Under-21s: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea

October 27, 2014

Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign came to an unfortunate end on Monday evening as they were defeated 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium. The Blues never really got up to speed and at times looked a shadow of their better selves and were ultimately made to pay for a below-par outing when Emmanuel Sonupe slammed in a last-gasp winner for Ugo Ehiogu’s side,…


The Loan Report: October 20-26

October 26, 2014

After a decent week of loan football last time out, things were much quieter over the past seven days to the extent where nobody really did anything to be Headline-worthy. So… England Ryan Bertrand continues to impress for Southampton and completed another full match in their 1-0 victory over Stoke, for whom Victor Moses played 79 minutes without great success. Saints manager Ronald Koeman revealed on Friday that he would…


The Loan Report: October 17-19

October 19, 2014

We return to club football after an extended international break and whilst things haven’t changed dramatically on the loan front, we do have a goal to bring you this weekend. Headliners It comes from the Eredivisie and is courtesy of Burkina Faso international winger Bertrand Traore. He netted the second of four Vitesse goals in a comfortable 4-1 win away to Willem II (with former blue Ben Sahar providing the…


Under-21s: Chelsea 2-2 Fulham

October 18, 2014

Chelsea’s Under-21s remain unbeaten in 2014-15 but drew their second successive league fixture – both having held leads – on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 scoreline at home to Fulham at Aldershot. Izzy Brown’s early strike gave way to an impressive display for the most part, but despite Jordan Houghton doubling the lead before the hour mark the young Chelsea side hadn’t done quite enough to deserve…


The Academy’s ‘Ten Year Plan’

October 12, 2014

In early September, Brentford owner Matthew Benham held a question and answer session with the club’s supporters. A city trader turned betting professional and football league team supremo, Benham has ushered in a forward-thinking era at Griffin Park where many of the sport’s accepted conventions have been brushed aside in the search to find the all-important edge. During the discussion, he was asked about young Patrick Bamford and whether he’d…


Under-18s: Chelsea 12-2 Aston Villa

October 11, 2014

Chelsea’s Under-18s produced a remarkable and perhaps record-breaking performance on Saturday morning as they demolished Aston Villa 12-2 at Cobham. The result was all the more staggering for the fact that they found themselves trailing by two goals inside the opening quarter of an hour. They would swiftly be rendered mere footnotes in an unbelievable fixture that then saw the Blues net six goals in each half. Jeremie Boga and…


The Loan Report: September 29 – October 5

October 5, 2014

Following a record-breaking week of loanwatch football seven days ago, everything calmed down somewhat this week and whereas we had eight goals to watch last time out, there were none this week. In the search for suitable headliners, we’re forced to focus on two players for unfortunately negative reasons. Headliners Nathaniel Chalobah hasn’t had the opportunity to play much competitive football so far in 2014-15 and so Burnley gave him…