Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part One: Introduction

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May 30, 2011

For the second successive season, Chelsea’s academy has finished the campaign with silverware. The youth team were unable to defend their FA Youth Cup crown from last season, but many of them were key figures as the Reserves won their first regional title since 1994 and followed it up by securing the national title a week later. Add in a number of successful loan spells and increasingly impressive youth international…

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Two Reserves Add To Stamford Bridge Summer Departures

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May 20, 2011

It was the last day of training for the Chelsea reserve team at Cobham today, and for two champions it meant a final farewell to their colleagues before they head for pastures new next season. Midfielder Michael Woods and Czech goalkeeper Jan Sebek will both take the next steps in their careers as their contracts expire at the end of next month, and they have not been offered terms for…

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Reserves: Chelsea 1-1 Blackburn Rovers (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

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May 16, 2011

Chelsea are Barclays Reserve League Champions. A pulsating national final at Stamford Bridge was settled by penalties after goals from Mauro Formica and Todd Kane had left both Chelsea and Blackburn at a stalemate after ninety minutes. The first six kicks were scored, but Rovers midfielder Michael Potts saw his effort stopped by Ross Turnbull, and minutes later Michael Woods converted the deciding penalty to send those who had turned…

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The Loan Report: May 9-15

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May 15, 2011

The Football League season in England may have finished last weekend, but we’ve still got a handful of young Chelsea loan starts to catch up with, starting with another goal for Daniel Sturridge. The England Under-21 international grabbed his eighth goal in just eleven appearances for Bolton on Saturday but it wasn’t enough to earn even a share of the spoils away to Blackpool. Having spurned a close-range opportunity in…

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Young Blues Head For Pastures New

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May 12, 2011

The end of the Premier Academy League season this week saw two young Chelsea boys wear the blue shirt for the final time, as Ben Sampayo and Bobby Devyne were confirmed to be departing at the end of their contracts this summer. They will almost surely joined by Anton Rodgers, who hasn’t appeared for the club since the start of March. The trio all signed two-year youth scholarship deals in…

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Under-18s: Charlton Athletic 2-1 Chelsea

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May 12, 2011

Chelsea brought their 2010-11 academy campaign to a close on Thursday lunchtime with a 2-1 defeat away to an impressive Charlton Athletic team. First half goals from Adebayo Azeez and Bradley Goldberg were enough to secure three points for the Addicks, who move above the Blues in the table, but a strong second half showing from the visitors threatened to take a share of the spoils. The closing weeks of…

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Reserves: Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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May 9, 2011

Chelsea secured their first Reserve League crown since 1994 on Monday night with a comfortable 3-0 win against Wolves and set up a showpiece final against Manchester United or Blackburn, to be played next Monday at Stamford Bridge. Goals from George Saville, Adam Phillip and Gokhan Tore ensured the Blues picked up the three points they needed to usurp Arsenal from Group C’s summit, and in truth they could have…

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The Loan Report: May 2-8

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May 8, 2011

Many of Chelsea’s loan contingent signed off for 2010-11 this weekend as the English Football League campaign drew to a close, but for a few, there are still some loose ends to tie up. Starting in the top flight, Michael Mancienne started his second consecutive game at centre-back for Wolves, who picked up a huge three points in the battle to avoid relegation by beating West Brom 3-1 in the…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 1-4 West Ham United

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May 7, 2011

Chelsea ended their 2010-11 home academy campaign with their youngest team of the season, and despite a spirited performance went down to an older, stronger and better West Ham team 4-1 at Cobham. Elliott Lee grabbed a hat-trick for the Hammers whilst Robert Hall added a first half penalty. Walter Figueira scored a late consolation for the Blues, who had chances throughout. Dermot Drummy named eight schoolboys in his starting…

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Reserves: Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea

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May 5, 2011

A four-goal hammering by Manchester City on Thursday night means Chelsea’s quest for Reserve League glory goes down to the final game of the season. Strikes from John Guidetti, Abdi Ibrahim, Harry Bunn and James Poole ensured a comprehensive win for City on a night where Chelsea were far from their best. Steve Holland was able to keep the majority of his squad together from last week’s victory over Aston…

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