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    CFC naturally, visiting picturesque pubs, foreign travel, 60s/70's american muscle cars. all types of rock music, historic pubs, driving, birdwatching (oi, stop sniggering at the back), going to gigs, did I mention pubs ?.

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  1. Our New Stadium

    The club have stated there will be approximately 11,000 hospitality seats, about 18% of capacity. There are also a number of the 'Club' seats and it's a bit vague what that entails. The legroom of these seats looks the same as 'General Admission' on the plans so maybe they just get their own designated lounges and cash bar in a sort of semi-corporate arrangement. Interesting too, this latest development where Chelsea are negotiating with the neighbouring Stoll Foundation to purchase some two acres of their property. This of course has some potential major benefits for the proposed new stadium. It could result in a revision of the western side of the ground with likely an increased capacity. It would also create a much larger circulation space and frontage on that side of the stadium with possibly an additional access/egress point next to Wansdown Place. https://www.stoll.org.uk/news-post/proposal-provide-new-homes-support-services-homeless-vulnerable-veterans-across-country/ As regards finance. I think it's blatantly obvious that Roman seems to be on a mission with this. If there were major worries over the costs, a far less extravagant or landmark design would have been settled on. So this isn't your normal scenario where £ per seat is worked out and dismissed if not viable. Likewise, the amount of years for the stadium to have paid for itself would appear to be far less a consideration that with venues elsewhere. The 2012 feasibility report the club commissioned basically said the difficulties with the site made a 60,000 stadium un-economic (as well as unattainable). But the alternative options have melted away and so here we are. Funny how the impossible becomes a possible when you want it badly enough. Of course, if outside backers are being looked at, then a schedule of a return on their investment has to be serious but I get the feeling Abramovich wants to leave a lasting legacy for the club. And this particular design is something that has a longevity about it as well as being a stadium quite unlike any other.
  2. Our New Stadium

    Linking the debates on pubs and the 3,000 tickets for locals, I think some people, even Chelsea fans are not quite aware just how many council and housing association estates there are in the vicinity of the stadium. It's often thought as a 'well to do' area and sure enough, there has been much gentrification over the years exemplified by the aforementioned gastro-pub. We do mourn the loss or change of many a once favourite boozer. But when you visit other clubs, you realise we are still very well catered for, compared to others. Some pubs and bars have shut but others have opened. If looking for what might be a no frills but 'proper football pub' there are still ones located near those housing estates. Haven't been there for a while but 'Rileys' on the King's Road was always decked out in blue. There's the 'Queen Elizabeth' down Bagley's Lane which is the Pearscroft Estate's local. £3.60 for a pint of Carling in there and in a proper glass too. 'The Goose' up North End Road as well. 'The Chelsea Pensioner' is nicely festooned with CFC flags on matchdays. I think it's a good idea to offer up a certain amount of tickets to locals. Stamford Bridge must be one of the worst for not having a partisan home club supporting population surrounding it. Gentrification and the amount of non Fulham and Chelsea natives who have moved into the area over the years has seen to that. Your more likely to find a pub that gets full to watch Rugby Union internationals, not even involving England. Fulham have been very successful in offering discounted tickets for local youngsters and a bigger capacity stadium would give Chelsea much more scope to do likewise. Of course, more of the match-going support coming from the locality also eases the traffic and parking situation as well as the pressure on public transport, especially post match. And that may have been a sweetener for the council to help the planning application through.
  3. These half and half scarves are stupid

    Ahem, I've always got a spare myself. Just like my old DM laces.
  4. These half and half scarves are stupid

    The only time I've ever bought something like that was in Stockholm for the ECW Cup Final. It was a silk type one and I stuffed it inside my jacket. I was also a bit piddled. Yeah, they're a memento thing, I imagine for the once in a lifetime visitors to The Bridge. The scarves even have the match date on them. You'd think most were for the tourists who have no affinity with either team but sad to say, I've seen plenty being worn by those with Chelsea shirts on too. For gawds sake, buy the matchday programme. The modern state of affairs, you can't bring a drinks bottle with a cap into the stands but you can wear a scarf half covered with the oppositions colours on it, no problem.
  5. Our New Stadium

    It's all about maximising every bit of space available. They could build stands without the slants but the capacity would be cut too. Colour schemes amongst the seats and underside of the roof can make it not so noticeable as well as the positioning of big screens, banners, signage, etc.
  6. Our New Stadium

    Man City's stadium evolvement has always struck me as the opposite to Chelsea. They have increased capacity when it is clear the demand is not always there. For instance they got a crowd of just 30,000 for one of their CL Group games this season and 10,000 below capacity for their FA Cup replay with Huddersfield (who had 6,000 fans in the attendance). Each and every PL game including what should be one of their biggest home matches vs Liverpool and we see empty seats all over the stadium. Whoever they have doled season tickets out to at cut prices are clearly not that committed. Not as yet anyway. Yet they plan to extend their North Stand to further expand capacity to 61,000. Their strategy appears to be having the big stadium already in place as their fanbase grows. Chelsea by contrast have long needed a bigger stadium because the demand is already there.
  7. Ray Wilkins as a pundit

    If I remember rightly, Ray's wife used to work in the Chelsea ticket office when they started seeing each other. And of course, he was one of three brothers on the club's books. To many fans think that footballers are as dyed in the wool supporters as they are. Whilst we were progressing from wide eyed first game infant to teenage fanatici, the vast majority of these guys were having trials with a whole load of different clubs. The same applies today. They get over pulling on a rival club's shirt when it comes to making a living from the game. Ex-Shed boys Gary Chivers and Tommy Langley went on to play for a club not exactly close to any Chelsea fans heart. So did Jason Cundy. Yet, born and bred Man Utd fan, Damien Duff, turned down a chance to play at Spurs so as not to upset Chelsea fans. Funny old game. It's just good that we have someone in the media, who though isn't sycophantic to CFC, will stand up for it when need be. Some should also check out the Youtube video when Ray was assistant to Nigel Spackman at Millwall in 2006. He's accused by their fans outside of The New Den of not caring about their club as 'he's Chelsea'. Ray doesn't hold back trying to reason with them and gets respected at the end. Met him at Knutsford Services on the way back from a game up north some years back. Top fella.
  8. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    The Stamford Bridge crowd usually gets it right. There were moans and groans after each desperate performance last season but the crowd didn't turn on the team as a whole during that time. So the sacking of Mourinho, rightly or wrongly, was like a pressure release for all the frustration built up. I guess much of the crowd needed the players to know that they had to take their share of the responsibility too. They made their point, it didn't carry over into the following games and everyone moved on. This is not a 'Payet' situation. There has never been any suggestion that the player doesn't want to play for the team. But a difference in opinion in how to manage an injury and prepare for the next game. Honestly, I haven't a problem if a move to China interested him especially given the incredible sums involved. Who knows? Maybe it's all been a ploy to get a better deal with Chelsea. It's a well beaten track for a player and his agent to use another clubs interest to do so. The main thing is he puts in a shift and does the business for Chelsea and nobody could question that this season. His name got chanted away at Leicester last week so it'll be 'welcome back' for sure.
  9. Our New Stadium

    The pitch is planned to be only marginally bigger than the present one. Two metres longer and half a metre wider. That would give pitch dimensions of 105m x 68m, the unofficial standard size that most top stadiums now have.
  10. Our New Stadium

    Snooty mare. The immediate area around Stamford Bridge is more well to do than Twickenham and I'm almost certain that the place is as desirable place to live as it's ever been. But it's alright for the egg chasers to hire football grounds including Wembley.
  11. I'm actually feeling less sceptical with each passing game while this points gap holds. One could even look at the Spurs defeat and say we got off lightly that weekend. We lost where a draw would have been a decent result. But Liverpool and Arsenal both drew at two venues they would have expected to win at. In the long run, those were dropped points that could be much more damaging than our result. We have some tough games to come but then so do our title rivals. But we have been traditionally strong front runners in title races. As Mourinho said a decade ago, the pressure is actually more on those chasing as they cannot barely afford to drop any more points but one or two will definitely do so when they meet each other. Starting this weekend, Man City vs Spurs. Keep doing what we're doing and those games will start running out for our rivals.
  12. Our New Stadium

    This meeting involved a presentation by the Football Association as part of the consultation process. Brent Council expects them to make a formal application in the next week or two. What with Spurs moving in next season, they seem to have left this quite late.
  13. Our New Stadium

    Just some of the things the architects had to contend with. Various Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Monuments, Nature Conservation Sites, Buildings of Local Merit and protected views from Richmond Park to St.Paul's Cathedral. Add to that a high number of well heeled local residents. you've got to say they did an exceptional job.
  14. Our New Stadium

    Coincidently, there is another significant meeting being held tonight. Councillors representing the London Borough of Brent wards surrounding Wembley Stadium are discussing a proposal by the Football Association to increase full capacity events at the stadium to 57 per year. This is surely with both Spurs and likely Chelsea playing there in mind.
  15. Ray Wilkins as a pundit

    Ex Man Utd players Keane, Gary Neville and Scholes have all upset Old Trafford fans with some of their recent comments. These guys aren't working for the clubs own TV channel and probably feel they need to go that little bit further to show they are not biased. In the case of Ake he may be thinking how he would feel himself. Going from first team regular to the bench. Though who knows? Possibly Ake is happy to be back and in contention for a place in a title challenging team. Doesn't bother me if he says some negative things about the club as long as they are honest views. He gives the club plenty praise too. Rather that than the cringing ex Liverpool players like Thompson who cannot bring themselves to say anything remotely critical about their old club.