• The Loan Report: November 5-11
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Where Are They Now? Len Casey MBE

Was one of a handful of players recruited by Ted Drake out of the amateur ranks. Wasn’t really considered to be a first team regular except in 1957-1958 when he made 24 appearances. Was sold to Plymouth Argyle inn 1958 for £12,000 plus Wally Bellett. Moved back to Essex and spent 25 years working for Dagenham Cables as a training officer until being offered early retirement. He was awarded an…

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Wilkins Out, Zola In?

The club today announced the immediate departure of Ray Wilkins from the coaching staff at Chelsea FC. A statement on the Official Chelsea Website read; “Chelsea Football Club chief executive Ron Gourlay has announced today that the board has decided not to renew Ray Wilkins‘ contract. This will take effect immediately.” Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said: “On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Ray for…

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Reserve News Round-Up

Since losing 4-0 at Wolves last time out, there’s been a few bits and pieces of news on the Reserve team front, so we’ll take a look at what’s been going on, starting with today’s win over Bayern Munich. With the schedule for the second string still far from ideal, Chelsea have continued to look for friendlies against a wide range of opposition, and the first foreign opponent of this…

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Essien Off As Blues Go Four Points Clear

Chelsea returned to winning ways after the disappointment of the weekend as they overcame Fulham to win their eleventh consecutive home game in the League, with Michael Essien scoring the only goal of the game before being sent-off late on. The Blues welcomed their local rivals, Fulham, for another West London derby on a cold night at the Bridge as we looked to avoid suffering consecutive defeats in the league…

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Poor Away Form Continues

Chelsea went to Anfield full of confidence and expected a win over Liverpool to maintain their 5 point lead over the rest of the chasing pack, but were found wanting as Fernando Torres struck two well taken goals in the first half, and inflicted the second defeat of the season on the Blues. Carlo Ancelotti had already announced his probable line-up on Friday, but when the teams were announced at…

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The Loan Report: November 1-7

The first week of November was a quieter affair than usual on the loan front, with little by way of notable action. Nevertheless, it’s all here in detail as usual. Starting as ever in the Premier League, Michael Mancienne was limited to thirteen minutes as a substitute at Old Trafford as Wolves visited for the second time in a matter of weeks. Whereas the England Under-21 captain played the duration…

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Anfield Awaits Ancelotti

Anfield, the scene of many a battle with Liverpool over the past several seasons, some good, some not so good, however no visit by Chelsea has seen them in such a bad situation, for a long time. It has been a source of great humour, not only for Chelsea supporters but many across the land to see Liverpool in such a situation, however with the pairing of Gillette and Hicks…

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Where Are They Now? Paul Canoville

Joined from non league Hillingdon Borough and became the first black player in club history when he made his league debut as a substitute against Crystal Palace in April 1982. Survived the gauntlet of racial abuse to help the club to the Second Division title in 1984, but within two years was sold to Reading for £50,000. Since retiring at the age of 24 through injury he has survived cancer…

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