The FA Chairman’s England Commission – Another Fine Mess

August 4, 2014

The FA Chairman’s England Commission Report was published in May amidst publicity and controversy.  It had been a difficult birth.  When it was set up, the Commission was accused of not being “diverse” enough, as it did not include any black players (Rio Ferdinand was subsequently invited to join the Commission), or women. The Premier League declined to participate completely. Copies of the report were provided to delegates at last…


Picking Up Speed

July 31, 2014

We’re now heading towards the 2014/2015 football season with all the speed of Usain Bolt trying to get away from Glasgow.  The summer’s main sporting occasions are behind us, and pre-season friendlies are beginning to dominate the sport pages. And at TheChels.Net, we’ve been keeping up with not just pre-season matches, but supporter-orientated events taking place. Pre-season Travels With The Chels There was a rare opportunity for supporters to attend…


The Last Leg

April 25, 2014

We’re now well into the home straight of the 2013/2014 football season.  With three Premier League games remaining, at the time of writing we still have a chance of winning the League, and next week we face Athletico Madrid in the Champions League Semi-Final second leg at Stamford Bridge. The season hasn’t all been plain sailing.  Refereeing fiascos at Villa Park and at home to Sunderland last week have cost…


TV. Or Not TV. That Is The Question.

April 10, 2014

Much has been made by the media (particularly the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph) of an alleged decision by the Premier League that they intend to “help” Chelsea by switching one of our forthcoming Premier League fixtures featuring Sunderland and Liverpool games to a Saturday. That’s great, until you look at the detail.  One of our Champions League semi-final games must be played on a Tuesday.  For the PL…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…