The Loan Report: September 23-29

September 29, 2013

It was a case of the usual suspects coming to the fore again this week on the loan front as Patrick Bamford, Thorgan Hazard and Lucas Piazon all found the back of the net again in what has been a very, very good season so far for young Blues plying their trade elsewhere. Headliners Bamford got things rolling this weekend with a quick-fire double for Milton Keynes Dons in their…


Under-18s: Chelsea 5-0 Middlesbrough

September 28, 2013

Chelsea’s Under 18s continued their 100% home record and largely impressive first two months of the season with a resounding 5-0 win over Middlesbrough at Cobham on Saturday morning. A pair of well-taken goals by Ambrose Gnahore in the opening twenty minutes put the Blues in a strong position and whilst they might have been even further ahead by half time, second half efforts from Jordan Houghton, Dominic Solanke and…


Sit Down? Shut Up?

September 27, 2013

The demographic among the supporter base at Chelsea FC resolutely remains middle-aged, male and white. The young men who were the fighters of the 70s and 80s are now not only fathers, but in some cases grandfathers. They constitute some of our most vocal and passionate supporters. Among our younger support (i.e. late teens and early 20s) there is a good proportion who “get” Chelsea. They flog themselves up and…


The Loan Report: September 16-22

September 22, 2013

Lucas Piazon and Romelu Lukaku scored their first goals for their respective loan clubs this season to continue an impressive streak of goalscoring amongst Chelsea loanees this season. Every week of the 2013-14 campaign to date has seen a young Blue scoring for another club, and this weekend it was the turn of some of the big hitters. Headliners Lukaku started his Everton career where he left off after finishing…


The Loan Report: September 9-15

September 15, 2013

A pair of goalscoring strikers lead the way in the post-international break Loan Report, and whilst Patrick Bamford is a regular feature on these pages by now, it’s time to welcome Stipe Perica to the party. Elsewhere, Thorgan Hazard continues to do what he does best… Headliners Perica, for those unfamiliar with his story, is an 18 year-old Croatian striker signed from NK Zadar during the summer transfer window, before…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool

September 14, 2013

Chelsea’s Under 18s continued their largely impressive start to the season with a 4-2 win over Liverpool at Cobham on Saturday morning. Kasey Palmer scored twice either side of two goals which had put the visitors ahead for a short time, but the Blues took over in the second half and took all three points with goals from Dom Solanke and Ambrose Gnahore. Adi Viveash handed a first appearance of…


Under-21s: Chelsea 2-0 Norwich City

September 13, 2013

Chelsea’s Under-21s continued their fine run of form with a 2-0 win over Norwich City at Aldershot’s Electrical Services Stadium on Friday night as a Josh McEachran brace saw them home comfortable victors. A match played in horrible conditions with rain falling throughout took some time to get going but the Blues remained patient and confident and were rewarded with two goals in ten second half minutes from a player…


Diplomatic Immunity: Everton

September 13, 2013

An occasional series of open discussions with opposition fans. They can say what they like about Chelsea and I promise to just shut up and listen. Toffee Tomy This is Tomy. Not Tommy, Tomy. She is from a long line of – no, let Tomy describe it herself… When did you start supporting Everton? I can’t remember honestly. As early as I can remember. My Dad used to rattle off…


Natters With TheChels – Rick Glanvill

September 12, 2013

This week TheChels is having a natter with journalist, author, genealogist, Pitch Owners’ Director and Chelsea FC’s official historian, Rick Glanvill. TC: These days you’re probably best known as Chelsea’s club historian, but your background is journalism. How did you start your career? RG: I always wanted to be a writer and my degree is in communications but I was earning a decent living as a nightclub DJ. I had…


A Chaos Theory and The Element of Surprise

September 4, 2013

I have to admit to a strange feeling before games these days. I only realised I’d had this feeling before the Manchester United game. But it had been there from the start of the season. It was a feeling I didn’t wholly understand. And then again, before the European Super Cup Final. Something was missing. There were the usual matchday feelings of course. Excitement, building up as the day wore…