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  1. 4 points
    fitz

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    'Chelsea fans at Euston Station where the team will start their parade of the 1970 FA Cup tomorrow after beating Leeds United at Old Trafford'. https://flashbak.com/april-1970-chelsea-fans-waiting-for-the-fa-cup-winners-to-arrive-at-euston-station-410405/
  2. 4 points
    shedpensioner

    Sarri - In or Out?

    IF my auntie had balls she’d be my uncle
  3. 3 points
    RIP Mourinho

    Eden Hazard

    Well done for losing a pound.
  4. 3 points
    bluehaze

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    My mate had this top he wore it for a couple of years he was easy to spot when we were playing football. He used to call for me I could see him coming for miles. The 77-78 was my favourite ever away kit. A team that won only two away games all season playing in Brazil colours ha ha. Duncan McKenzie at Maine Rd one of those two games we won, Ronnie Harris at Luton another Chelsea takeover and Clive Walker at Leicester.
  5. 2 points
    Scott

    Super Frank's Derby County

    Derby played some very entertaining football today against Rotherham United won 6-1. Nice goal by Mount and a solid performance by Timori at the back. Felt like a proud parent hearing the Derby County supporters singing - Super, Super Frank - Super, Super Frank - Super, Super Frank - Super Frankie Lampard. And Ash came on for the last 15 mins as well.
  6. 2 points
    A few weeks ago FourFourTwo asked us about football specials in the 70s and 80s. We spoke to members about their experiences from "back-in-the-day" and Catherine McDonnell (above, centre) had some great stories from her time following Chelsea around the country... My first trip on a Chelsea special was in September 1977 at the age of 15 when I made the first of my 38 visits to Old Trafford. I told my parents that I was off to meet a friend and we were going out for the day with her parents and I would be back at 9pm. Little did they know. I made my way from my North London home to Euston and boarded the rather aged, filthy train which had a damp aroma. I think the fare was around £4. I proudly wore my blue and white scarf, joined in on the conversations, and noticed the train stopping for ages at stations to let ordinary service trains go through. After what seemed an age, we finally arrived in Manchester, and at the ground late, to find that we had missed Bill Garner scoring what turned out to be the only goal of the game. How frustrating. But I was to find out this was a regular occurrence… After saving up my Christmas, birthday, and pocket money, I soon became a regular on this mode of transport from 1978. Being one of the few females to travel, it was not long before I made friends with others and we arranged to attend all the away games together. The format was always the same. We would leave London early, stop at signals to let other trains go through and stop at stations to change locomotives. Quite often we would stop at Crewe and see a plethora of guys with acne and NHS glasses, wearing anoraks and rushing around with notebooks taking down the train numbers. It was something new on us and a lot of the lads lent out of the windows shouting abuse. At other times we would see opposition fans on their special trains pull up on other platforms or lines adjacent to the station and the abuse continued. It was definitely a logistical nightmare for the police. The trains themselves had a real mixture of people on board. Young and old, families, and even players’ families – John Bumstead’s, Kerry Dixon’s, Mike Fillery’s, and David Speedie’s were regular travellers. As with the times, several of our notorious fans also used to travel by the Special. If you travelled on your own it wasn’t a problem - you were Chelsea and were welcomed, ridiculed, and given a nickname. The trains were divided into a mixture of compartments and ordinary carriages and were often either too cold or too hot. The temperature dials never appeared to work. I learnt early on to bring my own sandwiches Chelsea buns, as I was a bit of a patriot. The only alternative was the buffet which was a compartment on a train akin to a tuck shop at school selling Wagon Wheels, Panda Cola, and Mars bars – not the food for hungry football fans. Using the toilets was a last resort too. They were freezing, always blocked, never flushed, and had an open hole to the tracks making it an unpleasant experience. No alcohol was allowed on the trains either but that didn’t stop us. I shared a compartment with the two Pauls and we all bought 1.5ltr bottles of coke and added our favourite tipples to them before boarding the train. The steward that manned our section of the train (Brian, RIP) knew the score and was often more drunk than the rest of us, bless him! We rarely pulled into the main station of the town where we were playing - the train companies preferred to take us to Manors (Newcastle), Edge Hill (Liverpool), or Mill Hill (Blackburn) and march us to the ground from there. At smaller towns we were greeted like aliens, with shopkeepers guarding their property and householders looking at us in horror. The return journey to the station was a different matter altogether with opposition mobs waiting to have a go but knowing they couldn’t as we were in a police escort. The first 10 minutes of leaving a station were tense. We were told to pull down the blinds and I quickly realised why. Further down the line opposition fans were lying in wait ready to smash the windows, which they did with great regularity, especially returning from a League Cup semi at Sunderland. The train had virtually no windows and no heating. We returned to London at 6am freezing, home for showers then straight to work. Not all journeys were harmonious however. With long signal delays there was often a chorus of “Let’s Go ****ing Mental” and many lightbulbs were broken and thrown on track along with other pieces of furniture. The idiotic perpetrators forgot that they had to travel back on that same train! I remember someone setting light to the toilet on the train. I remonstrated with him to put it out and he grabbed an extinguisher and accordingly obliged. I heard he got a letter from British Rail thanking him for his bravery in putting out the fire and saving lives. You couldn’t make it up! My greatest memory, however, was after suffering many defeats, pulling into Euston or Kings Cross and the whole train singing, “We Love You Chelsea, We Do”. After all we had gone a long way to prove that. The demise of the special came about due to the Persil vouchers (right)where we could travel on newer trains that didn’t break down, have a drink, go into town, and not be marched around by the police. It was like being released from the school gates. Along with that offer you could also hand in the tops of Jif bottles. Noticing my mum had a few in storage, I did precisely that. However, when she came to use the Jif it had solidified and was useless. She was mortified. My best memory was Munich but for different reasons than you might imagine. At the end of the game I looked around and suddenly clapped eyes on Paul who I used the specials with all those years ago. We hugged and burst into tears before Paul said, “This is for having to endure all those special train journeys, especially after losing 6-0 at Rotherham.” He was right. We had served our apprenticeship! http://www.fsf.org.uk/blog/view/following-chelsea-on-the-football-specials
  7. 2 points
    coco

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Every Chelsea fan knows the clubs best seasons, silverware dictates this in the history books. But when it comes to which seasons were the worst, you get very different answers. The Benitez season goes down in history as a successful season............ but plenty of fans would put it down the bottom of the list. The disastrous AVB season, what a joke we were that season........... Goes down as the clubs highest point in our history. 83/84, we were not even in the top league, but it's one of my fav seasons. I waited 17 years to see Chelsea lift a trophy.
  8. 2 points
    Argo

    Sarri - In or Out?

    It happens all the time, when we hit a bad run all of a sudden the last bad run wasn't as bad, if we have a new manager next season who does badly people will be champaigning this season, especially if we go back to backs to the wall football. Even 15/16 gets a favorable comparison at times when we have a poor run.
  9. 2 points
    I thought the whole point was to get someone completely different in. Isn't that what we wanted? The man cares about football not how he dresses.
  10. 1 point
    Old Shaggy

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Simple question. As it stands, do you want Sarri here, or do you want him out? Would just like to gauge how the fans feel about him at the moment.
  11. 1 point
    robdog

    Zouma - If Kurt's Happy, I'm Happy!

    Kurt scores for The Toffees today
  12. 1 point
    Proper away day when theres a bit of an edgy feel about it. Looking forward to tomorrow, even if I gotta be up at 6am which actually will be 5am as clocks go forward.
  13. 1 point
    Gol15

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I think he proved his point by winning the FA cup, I don't believe that he threw away the league campaign at all. Pochetino is similar to Sarri, never won anything, never going to complain to the people that hired him.
  14. 1 point
    Kepa Azpi Christensen Luiz Emerson Jorgi Kante RLC CHO Higuain Hazard
  15. 1 point
    Argo

    Sarri - In or Out?

    He could have done that and still got on with his job to the best of his ability. I'm sure Pochettino didn't plan to go through the season with no signings and another season at Wembley yet he didn't act like a schoolchild over it. If he walked away after getting the absolute best of out of what he had then fair enough, but he let it get to the point he basically threw our league campaign to make a point.
  16. 1 point
    Karalal

    Karalal

    South Wales near swansea
  17. 1 point
    Valerie

    Hi everyone, I'm new here!

    Scraping the barrel ?
  18. 1 point
    Mod Stark

    Hi everyone, I'm new here!

    Real man? This is The Shed End, good luck with that!
  19. 1 point
    PloKoon13

    Eden Hazard

    Hazard and I were born in the same week... while I'm sat here drunk at 10am, I feel like he may have made more of his life than I did...
  20. 1 point
    RIP Mourinho

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Can't get in over Pedro and Willian so gonna give it a go over Salah and Mane who don't get rotated at all? Load of bollocks imo. All this after Sarri has just said he'll start 4 games this month then 75% of games after that (likely meaning next season). He either signs or leaves for a free next summer, no chance he's going this summer.
  21. 1 point
    bluehaze

    Chelsea v Derby County August 1983.

    My mate had this kit he wore the top everywhere for a couple of years he used to call for me and I could see him coming for miles. The 77-78 away shirt was our best ever away shirt in my opinion. For a team who only won two away games all season to model your away kit on Brazil ha ha. Duncan McKenzie at Maine Rd one of the two away wins. Ronnie Harris at Luton 3-3 another Chelsea takeover and Clive Walker at Leicester.
  22. 1 point
    Richard P

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Ground half empty and we are packed down one end!
  23. 1 point
    Boston Blue

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    In the cases of Christensen and now Hudson-Odoi, these are players that have appeared for their full national teams, deemed to be amongst the best players in their respective countries. I get that Musonda, Kakuta, Solanke, Bamford, etc can be pointed to as not living up to some of the hype we had for them, and that there is always a tendency to over-rate your own youth players. But Manchester United have always had good youth players in the first team ready to play, and they've never been afraid to use them. And it hasn't kept them from being successful over the years. And you're right, it's hard to tell who would be ready. But you observe them in training, you give them time in the first team, you trust your youth coaches to prepare them, and if you're their coach, you go watch them in reserve games, on loan, or TV to check in on how they are doing. Sarri apparently can't be bothered to watch his own players on TV on international duty.
  24. 1 point
    erskblue

    Chelsea v Derby County August 1983.

    https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/03/29/the-greatest-comeback-you-ve-never-heard-about?cardIndex=0-1 The Blues' trip to Cardiff City on Sunday takes place 35 years to the day since we staged the most remarkable of comebacks against the Welsh side in a six-goal thriller at Ninian Park. It is to English football's eternal credit that the phrase 'lost cause' doesn't exist in its lexicon unless prefixed with 'chasing a' or 'no such thing as a' – an enduring feature of the beautiful game on these shores, which has contributed to its popularity around the globe. We've enjoyed a few of them in our time, the most famous of which have typically come in Europe when overturning a first-leg deficit, and Napoli and Vicenza instantly spring to mind. Then, of course, there is our famous FA Cup triumph over Liverpool after going in 2-0 down at half-time in 1997, a game which will always retain a special place in Blues folklore. Mark Hughes completes the comeback over Vicenza Surely, though, a side staring at a 3-0 deficit with just six minutes remaining is entitled to have given up hope. Start the team bus – there's no coming back from this one, boys. But just try telling that to John Neal's Chelsea side in the 1983/84 campaign, which remains an unforgettable season for those supporters of a certain vintage as we won the Division Two title to return to the big time. The Blues had developed a reputation for magnificent comebacks in the Seventies – just ask the Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers sides who saw three-goal leads evaporate against us – but on both occasions time had been on our side. Against Cardiff City, in front of a raucous Ninian Park crowd, the scoreboard and the clock were against us. With a little over five minutes remaining, the Blues trailed by three and the large number of our supporters who had made the trip to south Wales could have been forgiven for making an early exit. Plenty of fight from David Speedie, but nothing to show for it... yet However, as Neal noted, 'lesser teams than ours would have folded at that time' and an unlikely comeback began in earnest when Kerry Dixon hooked in a low shot. By this time he was well on his way to finishing as the top scorer in the division during his maiden season as a Blue, and surely this was just another strike to swell his tally. It may have seemed little more than a consolation, but the lackadaisical manner in which Cardiff restarted the match instilled fresh belief into Neal's side, typified by right-back Colin Lee popping up on the left-hand side of the six-yard box to bundle in our second. Game on! Colin Lee makes it 2-3 to give the Blues hope Then, with mere seconds left to play, a Cardiff City hand blocked a shot which travelled less than a yard before striking its target, surely accidentally? No! Penalty given! Nigel Spackman was the man entrusted to show nerves of steel. He didn't disappoint. The home side barely had time to kick-off before the full-time whistle went. Somehow the Blues had snatched a scarcely deserved point, taking us level on points with Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United at the top of the standings. Remarkably, the post-match talk centred on a missed opportunity. Johns Neal and Hollins both remarked that an extra five minutes of playing time would have resulted in the unlikeliest of victories, although the latter felt the comeback was almost worth as much as a win. Nerves of steel from Nigel Spackman 'It's a lovely feeling to know we can go from three-nil down and come back to draw – so long as we don't do it too many times! The players know what they can achieve if they want something badly enough.' It was an occasion young Dale Jasper would never forget, either. He had come into the side at centre-half for his Chelsea debut and he thought his family had been there to witness this most remarkable of contests. 'My parents had to leave the ground early because of some trouble – they thought it was all over anyway,' lamented the debutant. 'When we made it 3-3 I had tears in my eyes with excitement. It was unbelievable, the emotion, it really was.' Days like these don't come around often, but the next time you're at a game and you think all is lost, don't give up hope. Stranger things have happened...
  25. 1 point
    CFCholland

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    To be fair he was probably busy smoking, probably caught some footy in between ciggies.
  26. 1 point
    old git

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    At least Clive saw the funny side of it.
  27. 1 point
    Gol15

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Conte won the Premier League in his first season, after we were 10th. Conte took over Juventus 2011, the previous season they finished 7th in Serie A and when Conte came they won the league 3 times in a row. The if this or if that doesn't matter at all, fact is Sarri didn't win anything yet and he's 60 years old so I won't remember him more fondly than Conte, Benitez won the Europa League let's see who remembers him fondly here? Anyone?
  28. 1 point
    bisright1

    Sarri - In or Out?

    We don't know what happens with Sarri. But if he wins the league next year with Chelsea. Then we will remember him more fondly than Conte. When you manage a Juventus, the standards are higher than Napoli. But the pressure isn't different. The challenge isn't different. Conte was able to walk the league, but he couldn't motivate his players in the cups.
  29. 1 point
    coco

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Maurizios' fingers have the same tan^
  30. 1 point
    Munkworth

    Blauw is de kleur

  31. 1 point
    bisright1

    Eden Hazard

    Shirt sales yeah are a myth, but if Chelsea signed Ronaldo then we would be able to charge more on commercial deals and we would be able to get more commercial deals, including shirt sponsorship. Pulisic as an example, if he becomes a first team player then we can make a number of US based commercial deals off the back of him. His value would be paid back.
  32. 1 point
    Munkworth

    Hi!

    General Kenobi.
  33. 1 point
    luckywerthers

    Hi!

    hi
  34. 1 point
    Wow people really did find a reason to moan. Impressive.
  35. 1 point
    IMHO the drama was a Big misunderstanding - Side Show Bob said it - Maurizio Sarri said it, but the media & many fans wanted to use this moment to pile on the crisis mode topic - I believe the EFL Cup Final was the Biggest Match Kepa has played to date in his career & wanted to finish the match out in the PKs, which is a Keeper's time to shine - I believe Don Maurizio felt Kepa was injured & even said as much in his post match press conference - IMHO Kepa got fined for not listening to the gaffer but for feinting injury - There was no reason to do this & his actions mislead Don Maurizio's tactics - like Don Maurizio said, "no reason to kill Kepa". I would've understood if Wily C started today, but Kepa saved Chelsea's bacon today with his wonderful saves - I just want Chelsea to continue the momentum that was started last week & strive to complete the season on a high note
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    It's Official
  38. 1 point
    Like the Gaffer said, "let's not kill the guy for a misunderstanding" - Good response after a crazy week for the Young Guy
  39. 1 point
    Kepa clearly.
  40. 1 point
    ForeverCarefree

    Sarri - In or Out?

    That’s possibly the worst analogy I’ve ever read on this forum.
  41. 1 point
    big blue

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I'm sticking with in. I'm not sure what the alternative will be, we clearly don't have the squad to play a possession game, with a high press, but do we even have a good enough to squad to be successful on the counter? We have gone from having a 1st 11 full of international players that start regularly and captain their countries, to a team full of players that just about make up the numbers at international level. So we could revert to playing on the counter, and it would probably mean we wouldn't be losing heavily, but we would still be way off competing for anything other than 4th with this set of players. The club has been butchered in the last 3 or 4 seasons.
  42. 1 point
    Scott Harris

    Sarri - In or Out?

    This has been my biggest concern with Sarri, he will lose every time playing the same way rather than mix things up. I don't think I have ever seen a manager of a top side being so limited. I am of the belief that the players deserve a huge amount of criticism and I think the player power at this club is really coming back to bite us hard right now, but that doesn't disguise the failings of the manager. The only time Sarri changed anything is when he moved Hazard into a false 9 position, but even that was terrible, we all knew it would be, just as it was under Conte. The playing style remained the same though. Pass the ball to death, very slow all over the pitch, very few chances created, midfield getting bullied, defensively exposed, defensively weak. He's not done anything to sort this out from what I have seen. The players aren't helping either, they are embarrassing themselves again, just like they did under previous managers. When you have managers like Sarri who refuse to adapt and tweak their style of football and players that just don't look like they give a sh*t about the club, you have 4-0 away defeats to mid table teams like Bournemouth, gutless performances against our most bitter rivals and embarrassing performances against teams we were only competing with 2 years ago.
  43. 1 point
    abramovich

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I'm sure the fact that they can vastly outspend everyone, including Chelsea, played a very insignificant role in his decision.
  44. 1 point
    Mod Stark

    Sarri - In or Out?

    That would of made a brilliant option. Stopping myself from hijacking it and adding it.
  45. 1 point
    Nibs

    Sarri - In or Out?

    The Bournemouth result was worse because it was Bournemouth. But to be thrashed by a rival and so utterly outclassed...........today was just embarrassing. It was like a return to the 1980's it was that shocking. People can make all the excuses for Sarri they want but it's another case of The Emporer's New Clothes. Face the facts - he is out of his depth.
  46. 1 point
    BordeauxBlue

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I vote shake it all about. And by that I mean give the whole team a good hiding. Disgraceful performance all around.
  47. 1 point
    Spiller86

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Same Nibs. We needed a total clean out to make his football work and that didn't happen so here we are. My personal view is that this goes bigger than the coach or the squad. It goes to having someone who understands football run things. No doubt our decision-making didn't go beyond "Napoli play good football, let's get this fella". Same as we did when we appointed AVB. No consideration of fit or whether we were willing to invest in what was required. Yes, people will say we bought Jorginho, but it's no good buying a conductor without an orchestra. The outcome of this result should be the purchase of a proper technical director who can implement this 'passing' vision that Roman seems to like, whether Sarri is the long term manager or not. Sacking Sarri without that in place will achieve nothing. We'll just continue the same cycle.
  48. 1 point
    luckywerthers

    Sarri - In or Out?

    6 0 is worse than bad
  49. 1 point
    Zeta

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Is there an option to get rid of most of the players as well?
  50. 1 point
    Nibs

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Really didn't want to be proved right, but I was sceptical when we were first linked with him and right now he looks totally out of his depth. That, on the back of the Bournemouth result was pure embarrassment and the buck has to stop with the coach. So on that basis it means sorry Sarri, it just ain't working so time to go.

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