• The Loan Report: November 13-19
  • Development Squad: Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 Chelsea
  • Under-18s: Chelsea 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Under-18s: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Chelsea
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The Loan Report: September 5-12

After an international break, the domestic football scene returned with a vengeance this week, and as Chelsea’s loan ranks swelled to near double figures over the transfer deadline, there’s a lot to take in. Michael Mancienne remained the club’s only Premier League loanee and started his first match in his third spell at Wolves in defensive midfield away to Fulham. It appears he struggled for the first hour of their…

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The Roman Empire

Roman Abramovich, a Russian footballing phenomenon, sailed into the the history of Chelsea Football Club, our great club, by becoming the club’s owner during the midst of a cold rainy season in June 2003. The Russian, relatively unknown in the UK at the time, saved the club from an uncertain future and possible bankruptcy, and provided the platform for which we have grown into one of the world’s largest and…

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In The News: Quite A Lot!

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks for us here at TheChels, we’re not ones to get over excited with the overblown hype each time the England team plays, especially due to the rank hypocrisy in the media coverage of their star player and his indiscretions with hookers. At least this time they’re not drawing their pension though. Never mind that Rooney has scored more times off the pitch than…

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Over Land And Sea For Wet Sham

London, we love it, but one of the worst parts has to be the continual ‘improvements’ being made to the underground most weekends, that more often than not finds us blues struggling to get to a match, or stuck in the vicinity afterwards. Ironically these improvements aren’t making it any better for us this weekend either. With the usual district line weekend fiasco and militant muppet Bob Crows’ extra actions…

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Travels With The Chels – Lazio

Travel broadens the mind, so we’re told. So there’s nothing finer ahead of our trip to Zilnia in the Champions League than to look back to previous away trips in Europe with The Chels. I’m a sporadic European traveller. It tends to be either the famine or the feast with me, depending on the state of my finances, and I am perfectly willing to admit that prior to 2003 I…

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New Deal Close For Kakuta?

It’s been a subject of some consternation for Chelsea fans in the last few months. Gael Kakuta’s contract with Chelsea, as far as any media source reveals, is due to expire next summer. The club have certainly never revealed an extension to the deal he signed when joining the club, and FA registration documents over the last twelve months have not mentioned his name. The wait and uncertainty may be…

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The Young Internationals – September Edition

Twenty-nine of Chelsea’s current youth and reserve players have represented their countries at youth level. A number of them added to their caps in the last fortnight or so during what was an important round of fixtures for many. At Under-21 level, the qualifying campaign for the Finals in Denmark next summer came to a head, with teams seeking to secure automatic berths, or a best-placed playoff spot if necessary….

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The Generation Game

Scott Sinclair, Miroslav Stoch, Franco Di Santo. Headline names amongst a group of young players who have permanently departed Chelsea this summer, and in doing so, have helped reveal something Chelsea are potentially working towards. It’s no secret that the club regards its 1991-93 generation as one of the finest to ever come through the youth academy. They made good on their promise last season in winning a first FA…

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The Joy Of Six

Six. It’s a little word, just three letters. It can be elongated, and stretched out. Go on, you know you want to… Siiiiiiiiixxxxx….. And breathe. There is no doubt that for Chelsea fans, these are wondrous times. We have seen the odd six goal victories over the years. I remember the six scored against Coventry, back in 2000 or 2001 I think, when their goalie (was it Chris Kirkland?) was…

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Squad List Announced

With a rather quiet closing of the transfer window, and contrary to many tabloid suggestions otherwise, there were no extra transfers by the club in addition to those of Ramires and Benayoun. Today the club announced the squad list for the forthcoming season, and with Premier League regulations now stating that only 25 players can be named, with eight being ‘home grown’ should the full 25 be named. A home-grown…

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