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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. 3 points
    Dean

    Sarri - In or Out?

    It's just not reasonable to call him an "utter fraud". He's far from being beyond reproach, and we don't have to like him. But this is a guy who gave up a stable career to follow his passion, he took a risk, then dedicated everything to it, putting in a huge amount of work to get from managing lowly teams in lower leagues to managing a Napoli that punched massively above its weight. Do you know what it means to achieve that? What part of that was fraudulent in your view? It's not easy going to a foreign country, foreign league, having no pre-season, managing a team of players like ours. Things may yet not work out for him at Chelsea. He may not be the right man for the job. But cut him some slack. He's forgotten more about football and tactics than all of us on here combined will ever know.
  6. 3 points
    Gol15

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I don't know why so many try to always undermine Conte, these *if* theories are weak, as if Conte planned the whole thing in years in advance...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 2 points
    PloKoon13

    Didier Drogba Returns!

    "Give me your goody bag baby" might be my new favourite chat-up line
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 2 points
    Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Been up and down these stairs a few times over the years.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 1 point
    Gol15

    Sarri - In or Out?

    By that logic Sarri should have been sacked months ago.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    Karalal

    Karalal

    South Wales near swansea
  20. 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...
  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
    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.
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    CHO not on even on the bench, tears and dummys to follow...
  25. 1 point
    Nibs

    Sarri - In or Out?

    If we finish Top 4 and / or win the Europa than I will agree but as we did still win the FA Cup last season, if we finish outside the top 4 and don't win a trophy then it will have been a bad season. I wouldn't call Sarri an awful second rate manager but you argued earlier that Sarri has never failed and yet a good manager would not lead a team into three consecutive away fixtures and come away with three defeats with zero goals scored and 12 conceded. THAT is what a lot of people will remember the Sarri era for, unless he can still turn things around from here.
  26. 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?
  27. 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.
  28. 1 point
    bisright1

    Sarri - In or Out?

    It is apples and oranges. But I bet a lot of Chelsea fans would love poch. Success at a managerial level isn't always about trophies. Especially when you are in a league with a dominant team. Poch struggles to win trophies because a bigger team stops him. Same with Sarri. Conte never had that issue
  29. 1 point
    coco

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Maurizios' fingers have the same tan^
  30. 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.
  31. 1 point
    luckywerthers

    Hi!

    hi
  32. 1 point
    Wow people really did find a reason to moan. Impressive.
  33. 1 point
    Jorginho for me. A good overall performance and the winning goal.
  34. 1 point
    It's Official
  35. 1 point
    I had Christensen until the final save from Kepa. Thought Christensen played great today. Kepa saved 2 points.
  36. 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
  37. 1 point
    Kepa for me, Hazard was close, he was incredible in that first half.
  38. 1 point
    Kepa. 2 big, big saves against Mitrovic. I thought the first one was a goal for sure.
  39. 1 point
    ForeverCarefree

    Sarri - In or Out?

    That’s possibly the worst analogy I’ve ever read on this forum.
  40. 1 point
    Scott Harris

    Sarri - In or Out?

    This is what people need to remember about Guardiola. Let's look at the team they are competing with right now, Liverpool. He wouldn't have been able to make them what they are now, he wouldn't have gotten an unlimited amount of money at Liverpool to bring in the players he wanted. He would have got a few, but he wouldn't have got all of them, and he would struggle. No coach in the game has had it as easy as Guardiola, the bloke has had 3 dream jobs that any decent manager would have been successful with. I think Guardiola is a very good coach, but I think the way people go on about him like he is some sort of god of the game is totally over the top.
  41. 1 point
    luckywerthers

    Sarri - In or Out?

    its not just the heavy defeats its that sarri looks out of his depth completely and i really do not think he has it. we seem to be going back wards with him. I am not calling for his head as i can not see that there is a replacement, and as for the players being a problem, were not the players at united a problem for jose? and look at them now
  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
    Zeta

    Sarri - In or Out?

    It's not even the defeats, we have lost plenty of games before, but he shows absolutely no signs whatsoever of being able/willing to change what isn't working. We just keep doing the same things over and over and expecting it to suddenly work.
  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
    Luca Vialli

    Sarri - In or Out?

    So because we got turned over by the best side in the country we should knee jerk and panic and start again with the same problems (the players) in place for some new bloke to try and motivate them? btw I personally think the Bournemouth result was wayyy worse.
  48. 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.
  49. 1 point
    Luca Vialli

    Sarri - In or Out?

    We knew at the start of the season it would take a hell of a long time to turn around a defensive side to a posession based one. He's been there six months, It'll take longer than that. If we can't accept some bad results during this period then nothing is going to change. We need an exodus of players to happen not the manager. How many more are they going to get sacked?
  50. 1 point
    Old Shaggy

    Sarri - In or Out?

    That's a different thread altogether. But I agree that we need a massive clear out.

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