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Was you part of a Chelsea mob taking an end? or just in there because of lack of away tickets?

Any stories?...

I missed the end taking as was only young when it went on regular but have been in a few home ends.

I posted about being in Arsenal's north bank in the vintage thread.

I've been in the North Bank at West Ham, we lost 1.0 think Wise was sent off? 1993/4 West Ham were building the Bobby Moore stand at the time & we only got about 500 tickets, there was about 20/30 of us dotted about in their North bank, they scored & we all just stood there, some pissed iron shouted there's Chelsea in here with that a CFC lad nutted him we thought it was going to come on top but f@ck all happened, to this day we cant work out why.

Been all over Loftus Road with Chelsea(who hasnt?) not much to tell as it was always a total piss take.

Coventry away 98 lost 2.1 went in the main stand opposite the Chelsea away section,

three of us sat together but loads of other Chelsea in the same stand, they score & some mug gives it the biggun to the Chelsea opposite us, with that a CFC lad walks up to him & gives him a dig, bit of hand bags with us getting involved but nothing major, we score & up we go acting up, with that my mate has some Coventry bloke shouting to a steward "he's a cockney, fatty, throw fatty outttttttt" lol!

After the game some Coventry div wearing a snake belt with "SEX" wrote around it took a dig off a certain person after he picked on a young CFC lad, another mate of mine got nicked for nutting another home fan.

y*ds away 99 drew 2.2 went with a mob of CFC, we got rounded up by plod but me & a mate slipped away from them, we ended up on the road outside their club shop facing the high rd towards seven sisters, there must have been 200 y*ds firm waiting for CFC & us two amongst em, one lad asked a copper why we were being held up & he said a big mob of Chelsea have taken a pub over up the road & are being escorted to the ground, with that i shouted "f@cking Chelsea are taking the piss, mugging us y*ds right off, i thought we were Londons no 1 firm ffs" with that everyone started losing it & tried breaking free of plod shouting y*dS y*dS, with me & my mate smiling to ourselves, we got in the ground & were in their top tier right above the goal with Chelsea to the left of us, 4 of us were in there sat together, a CFC bird i knew had got me the tickets through her work, everytime we scored we were up, a few shouts from some y*ds & we were ready to get in to them, the people round us were sat there in disgust with our behaviour, half time & my mate in the bog had it put on him by a y*d who'd seen him celebrating, cant go in to details but lets just say after it was the y*d who needed a change of shirt, no big result but we were in their end making ourselves known with no comebacks.

Bit two faced of me but i was in a tear up in our west stand v West Ham when 4 of em jumped up to celebrate their goal in 99, they wont do that again, it didnt go down to well with the West Ham mate i was sat with lol!

I have of course just made all that up for any officers looking in.

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We took Fulham who were playing Sheff Utd after an early morning friendly with Arsenal but they mobbed up and everyone left at half time. The Loft a couple of times, Charlton the same but their end had already been taken when we got in. Took the Holmesdale End and had them on the pitch during a pre-season friendly and then in a huge mob in there at that rainy League Cup game. The best was running Arsenal out of the Northbank on that famous boxing day match and being in their again the following Easter. Sat on me own at Ipswich behind the goal when away fans were put in the stand on the side. Funniest was Arsenal a couple of weeks before the cup final in 94, got a ticket just as the game kicked off from a georgeous Scandanavian woman about to sell it to a tout (face value!) and sat in the new Northbank with my retro 70's Chelsea shirt on, I was dying for us to score so I could jump up but we lost 1-0 to a late Ian Wright goal.

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I was in West Hams North Bank too for that game Carshalton, just with one Chelsea mate. I remember walking past the ground and seeing Willie just standing there near the concourse, which was a good effort as he is very identifiable and it was not a good time to be identified at WHU. I was also in that end for the 5-3 loss which I went to with a Hammer and a ManU paddy we knew. Their West side threw a flare into our end.

Others from memory were QPR, Fulham, Walsall, Luton

Seats among the enemy - Leeds, Bolton, Sunderland, Newcastle, ManU, Man City, Sheff Weds, Villa, Leicester

Seats with a lot of Chelsea but still dodgy - Barnsley (us and their firm using the same loo at half time), Liverpool (H***** I think bought 600 tickets in the Annie Road and we bought them off him on the train up there)

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As for stories: ALLEGEDLY, Chelsea came out the Annie Road and the scallies were all waiting on the far side of the road, CFC using a highly sophisticated tactical approach, charged straight into them and they had it away on their toes sending a distress flare in the direction of the CFC. ALLEGEDLY, after the game Barnsley the CFC who were in the seats walked away from the ground up the hill and the yorkies were waiting at the top on both sides of the road. A melee ensued and they gave a bit back but eventually scattered.

The best melee I ever heard about ALLEGEDLY occurred at OT, when 80 CFC escaped the escort, walked up to a street corner a few hundred yards away and had several hundred Mancs in two separate groups away on their toes. The confrontation went on for about 10 minutes which was a very long time without order being restored. The traffic cops on duty in the vicinity were only concerned with keeping the vehicles moving, and just let it go. Maybe if they'd seen the Manc with a blade in each hand they may have given him a pull, but even he turned and fled ALLEGEDLY. Funnily enough I looked on United's WATPOAE site a few years ago and it was all "WTF have Chelsea ever done up here?" and rubbish like that. After being eventually bundled onto a train back to Piccadilly, all the CFC on board ALLEGEDLY got off one station early and walked into the city centre scattering all Mancs in the vicinity. Never bought their Red Army book, but I bet none of this was in it. I think Cass might have written it for them!

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Ive been privalaged to have been in the home ends of many clubs with chelsea ...So so many times .....For me scariest was millwall CBL...Nicest one was Oldham as i aquired a very nice oldham girl....Most satisfying, Northbank highbury....Silliest (old) Bolton, as for a long while each mob was chasing one another from one end (of their end) to the other....The old Boothen end Stoke was a doddle..Derbys pop side always fun...It may be easier to ask which home ends we didnt take at some stage..Without chelsea i suppose millwall at spud hart lane..The lane was decimated.....Mind you everyone was with millwall on the night....

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Me and some other Chelsea....I reckon we were about 100 handed.....sauntered into the Kop.....my mate had a samurai knife concealed in a BLT baguette.....and I had a boxing glove on with a horse shoe in it. We piled in there with me leading the charge......windmilling my way through a sea of mustachioed Scaaaaaarsers. Needless to say we cleared the Kop. 100 of us.....and they were probably a mob of around 20,000......yet they still pebble dashed their shoplifted Lacoste pants and scarpered.....we totally scattered them. Then we watched the game in our Pringle jumpers, Adidas Sambas and Fila undergarments......and whenever any Scousers approached, we scared them off with ninja stars and hot Bovril. Then....about 20 minutes into the game, one Scouser (their top boy if memory serves me correctly....Scouse Bazza I think his name was. You could spot him from a mile off as he was always accompanied by two white panthers) identified me as the pwoper nawty ring leader and approached me.......like all Liverpool fans, he was dressed in full Liverpool kit with Crown Paints on the front.......I thought it was gonna kick off.....but when he came right up close and personal, he was intimidated by my wedge haircut and ran away. This cemented my status as the top boy. Nah, not really......I think I've been reading too many Cass Pennant books from the fiction section of Waterstones.

I've sat in the other club's section a few times and thoroughly hated it. I'd rather not go than watch it in their end. It's horrible.

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Most of the away games in the late 70's early 80's mobs of CFC use to try and take the home end or go into the seats of the main stands.

The ends I can remember going in were The Northbank Highbury,Swansea twice there end was along the side of the pitch, Notts Forest

Oldham ,Bolton ,QPR,

Also in them days I went in a few seats like Aston Villa ,Derby Rotherham Leeds, Everton , Cardiff ,Norwich ,Sheff Weds.

I do miss them days every body knew each other and we use to have a great crack.

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Uploaded with ImageShack.us Paper clipping from the bolton game when we took there end with the chelsea up the away terrace running across to join the chelsea in the bolton end,i got stuck up the away end that game and took all the abuse from the bolton fans as their wasn't many of us left.I can remember that fulham v sheff utd game Peckham blue as well,i remember before the game chelsea up the fulham end singing united and a good few sheffield started coming across the pitch to join us,untill i chant of chelsea went up and they all turned back.Arsenal boxing day was in the north bank,bang in the middle up the back.And millwall 76,i was only 15 and went with my dad into the cbl and was chased across the pitch into the seats,out the seats to the other end where we kept our gobs firmly shut,bad day all round that one..

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Okay. That was a spectacular day. We had hired a van to go up there, and upon arrival naturally enough headed for the home end, known as the 'Great' Lever End (good to see Boltonians have a sense of irony). There was about fifteen of us and we all got in no problem apart from one of my mates who had a rip in the back of his donkey jacket (oh come on, we all wore donkey jackets back then!) so plod spotted his blue shirt underneath and he got sent up the other end. There was probably about fifty Chelsea in there, all keeping in ones and twos, nodding discreetly when we saw each other. About twenty to three we gathered in the middle and Greenaway started up a 'Zigger Zagger'. Then we got to the 'Chelsea' bit and the whole end, which was pretty full by that stage, scattered in all directions. I don't know that a single punch was thrown, a bit of snarling (allied with the donkey jackets) was enough and they fled to all parts, even kicking open the gates to get out of the ground. This left us standing in this vast space giving it large and feeling very pleased with ourselves.

Meanwhile, up the other end were about 5,000 comrades who were no doubt watching all this with glee. How I imagine it, conversations such as this must have broken out;

"Oh look, there appears to be some fellow Chelsea fans standing in plenty of space up the other end."

"Oh yes, so there is".

"Why don't we take a stroll up there to join them?"

"Yes, that sounds like a good idea".

So the mass migration took place, and we filled their end for the entire match, singing loudly and from time to time reminding the locals that ideally we would not have been in that part of the ground at all.

It all worked out well, because it was quite an important game promotion-wise, and from two down at half time we fought back to draw, all the goals being scored in our end.

Unfortunately, our mate (he of the torn donkey jacket) didn't have such a good day. Somehow he ended up in the Bolton half of the away terrace and got a brick in his face for his troubles and had to spend a week in hospital as a consequence. Oh and I got bitten by a police dog, but that little scar on my thigh is a sort of souvenir of a fun Div Two day out.

I think it was the same season when something very similar happened at Forest. The Trent End had a bit of a reputation at the time, but a hundred or so cleared it out and the rest of us who were in the away section on the half-way line jaunted across the pitch to join them. This was quite early, but so many of us were in there that plod made an executive decision and all arriving Chelsea were put in there with us. About 8,000 that day, noisily packing the Trent End out, great support, singing the 'We are evil' song throughout the match. Must have been great for our players and demoralising for theirs to see such a complete takeover like that.

But you try telling the young people of today...

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Ive been in other teams ends quite a few times over the years though mainly not as part of an end taking exercise. Twice at Upton Park, once was during the redevelopment where we only had 500 tickets and stood with my hands in my pockets with several others at the front as they celebrated Morely' goal. was also in their seats the night John Terry scored a last minute winner in the FA Cup (2002?) got my hair ruffled by the geyser behind when they went 2-1 up but got my own back with a wink and a smirk at 3-2.

Was at Millwall in 1990 in their (only) stand and kept quiet until 2-0 apart from a bit of mouth got away with it. Been in the Palace section more than our own at Selhurst and also been in the Man City, Arsenal (2-3 after 2-0 up) seats and Southampton ends. Im not sure if i can count Oxford in 89 where i made it to the turnstile and got turned away for looking like a londoner!!! Luckily we somehow made it through police lines tp the already full away section!!

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I managed to get into many away ends over the years, early 70's to mid '80's, always a great feeling to take them. So, in no particular order...

Arsenal (North Bank) - 76/77, an evening League Cup match - a fair sized mob of us got in there and stayed the whole game, standing to the right as you look at the pitch - great row outside too, when the rest of the Chelsea joined us from the Clock End. The following season, 77/78, we took it again with an even bigger mob on Boxing Day - excellent day out all round, apart from the result (0-3).

Tottenham (Park Lane, Paxton Rd End) - went in the Park Lane but got moved out, early 70's, then they changed their home end to the Paxton. Went in there a couple of times, kicked off big time, naturally. Can't remember us ever going on the Shelf, don't know why.

Millwall (Cold Blow Lane) - 76/77, a small mob of us got in the CBL. We were squashed up in the top corner, and our numbers fell as more and more Chelsea were either nicked or made a discreet exit. I stayed most of the game, but left near the end. Once I was out on the streets I wished I'd stayed in the CBL, Millwall nutters everywhere, some of them were old dockers in their 50's & 60's. It would have been safer walking through Beirut with an 'I hate Arabs' t-shirt on, but I somehow made it home in one piece. Revenge was sweet at the Bridge later in the season!

QPR (The Loft) - total joke, we went in there mob handed every time we played them, and not a QPR fan in sight - w*nkers.

Fulham (Hammersmith End) - same as QPR

Crystal Palace (Holmesdale End) - not sure why, but we always seemed to go in the other end (Whitehorse), but we'd always give a cheer as we watched about half a dozen Chelsea clearing the Palace out of the Holmesdale, lol. Total w*nkers, even worse than QPR and Fulham, as Palace were gobby.

Watford (The Rookery) - we didn't play them often but I remember us clearing the Rookery at least once - no big deal, even Fulham could have had a fair go at them.

Orient (?) - went to Brisbane Road two or three times in the 70's, but as Chelsea took over the whole ground I never did find out which was their end!

Luton (Oak Road End) - easy, bit like Watford

Brighton (?) - FA Cup game in 72/73, I was with the main Chelsea mob along the halfway line (think it was all-ticket that day), but a few Chelsea were in the Brighton end. It kicked off in there during the first half, and at half-time loads of us charged across the pitch to help out the Chelsea boys - needless to say, Brighton bottled it.

Southampton (Milton Road End) - we always went in the Milton, usually took it, then got a police escort down the away end. One season I particularly remember though, Southampton steamed us from behind and we ended up at the front of the terrace. The Chelsea fans around me didn't seem bothered, but I was incensed that we'd been steamed out of their end, after all, we were Chelsea ffs! I totally lost it and steamed up the empty terrace and piled into the Southampton mob at the top. I gave a pretty good account of myself, but I was totally alone, as the Chelsea boys were still at the bottom watching (and laughing). In the end, in an unspoken agreement, me and the bloke I was currently fighting just stopped and shook hands, and I turned and went to join the Chelsea - the Southampton mob even gave me a round of applause for my efforts. I was totally pissed off that the rest of our mob didn't pile in, as it damaged our reputation, but as soon as I rejoined them we were all escorted up the other end - me with a split lip and my shirt collar ripped and sticking out the back of my jacket - lol. Happy days!

Portsmouth (Fratton End?) - can't remember much about my visits to Pompey, due to alcoholic intake en route, but I know we went in their end at least once.

Plymouth (Devonport End?) - not sure of the year, but we took their end easily enough in the mid-70's, then had a full-on battle with them outside afterwards.

Leicester (Kop) - took this end at least twice in the 70's, never rated Leicester as a mob

Stoke (Boothen End) - my first time at Stoke we took a fair sized mob into the Boothen and stayed there the whole match, think it was 72/73. I can still remember the Stoke fans bouncing up and down and singing 'We are the Potters' over and over again, really looked and sounded pathetic. We got ambushed on the way back to the station by a load of Stoke waiting for us in a graveyard, but we ran them easily enough. Went in the Boothen again at least a couple of times in the 70's, never really felt intimidated there.

Nottingham Forest (Trent End) - we got in the Trent End on a number of occasions, they had a decent mob and always put up a good fight. The best year was when the police made the Forest stand in the away end and gave us the Trent End to ourselves, Forest were gutted. Can't include that as taking their end though!

Wolves (North Bank) - 'We're the boys in royal blue, we took Molineux' used to echo around the Bridge in the early 70's, as we nearly always took a mob into their end and took it. The exception was the 76/77 game which we were banned from, but we took a huge mob up there anyway and the police had to put us in the South Bank to keep us off the streets. Big ruck at HT in the bar, then another on the pitch afterwards (thanks to the police for that one, both sets of fans were celebrating promotion together before the old bill stepped in for no good reason).

Coventry (West Stand/West Bank?) - never rated Coventry, and every time I went there we took their end

WBA (Smethwick End?) - WBA never had a hard mob, and we got in their end quite a few times. Loved the Hawthorns back then, lovely ground.

Aston Villa (Holte End) - can't remember the season, but we totally cleared the Holte End as has been reported on this site many times

Ipswich (North Stand) - Ipswich's mob were on a par with QPR, and therefore not worth talking about - we took their end many times

Bolton (?) - can't remember the name of their end, but we went in there a few times, most memorably by a wholesale charge across the pitch by our entire mob. I always liked Burnden Park, a big old-fashioned ground.

Sheffield United (Shoreham Road Kop) - a 'special' full of us (about 600) went in the Kop in 72/73 and stayed the entire game, despite being bombarded with steel ball-bearings, bricks, lumps of concrete, stones and darts. The police just stood there holding them back and laughing as we were hit with missiles over and again, but then, all northern coppers were total c*nts back then. After the match we joined forces with the Chelsea lads who were up the other end, and had a ruck with the Sheffield lads on a building site on our way back to the station. The following season we got in their end again, and were reinforced by the Chelsea lads in the other end, who charged across the pitch to help us out.

Middlesbrough (Holgate End) - can't remember which year it was, but we turned up early and took their end before the Boro lads even got in the ground. When they turned up they tried everything to get us out, but we stayed put. Boro were another mob who liked to throw missiles, particularly darts.

Manchester City (Kippaxe) - again I can't remember which season it was, but I do remember us getting in the Kippaxe and giving an excellent account of ourselves. We normally took a decent sized crew to City, who had a hard mob - always respected them.

Cardiff (Bob Bank) - took this at least once, but Cardiff had a few hard boys and it was never easy. At least two memorable days out at Ninian Park for Chelsea boys, but they've been covered already on this site.

Then there were the away ends we didn't take (at least not in my experience)...

West Ham (North Bank/South Bank) - Chelsea rarely took a decent mob to Upton Park back in those days, probably because the Mile End boys took the Shed on a regular basis when they came to the Bridge. A small mob of us occasionally ventured into the North Bank, but were so outnumbered that we'd end up in the South Bank, which was nearly as bad. Not a nice place to go back then.

Bristol Rovers (Tote End) - I remember us trying to get into their end at Eastville near the end of a game in the mid 70's, and being surprised at how up for it they were. Decent mob

Bristol City (?) - I know I've been to Ashton Gate more than once, but don't remember a thing about it - damned beer!

Birmingham (Spion Kop) - their 'end' was along the side of the pitch on a large covered terrace. My first time at St.Andrews was in 72/73 - the first Chelsea 'football special' were put in the Tilton End behind the goal, but I was on the second 'special' and we managed to get onto the Spion Kop. A few hundred of us started walking towards their mob, but as soon as they sussed who we were they steamed down the terrace and I took a right kicking. I stayed in the end though, with a mate, but the rest of the Chelsea had either left or were practising their Brummie accents. Big ruck at the station after the game, as some bright spark who worked in the fixtures department had arranged it that Man.Utd would play at WBA the same day - mayhem!

Derby (Popside) - one of those grounds where the away fans were seperated from the home end by just a set of railings - in Derby's case the Popside was along the side of the pitch. We could have taken Derby easily on many occasions, but for some reason we always ended up the wrong side of the railings. Nearest we came was when they sang to us 'we'll fight you on the pitch', so we stormed onto the pitch - surprise surprise, Derby stayed put. They were a nasty little mob, liked to ambush away fans on the long trek back to the station, but usually picked on scarfers.

Norwich (Barclay End) - like Derby, we were seperated from the Norwich boys by a set of railings. Norwich were one of those gobby mobs when they were safe behind the railings, but totally bottled it when there was no barrier. We always took a large mob to Norwich, sometimes loads of us trying to climb over the railings to get at them. I suspect one of the reason we took such numbers to Norfolk was the reputation of the local girls, easy doesn't describe them! I remember a whole line of us Chelsea lads shagging some Norwich bints at the back of the Barclay, so glad I didn't catch anything nasty!

Blackpool (Kop) - my first time at Bloomfield Road was in 76/77. We had a large mob there that day, but couldn't get in their end as it was the same as Norwich, only the railings were higher. Most memorable part of the day was when large numbers of Rangers and Celtic fans started fighting in our side. Bedlam, rampant Glaswegians trying to kill each other, Chelsea fans at the top of the railings swinging punches at Blackpool fans, the names of all four teams being chanted throughout the game, great day out.

Blackburn (?) - my first trip to Ewood Park was only a few weeks after my first trip to Blackpool. About 24 of us went up in a Ford Transit from South London, and found a nice little pub which sold Thwaites Bitter and sandwiches the size of breeze-blocks. The police made us go in the away end, where we met up with the rest of the Chelsea. I've never gone in the Blackburn end for some reason, though I'm pretty sure they had a sh*te mob - just well protected by the old bill?

Sheffield Wednesday (Kop) - 72/73, FA Cup match at Hillsborough. A trainload of us made our way to the ground and tried to get into the Kop. I was one of the first through the turnstiles, and eventually about 20 of us made it in, but the Wednesday fans must have heard Chelsea singing outside, and turned up in large numbers by the turnstiles. Most of them seemed to be tooled up with large spanners, iron bars and the like, and they steamed straight into the 20 of us, giving us a good hiding. I'm not ashamed to say that we jumped back over the turnstiles to get away, as there was no other way out.

We then had a small ruck with the Chelsea lads who hadn't got in, as they were giving it large about us bottling it and we were asking why they took so f*cking long to get in. Pretty obvious really, they saw what was happening to us inside, and didn't fancy it. So, I'd entered the ground and exited again, fought against some mouthy Chelsea lads, took a kicking from the Wednesday boys before we even got on the Kop terracing, all within about ten minutes!

Revenge was sweet though - after watching the game from the Leppings Lane end, the Chelsea fans mobbed up and stayed together outside, which was pretty unusual back then. As we walked up a hill towards the station we saw a large mob of Wednesday and steamed into them. I'd still be kicking the sh*t out them even now, if it hadn't been for some Chelsea fans pulling me away!

Burnley (Longside?) - another of those 'ends' that runs alongside the length of the pitch. This was another Ford Transit journey, but me and my mate Doug (we were totally hammered) somehow got seperated from the rest of the Chelsea and so decided to go in the Burnley end to meet up with them again. However, me and Doug turned out to be the only two Chelsea fans in the Longside, as the rest of them were behind the goal to our left - doh! We remained undetected until Doug went for a piss, then returned to inform all and sundry what he thought of the local facilities in a broad South London accent, upon which the two of us had to leg it up to the Chelsea end at a speed that would have made Usain Bolt look infirm.

Bloody hell, I've just realised how long I've been waffling on for - sorry!!!

There are plenty more grounds I've been to, but I can't think of them right now - and there are lots of memories which have been obliterated for all time by booze. Ah well, never mind!

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Oxford in 89 where i made it to the turnstile and got turned away for looking like a londoner!!! Luckily we somehow made it through police lines tp the already full away section!!

Ha ha class. One of my mates ended up in the Oxford end once, plenty of us there storming entry but he ended up split up in theirs. FA Cup qual game, we won but unfortunately ended up getting spanked by Man U in the final...

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I managed to get into many away ends over the years, early 70's to mid '80's, always a great feeling to take them. So, in no particular order...

Arsenal (North Bank) - 76/77, an evening League Cup match - a fair sized mob of us got in there and stayed the whole game, standing to the right as you look at the pitch - great row outside too, when the rest of the Chelsea joined us from the Clock End. The following season, 77/78, we took it again with an even bigger mob on Boxing Day - excellent day out all round, apart from the result (0-3).

Tottenham (Park Lane, Paxton Rd End) - went in the Park Lane but got moved out, early 70's, then they changed their home end to the Paxton. Went in there a couple of times, kicked off big time, naturally. Can't remember us ever going on the Shelf, don't know why.

Millwall (Cold Blow Lane) - 76/77, a small mob of us got in the CBL. We were squashed up in the top corner, and our numbers fell as more and more Chelsea were either nicked or made a discreet exit. I stayed most of the game, but left near the end. Once I was out on the streets I wished I'd stayed in the CBL, Millwall nutters everywhere, some of them were old dockers in their 50's & 60's. It would have been safer walking through Beirut with an 'I hate Arabs' t-shirt on, but I somehow made it home in one piece. Revenge was sweet at the Bridge later in the season!

QPR (The Loft) - total joke, we went in there mob handed every time we played them, and not a QPR fan in sight - w*nkers.

Fulham (Hammersmith End) - same as QPR

Crystal Palace (Holmesdale End) - not sure why, but we always seemed to go in the other end (Whitehorse), but we'd always give a cheer as we watched about half a dozen Chelsea clearing the Palace out of the Holmesdale, lol. Total w*nkers, even worse than QPR and Fulham, as Palace were gobby.

Watford (The Rookery) - we didn't play them often but I remember us clearing the Rookery at least once - no big deal, even Fulham could have had a fair go at them.

Orient (?) - went to Brisbane Road two or three times in the 70's, but as Chelsea took over the whole ground I never did find out which was their end!

Luton (Oak Road End) - easy, bit like Watford

Brighton (?) - FA Cup game in 72/73, I was with the main Chelsea mob along the halfway line (think it was all-ticket that day), but a few Chelsea were in the Brighton end. It kicked off in there during the first half, and at half-time loads of us charged across the pitch to help out the Chelsea boys - needless to say, Brighton bottled it.

Southampton (Milton Road End) - we always went in the Milton, usually took it, then got a police escort down the away end. One season I particularly remember though, Southampton steamed us from behind and we ended up at the front of the terrace. The Chelsea fans around me didn't seem bothered, but I was incensed that we'd been steamed out of their end, after all, we were Chelsea ffs! I totally lost it and steamed up the empty terrace and piled into the Southampton mob at the top. I gave a pretty good account of myself, but I was totally alone, as the Chelsea boys were still at the bottom watching (and laughing). In the end, in an unspoken agreement, me and the bloke I was currently fighting just stopped and shook hands, and I turned and went to join the Chelsea - the Southampton mob even gave me a round of applause for my efforts. I was totally pissed off that the rest of our mob didn't pile in, as it damaged our reputation, but as soon as I rejoined them we were all escorted up the other end - me with a split lip and my shirt collar ripped and sticking out the back of my jacket - lol. Happy days!

Portsmouth (Fratton End?) - can't remember much about my visits to Pompey, due to alcoholic intake en route, but I know we went in their end at least once.

Plymouth (Devonport End?) - not sure of the year, but we took their end easily enough in the mid-70's, then had a full-on battle with them outside afterwards.

Leicester (Kop) - took this end at least twice in the 70's, never rated Leicester as a mob

Stoke (Boothen End) - my first time at Stoke we took a fair sized mob into the Boothen and stayed there the whole match, think it was 72/73. I can still remember the Stoke fans bouncing up and down and singing 'We are the Potters' over and over again, really looked and sounded pathetic. We got ambushed on the way back to the station by a load of Stoke waiting for us in a graveyard, but we ran them easily enough. Went in the Boothen again at least a couple of times in the 70's, never really felt intimidated there.

Nottingham Forest (Trent End) - we got in the Trent End on a number of occasions, they had a decent mob and always put up a good fight. The best year was when the police made the Forest stand in the away end and gave us the Trent End to ourselves, Forest were gutted. Can't include that as taking their end though!

Wolves (North Bank) - 'We're the boys in royal blue, we took Molineux' used to echo around the Bridge in the early 70's, as we nearly always took a mob into their end and took it. The exception was the 76/77 game which we were banned from, but we took a huge mob up there anyway and the police had to put us in the South Bank to keep us off the streets. Big ruck at HT in the bar, then another on the pitch afterwards (thanks to the police for that one, both sets of fans were celebrating promotion together before the old bill stepped in for no good reason).

Coventry (West Stand/West Bank?) - never rated Coventry, and every time I went there we took their end

WBA (Smethwick End?) - WBA never had a hard mob, and we got in their end quite a few times. Loved the Hawthorns back then, lovely ground.

Aston Villa (Holte End) - can't remember the season, but we totally cleared the Holte End as has been reported on this site many times

Ipswich (North Stand) - Ipswich's mob were on a par with QPR, and therefore not worth talking about - we took their end many times

Bolton (?) - can't remember the name of their end, but we went in there a few times, most memorably by a wholesale charge across the pitch by our entire mob. I always liked Burnden Park, a big old-fashioned ground.

Sheffield United (Shoreham Road Kop) - a 'special' full of us (about 600) went in the Kop in 72/73 and stayed the entire game, despite being bombarded with steel ball-bearings, bricks, lumps of concrete, stones and darts. The police just stood there holding them back and laughing as we were hit with missiles over and again, but then, all northern coppers were total c*nts back then. After the match we joined forces with the Chelsea lads who were up the other end, and had a ruck with the Sheffield lads on a building site on our way back to the station. The following season we got in their end again, and were reinforced by the Chelsea lads in the other end, who charged across the pitch to help us out.

Middlesbrough (Holgate End) - can't remember which year it was, but we turned up early and took their end before the Boro lads even got in the ground. When they turned up they tried everything to get us out, but we stayed put. Boro were another mob who liked to throw missiles, particularly darts.

Manchester City (Kippaxe) - again I can't remember which season it was, but I do remember us getting in the Kippaxe and giving an excellent account of ourselves. We normally took a decent sized crew to City, who had a hard mob - always respected them.

Cardiff (Bob Bank) - took this at least once, but Cardiff had a few hard boys and it was never easy. At least two memorable days out at Ninian Park for Chelsea boys, but they've been covered already on this site.

Then there were the away ends we didn't take (at least not in my experience)...

West Ham (North Bank/South Bank) - Chelsea rarely took a decent mob to Upton Park back in those days, probably because the Mile End boys took the Shed on a regular basis when they came to the Bridge. A small mob of us occasionally ventured into the North Bank, but were so outnumbered that we'd end up in the South Bank, which was nearly as bad. Not a nice place to go back then.

Bristol Rovers (Tote End) - I remember us trying to get into their end at Eastville near the end of a game in the mid 70's, and being surprised at how up for it they were. Decent mob

Bristol City (?) - I know I've been to Ashton Gate more than once, but don't remember a thing about it - damned beer!

Birmingham (Spion Kop) - their 'end' was along the side of the pitch on a large covered terrace. My first time at St.Andrews was in 72/73 - the first Chelsea 'football special' were put in the Tilton End behind the goal, but I was on the second 'special' and we managed to get onto the Spion Kop. A few hundred of us started walking towards their mob, but as soon as they sussed who we were they steamed down the terrace and I took a right kicking. I stayed in the end though, with a mate, but the rest of the Chelsea had either left or were practising their Brummie accents. Big ruck at the station after the game, as some bright spark who worked in the fixtures department had arranged it that Man.Utd would play at WBA the same day - mayhem!

Derby (Popside) - one of those grounds where the away fans were seperated from the home end by just a set of railings - in Derby's case the Popside was along the side of the pitch. We could have taken Derby easily on many occasions, but for some reason we always ended up the wrong side of the railings. Nearest we came was when they sang to us 'we'll fight you on the pitch', so we stormed onto the pitch - surprise surprise, Derby stayed put. They were a nasty little mob, liked to ambush away fans on the long trek back to the station, but usually picked on scarfers.

Norwich (Barclay End) - like Derby, we were seperated from the Norwich boys by a set of railings. Norwich were one of those gobby mobs when they were safe behind the railings, but totally bottled it when there was no barrier. We always took a large mob to Norwich, sometimes loads of us trying to climb over the railings to get at them. I suspect one of the reason we took such numbers to Norfolk was the reputation of the local girls, easy doesn't describe them! I remember a whole line of us Chelsea lads shagging some Norwich bints at the back of the Barclay, so glad I didn't catch anything nasty!

Blackpool (Kop) - my first time at Bloomfield Road was in 76/77. We had a large mob there that day, but couldn't get in their end as it was the same as Norwich, only the railings were higher. Most memorable part of the day was when large numbers of Rangers and Celtic fans started fighting in our side. Bedlam, rampant Glaswegians trying to kill each other, Chelsea fans at the top of the railings swinging punches at Blackpool fans, the names of all four teams being chanted throughout the game, great day out.

Blackburn (?) - my first trip to Ewood Park was only a few weeks after my first trip to Blackpool. About 24 of us went up in a Ford Transit from South London, and found a nice little pub which sold Thwaites Bitter and sandwiches the size of breeze-blocks. The police made us go in the away end, where we met up with the rest of the Chelsea. I've never gone in the Blackburn end for some reason, though I'm pretty sure they had a sh*te mob - just well protected by the old bill?

Sheffield Wednesday (Kop) - 72/73, FA Cup match at Hillsborough. A trainload of us made our way to the ground and tried to get into the Kop. I was one of the first through the turnstiles, and eventually about 20 of us made it in, but the Wednesday fans must have heard Chelsea singing outside, and turned up in large numbers by the turnstiles. Most of them seemed to be tooled up with large spanners, iron bars and the like, and they steamed straight into the 20 of us, giving us a good hiding. I'm not ashamed to say that we jumped back over the turnstiles to get away, as there was no other way out.

We then had a small ruck with the Chelsea lads who hadn't got in, as they were giving it large about us bottling it and we were asking why they took so f*cking long to get in. Pretty obvious really, they saw what was happening to us inside, and didn't fancy it. So, I'd entered the ground and exited again, fought against some mouthy Chelsea lads, took a kicking from the Wednesday boys before we even got on the Kop terracing, all within about ten minutes!

Revenge was sweet though - after watching the game from the Leppings Lane end, the Chelsea fans mobbed up and stayed together outside, which was pretty unusual back then. As we walked up a hill towards the station we saw a large mob of Wednesday and steamed into them. I'd still be kicking the sh*t out them even now, if it hadn't been for some Chelsea fans pulling me away!

Burnley (Longside?) - another of those 'ends' that runs alongside the length of the pitch. This was another Ford Transit journey, but me and my mate Doug (we were totally hammered) somehow got seperated from the rest of the Chelsea and so decided to go in the Burnley end to meet up with them again. However, me and Doug turned out to be the only two Chelsea fans in the Longside, as the rest of them were behind the goal to our left - doh! We remained undetected until Doug went for a piss, then returned to inform all and sundry what he thought of the local facilities in a broad South London accent, upon which the two of us had to leg it up to the Chelsea end at a speed that would have made Usain Bolt look infirm.

Bloody hell, I've just realised how long I've been waffling on for - sorry!!!

There are plenty more grounds I've been to, but I can't think of them right now - and there are lots of memories which have been obliterated for all time by booze. Ah well, never mind!

I think the Orient end was a side end in those days BB..Dont know if you were in the ground at the time but local west ham were with orient as we went into their section..They didnt do much for too long..The SHEFF weds match 72 at hilsborough was the one i went to after i had met a SWFC kopite girl at fulham and had a first date at hilsborough and ended up in the sheffild star paper and in sheff weds prog of which i aquired a copy of
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I think the Orient end was a side end in those days BB..Dont know if you were in the ground at the time but local west ham were with orient as we went into their section..They didnt do much for too long..The SHEFF weds match 72 at hilsborough was the one i went to after i had met a SWFC kopite girl at fulham and had a first date at hilsborough and ended up in the sheffild star paper and in sheff weds prog of which i aquired a copy of

Yeah, I remember West Ham turning up at a couple of our games at Orient - I think they regretted it.

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Ha ha class. One of my mates ended up in the Oxford end once, plenty of us there storming entry but he ended up split up in theirs. FA Cup qual game, we won but unfortunately ended up getting spanked by Man U in the final...

I've put pics up in the vintage thread of Chelsea fans walking back to our section from the Oxford end from that day.

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Bolton (?) - can't remember the name of their end, but we went in there a few times, most memorably by a wholesale charge across the pitch by our entire mob. I always liked Burnden Park, a big old-fashioned ground.

Blackburn (?) - my first trip to Ewood Park was only a few weeks after my first trip to Blackpool. About 24 of us went up in a Ford Transit from South London, and found a nice little pub which sold Thwaites Bitter and sandwiches the size of breeze-blocks. The police made us go in the away end, where we met up with the rest of the Chelsea. I've never gone in the Blackburn end for some reason, though I'm pretty sure they had a sh*te mob - just well protected by the old bill?

Bolton would be the Lever end and Blackburn was the Blackburn end the away fans were put in the Darwen end.

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Bolton would be the Lever end and Blackburn was the Blackburn end the away fans were put in the Darwen end.

Thanks for that, charierre - I remember us being in the Darwen end, but didn't know their end was just known as the Blackburn end. The Lever End at Bolton definitely rings a bell, my memory really is sh*te.

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Bluebeards list has jogged a few cells and could now add to my list if I could locate.

Chelsea took West Ham circa 1970 give or take a year or two, I was not there but old West ham friend assures me this is correct.

Norwich Away league cup QF Chelsea has extra large crombie wearing contingent in the Barclay, don't remember any dividing fence, I think the fence was put up later and that was followed by a cage.

Sheffield Weds Cup game, there was a large contingent of us in their end all the game. There was another mob of Chelsea who more than repelled the well wishers from Sheffield via a sort of tunnel running under and near the top of the stand. Remember one of our fans at the turnstiles who was hemmed in and a police horse was chewing lumps out of his sheepskin.

The Millwall game was disorganized but we had more than a substantial amount of bodies in the CBL, As far as I am aware no other team has ever tried to take their end let alone have that amount of away fans in it?, it was more than confusing, all the scarfs were blue and white at one stage there were literally dozens and dozens of fans on the floor wrestling, kicking and punching each other near a concrete upstand on the CBL, never seen this anywhere else. I ended up at the back next to railings on their halfway line side, their fans were pouring over from the half way bit, I had a bloke with a trumpet / small vuvezala style blowing it in my ear trying to rally the Millwall. I got alienated and left the CBL second half, as far as I can remember there were no police on the CBL that day.?

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Bluebeards list has jogged a few cells and could now add to my list if I could locate.

Chelsea took West Ham circa 1970 give or take a year or two, I was not there but old West ham friend assures me this is correct.

I heard that too, think it was August 1970, 2-2 draw (Keith Weller scored both). I was only about 13 then and used to go to all our away games in London, so I've been trying to work out why I didn't go to this one. Only feasible answer I can come up with is my parents kidnapped me and I was whisked off to a Pontin's holiday camp for the annual holiday.

Norwich Away league cup QF Chelsea has extra large crombie wearing contingent in the Barclay, don't remember any dividing fence, I think the fence was put up later and that was followed by a cage.

Didn't make this one either, my first away game outside of London wasn't until about six weeks later at Derby. My first trip to Norwich was the night the fog came down and the match was abandoned.

Sheffield Weds Cup game, there was a large contingent of us in their end all the game. There was another mob of Chelsea who more than repelled the well wishers from Sheffield via a sort of tunnel running under and near the top of the stand. Remember one of our fans at the turnstiles who was hemmed in and a police horse was chewing lumps out of his sheepskin.

I remember seeing a small mob of Chelsea quite low down on the terracing in the Kop during the game, I'd have given you a wave from the Leppings Lane if I'd known you were in there! :wink:Memory can play tricks, I've since got a copy of the match highlights of this game and there weren't nearly as many Chelsea in the Leppings Lane as I seemed to recall.

The Millwall game was disorganized but we had more than a substantial amount of bodies in the CBL, As far as I am aware no other team has ever tried to take their end let alone have that amount of away fans in it?, it was more than confusing, all the scarfs were blue and white at one stage there were literally dozens and dozens of fans on the floor wrestling, kicking and punching each other near a concrete upstand on the CBL, never seen this anywhere else. I ended up at the back next to railings on their halfway line side, their fans were pouring over from the half way bit, I had a bloke with a trumpet / small vuvezala style blowing it in my ear trying to rally the Millwall. I got alienated and left the CBL second half, as far as I can remember there were no police on the CBL that day.?

Now you mention it, I can't remember seeing any old bill in there either - can't say I blame 'em for keeping their distance, some of the most desperate terrace fighting I've experienced was on that day!

Rotherham, when they stuck six past us, escorted by police to the Chelsea end long before Rodney Fern

completed his hat rick !

I forgot about Rotherham! Maybe it's a subconcious thing considering the result :biggrin:

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