FA Cup Final 2010

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Despite going out of the Champions League a little earlier than hoped, Chelsea FC had a very successful season, finishing top of the English Premier League for the first time in 4 years. It was great to celebrate winning the league, which was sealed on the final day of the season with a resounding 8-0 thrashing of Wigan, but as much fun as was had, it was not the same celebrating it in Moscow as it would have been in London.

After winning the league, Chelsea still had to play in the FA Cup final, the culmination of a strong run in the world’s oldest football competition. It was the perfect excuse for a weekend in London.

For those who haven’t been, a day out at Wembley stadium is a treat. Sure, it’s quite a crush getting to and from the place by public transport (and driving in is even more difficult) but we had the proper strategy this year by heading there early and meeting up with some friends for a good Chinese lunch at a place across the street.

The game was somewhat lackluster but the result what it should have been – Chelsea won 1-0, thus securing its 3rd trophy of the season (including the Community Shield last August) and capping the most successful season in the club’s history.

Our celebrations lasted late into the night, making it somewhat difficult to get up on the Sunday. But rise and shine we did, as there was a victory parade through the streets of Fulham. This was my first time attending such a parade and I enjoyed the whole thing – the team riding by in open-top busses, the fans with their kids out in the streets, the celebrations in Eel Brooke Common, and the unrestricted throwing of many kilos of celery (Chelsea fans will understand that last part).

Here’s hoping for an even more successful season next year when the Champions League final, which rotates around Europe, comes home to Wembley. I hope we’ll be there.

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