No More Heroes

June 11, 2014

The last few years have seen an interesting shift in how footballers and managers are prepared to be openly critical in their feelings for certain clubs.  There was a time when you’d never see a footballer criticise another club in print, with the result that the press would magnify what was simply a polite answer such as “Barcelona are a fantastic club and have great players” into “PLAYER X SET…


Standards of Behaviour

November 17, 2011

The furore surrounding John Terry since the Queens Park Rangers game has bought into focus a number of issues. They are, perhaps, two sides of the same coin, but they pose a number of questions. And I for one have no answers, only more questions. So, let’s play Devil’s Advocate. 1. Is He or Isn’t He? or “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” (Abraham Lincoln) Amidst…


Sky Wrong On Terry & Modric

July 19, 2011

With the current situation engulfing NewsCorp, you’d think Murdoch’s empire would be taking a little more care in their reporting. Sadly not, it would seem. Earlier today it was widely reported, with the source being Sky Sports, that John Terry had claimed Luka Modric has been ‘disrespectful’ towards Tottenham in trying to engineer a move to Chelsea. These quotes quickly spread like wildfire and have been repeated ad nauseum across…


In The News: Quite A Lot!

September 10, 2010

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks for us here at TheChels, we’re not ones to get over excited with the overblown hype each time the England team plays, especially due to the rank hypocrisy in the media coverage of their star player and his indiscretions with hookers. At least this time they’re not drawing their pension though. Never mind that Rooney has scored more times off the pitch than…


Club Before Country, Martin

April 12, 2010

Martin O’Neill isn’t shy of a moan, we all know that. This weekend’s diatribe is aimed at everyone’s favourite man; John Terry, meaning that O’Neill is already very late to an already oversubscribed party. Yet it’s not the target of his outburst which has goaded a reaction out of me, but rather the nature of it, and the predictable reaction of the wider footballing public. Apparently, Terry should be publicly…


Terry In Quagmire

February 6, 2010

Unless you’ve lived under a rock these past seven days, you can’t have failed to notice the furore surrounding John Terry and the over-reported antics of his John Thomas. It seems that the world and his wife has an opinion about JT’s JT and its illicit dalliances in a French valley, generating far more column inches than many will feel it deserves. This is of course, unless you’re not interested…


Does This Really Help?

February 1, 2010

As I write this piece, we are at the end of the first month of this World Cup year and the build up is slowly starting to crank up. By June, it will be at fever pitch. After all, within a month or so, we will be starting to get our free wall charts and some retro football stickers complete with a glossy brochure of the ‘players to watch’ during…


Terry Scores Again

January 31, 2010

In a week where his personal life dominated the tabloid headlines, John Terry scored the winner against Burnley to send the Blues five points clear at the top of the table. The 2-1 win also saw goals from Nicolas Anelka and Steven Fletcher. The Christmas tree formation was again on show with Ashley Cole, Yuri Zhirkov and Florent Malouda all present in the same starting side. Alex was also preferred…