Chelsea Academy in 2014: Twelve Memorable Moments

December 30, 2014

As we reach the final days of 2014, it’s time to take a look back at what has been a remarkable calendar year for the Chelsea Football Club academy. A third FA Youth Cup crown in five years was followed by a second Under-21 Premier League success in the last four years whilst no fewer than five youngsters graduated and made their first team debuts under Jose Mourinho. Throw in…


Shuffling The Loan Pack

December 29, 2014

The January transfer window is almost upon us and with it we’ll likely see some significant changes on Chelsea’s loan front. Whilst a clutch of young prospects have picked up from last season’s stellar crop in making sterling progress whilst away and continuing their education, many others either haven’t been able to grasp the opportunity or simply haven’t been afforded that opportunity. The opening of the transfer window means a…


The Loan Report: December 22-28

December 28, 2014

We bring you an abridged version of the Loan Report this Sunday owing to the fact that England is the only active country during the festive period. Nonetheless, we do have a goal for you, and it comes from Ryan Bertrand. Headliners The 25 year-old has never been a prolific goalscorer and came into this season with just three career strikes to his name. He netted against Queens Park Rangers…


Under-21s: Chelsea 5-0 Norwich City

December 23, 2014

Chelsea’s Under-21s put themselves into a strong position in their Premier League International Cup group by hammering Norwich City 5-0 in their final match of 2014. Following a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park on Friday night the attention shifted to AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium (or Kingsmeadow if you’re Kingstonian-inclined) as goals from Alex Kiwomya, Jeremie Boga, Dominic Solanke twice and a gift…


The Loan Report: December 15-21

December 21, 2014

For the first time in a month we aren’t able to bring you a Patrick Bamford goal to enjoy in the Loan Report. Instead, Christmas cheer is provided by Bertrand Traore, who leads the way with four goals this week. Let’s dive in. Headliners Traore had something of a November to forget as he lost his place in Vitesse Arnhem’s starting eleven after an indifferent run of form since September….


Under-21s: Chelsea 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

December 19, 2014

Chelsea’s inaugural Premier Under-21 League International Cup fixture took place at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park on Friday night as they shared an entertaining 1-1 draw with German outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach. Chelsea enjoyed by far the better of the game’s best moments but struggled to break down their opponents for the majority of the match and found themselves behind following Mario Rodriguez’ goal on the hour mark. They deserved to take…


The Loan Report: December 8-14

December 14, 2014

Another week, another Patrick Bamford goal. The England Under-21 striker struck struck for the fourth game in succession and the sixth in his last seven as Middlesbrough went top of the Championship with a 2-0 win over his former loan club Derby County. We begin with him before checking in on a rare Chelsea-inspired Vitesse Arnhem performance. Headliners Bamford has been irrepressible of late, helping Boro to an eight-match unbeaten…


Under-18s: West Ham United 2-5 Chelsea

December 13, 2014

Chelsea finished their fixture list for the 2014 calendar year in much the same fashion as they’d undertaken the majority of it; handsomely beating West Ham United 5-2 to retain top spot in the league for Christmas. Schoolboy Iké Ugbo opened the scoring early as Chelsea were awarded two penalty kicks in short succession. Isaac Christie-Davies saw his effort saved by Clarke Bogard but Ugbo scored almost immediately. Kyle Scott…


The Loan Report: December 1-7

December 7, 2014

Another week, another Patrick Bamford goal. The England Under-21 striker netted for the fifth time in six matches as Middlesbrough roared towards the top end of the Championship and the young Chelsea loanee continued to hit the headlines. We begin with him before checking in on a landmark day in the Bundesliga for Thorgan Hazard. Headliners Bamford has earned the complete trust of manager Aitor Karanka over the last half…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City

December 6, 2014

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Under-18 Premier League’s South table with a 2-1 victory over second-placed Leicester City in the last home league match of 2014 on Saturday. Goals in either half from Isaac Christie-Davies and Charly Musonda ensured three points for Joe Edwards’ boys despite a Leicester effort from Brandon Fox and a fractious end to the match caused almost entirely by one of the…