The Loan Report: February 18-24

February 24, 2013

Romelu Lukaku continued his rampaging season at West Bromwich Albion this weekend with two more goals to take him to a total of twelve for what has been a highly successful loan spell. The Belgian forward put Sunderland to the sword in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light as an impact substitute but did all the damage on Saturday from the start. He had a first half goal…


Under-18s: Fulham 5-0 Chelsea

February 23, 2013

Chelsea suffered just a second domestic Under-18 league defeat of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, and it came at the hands of the only previous team to take all three points from them this campaign. However, whilst league leaders Fulham edged a narrow 2-1 victory at Motspur Park six days before Christmas, they were rampant on a cold and snowy late February morning in the third meeting of the teams…


NextGen Series: Barcelona 0-2 Chelsea

February 20, 2013

Chelsea qualified for the Quarter Finals of the NextGen Series after recording a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Barcelona on Wednesday evening. A first-half strike from Islam Feruz gave the Blues a lead they clung onto for dear life during a second half played with ten men after Connor Hunte’s dismissal, but like their senior counterparts have done before, they held on with their backs up against the wall and…


The Loan Report: February 11-17

February 17, 2013

It was a slightly quieter seven days on the loan front after last weekend’s goal fest but there were still a number of notable performances this week, headlined by Lucas Piazon’s first start for Málaga. The Brazilian made his opportunity count, laying on an early assist for fellow South American Javier Saviola in a home win over Athletic Bilbao. Piazon showed good craft and skill down the left before cutting…


FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 3-0 Barnsley

February 15, 2013

Chelsea cruised into the last eight of the 2012-13 FA Youth Cup on Friday night with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Barnsley at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park. After a nervy opening twenty minutes where the visitors looked like they might take the lead, the young Blues were settled by Lewis Baker’s cracking free kick, before Alex Kiwomya added a clinical brace before the break. They were unable to add to…


Crowds Flock to Chelsea Supporters Trust Launch

February 13, 2013

The Chelsea Supporters Trust got off to successful, if somewhat chaotic, start on Saturday with a meeting attended by well over 100 people at the CIU Club in Britannia Road. The day started with a mention for the Trust during Tim Rolls’ lunchtime interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, and members of the Trust Working Group were out on the streets surrounding Stamford Bridge prior to the kick-off against Wigan,…


The Loan Report: February 4-10

February 10, 2013

Chelsea’s many loanees returned to form with a bang this weekend as it rained goals, assists and red cards across the continent. With so much to talk about, let’s dive straight in. We returned from a brief international interlude to a televised Friday night clash between two Championship promotion hopefuls as Nathaniel Chalobah and Watford took on Crystal Palace. It was a thoroughly entertaining match which was headlined for Chelsea…


Attempting To Predict The Next Chelsea Manager

February 10, 2013

Whilst it might appear to be a futile exercise from the outside at least, it appears to be possible to at least make an educated projection as to the likely contenders for the Chelsea job. It goes without saying that it would be a catastrophe of even grander proportions were Rafael Benitez to get the gig full-time, but for the sake of this exercise and our sanity, we shall presume…


The Chels Book Review – The Red Hand Gang by Walter Otton

February 8, 2013

Walter Otton’s debut novel, The Red Hand Gang, was published at the end of 2012 by Gate 17 Books to a flurry of excitement among Chelsea media circles. It’s fair to say it’s not your run-of-the-mill football book. In fact football is only part of the story. The novel  starts with a journey on the Underground, and the motifs that will reappear throughout the book soon become apparent. To be…


Going Forward Together – Chelsea Supporters Trust Launch

February 5, 2013

After several months of hard work dealing with the legalties behind such an endeavour, the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be formally launched at 17.45pm on Saturday 9th February 2013 (after the Wigan game). The launch event will take place at the CIU club, 71 Britannia Road, opposite the West Stand entrance, and a few doors away from the old So Bar, and will be attended by Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon….