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Guys, can I tell you about Wembley?

So, I went to Wembley. I live just a hundred or so miles away and there was no way that I was going to miss my 49ers handing the Jags' ass to them. I went to the last 49ers game at Wembley too and had a great time. That was a different game completely. Remember, it was just before we started to get really good. We won, and I was a happy guy. I'd have hated to be say next to me in the car if we'd lost.

Anyway, I missed a few Wembley games through being on operations with the army, but this year, I wasn't going to miss either game. I've written about the whole expereience if you're interested.
http://www.bubblews.com/news/1450023-nfl-at-wembley-farce-and-football

If you're not, then give me some views on the 49ers playing in the UK. Are you upset that you lose a home game? (the first was a home game right?) Do you agree with the Wembley experiment? Did you go to either of the 49ers' games?

I'd love to hear what fellow Faithful fans think.
Nice read, thanks for the perspective, glad to see Niner fans on your side of the pond.
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Nice read, thanks for the perspective, glad to see Niner fans on your side of the pond.

Ditto.
I believe in the quality of the NFL. And I also believe it's pretty much maxed out it's potential in the United States. Goodell is going to expand to Europe (England specifically) whether we like it or not, so why not make sure the 49er's have decent exposure over there? I don't have a problem with the 49ers playing in Wembley. Also, I'm not sure exactly how games over there are determined, but I think Goodell looks down favorable to those who don't go kicking and screaming.

Hopefully y'all across the pond get more competitive games in the future. Good article.
Personally, I don't like the 49ers playing there. It's just too far. They can only do it before a bye week or they'd miss several days of preparation for the next opponent. I also oppose Thursday games for the same reason (not being too far to travel, but they still lose prep time).

And if we were to lose a home game for it, I would not be a happy camper. I was furious when we went a few years ago against the Broncos.
having a team in london=worst idea ever.
In the next decade or whatever we will prolly have another league over there that's more serious and the superbowl would be between
The team that wins in America vs team europe
Originally posted by pdizo916:
having a team in london=worst idea ever.

I totally agree. Travel times seem to be the biggest sticking point but I wouldn't want one because of the non-American aspect. It's called American Football, not International football.
Originally posted by tankle104:
In the next decade or whatever we will prolly have another league over there that's more serious and the superbowl would be between
The team that wins in America vs team europe

Kinda like afl nfl merger? Tho international!?
Originally posted by csjwilkinson:
I totally agree. Travel times seem to be the biggest sticking point but I wouldn't want one because of the non-American aspect. It's called American Football, not International football.

None of this is important. They can call it Martian Football, and its following in Britain will continue massive and passionate as it is now. We've been crazy about this sport for over 25 years, and it does not diminish our enjoyment of our football either.

The time difference is not such an insurmountable object. The London team (let's call them the Redcoats and put them in the AFC East so that they can play the Patriots twice a season ) would play blocks of 4 home and 4 away games. Its training base would be in the East Coast of the US and it would only fly for games. The 8 visiting teams would all get byes after the London visit. It's not impossible.

The big obstacle, and the reason that I don't think that a London team will succeed is: we already have favourite teams!!! If the Redcoats play the Niners, guess who I will be cheering for. That's why Wembley is never noisy like a proper US NFL ground, although it's massive and the games always sell out. The crowd are basically neutrals. Even last week, when the Niner support was quite big (we're got the biggest fanbase in England, along with the Dolphins and Pats), Wembley was quieter even than Candlestick (if that were ever possible ).
Originally posted by csjwilkinson:
So, I went to Wembley. I live just a hundred or so miles away and there was no way that I was going to miss my 49ers handing the Jags' ass to them. I went to the last 49ers game at Wembley too and had a great time. That was a different game completely. Remember, it was just before we started to get really good. We won, and I was a happy guy. I'd have hated to be say next to me in the car if we'd lost.

Anyway, I missed a few Wembley games through being on operations with the army, but this year, I wasn't going to miss either game. I've written about the whole expereience if you're interested.
http://www.bubblews.com/news/1450023-nfl-at-wembley-farce-and-football

If you're not, then give me some views on the 49ers playing in the UK. Are you upset that you lose a home game? (the first was a home game right?) Do you agree with the Wembley experiment? Did you go to either of the 49ers' games?

I'd love to hear what fellow Faithful fans think.

Good stuff. Also the Jags game was a home game for the Jags not us.
Originally posted by AB81Rules:
Originally posted by csjwilkinson:
So, I went to Wembley. I live just a hundred or so miles away and there was no way that I was going to miss my 49ers handing the Jags' ass to them. I went to the last 49ers game at Wembley too and had a great time. That was a different game completely. Remember, it was just before we started to get really good. We won, and I was a happy guy. I'd have hated to be say next to me in the car if we'd lost.

Anyway, I missed a few Wembley games through being on operations with the army, but this year, I wasn't going to miss either game. I've written about the whole expereience if you're interested.
http://www.bubblews.com/news/1450023-nfl-at-wembley-farce-and-football

If you're not, then give me some views on the 49ers playing in the UK. Are you upset that you lose a home game? (the first was a home game right?) Do you agree with the Wembley experiment? Did you go to either of the 49ers' games?

I'd love to hear what fellow Faithful fans think.

Good stuff. Also the Jags game was a home game for the Jags not us.

He was referring to the game we played against the Broncos a few years back. That was a 49ers home game.
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Enjoyed your article. I have a feeling London won't see a Pats/Jets or Seahawks/Niners game anytime soon. It's great that the sport is gaining favor in Europe, but I'm not sure the travel is feasible, even with a 4/4/4/4 schedule. What about playoffs? Talk about home field advantage:)
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