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I know we are expected to win things these days and we have had some great times at the Bridge over the last few years, but I don't if you are like me and miss the good old days when beating Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was like winning a cup final.   You could walk up to the turnstiles on match day pay your money which was a mere fraction of today's prices - programme was 5p.  The atmosphere was a lot better then it is today standing in the Shed End really proud to be a Chelsea supporter.  If we were feeling flush we would splash out and sit on the benches in the old West Stand  To be honest I loved those days,  better atmosphere as I said before, seemed to be fans who really loved Chelsea.  Now it is all a bit corporate.  I remember waiting after the games for the players to come out and they were all very friendly apart from I remember Ron Harris who was always a bit stand offish.  I must have got Ian Britton's autograph about 100 times my fav player at the time, but he was always the same always smiling and very friendly (RIP). Now it is all about the money.  Lucky enough to be a season ticket holder in the family section now days and even though we are a top club now days still hold great affection for 1970's/80's - good times - happy times.

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I would advise you to go to the 'Chelsea Vintage' section of the forum where it the history of our club is discussed and old memories are resurfaced and recounted especially from those who regularly attended matches in the 70s, 80s and even 90s and grew up in that era of football.

 

Good first post, and one I wholeheartedly agree with.

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I have no idea of your age but usually the most memorable things happen when you are 15-19. Things that mould your opinion for rest of life. After that it is downhill. Not saying that is the case here. [emoji28]

.... or you spend the rest of your life shocked at how little you really knew at 15 - 19.

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I have no idea of your age but usually the most memorable things happen when you are 15-19. Things that mould your opinion for rest of life. After that it is downhill. Not saying that is the case here. [emoji28]

 

Oh yes, those were the days. The arrival of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes... next year Di Matteo, Zola, Vialli, LeBoeuf - first FA cup (and trophy) in 26 years -  next year league cup, cup winners cup - Flo and Poyet next year third in the league, world cup superstars like Desailly joining. 

Yes they were memorable Chelsea years when I was 15-19... we still lost almost every game against Arsenal and Liverpool though which was a real downer as a teenager in North London!

 

Still the first two seasons under Mourinho and the double winning season with Ancelloti were something else... yes it's a little bit "boring" when you are disappointed that Chelsea don't win every game 3-0 or 1-0 but that invincible feeling when even when we were losing 1-0 in the 80th minute you knew we would probably win... well it wasn't like that last season!

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15p (3 shillings at the beginning of the season) to get in. Woolly scarves tied to wrists, or levis waste bands. Skinhead apparel including DMs, brogues or Weejuns, Button down collars, shrink fit Levis with braces, maybe a trilby hat. Terraces covered in peanut husks. I can't remember the name of it but they used to run a matchday competition and sell these funny tickets with the time of the opening goal inside. Or was it every goal. Anyway if a goal went in at the same time as the time in your ticket you won a prize. They were funny tickets made from coloured paper folded over and stuck together around the edges. You had to tear off the edges to open it up and find out your time.  Oh and don't forget the smell of Horse sh*t and hamburgers on the walk back to Fulham Broadway. 

I was 10 years old in 1971 and my first game was the opening game of the 1970/71 season. A 2-1 victory over Derby County with Ian Hutchinson scoring both goals. We had a black and white TV in those days and to this day my brothers remind that I was shocked that the pitch was green. I went with my Dad and brothers and just before kick off my dad, who had the loudest voice I had ever heard, used to shout at the very top of his voice "COME ON YOU BLUES!". He did this for years and after a couple of seasons of going with him I heard someone behind us say "I always wondered who that was". It was only at this point that I realised that probably everyone in the ground could hear him. In recent years I even head Neil Barnett reminiscing on Chelsea TV about the bloke who used to shout just before the kick off. Well it was my Dad. Happy days.

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