Behind the Scenes At The Museum

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August 20, 2014

For most of the Stamford Bridge faithful, the real start of the season will come at the weekend, when Chelsea play Leicester in their first home Premier League game. For 4,000 lucky (and hardy) souls, the trip to Burnley on Monday night was made well worth their while by a sparkling 3-1 win, with the Master of Cesc winning plaudits from pundits and fans alike, and the big beast Costa…

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Branded

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July 18, 2014

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 was sent off for this third snack on an opponent, he was immediately dubbed “toxic”…

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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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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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