Natters With TheChels: Charles Rose

April 17, 2013

This month ‘Natters With The Chels’ caught up with Chelsea Pitch Owners director Charles Rose, who was elected to the board late in 2012. TC: Firstly Charles, what made you want to put your name forward for a directorship of Chelsea Pitch Owners? CR: The debacle of the General Meetings in 2011 and 2012, where the interests of the club and its core supporters were mishandled and misrepresented. I felt…


Won’t Somebody Think of The Kids?

March 21, 2013

The challenge of becoming a professional footballer is fraught with peril. The dream of becoming a first team player with a top-flight side is even more precarious. Every year children as young as eight join club academies and work their way up through the age levels until a decision has to be made by academy staff as to whether they will make it to the 16+ group – in other…


Natters With TheChels – Walter Otton

March 17, 2013

In a new monthly feature, TheChels.Net are going to be talking to familiar names and faces among not only the Chelsea support, but trying to shine a light on those behind the news off the pitch in SW6. In the run up to the end of the season we’ll be talking to CPO director Charles Rose, and Chair of the Chelsea Supporters Trust Working Group, Tim Rolls, but we kick…


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 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….


Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM Report

February 2, 2013

Meeting Report The 2013 Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM was held in the Harris Suite, Stamford Bridge at 11am on 30th January 2013. Chairman Steve Frankham declared the meeting open as a quorum of Directors were present and made an unfortunate early Freudian slip, telling the assembled shareholders (around 100) that he planned to ‘induce’ the new Directors, Charles Rose and Sean Jones QC. Mr Frankham also created early controversy when…


Decline of the Roman Empire?

January 27, 2013

Since Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea FC in the summer of 2003, with reports claiming the club was just days away from bankruptcy, he has enjoyed the virtually uncritical adoration of the Stamford Bridge faithful. That’s not to say that there haven’t been periodic rumblings of discontent. Jose Mourinho’s departure in September 2007 was the subject of some, albeit muted, criticism. Before, during and since the infamous CPO EGM in…


Chelsea Pitch Owners 2013 AGM Preview

January 26, 2013

The Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM takes place in Stamford Bridge’s Harris Suite at 11am on Wednesday 30th January 2013. Hopefully this year’s AGM will see a continuation of the increased numbers of shareholders who are taking the time to attend meetings, make their views known and their votes count. It’s just a shame that the meeting is not only taking place in midweek, but due to the re-arrangement of the…


Generation Becks

January 19, 2013

When Chelsea visited St Mary’s in the 3rd round of the FA Cup this season, there was general Mafeking among the happy awaydayers. Flares were lit. A thunderflash was ignited, at which two of my friends cheerfully admitted that they nearly shat themselves with fright. But the Southampton fans didn’t enjoy it. Oh no. In fact, a number of them took to Twitter to express their umbrage. Amongst those hugging…