Details Of English Youth League Revamp Announced

July 31, 2012

The Elite Player Performance Plan and the associated restructuring of English youth football has been a subject hot on the agenda this summer. After a protracted negotiating and organising period, details have emerged today of the path forward from 2012-13 onwards. The old 40-team academy league, split into ten groups of four based roughly on locale has gone. In its place at the top level is a three-group, 23-team setup…


Kane To Captain U21s As Chalobah & Hutchinson Prepare For Next Step

July 30, 2012

Todd Kane has been named Chelsea’s Under-21 team captain for the 2012-13 season, according to the club’s official website. The 18 year-old full-back was named as the man in possession of the armband in a piece published earlier this afternoon and follows him doing so away to Northampton Town last Saturday afternoon. It’s a positive reward for a player who has made huge strides of progress in the past two…


Under-21s: Northampton Town 0-2 Chelsea

July 28, 2012

Chelsea’s Under-21 side continued their preparation for the new season with their first win of the summer over Northampton Town. A largely impressive performance against some very capable football league players was capped by a second half brace from 16 year-old forward Alex Kiwomya. Having returned from their annual training camp in Austria, the squad welcomed Todd Kane, George Saville and Patrick Bamford back into the fold following a brief…


Chelsea Pitch Owners EGM Report

July 25, 2012

The Facts The Extraordinary General Meeting of Chelsea Pitch Owners took place in the Harris Suite at Stamford Bridge on Monday 23 July 2012. Before the meeting was called to order, CPO’s lawyers objected to one shareholder distributing copies of a leaflet detailing the identities of shareholders who made substantial purchases between 3rd and 20th October 2011 and making a number of claims in respect of the original Prospectus of…


Sideways Glances: Looking Back At The Future

July 24, 2012

There is no evidence that any of what follows is actually a fictionalised, poorly imagined account. Any resemblance to real or fictitious persons living, dead or even undead, is either purely coincidental or outright miraculous. Coincidences happen, alright? On the other hand, in a universe far, far away, all this may already have happened. 1. The True Spirit Of Sport: The Pan-Continental League. The year is 2030. The Pan-Continental League…


Chelsea Pitch Owners EGM Headlines

July 23, 2012

Main developments from today’s EGM:- Wise and Sewell in no-show Plea for early vote on Resolution 3 denied Board promises to “vet” future share applications Row over debt repayment rumbles on Pledges to investigate fund-raising options Today’s hotly-anticipated Chelsea Pitch Owners EGM ended in uproar after many believed Steve Frankham used the chair’s proxy vote to sink Resolution 3, which called for voting rights to be limited to a maximum of…


Slovenian Dautovic London-bound?

July 23, 2012

According to reports from Sam Wallace in the Independent, Chelsea have agreed a deal for Slovenian centre-back Emir Dautovic to join Michael Emenalo’s youth revolution at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are believed to have struck a €1.3m deal with NK Maribor for the 17 year-old defender, who they have been tracking for some time and are now set to bring to London. Back in 2010, stories emerged from Slovenia claiming…


Bristol City Beaten as Youngsters Head for Asia

July 21, 2012

Chelsea’s Under-18 pre-season continued on Saturday morning with a 4-0 win over Bristol City. A second-half brace from Jeremie Boga – including a delightful free-kick – was sandwiched by efforts from Walter Figueira and George Cole as Adi Viveash’s boys bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Arsenal 24 hours earlier. Almost two dozen boys saw upwards of an hour of playing time across the two games as they work…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal

July 20, 2012

Friday morning saw the Chelsea Under-18 side back in pre-season action, as the first of their two visitors in two days to Cobham arrived in the form of London rivals Arsenal. Adi Viveash once again used the bulk of his squad as the focus remained on the players’ fitness at this early stage of pre-season. In a closely-fought and entertaining contest at Cobham the Blues went down 3-2, both Chelsea…


Hazard Joins Chelsea…Again

July 19, 2012

Following the summer’s highest-profile transfer in Eden Hazard taking his talents to SW6, his younger brother Thorgan will be joining him after RC Lens confirmed the move this evening. Antoine Sibierski, the club’s director of football, told his official website that the move should be official tomorrow, and that despite being offered a new contract (with his current deal expiring next summer), the younger Hazard was determined to join his…