goalmouth, like a hill you had to run up when a cross came from one side to the other – the atmosphere was always great,” Cech explained.
“There was the drum, the fans never stopped supporting their team. It had a particular charm.”
We are big fans of the Fratton Park atmosphere too, and it’s been a shame missing out on it in the Premier League for so long. Let’s hope Portsmouth can get themselves back up to the top flight again so we can see Chelsea play there every season.