No doubt a great many will be familiar with The New Den, hard to believe that they have been there over 20 years. We are situated in the upper tier of the North Stand behind the goal, which not only provides a lovely view of trains passing the ground, but also a pretty good view of the pitch from our elevated position, although it does become a bit of a free-for-all, the stewards not exactly proactive in ensuring people are sitting in their designated seat.
Entry is at ground level, then it is a climb, which is a bit of a statement of the obvious as we are in the upper tier. The concourse facilities are in theory shared with the lower tier, but even with this being out of action it can get a little cosy, queues for the the toilets and the kiosks often intertwining. The TVs on the concourses show the game throughout.
Not a lot in the immediate vicinity, a couple of burger vans outside the ground then pretty much the usual stuff inside the ground, although they do sell chips - alas no fish to accompany them though!
Anything within the immediate vicinity are very home only. No doubt a great many will either stick to South East London then make their way, ditto those of us that work in Central London, a couple of swift halves in town before travelling to the ground. Alcohol is available inside the ground which proves handy, too.
If you are coming by car, the Post Code SE16 3LN. There are a few small industrial units that offer parking facilities along with a bit of street parking in the more residential areas, but as ever having a car emblazoned with stickers is not a good idea. In terms of public transport, the closest station is South Bermondsey which offers regular services from London Bridge and there is a dedicated walkway from there straight to the away end. It is a distinct possibility after the game that we may be kept behind, then directed up this and escorted to the station, although you can catch trains in either direction, it really is a case of seeing what happens on the night. Canada Water underground station and Surrey Quays on the overground are both walkable, as is the case with New Cross Gate on the latter. Plenty of buses run within walking distance, either through New Cross or along Evelyn Street.
OK, who's secretly hoping for snow? For, just in case you were unaware, the weather wasn't great on December 5th, 1995, but the football wasn't so bad that night, as The Addicks posted our last away victory over Millwall since then.
Who can forget the orange ball, Kim Grant's two goals and the mercurial performance of Paul Mortimer. It's December, not that I believe in omens. Our last victory prior to that came at the old Den - in Europe - well sort of, goals by Alan Pardew and Anthony Barness securing victory in the Anglo-Italian Cup.
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