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  1. Away support

    It was a poor turnout for us probably not even 2000, not the best performance either in that red and white kit we wore at Sheff Weds in the league cup semi. we were sh*t that night too.
  2. Away support

    Thats right I was at that Arsenal game (probably suspended from playing again) we were in the seats just to the right of the North Bank where there was also a group of Chelsea. Used to love going to Highbury. Do you remember Coventry away where it was just the two of us that decided to go last minute on the train, 0-1 defeat Micky Ginn scored.
  3. Attendances - the good, the bad and the ugly

    Interesting point regarding the midweek games and people moving out to the suburbs and further. I used to come in from Orpington, Bromley and later Beckenham/Elmers End (some of that time with Strider6003) and remember the crowds being up and down during the late 80s early 90s. Some of that though was the sh*t long ball stuff of the early 90s which may not have been the really dire stuff of the early 80s but close to it. The other thing was how expensive Chelsea was to watch, Bates was constantly criticised for that by fans groups including the Chelsea Independent fanzine. The membership card thing drove many of the old school support away as Im sure did CCTV etc and the OTT prices to watch crap or inconsistent teams. From a personal point of view midweek games often suited me given that I mostly played at weekends and only caught the occasional game on saturdays unless i was suspended (at least once a season) or a game got postponed. By the 2000s the ground was full and I was travelling for work so it became even less but sometimes i also benefitted as Id be working close to an away game. Semi final V United in 2005 being one example.
  4. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Totally agree. He had a great eye for goal (read somewhere he started as a striker) and pretty good vision but also rolled his sleeves up and worked for the team. I know some people mention him kissing his badge in the league cup semi for the Y@ds but im didnt see that and am not convinced it happened. I think he just over celebrated which was aimed at Ranieri who had sold him against his wishes. Hes always positive about us when he is asked.
  5. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I was at this one in the MHL. Was a big fan of Poyet at the time and remember saying to my mates hes back from injury bet he scores, of course he got the equaliser which seemed to drag the team back into it.
  6. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    That game just captures our great club in a nutshell doesnt it? Brilliance, mediocrity, triumph, disaster anythings possible with Chelsea. Cant claim I was there, I watched it on Sportsnight without knowing the score. Funny watching it back two or three things struck me, Hillsborough was a proper old school Northern ground, I miss it be nice if they come back up. The crowd seems so much more passionate, I counted two streamers chucked on the pitch one at a Chelsea player early on, Im guessing that is a life ban these days? Rougvie was always a disaster waiting to happen all passion no brain, but actually the problem started with my Chelsea hero at the time Pat Nevin trying to take o two players on the touchline and losing it. Funny thing in my selective memory he never used to lose the ball :-)
  7. Chelsea v Middlesbioro 1988

    I remember that. I used to call it the witch hunt.
  8. First I was Ray Wilkins and used to get called Butch by the other players in my dads team when i went to watch as I had the kit and haircut at the time. Once he left I was always Mike Fillery and my lack of speed with occasional belter of a pass/shot fitted quite well.
  9. Five Chelsea games you would love to have attended.

    I remember the name Winkle, was a tall bloke with curly hair ?
  10. Away support

    great post that's pretty much how i remember it good numbers late 70s early 80s then 83/4 a high point. Tailed off a little towards the end of the decade then good numbers again in the promotion season (novelty factor? new grounds etc) before a gradual dip into the 90s til the cup runs. That said there were occasions when we pulled in a big away crowd again even during the early 90s, Sheff Weds and Spurs in the league cup games and Sunderland FA Cup replay. For me the last hurrahs were two or three end of season away days where for whatever reason (fanzine thing?) there was fancy dress Sheff Utd and particularly Villa (2-2 draw) bobby campbells last game were the end of that era in my opinion. By the time of the FA Cup finals/runs of the mid 90s we had begun to attract a different clientele and Bates had priced out/driven out a percentage of the old school support. But there was the odd match when it seemed a bit like the old days every now and then. The modern era with its all ticket crowds and controlled capacities makes it hard to tell what our natural level now is for away crowds. We always seem to sell out but its hard to get tickets, but is there an element of the same faces going or is there a turnover? hard to tell. I was back in the Uk for a few months in 2015/ 16 and managed to get to QPR, west Ham, sunderland (saturday night on TV) through using mates tickets but with my membership Id have no chance of a ticket. Also we seem to take good numbers in Europe but again the tickets are a pain for me as an ex pat, you have to collect them from the club or did a few seasons back, not practical and had to send passport copies etc...
  11. Away support

    I was also in their seats for that game to the right of the North Bank, was surprised at how many of us jumped up when we scored and that there was no resistance at all from them. We always seemed to have a presence in the North Bank back in those days too. Never really thought of it as a dangerous away game and yet they did have a pretty handy firm. I remember being in the West Stand in the early 90s and they had 100 or so of them in there, not for too long but the point was they had been there. Our away support in my opinion started to slowly decrease after the 88/89 last hurrah by the mid 90s it was still decent but not as big as it had been. But of course it wasnt pay on the day anymore by then. But with the cup win I think the away support went up again and I thiink has stayed constant right to the present day. We take pretty decent numbers to Europe as well.
  12. Chelsea vs Spurs head-to-head

    3-1 wasnt it? I seem to remember a consolation goal Graham Stuart I think?? I think we went up in the same car didnt we and after getting turned away from the pubs near the ground went into the city centre..cant believe its over 25 years ago!!
  13. Chelsea vs Spurs head-to-head

    Thats right, those two Sheffield Wednesday Games were bloody awful I went to both the home game was particularly dissapointing with Townsend (who had eclipsed Gazza) being totally outplayed by Carlton bloody Palmer. And Im sure they got both goals from the same short corner/freekick routine. I was in the benches nursing a hangover like most others.
  14. Chelsea vs Spurs head-to-head

    The 6-1 at the lane, didnt go but had just played and was standing with 3 Tottenham supporting team mates as the result came through. two 4-0 games- had watched the 1-5 just before and was fuming after Sherringham did Zenden early on and escaped punishment and their aggression generally went unchecked whilst ours did. So the 4-0 x2 felt great at the time. 5-1 and 4-2 cup games were great too in recent years The 0-0 followed by 3-0 at their place in the early 90s also stand out