Chelsea Pitch Owners 2014 AGM Report (or ‘CPO Comes To Its Senses’)

February 3, 2014

Meeting Report The Chelsea Pitch Owners 2014 AGM took place on 31st January 2014 in the Harris Suite at Stamford Bridge in the presence of approximately 120 shareholders. Chairman Steve Frankham (SF) declared the meeting quorate at 11am and opened the meeting by introducing his fellow Directors.  He went on to thank the assembled shareholders for notifying their attendance in advance, thus assisting with planning for the meeting and helping…


A Giant Leap To The Small Screen

November 18, 2013

Since making its debut, the Chelsea Football Fancast has gained a cult following, winning a prestigious Football Blogging Award in 2012 for Best Podcast, and subsequently moving to live audio broadcast via Mixlr. This season however, the team said goodbye to their ancestral home at the Putney Station bar and took a giant leap on to the small screen, with the show now broadcast live on Sports Tonight Live HD…


It’s Just The High Cost Of Loving

October 11, 2013

This is a season where the cost of attending football has been under the spotlight like never before. As the Age of Austerity drags into its sixth year, even those supporters who are in relatively well paid employment are having to juggle increasingly high living costs, coupled with below-inflation wage rises – and that’s if you’re lucky. The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) launched their ‘SCORE’ campaign (motto: Twenty’s Plenty’) in…


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…


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…


Chelsea Supporters Trust AGM – A Sense of History

August 22, 2013

History. The thing that the Scousers (and others) accuse us of not having. There is a banner that says ‘making history, not re-living it’, and there was a sense of a bit of both in SW6 on Saturday, when the first AGM of the Chelsea Supporters Trust was held in the Attenborough Suite at Stamford Bridge, preceded by a hugely enjoyable tour of West Brompton Cemetery led by Chelsea FC…


Chelsea Supporters Trust AGM Preview

August 14, 2013

To most Chelsea supporters, Saturday 17th August is simply the day before the first home game of the season against Hull. In fact, it’s a historic day for the club’s fans. The first Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will take place at 2.00pm in the Attenborough Suite of the Copthorne Hotel at Stamford Bridge. This, in reality, is the day that the Working Group have spent in…


Natters With TheChels – David Chidgey

August 9, 2013

It’s a cruel time of the year if you support a Premier League football team. With the Football League starting last weekend, and no first team matchgoing opportunities for UK based fans, it’s still more than a week before we can slake our football thirst. However, help is at hand for Chelsea addicts with the welcome return of the award winning Chelsea Football Fancast on Mixlr at 19.00 hours on…


Are You Bleeding Blue?

August 3, 2013

News has reached us at TheChels.Net of an exciting new enterprise from our old friends at The Chelsea Football Fancast in conjunction with the FamousCFC blog. Even if you can’t make it to the ground in person, the 1Sport app could be the lifeline you need to enjoy the Chelsea matchday experience.  1Sport will be hosting interactive commentary sessions called “raves”, which will enable you to interact with the Chelsea…


Sun, Sweat & Fun At Cobham

July 17, 2013

Being a UK based fan of Chelsea doesn’t come with many perks these days. A chance to interact with the players is rare. Even if you pay the vast sums required to attend the Player of The Year dinner, you’ll end up roped off from the players in their VIP area. There is usually an open training session at Stamford Bridge pre-season, but this comes with a stentorian warning that…