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Branded

Branded

One of the biggest issues in football in recent years has been the emergence of the “brand”.  Whether this applies to an individual, as in “Brand Beckham” (arguably the first brand of its kind), or a club, the brand, and potential damage thereto, is often cited at the first hint of trouble. When Luis Suarez [...]

The 2014-15 Academy First-Year Scholars

The 2014-15 Academy First-Year Scholars

It’s early July, which means it’s once again time to welcome a bunch of new faces into the Chelsea academy as the 2014-15 class of first-year scholars officially begin full-time work at the Cobham academy. How new they are to you however will be determined by how often you tuned into their FA Youth Cup [...]

Modern Sport Is Rubbish

Modern Sport Is Rubbish

I was doing the ironing last Sunday afternoon.  No, don’t laugh.  And whilst doing the ironing I was listening to Test Match Special, the perfect accompaniment.  During the tea-break, there was a segment called Ask Swanny, in which the former England spin bowler Graeme Swann answered questions submitted by listeners, many of which came via Twitter.  The [...]

Youth Teams Kick Off Pre-Season Schedule

Youth Teams Kick Off Pre-Season Schedule

12 July 2014

Chelsea’s first team may have to wait until Wednesday to get their pre-season schedule of fixtures underway but their junior counterparts at Cobham are well and truly back in the swing of things as the first Saturday of the new campaign brought about a return to action for the Under-18 and Under-21 teams. Both sides [...]

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Academy Preparing for New Season

Academy Preparing for New Season

05 July 2014

With the World Cup hurtling towards its conclusion more and more days of the week have become freed up with no live football to watch. Attentions have duly turned towards the return of club football for 2014-15 and whilst Chelsea’s first team aren’t set to return until Monday, the younger generation are already back and [...]

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The Loan Report: Spanish Promotion Special

The Loan Report: Spanish Promotion Special

22 June 2014

Late June during a World Cup summer might seem an unusual time to be catching up on Chelsea loanees but the 2013-14 club season in Spain extended well into the summer as two Blues youngsters went in search of promotion. The playoffs in both the Segunda Division and the remarkably unforgiving Segunda B structure called [...]

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Out Of The Blue

Out Of The Blue

18 June 2014

A quiet Tuesday evening in June.  The nation awaits the next instalment of World Cup games later that night and the publication of the fixture list for next season the following day.   Then, out of the blue, a statement is published on the Chelsea FC website announcing that Roman Abramovich has commissioned a “study of the [...]

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No More Heroes

No More Heroes

11 June 2014

The last few years have seen an interesting shift in how footballers and managers are prepared to be openly critical in their feelings for certain clubs.  There was a time when you’d never see a footballer criticise another club in print, with the result that the press would magnify what was simply a polite answer [...]

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Results of the Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Supporters

Results of the Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Supporters

08 June 2014

As you may or may not have seen from other media sources, the results of the Safe Standing Survey, carried out by a number of websites, fanzines and supporters’ groups, have now been published.  You can read the full report here, together with the thoughts of CST Chairman Tim Rolls, but the headlines are:- Over 96% of [...]

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Trust In The Future

Trust In The Future

31 May 2014

The football season may be over, but over the summer there’ll be a trickle of events that will keep the denizens of SW6 in touch with each other.  The Chelsea Supporters Tournament will be held in early July, some low-key pre-season friendlies at Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon will provide relief to those desperate for [...]

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The Loan Report: Season in Review – Spain

The Loan Report: Season in Review – Spain

30 May 2014

With the 2013-14 season now pretty much over, it’s time to take a look back over a record-breaking campaign on the loan front. Today, we look at the Chelsea’s prospects in Spain. Who? The Story? Courtois pieced together what would almost go down as the storybook year. Already a Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League [...]

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The Loan Report: Season in Review – England

The Loan Report: Season in Review – England

27 May 2014

With the 2013-14 season now pretty much over, it’s time to take a look back over a record-breaking campaign on the loan front. Today, we look at the Chelsea’s prospects in England. Who? The Story? Bertrand joined Aston Villa in January with the express intent of playing regular football after failing to crack Jose Mourinho’s [...]

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The Loan Report: All 123 Goals

The Loan Report: All 123 Goals

25 May 2014

More than thirty Chelsea players combined for upwards of forty different loan moves during the 2013-14 season. Naturally, they combined to register a series of landmarks that are unlikely to be surpassed in the near future if at all. At least one of them scored for 37 consecutive weeks of the club campaign, falling short [...]

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