Chelsea V Stoke – Quick Update & Slight Change (short blog)

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let people know that there will be a slight change to what we had planned for Saturday. The Large ‘crowd-surfing’ flag will be making its appearance; but those who were going to bring their own flags are not currently able to.

Apparently it is club policy that any flag larger than the ‘plastic’ flags they hand out for Champions League games are not allowed into the ground on a pole. As far as I know, the only flags that people own which are this size are those Champions League flags!  To get people to bring those in just completely defeats the purpose of what we had hoped to achieve. So, ‘crowd-surfing’ flag – is a yes, personal flags – are a no… for now!

We are currently talking with the club about a solution to this and there should be a positive conclusion eventually, with some great alternatives already being discussed. However, this is for another time.

The club have been extremely helpful and there is a genuine interest in what we are trying to do, which makes the whole process just so much better.

I will be posting another update after the Stoke game about the next steps, which will include the possibility of introducing two-poled, hand-held banners, asking you lot what the next Shed End banner should say/who it should be for (by holding a vote), and thoughts/ideas about what The Shed lot could do for the last game of the season.

One very last thing I’d like to add/ask. If you’re coming to the game, where ever you are sitting, please grab a quick picture of the flag as it goes across The Shed and send it to me on twitter! It could be from the other side of the stadium, underneath it or whatever. My twitter handle is @Shed_Atmosphere.

Thank you to all of those who have sent messages of encouragement over the last few weeks,


Alex B.

P.S Before the game you might see me sitting with the flag as you come through the turnstiles, so feel free to come up and say hello.



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