• The Loan Report: Season Review
  • Academy Season Review: Development Squad Ups and Downs
  • Academy Season Review: Record-Breaking Under-18s
  • The Loan Report: May 14-20
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Very Superstitious, Writing’s On The Wall

I sometimes think that we football fans are mad. We have to be, to keep the faith. For supporters of yore, reaching a cup final necessitated an overnight camp outside the ticket office, or in our case portacabin. These days for a big game it can mean being up at dawn for frustrating internet experience, with seven windows open at once. And then there’s the superstitious element that seems to…

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Catching Up With The Youngsters

For one reason or another, it’s been a little while without a youth team match report, so let’s have a catch-up. The academy fixture list presented three away games in the last four, and with the home date against Cardiff clashing with first team commitments at Upton Park, the opportunity to see the Under-18s first hand hasn’t quite been there. That doesn’t mean the interest wanes however, far from it….

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We Should Have Scored More

Four goals in the first half, both the Chelsea and Blackpool supporters expected a lot more, but they never came. With no Lampard, Terry or Anelka in the starting line up, this was never guaranteed, especially against a team that likes to attack, yet Chelsea got off to the perfect start, a corner from Drogba flicked on at the near post by Ivanovic for Kalou to volley home within 90 seconds of…

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The Loan Report: September 5-13

Whilst Chelsea’s loanees haven’t been remarkable yet, and another week has passed without any standout performers, it’s always good to catch up. We’ll start, as usual, with Michael Mancienne at Wolves. The England Under-21 captain lined up in midfield for the trip to Tottenham and had what was generally an impressive match. Mick McCarthy’s men held a 1-0 lead until late in the game, when they wilted under pressure, eventually…

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Here Come Blackpool

What a story it’s been for Blackpool, no-one expected they’d ever reach the Premier League, yet here they are. Blackpool have their own tycoon in the Latvian Valery Belokon. In five years Belokon has been at the club, they have risen from League One into the Premier League. Everyone expected them to be rooted firmly to the bottom of the table already, yet they sit proudly in seventh place, a…

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In The News: Smertin, Fergie & Lampard

As another round of Premiership matches kicks off again for the weekend, and with our boys not playing until tomorrow afternoon, here’s what’s being said and written about our beloved blues. Taken aback by the shock horror of a decent piece on Goal.com, we start with comments from ex-player Alexey Smertin, with interesting insights about his time at Chelsea. The former Russian international spoke of his relationship with Roman, stating;…

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Reserves: Newcastle United 2-3 Chelsea

Chelsea’s return to reserve team football after three weeks away lacked nothing in an evening of ups and downs at St. James’ Park. Having trailed early in the game, a brace from Milan Lalkovic had given the Blues the lead, but a second half goal from Haris Vuckic appeared to have ensured a share of the spoils, until Adam Phillip, returning from a year out through injury, won and converted…

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An Almost Perfect Start

Another glut of goals from Carlo’s champions saw the blue machine role into Zilina, leave with all three points, without even breaking a sweat. Showing the confidence in his side, the Italian again named his team early, something Capello could do well to learn from, and left both fans, pundits and Zilina coaches alike with no question as to who we’d play. As it is with the intelligence of our…

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Europe…. Yawn

In around 24 hours Chelsea will again set out on the road to win the Champions League.  We know Roman wants to win this one and it would be nice to do it for him, if no-one else. Forgive us for not being to excited right now, we’ve seen all this before and after the utter bull we’ve had to put up with from UEFA, referee’s and the media in the past…

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Four Out Of Four

It was never going to be a classic, with the pikey boys from East London looking to kick lumps out of us wherever possible, and the pitch resembling a gypsy caravan site, it was always going to be a battle. Thankfully in Michael Essien, we have the ultimate warrior for such occasions. Strong, quick, skilful and as we found out on Saturday, not too bad with his head either! Chelsea got off…

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