Chris talks to CHECT TYA about his recent experience watching the Ukraine vs. England game, thanks to the Free Kicks Foundation.
Courtesy of CHECT and the Free Kicks Foundation, my brother and I were going premium at Wembley! My previous experience at the home of football certainly could not be described as such – standing across two seats, squashed in like a sardine in the Crystal Palace ultras’ section at the FA cup semi-final last year. With that memory firmly planted in my mind, I was thoroughly looking forward to a padded seat. Sure enough, the premium section did not disappoint – private concourse, plentiful leg room and even a handy cup holder. The atmosphere began to rise as we took our plush seats fifteen minutes before kick-off. Harry Kane was awarded a golden boot for becoming England’s top scorer in the previous match against Italy – a standing ovation was in order (which I reluctantly took part in having never truly forgiven him for that penalty). Then the rousing national anthems, with the Ukrainian supporters in full voice and finally, kick off. A slow start for England was turned around with two quick-fire goals – another for Kane’s collection and then a screamer from Saka. From then on, England never lost control of the game. A good game was capped off for us by a terrible Mykhailo Mudryk cameo – Nick Carter would genuinely have been better. Then, thanks to a cheeky premium exit, we managed to avoid a lot of the crowds on the way out. My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Wembley, thank you very much CHECT for the premium experience, it was fantastic fun!