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Boyne last won the day on December 12

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About Boyne

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    We Are The People
  • Birthday September 5

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    Talisker Whisky Distillery
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    Whisky (have about fifty bottles at home), beer, reading, history, blues music and family history (have traced one branch of the family back to the 17th century).

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  1. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Cray Wanders new ground will be on the Sidcup bypass (part of the A20). https://www.cray-wanderers.com/stadium-updates/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46360489 The new Stadium will have 1,300 seats.
  2. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Mention of the electrification of the fence reminds me of a conversation I had with a guy in my local pub a few months ago. His father owned the company which was asked by Chelsea to electrify the fence. At the time, the owner asked Ken Bates if electrifying the fence was legal. Ken responded by saying: just do the work. As we know the local council pulled the plug (sorry for the pun) on electrifying the fence.
  3. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Some interesting laws in the early days of football especially the one about offside. So much more different from today.
  4. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    @erskblue Thanks for posting the pictures from the 1901 and 1902 cup finals. Very interesting to see the way pitch markings have changed over the years. The six yard area is an interesting shape. I read a book a while back - been trying to remember the title - about how the rules of football developed in the 19th century. There were loads of different rules around the country and it was only during the 1860s and 1870s that the rules of football and rugby started to be standardised. And even after that some organisations e.g. Eton School with the Eton Wall game stuck to other walls. And there are still towns which play Shrove Tuesday games. They look quite violent. That rugby (union and league) and football were at one stage closely linked can be seen in names. Some clubs e.g. Hull FC and Blackheath don't have rugby in their names. A bit off subject.: London's oldest football club, Cray Wanders which was formed in 1863 hasn't had a fixed home for a few years. However, one of the London Councils has recently given permission for Cray Wanderers to set up home. The new ground is about a mile from where I live.
  5. Indeed. Will he give the money to his dog to look after?
  6. Boyne

    That Sterling Incident

    https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2018/12/10/update-on-manchester-city-match-statement Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday. Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them. Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.
  7. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Interesting article about Chelsea players and fans in WW1. Will look out for the book. https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2018/11/stamford-bridge-trenches-chelsea-and-first-world-war Chelsea Football Club, formed in 1905, was still in its infancy at the outbreak of the Great War. There had been preliminary suggestions that it was improper for the Football League to continue, and an impassioned campaign began to suppress the playing of professional matches in particular. In 1914, though, Britain had not yet reached the point at which the she needed to conscript all of her men into uniform – and the 1914-15 season began. Chelsea, like all clubs, felt the strain of wartime operation. The club had calculated that a minimum turnover of £700 per game was required to keep it afloat, but crowds were thin. For those that did attend, there was a heavy emphasis on fundraising. A small legion of local young ladies wearing bright sashes volunteered to help convince supporters to empty their pockets. They floated through the crowd at matches, shouting ‘pay up and look pleasant!’ and ‘do your bit for the boys who are doing their bit for you!’ Wounded soldiers were entertained at Stamford Bridge, as were numbers of Belgian refugees who were most enthusiastic about the team’s fortunes. Thousands of soldiers were encamped about London and a trip into town for the football was a welcome weekend outing. While the press continued its endeavours to demonise football, the players at Chelsea had joined those of clubs up and down the country in preparing for the eventuality that they may have to go to war. After comedic beginnings, rifle drill at Chelsea was beginning to yield results. Presided over by the apparently terrifying figure of Colour Sergeant Meacher, a ‘very candid critic’, the awkward ‘regiment’ of players, club officials and friends who were too old to enlist lined up in front of him. Bravely they weathered his booming voice under the floodlights in front of the club’s offices. A group of Chelsea fans made an effort to enlist together in the Royal Sussex Regiment, led by a clerk named Clifford Whitley, who was employed in the offices of the Daily Mail. Armed forces recruitment outside Fulham Town Hall But the major contribution made by Chelsea in recruitment was to help found the 17th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. On 15 December 1914, 500-odd men congregated at Fulham Town Hall to discuss the formation of the 17th Middlesex Regiment. There were players present from a host of clubs, including Chelsea, Fulham, Clapton Orient, Bradford City, Brighton. As the meeting concluded thirty-five players, three of them on Chelsea’s books, had signed up for this ‘Footballers Battalion.’ At Christmas the local Chronicle was touting for fans to join it under the heading ‘Any more Chelseaites for Berlin in the spring?’ Men were encouraged to go to the club office to ‘sign on, like an international footballer.’ As 1915 dawned Chelsea were fourth from bottom of the league, but the 1914/15 season would host the only FA Cup run in the competition’s history played out while the country was embroiled in a World War. And the Pensioners reached their first final. The amount of uniformed spectators in the crowd at Old Trafford lent it the nickname of the ‘Khaki Cup Final.’ At half-time, the band played ‘Tipperary’; and a collection was made for the Red Cross - sheets held out for fans to toss pennies onto. The light was fading fast when Sheffield United ran out 3-0 winners. Amateur football was largely petering out of its own accord. By late April still no decision had been taken and in fact it would not be until July that it was ordained that there would be no more competitive matches. Military crowd at Stamford Bridge No more contracts employing men to play for a living were to be drawn up. Professional football was now on indefinite hiatus. At Stamford Bridge the makeshift, amateur London Combination league was a profitable venture in entertaining a crowd for the rest of the war. The Blues won it comfortably in 1915/16, and again by a single point in 1917/18 at the expense of West Ham. The club searched for other ways to fill Stamford Bridge while the war raged on, including hosting a raucous baseball match between the US Navy and US Army: attended by the King on 4 July 1918. Familiar faces at Stamford Bridge: of fans, players and staff associated with the club, would not return after the armistice. But the Blues survived being shaken to the core by events on a worldwide scale. One hundred years later Chelsea Football Club lives on. And sharing the same traditions as long ago, in the remembrance of all of those associated with the club at the centenary of the Great War, so too does a sense of gratitude for those who left the pitch and terraces: to fight, and never return. Buy Alexandra Churchill’s book – Over Land and Sea: Chelsea FC and the Great War.
  8. Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    From 1919.
  9. A great result and a cracking atmosphere at the Bridge. I thought Pedro was superb and David Luiz defended as we know he can when he's at his best. Two superb goals. Cracking strike by Kante. Team worked hard and defended brilliantly. Several beers before and after the game. Between Christmas and New Year I will meet a couple I know and they are ST holders at Man. City. I feel it will be my duty to mention the result om several occasions. Before I travelled to the game I visited the local wine merchant to buy a bottle of red wine. I said to the owner that if Chelsea beat City 3-0 I would go in and spend a fortune. I bet the owner was hoping that we would score a third goal to get loads of money out of me. Just need Rangers to win at Dundee later today to make the weekend complete.
  10. Boyne

    What are you listening to?

  11. Boyne

    My Blue Days: Nigel Spackman

    Yes, it was his debut for Rangers. Against Celtic in the New Year game. Rangers won 1-0. His only goal for Rangers but what a game to score it in.
  12. Boyne

    My Blue Days: Nigel Spackman

    @erskblue Thanks for posting. A great article about a fine player. Part of that great side of the eighties. I was at the 1992 Scottish Cup Final in 1992 when the 'Rangers beat Airdrie. He was highly thought of by Rangers supporters.