Development Squad: Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

April 7, 2017

The last few games of the season tends to offer time for reflection on the campaign, particularly at youth level, and so as Chelsea’s Development Squad beat Sunderland 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening, the hard work of the previous eight months started to come to mind. The Blues don’t finish their schedule for another fortnight yet, but as 16 and 17 year-old prospects dominated from start to finish…


The Loan Report: March 27 – April 2

April 2, 2017

The last international break of the 2016-17 season gave way to the return of club football this week, and the season-long streak of at least one goal being scored by a Chelsea loanee in every full week of the club campaign duly continued thanks to a pair of midfielders and one French forward. Headliners Marco van Ginkel is hardly a stranger to finding the back of the net and, now…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-3 Manchester United

April 1, 2017

Academy football returned on Saturday with a seven-goal thriller as Chelsea’s Under-18s edged out Manchester United 4-3 at Cobham to remain a perfect two-out-of-two in the Merit Stage of competition. A fascinating contest in the warmth of a sunny April morning swung to and fro, with the visitors establishing an early lead through Ethan Hamilton only to trail at the break as Juan Castillo and Conor Gallagher, from the penalty…


The Loan Report: March 13-19

March 19, 2017

We’re back to normal service on the Loan Army front this week, with five more goals to bring you alongside all of the latest news and goings-on across Europe and South America. Headliners Charlie Colkett got us started in midweek with his first goal for Swindon Town. It came in a losing cause at home to promotion favourites Sheffield United, but it was a stupendous strike in its own right,…


FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 7-1 Tottenham Hotspur (9-2 aggregate)

March 18, 2017

Chelsea came out of the first leg of their FA Youth Cup Semi Final against Tottenham on Tuesday evening feeling short-changed that they only had a 2-1 advantage to show for their dominance at White Hart Lane. They sure made up for that on Saturday evening. A rampant display of attacking saw the Blues run out 7-1 winners on the day, 9-2 on aggregate, and book their place in a…


FA Youth Cup: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea

March 14, 2017

Dramatic events in the closing moment of any football match can not only shape the narrative of a contest, but in the case of a two-legged tie, set the scene for the renewal of acquaintances. And, so, as Tottenham’s Kazaiah Sterling threw his team a lifeline with an 87th-minute goal at White Hart Lane, and as Luke McCormick struck the post with a stoppage time penalty for Chelsea, Saturday’s date…


Development Squad: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

March 13, 2017

A much-changed Chelsea Development Squad were beaten 2-0 against Liverpool at Prenton Park on Monday evening in Premier League 2 action. With more than half of their squad on FA Youth Cup duty instead this week, the Blues fielded a rather unfamiliar line-up away to the league’s third-placed team and, truthfully, never looked like winning. They performed admirably though, eventually going down to a penalty and a free kick from…


The Loan Report: March 6-12

March 12, 2017

One of the quietest weeks in the Chelsea Loan Army season threatened to bring an end to a season-long streak where every single full week of the club campaign had featured at least one goal scored by a loanee, but Andreas Christensen saw to that late on Sunday afternoon. We lead off with him in a week where several others made long-anticipated returns from injury. Headliners Christensen himself had picked…


Under-18s: West Ham United 0-4 Chelsea

March 10, 2017

Chelsea’s Under-18s kicked off their Merit Stage fixtures with a resounding 4-0 win away to West Ham on Friday lunchtime at Little Heath. Three weeks after a three-goal triumph on the same pitch, the Blues went one better as two excellent finishes courtesy of Callum Hudson-Odoi were sandwiched by efforts from Luke McCormick and Cole Dasilva to get their title bid off to the best of starts. The Merit Stage…


Development Squad: Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

March 6, 2017

For the second match in succession, Chelsea’s Development Squad found themselves pitted against an opponent with significant first-team representation, but Adi Viveash’s young charges showed they had learned many a lesson from their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal last time out as they held an experienced Southampton team to a goalless draw at St Mary’s Stadium on Monday evening. In a match played out at the same time as the first…