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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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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May You Live In Interesting Times

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January 27, 2014

This was originally meant to be the first article of 2014, but was superseded by the news of Juan Mata’s sad departure for Manchester (a transfer which was finally completed yesterday).  Chelsea Football Club appear to have sailed into calmer waters during the past six months.  The return of Jose Mourinho, replacing the almost universally detested B*n*t*z, has delighted and pacified the supporters, and our outpouring of love for The…

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The Heart of the Mata

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January 23, 2014

Firstly – an apology for the hiatus in the ramblings of this column, caused by preparing for the Chelsea Supporters Trust Christmas Party, Christmas itself and flu, in that order.  Well, not really that order.  The flu manifested itself just before Christmas, set in on Christmas Eve and left me with an attack of the horrors on Christmas Night.  By Boxing Day I could barely stand up and, as a…

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Ten Years of The Roman Empire

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June 30, 2013

“We are delighted to agree this deal to acquire what is already one of the top clubs in Europe. We have the resources and ambition to achieve even more given the huge potential of this great club.” (Roman Abramovich, 1st July 2003) “I want to know whether this individual is a fit and proper person to be taking over a club like Chelsea. Until that question is answered, then I’m…

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Natters With The Chels – Tim Rolls

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May 25, 2013

In our final ‘Natters With The Chels’ this season, we had a chat with Interim Chair of the Chelsea Supporters Trust, Tim Rolls, after our final home game of the season against Everton last Sunday. TC: Are you pleased with the generally positive reception that the Chelsea Supporters Trust has had? TR: I am. We’ve only been in existence three or four months. We’ve got over a thousand members, we’ve…

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Natters With TheChels: Charles Rose

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April 17, 2013

This month ‘Natters With The Chels’ caught up with Chelsea Pitch Owners director Charles Rose, who was elected to the board late in 2012. TC: Firstly Charles, what made you want to put your name forward for a directorship of Chelsea Pitch Owners? CR: The debacle of the General Meetings in 2011 and 2012, where the interests of the club and its core supporters were mishandled and misrepresented. I felt…

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Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM Report

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February 2, 2013

Meeting Report The 2013 Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM was held in the Harris Suite, Stamford Bridge at 11am on 30th January 2013. Chairman Steve Frankham declared the meeting open as a quorum of Directors were present and made an unfortunate early Freudian slip, telling the assembled shareholders (around 100) that he planned to ‘induce’ the new Directors, Charles Rose and Sean Jones QC. Mr Frankham also created early controversy when…

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Chelsea Pitch Owners 2013 AGM Preview

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January 26, 2013

The Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM takes place in Stamford Bridge’s Harris Suite at 11am on Wednesday 30th January 2013. Hopefully this year’s AGM will see a continuation of the increased numbers of shareholders who are taking the time to attend meetings, make their views known and their votes count. It’s just a shame that the meeting is not only taking place in midweek, but due to the re-arrangement of the…

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Chelsea Pitch Owners – One Year On

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October 26, 2012

Saturday 27th October marks the first anniversary of the extraordinary victory of ordinary Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders in their fight to secure a future for the organisation. It therefore seems an opportune time to look back on the dramatic events of last autumn and forward to what the future might hold. Readers will recall that the board of Chelsea Pitch Owners, then led by Richard King, required 75% of the…

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