Out Of The Blue

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June 18, 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 area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond … This study will…

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No More Heroes

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June 11, 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 such as “Barcelona are a fantastic club and have great players” into “PLAYER X SET…

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Results of the Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Supporters

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June 8, 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 Chelsea supporters surveyed are in favour of implementing Safe Standing at Stamford Bridge 90% stated…

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Trust In The Future

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May 31, 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 a footy fix, and, even more importantly, the Fans Summit, organised jointly by the Football…

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The Last Leg

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April 25, 2014

We’re now well into the home straight of the 2013/2014 football season.  With three Premier League games remaining, at the time of writing we still have a chance of winning the League, and next week we face Athletico Madrid in the Champions League Semi-Final second leg at Stamford Bridge. The season hasn’t all been plain sailing.  Refereeing fiascos at Villa Park and at home to Sunderland last week have cost…

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TV. Or Not TV. That Is The Question.

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April 10, 2014

Much has been made by the media (particularly the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph) of an alleged decision by the Premier League that they intend to “help” Chelsea by switching one of our forthcoming Premier League fixtures featuring Sunderland and Liverpool games to a Saturday. That’s great, until you look at the detail.  One of our Champions League semi-final games must be played on a Tuesday.  For the PL…

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Chelsea’s Charity Heroes

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March 9, 2014

In the middle of January, I received word from that well-known rascal, Walter Otton, that he’d be having a launch for his collection of short stories, appropriately enough called “Shorts”, together with a fundraiser for the Regenerate charity which is increasingly becoming part of the fabric of the SW6 family.  He promised music, light entertainment, a presentation, plus a raffle.  I promised I’d be there. Having interviewed Walter last year…

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Spring and Roundabouts

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March 2, 2014

Spring brings a feeling of renewal; a fresh start.  Supermarkets are advertising product discounts for a “spring clean”.  The crocuses and daffodils are out – Hyde Park was looking stunning, albeit somewhat overcast today.  For those of us of the Christian faith, the great season of Lent is upon us.  And at the risk of being accused of attempting to steal the thunder of my dear friend, Driver on The…

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Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Fans

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February 24, 2014

We are jointly running a survey to gather Chelsea supporters’ attitudes to Safe Standing at football grounds in collaboration with other Chelsea supporter organisations, blogs and fanzines including: BlueTinted | CFCnet | cfcuk | Chelsea Daft | Chelsea Fancast | Chelsea Mad | Chelsea Supporters Club | Chelsea Supporters Group | Chelsea Supporters Trust | Famous CFC | Oh Dennis Wise | Plains of Almeria | Rivals | Talk Chelsea…

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Chelsea Pitch Owners 2014 AGM Report (or ‘CPO Comes To Its Senses’)

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February 3, 2014

Meeting Report The Chelsea Pitch Owners 2014 AGM took place on 31st January 2014 in the Harris Suite at Stamford Bridge in the presence of approximately 120 shareholders. Chairman Steve Frankham (SF) declared the meeting quorate at 11am and opened the meeting by introducing his fellow Directors.  He went on to thank the assembled shareholders for notifying their attendance in advance, thus assisting with planning for the meeting and helping…

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